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Sometimes the Dragon Wins By William Walling
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Chin Zhonghua Renmin Gonghehuo, the Peoples Republic of China, achieves a technological triumph with its “Great Leap Upward,” the late 21st century deployment of a “space... More > elevator” rising from an equatorial mountain in Kalimantan to an enormous microgravity production satellite in geosynchronous orbit, and starward to a spacecraft inertial launch and retrieval complex. This radical, innovative system permits the importation of lunar and orbital products at negligible cost. Blackmailed into accepting a “suicide” mission to penetrate the space elevator’s closely guarded secrets and sabotage operations, U.N. intel asset Cateel becomes embroiled in the subterfuge of China's counterintelligence director, who's convinced that economic overkill might end in thermonuclear holocaust. Realizing repair and rework are mandatory, he arranges an artificial hiatus in operation so that China can“save face.” Things go awry when a Nipponese double-agent is ordered to do away with Cateel and effect totally destructive sabotage.< Less
Tomorrow, the Stars By William Walling
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Perplexed by an unearthly stranger's inexplicable appearances, Cosmologist Roger Shore is dismayed when the alien entity questions his knowledge of faster-than-light spacecraft development. Baffled... More > when only his voice registers on a recording of the exchange, his superior reluctantly reveals the existence of a covert effort to develop FTL interstellar flight sponsored by the wealthy daughter of the revered Nobel Laureate who “fathered” nuclear fusion power systems. The program's remote base in the asteroid belt leaves program personnel vulnerable to hindrance and near-lethal interference from a malicious, dedicated alien exotic. Shore and his associates eventually learn the stakes surrounding a successful FTL venture are infinitely greater than imagined. Reaching the nearest stellar system, a supreme technological triumph, is also considered a major maturation benchmark, and apparently qualifies humanity for inclusion in a forum composed of myriad, diverse galactic intelligences.< Less
Touchstone By William Walling
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A more immediate threat than climate change, the energy dilemma inspires reclusive multi-billionaire Lyman Dysart, “The Stockholder,” to aid in the development of controlled nuclear... More > fusion. One plasma constituent of the patented process, ultra-scarce helium isotope found in quantity only in Luna, necessitates expensively strip-mining the lunar regolith. Semi-panic ensues in the minds and wallets of OPEC and the Vonex cartel led by Belkin Reichert, who uses behind-the-scenes political influence to suborn fusion’s advent by promoting solar energy, and then nationalization of the newborn industry. The battle of wills and tactics climaxes when Dysart attempts to defeat U.S. nationalization by holding hostage his lunar mining venture, and citing fusion as, "A plasma containment shell, at its heart a dervish of semi-vacuum burning so furiously it emulates temperatures reigning at the center of the Sun, yet gives forth no light, but presumes to light the world in a beneficent, utopian glow."< Less
Triage By William Walling
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Be fruitful advises Judeo-Christian Scripture, and multiply, and replenish the earth. How diligently we've complied with this 11th Commandment! Eight centuries BCE, the global population was... More > inferred to be around five millions, soaring to roughly 250 millions when Julius Caesar fell, an escalating in the mid-17th century to around a half-billion. The significant benchmark of one billion circa 1850, doubled by 1930 and in 2011 seven billions crowded the world. Despite wars, famines, pestilence, climate change and a plethora of natural disasters, the relentless numbers keep marching upward at the alarming, exponential rate of three to five births per second, eleven to fifteen thousand per hour, hence the global population will double again in a relatively short san. But what lies beyond the crucial nexus when our planet can no longer tolerate the succeeding multitudes? Learn the draconian population control tactic illustrated in TRIAGE, and pray that this fictional account never becomes a reality.< Less
Olympus Mons By William Walling
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An obscure medical researcher develops Bevvinase, the “miracle enzyme” capable of driving carbon dioxide-oxygen conversion within the cell tissue proper, thereby opening the hostile... More > Martian environment to permanent colonization. Decades later, with Burroughs Enclave teetering on the brink of becoming a "lost colony," former intel op and alpinist Jesperson, and his partner Barnes, are among a few hundred “Marsrats” (Mars-rationalized humans) dwelling within the pressurized, roofed enclave in the shadow of the immense Olympus Mons shield volcano and its aqueduct system, the sole source of essential water. An eruption and quake cause unknown damage to the aqueduct at the time an earthly economic crisis is brewing, and absentee governance is handed over to the U.N. Organization. Struggling against vigorous opposition in Burroughs, with homeworld aid unavailable, Jesperson and Barnes lead a semi-suicidal trek to the volcano’s heights in a desperate attempt to repair the aqueduct and save the enclave.< Less
Memo to the Leader: A Friend of the Reich By William Walling
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In year 142 of the German World Empire, reckoned from 1933 when the vilified Nazi régime was born, tenured history professor and seasoned retrotemporal researcher James Silverthorne... More > reluctantly accepts the key role in a desperate conspiracy aimed at obliterating Deutschesweltanreich tyrrany in retrospect by a desperate, clandestine return to wartime Berlin in order to thwart the efforts of SS hero of heroes Erich Lustmann. Sent back to 1939 Berlin decades after the war by Odessa expatriates in Argentina, the former SS "Deathshead" officer, armed with prescient knowledge of actual wartime events, his mission to “rectify” via decidedly outré means Hitler’s meddlesome misdirection of the war culminating in erroneous, fanciful military decisions, and thereby ensure a Nazi victory in WW II. Fearing his “mission impossible” is just that, Silverthorne nevertheless doggedly pursues his world-changing crusade in an exciting time travel adventure grand in scope and world-changing in purpose.< Less
Mind Games By William Walling
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Conditioned to acutely perceive another's emotional state, Klavik, security director of a massive world sustaining the sole monarchy in neohuman interstellar society, investigates the ruler's... More > assassination while on holiday in parsecs-distant Eden, a terraformed pleasure world operated by a distant alien syndicate. A pair of royal companions force themselves upon him during his sojourn in Eden, where his “sixth sense” enables him to fasten on a nervous official as a prime for interrogation, but is frustrated because his energies must be channeled toward protecting his illustrious companions. Eden's planetary director, Shatterhand, ushers the threesome into a “hall of mirrors” where nothing is as it seems. After feints and ploys designed to distract or frighten them away, Klavik senses “nibblings” at the limbic fringes of his mind. and senses the presence of an alien exotic. Sly mental assaults persist until his charges are taken hostage. The ultimate confrontation erupts in a rapacious battle of wills.< Less
No One Goes There Now By William Walling
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Colonizing the galaxy’s near reaches, the myriad, mutated children of Earth are governed by Imperium Terrestriana, headed by an elite neohuman minority fostering Convention, a body of civil law... More > featuring Code Duello, and trillions of eligible patricians and plebes wield their swords to settle private disputes. Imperial explorers discover parsecs-distant Dan, an idyllic world ripe for colonization, where enigmatic indigenes of superior intellect come and go like shadows, but lack habitations or a visible infrastructure. Abhoring violence, the telepathic Danii are horrified when sequestered duelists begin vanishing, and explain that mysterious “Higher Ones” are appalled by the wanton destruction of life wrought by victorious duelists, and have "taken miscreant smallswordsmen into their gentle care.” The unseen Higher Ones make their acute displeasure known through precipitate action in a chilling, ironic climax that raises provocative questions about neohumankind’s place in the eternal scheme of things.< Less
Arminius By William Walling
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The 1st of a 2 book series (THE VARIAN DISASTER to follow) tells the story of a barbarian Legionary, later a Roman citizen, and later still an equestrian knight, who led a coalition of tribal... More > warriors to victory in a famous battle annihilating three entire Roman legions. Some contemporary historians revere this distant figure from the shadows of European antiquity as a liberating crusader, others as, “The noble savage gone wrong.” This tale of Imperial Rome and ancient Germania centers on the travails, defeats, and victories of a Cheruscan tribal princeling Roman scribes refer to by the Latinized name Arminius. A culture hero—possibly even the legendary Wagnerian hero of heroes, Siegfried—he is credited with organizing and consummating the total destruction of three Roman legions in a crucial battle, thereby conceivably changing the course of European history by making Caesar Augustus, and subsequent emperors, abort the conquest of germanorum magnus.< Less
It's Too Late to Leave Early: An Aerospace Fable By William Walling
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It's is lighter than air! This humorous satire of the modern U.S. aerospace industry employs plain vanilla humor to satirize the idiocies and frustrations afflicting individuals employed in a... More > business the author, a former aerospace engineer, knew all too well. You'll encounter a plethora of outrageous characters, and some entirely lacking in character—a one time porn queen who’s into blackmail; the wealthy great-grandson of a Russian aviation pioneer obsessed and fixated with re-acquiring the giant aerospace corporation he believes was “stolen” from his family; an ex-Air Force lieutenant colonel who reinvents himself as a totally inept management favorite; a wannabe Western film actor who's never been within fifty yards of a horse; an ultra-paranoid executive vice president; a nymphomaniacal lady manager, and sundry others, all embroiled in pluperfectly Quixotic business situations ranging from ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, and beyond. Enjoy!< Less

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