The Trilisk Ruins

The Trilisk Ruins

Michael McCloskey

Science Fiction & Fantasy

When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, Telisa can't pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life's work. But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet.Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist in a future where humans study alien artifacts but haven't ever encountered live aliens. Of all the aliens whose extinct civilizations are studied, the Trilisks are the most advanced and the most mysterious.Telisa refuses to join the government because of her opposition to its hard-handed policies restricting civilian investigation and trade of alien artifacts, despite the fact that her estranged father is a captain in the United Nations Space Force.When a group of artifact smugglers recruits her, she can't pass up the chance at getting her hands on objects that could advance her life's work. But she soon learns her expectations of excitement and riches come with serious drawbacks as she ends up fighting for her life on a mysterious alien planet.The Trilisk Ruins is a science fiction adventure of 70,000 words and the first book in the PIT series.
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The House of Yeel

The House of Yeel

Michael McCloskey

Science Fiction & Fantasy

For years, adventurers have traveled great distances only to meet their doom at the Far Coast. This distant and isolated place is the legendary home of the mysterious creature named Yeel. Countless souls have fallen before the dangers of the journey and the devious guardians who seek to keep Yeel imprisoned at this point farthest west in all the lands.
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Parker Interstellar Travels 6: The Celaran Ruins

Parker Interstellar Travels 6: The Celaran Ruins

Michael McCloskey

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The Celaran Ruins is the sixth book in the PIT series. Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist at a time when humans had found alien artifacts but hadn't encountered live aliens. She joins a group of artifact smugglers and ends up with a life more amazing than she could have imagined. Forced into service by an alien she once befriended, Telisa, along with Cilreth, Siobhan, Caden, Jason and Imanol are sent to a distant world to investigate a mysterious alien race for their new master. From the Author A 56,000 word science fiction adventure. The sixth book of the Parker Interstellar Travels series. About the Author Michael McCloskey is a software engineer in Silicon Valley afflicted with recurring dreams of otherworldly creatures, mysterious alien planets, and fantastic adventures.
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Synchronicity Trilogy Omnibus

Synchronicity Trilogy Omnibus

Michael McCloskey

Science Fiction & Fantasy

The same story told three times from three radically different points of view: characters in the Western world, the Chinese bloc... and the mysterious Spinners. The tale doesn't read the same each time, and there's plenty of new discoveries along the way to keep it interesting for the second and third points of view.The setting: circa 2077, several giant corporations have moved into space to avoid oppressive governments owned by the competition. The Western world is in loose alliance, led by the United States, Brazil, and the European Union. Opposing them for world domination is the Chinese bloc, with a sphere of influence that spans the Eastern world, including what was once Japan. If you don't work for a big company or government, then you're one of billions living at subsistence level with little hope for a better future. But the resources to support an aging Earth will come from the rest of the solar system, where governments and companies are reaching out to seize the new...
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Insidious

Insidious

Michael McCloskey

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Leaked stories of strange new rules and codes of behavior indicate something's gone sour in the deep-space retreats of the super-rich corporate executives. Some say it's only the eccentricities of the powerful leaders of capitalistic society. But others speak of dark, twisted rituals, human slavery, and illegal experiments in banned technologies.Bren Marcken is a robot handler and strategist on a special team of the United Nations Space Force formed to occupy the corporate space stations and seize their technological secrets. To accomplish the mission, he's been authorized to field artificial intelligences that he considers just as dangerous as the enemy.Chris Adrastus is an aggressive, young executive whose careful machinations have carried him to a high position at the powerful European Union company, Vineaux Genomix. Instead of finding satisfaction, he's become disillusioned with what he discovers at the top of the executive world.Aldriena Niachi is a covert operative of Black Core, a Brazilian software company with a global sphere of influence. She's about to find out what Black Core will do for a technological lead. Do some kinds of knowledge come at inordinate cost, even for a super-corporation?Review"He held his breath, half expecting the power down wouldn't work, and that the machines would stay alive, and start giving him orders," the author writes. Bren Marcken's fear illustrates one of the biggest threats lurking in Insidious: artificial intelligence (AI) that turns on the humans who control it. In the world of this novel, giant corporations and governments are vying for interplanetary resources as they try to gain dominance. Intellectually superior aliens and AI creatures are also competing against each other, despite the humans' best precautions. Insidious is the name of a covert operation of Black Core, a highly influential software company. Author Michael McCloskey's debut follows three people whose purposes are often at odds with each other. United Nations Space Force Major Bren Marcken is in charge of the ASSAIL program, which is made up of AI creatures guided by humans. After each mission, the AIs are shut down to clear their memory. This protects against the threat of an AI realizing its intellectual superiority, and using it to enslave the humans. Meridian, a disturbingly precocious AI, is a source of pride and fear for Bren. Their first unusual encounter hints at the potential of the inquisitive creature. On a mission, Meridian reads a line from a plaque: "Go tell the Spartans, stranger passing by, that here, obedient to their laws, we lie." Bren tells him to ignore the message. At the end of the mission, which results in heavy casualties, Meridian startles Bren by asking, "Have you delivered the message to Sparta?" Slavery is woven into the story on several layers: humans enslave humans; robots control robots; AIs enslave humans, and so on. Though slavery is not legal, many corporations participate in forms of slavery both intentionally and unintentionally. The general distrust between different races and species adds a complex social dynamic to the story. Insidious is reminiscent of Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan space sagas. McCloskey's writing skills aren't on the same level as Bujold's, but the plot has many of the elements that make Bujold's books riveting. Fans of her books, as well as fans of science fiction in general should check out Insidious. The only hitch in the story's flow is caused by the adjective-rich description of physical settings. For example, the story opens with this description, "The skyscraper entrance flaunted polished marble floors, which shone in gentle arcs below a sparkling waterfall on the left wall." Fortunately, the descriptions become more organic as the book progresses, making them less noticeable. The end of the book, which keeps open the possibility of a sequel, leaves readers wanting to know what happens next. (4 out of 5 stars) --Foreword CLARION Reviews From the AuthorInsidious is the first book of the Synchronicity Trilogy, which is a concurrent trilogy, not a sequential one. The events shown in all three books occur at the same time, telling a story from three radically different points of view, each of which offers new information not seen in previous books.
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Parker Interstellar Travels 4: The Trilisk Hunt

Parker Interstellar Travels 4: The Trilisk Hunt

Michael McCloskey

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Telisa Relachik studied to be a xenoarchaeologist at a time when humans had found alien artifacts but hadn't encountered live aliens. After a harrowing brush with a real Trilisk on Chigran Callnir Four, the PIT team, fresh with four new members, heads out on a new type of expedition: hunting a live Trilisk. Telisa can't imagine more deadly creature to pursue, but she's determined to stop the representative of an elder race she's come to see as a threat to Earth, even an Earth run by her enemies. The Trilisk Hunt is the fourth book in the PIT series.
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