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The Biofab War (Biofab 1)

The Biofab War (Biofab 1)

Stephen Ames Berry

Science Fiction / Fiction

Earth’s been invaded, and nobody knows it but Ex-CIA agent John Harrison and his partner Zahava. Invaded by biofabs—the Scotar—a diabolically crafted life form dedicated to turning mankind into either supper or shuffling brainwipes. All seems lost as the pair go down under a wave of Scotar warriors--until the battleship Implacable appears. Fighting rages as mankind's survival hangs in the balance.Earth’s been invaded, but nobody knows it. Invaded by biofabs—the Scotar—a diabolically crafted life form dedicated to turning mankind into either supper or shuffling brainwipes.Cold and miserable on old Cape Cod, ex-CIA officer John Harrison and his lovely, handle-with-care Israeli partner Zahava stumble upon a Scotar nest. Going down before a wave of alien warriors, the pair is saved, flitted to the deck of the battle cruiser Implacable. But even with that ancient, mighty starship at its side, Earth’s survival hangs in the balance as Scotar reinforcements pour in and the fighting rages.And then there are the mindslaves.About the AuthorStephen Ames Berry’s novels have been published by Ace/Berkley and Tor/Macmillan. His latest novel is the technothriller The Eldridge Conspiracy.The Biofab War is the first of four novels that begin with a covert alien attempt to control Earth and end with the battered forces of galactic humanity battling hopeless odds as an AI armada sweeps in. (AIs--Artificial Intelligences--cyborgs evolved over vast time from simple machines to complex beings driven by the simple need to kill us all.)The books follow the crew of the Kronarin Fleet battleship Implacable and their Terran allies, from the discovery of biofabs on Earth through ever-growing confrontations and nefarious alien machinations to the final battle. The plot line’s akin to a nesting doll, each crisis revealing an even deadlier one. The blaster fire never stops--save for the occasional soothing cup of t'ata from Implacable's dodgy beveragers. (Implacable's a resurrected Imperial warship that sometimes chaffs at having been roused and pressed into the service of such rude hands.)To be bested along the way are space pirates, mindslavers, various machine intelligences, a vile alternate Earth, the undying hand of the dead Kronarin Empire, a ubiquitous insectoid-blonde and, of course, biofabs. All stirred into a rich bouillabaisse of an adventure that takes the reader on a far flung quest into the fantastic, but where in the end the old verities of valor and friendship trump all.
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The Eldridge Roster

The Eldridge Roster

Stephen Ames Berry

Science Fiction / Fiction

1943: The destroyer USS Eldridge vanishes during the Philadelphia Experiment. The ship invisibility project ends.Nuremberg, 1946: Nazi death camp doctor Martin von Kemnitz is hanged.The Pentagon, 1999: A dying hand gifts Angie Milano and Jim Munroe with the deadly legacy that is the Eldridge Roster, the long-lost crew list of the Philadelphia Experiment. The two are soon on the run from the vicious killers sent for the roster. Without it, Project Telemachus, perversion of a wondrous meld of genetics and physics, will fail. And mankind may survive.As the conspiracy unfolds, Jim and Angie go on the attack, gathering strength from each other as they battle Telemachus and the undying evil at its heart. Old foes of Telemachus, allies with very Different skills, join them. But only by together mastering the secret torments of their pasts can Jim and Angie defeat the Project and crush the dream of its brilliant, diabolical architect.All allegiances unmasked, all powers unleashed, battle is joined as Project Telemachus launches its final experiment, its success signaling humanity's brief but anguished twilight.
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The Battle for Terra Two

The Battle for Terra Two

Stephen Ames Berry

Science Fiction / Fiction

Earth basked in the glow of a new interstellar age, saved from enslavement to the insectoid biofabs by the dramatic arrival of the Kronarin fleet. Laden with honors and riches, John Harrison, hero of the Biofab War, can finally live the good life--or can he? Unknown to the Alliance, renegade biofabs escaped to an alternate universe where under their brilliant Tactics Master they're breeding back to strength, readying a counter-strike against the people of both universes. Catapulted into a twisted image of his world, Harrison must find the biofabs' nest and take it out before a new generation hatches. It won't be easy--the biofabs have found deadly allies. And in this version of Earth, Harrison's a rebel on the run from the Fourth Reich. (2010 revision of 1986 Tor Books edition. 56,000 words.) The Battle for Terra Two is one of four novels that begins with a covert alien attempt to control Earth, ending with the battered forces of Galactic humanity battling impossible odds as an AI armada sweeps into our galaxy for its long-overdue reckoning with humanity. (AIs--Artificial Intelligences--cyborgs evolved over vast time from simpler machines to complex beings driven by the simple need to kill us all.)   All the books follow the crew of the Kronarin Fleet dreadnought Implacable and their Terran allies from the discovery of biofabs on Earth through ever-growing confrontations and diabolical alien machinations to the final battle. The plot line is akin to a nesting doll, each crisis spawning an even deadlier one. The blaster fire never stops--save for the occasional soothing cup of t'ata from Implacable's dodgy beveragers. (Implacable's a resurrected Imperial warship that sometimes chaffs at having been awakened and pressed into the service of such rude hands. It preferred its Imperial masters.) To be bested along the way are space pirates, Terra Two's last proconsul, mindslavers, various machine intelligences, a vile alternate Earth, the undying hand of the dead Kronarin Empire, a ubiquitous insectoid-blonde and of course, biofabs. All stirred into a rich bouillabaisse of an adventure that takes the reader on a far flung quest into the fantastic, but where in the end the old verities of honesty, valor and fellowship trump all.From The Battle for Terra Two:"I have a theory about the Empire," said Bill as the decks flashed by. "More whimsy than theory.  It never died. It's out there somewhere, manipulating us, the Kronarins, the Scotar, those killer machines--God only knows what else. All for some esoteric and rotten end. It's cold, malevolent, immortal and hopelessly mad. Evil." This was worse, John thought, stumbling over a helmet. Something out of Goya, the young dead tormented faces staring sightlessly, throats ripped out, necks broken, holes you could put your fist through. And everywhere the stench of burnt flesh and clouds of flies come to feast.Review"A modern descendant of the Doc Smith Lensman series. Space opera in the Grand Ol' Tradition."--Other Realms "Devotes of militaristic SF should enjoy [Berry's] books." --Kliatt "Kick-butt military science fiction." --Amazon reader review From the AuthorBiofab: biological fabrication. Biofab is a term growing in vogue with those who strive to engineer synthetic life.  (Never thought I'd write that as fact.)  I may be the progenitor of the term, having coined it in 1980 for The Biofab War, but I'm not militant about it. There's a collective unconscious of science fiction archetypes that slips quietly from generation to generation, Jules Verne to E.E. "Doc" Smith, Smith to Heinlein, Heinlein and Smith to many others.  We read, we forget and yet we don't: biofab. My former student, the much-loved Christopher Blair of Venice, Florida, to whom this book is dedicated, died last year.  He was 20.  A tall thin blond kid with an infectious grin, an unruly shock of hair and an other-worldly affect, he'd read all my books, memorizing them in startling detail.  He toted Terra Two around more than the other titles.  (Though rumor has it he had two copies, one for reading and one for stashing.)   A lad out of time, Chris would have been happy on Implacable, a Fleet commando, M11A blaster strapped low, the battle klaxon banging away as he rushed for the assault boats and another desperate fight. Upshield, upship, Chris. Godspeed.
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Final Assault

Final Assault

Stephen Ames Berry

Science Fiction / Fiction

Triumphing over the Ghost Quadrant’s ancient horrors, the Kronarin battlecruiser Implacable jumps home to root out a conspiracy hidden within the heart of Kronar. Implacable’s Commodore Detrelna and his crew are arrested and Implacable impounded, as a foe far deadlier than mindslavers or biofabs sweeps down on a war-weary galactic humanity, its day of vengeance come round at last. (2011 rewrite of the original Tor Books edition.) “Space opera in the Grand Ol’ Tradition.” Other Realms “Kickbutt military science fiction!” Amazon reader review About the Author Stephen Ames Berry’s novels have been published by Ace/Berkley and Tor/Macmillan. His latest novel is the technothriller The Eldridge Conspiracy. From the novel: “Well, this sucks,” said John. “Trapped with an angry 8th century war band on a lost alien ship in a hostile universe. And nothing to eat.” "Advise General Soan that Prime Base has fallen, our cruisers have been blasted out of space and that FleetOps is besieged.” "All we wanted from his crazy kingdom in the stars was to be left in peace—even that was too much. So we fought." "I suppose it’s rather small of us, but we’ve never forgiven them the Dresden Raid. Try to see beyond your hatred, Dr. MacKenzie—the world needs you as much as it needs us. We need each other.” FINAL ASSAULT is the last of four novels that begin with a covert alien attempt to control Earth and end with the battered forces of galactic humanity battling hopeless odds as an AI armada sweeps in. (AIs--Artificial Intelligences--cyborgs evolved over vast time from simple machines to complex beings driven by the simple need to kill us all.) The books follow the crew of the Kronarin Fleet battleship Implacable and their Terran allies, from the discovery of biofabs on Earth through ever-growing confrontations and nefarious alien machinations to the final battle. The plot line’s akin to a nesting doll, each crisis revealing an even deadlier one. The blaster fire never stops--save for the occasional soothing cup of t'ata from Implacable's dodgy beveragers. (Implacable's a resurrected Imperial warship that sometimes chaffs at having been roused and pressed into the service of such rude hands.) To be bested along the way are space pirates, mindslavers, various machine intelligences, a vile alternate Earth, the undying hand of the dead Kronarin Empire, a ubiquitous insectoid-blonde and, of course, biofabs. All stirred into a rich bouillabaisse of an adventure that takes the reader on a far flung quest into the fantastic, but where in the end the old verities of valor and friendship trump all.
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The AI War

The AI War

Stephen Ames Berry

Science Fiction / Fiction

Defeated at the Battle for Terra Two, the cyborg AIs regroup to destroy mankind. Commodore Detrelna and the battle cruiser Implacable are sent into Quadrant Blue 9 for the only weapon that can stop them. Implacable's crew aren't optimistic--it's been 3,000 years since a ship came home from Blue 9. Then they meet what's been waiting for them.  * (2011 revision of 1987 Tor Books edition. 64,800 words.)* The Battle for Terra Two could have marked mankind's end. It still could. The Kronarins and their Terran allies almost went down under the onslaught of the biofabs' new allies: AIs--Artificial Intelligences--fearsome cyborgs from humanity's dawn come at last to kill us all. Barely defeating AIs and biofabs, the Kronarin battle cruiser Implacable returned to Terra and its home universe, warning of an AI invasion so vast not even the dead Kronarin Empire at its height could have stopped it. Mankind's only hope lies in a mythic weapon somewhere out in Blue 9--Quadrant Blue 9--an abandoned cube of space from which no ship's returned since the Empire's long ago Fall. Ordered into Blue 9 after the weapon, Implacable's crew must first master a horror out of their nightmares, an ancient evil that feeds off the undead it makes of the living. His command stalked by corsairs and himself by assassins, Implacable's Commodore Jaquel Detrelna finds the jump into Blue 9 almost a relief--until Battle Stations sounds and he sees what's been patiently waiting for them, a spider long tending her toils. From The AI War:"But now my friends," he said, looking from face to face as comprehension came, "the old portal's opening. The Fleet of the One is coming. They've forgotten nothing, forgiven nothing, learned nothing. They're coming to kill us, slaves and rebels all." I must be crazy, he thought: a corsair-listed officer, commanding a crippled cruiser, in league with a flotilla manned by disembodied brains, transmutes and AIs, out to beat the vanguard of man's invincible foe. "Gunnery, lock onto center ship, ignore the rest. Lakan, transmit the Fleet Rally on all channels.""Sir, there's no one to hear it.""The AIs don't know that," Detrelna said, watching the tacscan. "Confusion to our enemies. What's our intercept point, Tolei?" "Epsilon Red 47, that asteroid belt.""Forward best speed. Gunnery, engage at will."Review"A modern descendant of the Doc Smith Lensman series. Space opera in the Grand Ol' Tradition." --Other Realms "Devotes of militaristic SF should enjoy [Berry's] books." --Kliatt "Kick-butt military science fiction." Amazon reader review. --Amazon reader review From the AuthorStephen Ames Berry is the author of four science fiction novels first published by Ace and Tor, and a technothriller, The Eldridge Conspiracy, a tale spun from his time at the Pentagon and the myth of the Navy's World War II ship invisibility project, the Philadelphia Experiment.  He's writing his sixth novel and revising his remaining backlist.  A graduate of Boston University, Berry has a master's in information systems and was a systems analyst and data architect for the Navy Department and Harvard University.  He's a veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency, which sponsored his three-year stint in Tokyo.  He lives in Florida with his wife, a daffy dog and a pride of entitled cats.
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