||BOOK: Catalog no. 002
250 pages, 6x9 paperback.
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Beyond Mars A novel of science fiction adventure, romance and alien vampires. In 2069 Jonathan Kraine is an archaeologist on a manned mission to the red planet, where a chance discovery changes the mission's focus. Strange events force the survey team to return to Earth. But a deadly accident happens in space, and Jonathan and his new alien friend are the only survivors. When an investigation of the incident reveals that the accident was deliberately set, Jonathan and Andru uncover the instigator of the plot. What started out as a moment of first contact soon turns into a battle to save the future and destiny of the human race. ♦
About the book: I sat and thought about the next book in the series. I read over Destiny's Forge and decided that one of my supporting characters had a sketchy past to begin with, and I used him to advance the further development of the background of the book and started writing about the Mars colonies. The whole story of human survival in spite of the odds, of the battle between proponents of the expansion into outer space and their opponents, and of the ultimate battle between good and evil.
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Over the course of the book I integrated two other characters from my cast into the story as assistants to our heroes, and in the process found myself fully involved with developing the rest of the series. They help to establish the mythology as an ongoing, living theme against the backdrop of the evolution of human kind. I brought some of my speculations of what could have happened if alien beings had visited earth and what the consequences might be into the narrative.
On the whole I was actually happier writing this book than I was with Destiny's Forge. In retrospect, the common theme of self-sacrifice and the ideas of transcendence and resurrection ring true in all of them, which means that you really should read all the books to get the full flavor and mystery of the series. ♦
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