Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CONVERSATIONS WITH HIS (ALIEN) ALTER EGO


METAMORPHOSIS
by Greg Lundberg
Genre: Science Fiction/Horror/Military/Action & Adventure/High Tech

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Ben Gardener, after being deported by Isis planetary authorities, is a passenger aboard a deep-space salvage vessel. While en route, the crew retrieves an ancient probe containing a mysterious payload.
No stranger to highly advanced technology, Ben is harboring an alien artificial intelligence named Jack. Who repeatedly warns him that the probe's cargo is deadly. Before Ben and Jack can neutralize the threat, one of the crew steals the cargo and unleashes a genetic weapon that threatens to sweep the galaxy!

METAMORPHOSIS is a fast-paced, modern day Pandora's Box that combines horror and military science fiction.

ABOUT AUTHOR:
 
By day, Greg Lundberg manages a small defense engineering and manufacturing firm in Phoenix, AZ. By night, he writes fiction and non-fiction. Greg is the author of two books: a science fiction novel, “Metamorphosis,” published in March 2011 and available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and the iBookstore; and “How To Publish An Ebook For Under $350,” published in March 2012 and available from Amazon. Both works can be purchased in ebook or trade cover format.
For fun, Greg plays an occasional round of golf and pilots Cirrus SR22s when he has both the time and money.



EXCERPT FROM THE SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORY by GREG LUNDBERG;
Soon to be published in an anthology of short stories by the West Valley Writers Workshop

CONVERSATIONS WITH MY (ALIEN) ALTER EGO

Present Day—Standard Year 2325
The hatch hissed open, and the man dressed in a dark gray business suit stepped through.  Any criminal would have taken one look at his stern face and said, “Cop.” 
The man turned and called through the hatch, “Come.”
Ben Gardener stepped through the hatch and let his gaze wander through the empty shuttle cabin.  The man gestured to a seat next to the window and said, “Sit.”  Ben sat. The cop pulled a cyber key and unlocked the cuffs on the boy’s wrists.  Ben rubbed them to alleviate some of the pain from the cuffs.
“Where’s my Comp?” he asked. “And where are my winnings?”
The man opened a heavily-shielded briefcase and removed a small personal computer.  He handed it to the boy and remarked, “Behave.”  Without another word the cop stepped to the rear of the shuttle and disappeared.
Ben Gardener lounged in the shuttle seat, twisting one leg across the other and locking his fingers behind his head.  Besides making the empty seat next to him uninhabitable, this maneuver “accidentally” brought the vision pickup of his computer—a decidedly nonstandard attachment—in range of the panoramic view of Isis. The swirl of clouds more than 1000 miles below gave the barest impression of movement across the intense blue of the oceans.
“That cop ever say more than one word at a time?” murmured a voice from the box on his lap.
Ben sighed. What a beautiful planet! “He wasn’t really a cop, he was Intelligence.” he replied. “Spooks aren’t very good conversationalists.”
  

EXCERPT FROM METAMORPHOSIS:

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