Forbidden The Stars.
At the end of the 21st century, a catastrophic accident in the asteroid belt has left two surveyors dead, but the asteroid itself is completely missing, along with their young son, Alex Manez, who was accompanying them.
On the outer edge of the solar system, the first manned mission to Pluto, led by the youngest female astronaut in NASA history, has led to an historic discovery: there is a marker left there by an alien race for humankind to find. We are not alone!
While studying the alien marker, it begins to react and, four hours later, the missing asteroid appears in a Plutonian orbit, along with young Alex Manez, who has developed some alarming side-effects from his exposure to the kinetic element they call Kinemet.
From the depths of a criminal empire based on Luna, an expatriate seizes the opportunity to wrest control of outer space, and takes swift action.
The secret to faster-than-light speed is up for grabs, and the race for interstellar space is on!
The Starseed Theory by Valmore Daniels
With the recent discovery of a planet twenty light years away from Earth that might be capable of sustaining life, the debate on the possibility of life on other planets has taken a renewed interest in the media and in popular fiction. What kind of life might we meet if we ventured beyond the border of our solar system?
Many science fiction authors and theorists will ask, “Why limit the possibility of alien life to humanoid, or even, corporeal life?” In the farthest stretches of our imaginations, there are endless possibilities of the forms of life beyond our atmosphere. For all we know, they could be transcendental beings of thought and spirit. While, for me, this is an exciting theory, for Forbidden The Stars, I’ve subscribed to the “Starseed” theory.
The Starseed Theory is the premise that tangible, physical life does exist throughout the universe. Millennia ago, spores, microbes, bacteria or extremophiles were distributed throughout the galaxy, possibly by meteorites, comets, or by design (a theory known as exogenesis).
In Forbidden The Stars, NASA astronauts travel to the outer edge of our solar system to Pluto, and discover an artifact that indicates that there are, in fact, over thirty thousand species of aliens in the galaxy.
Throughout the novel, I hint that the alien race most directly involved in the story last made contact with Earth a thousand years ago. The ancient Mayans mistook them for gods, and created their entire Pantheon around these extra-solar beings. These “gods” retreated from the world, and left a set of instructions for when humankind matured enough as a technological society to venture forth and join their cousins in the stars.
Forbidden The Stars deals with the ten years leading up to interstellar travel, and ends just as first contact is made. At this point, I have purposely not described this primary alien race, or introduced them into the narrative … I’ve left that as a cliffhanger for the sequel.
For anyone who is interested in the new world discovered by planet hunters, the red dwarf star’s name is Gliese 581.
An insatiable thirst for new experiences has led him to work in several fields, including legal research, elderly care, oil & gas administration, web design, government service, human resources, and retail business management.
His enthusiasm for travel is only surpassed by his passion for telling tall tales.
Valmore’s latest book is Forbidden the Stars, a sci-fi novel set at the end of the 21st century.
Visit his website at www.ValmoreDaniels.com.