Mission specialists on revolutionary research hospital ship Chiron seek a cure for Earth’s remarkably strange alien pandemic. On their way to a distant planet, they must deal with tricky aliens, weird wildlife, and science gone awry. When they follow their map to meet the aliens of Fabar, unimaginable problems arise. Bits of humour are blended into darker matters that must be taken care of on a pulse-pounding planetary adventure to forge relationships with aliens who might have answers Earth needs. How do they deal with the dilemma of clones who shouldn’t be, but are essential for the success of their medical mission? How can they save one who doesn’t want to be saved? *You can fully enjoy this book if you haven’t yet read the origin story, Earth and Beyond: MedSci Missions 1.
My fiction writing brings together years of science studies, work in heath care, and training and assistant teaching as a black belt in karate. After reading stacks of science fiction in my youth, I was inspired by space adventures such as Star Trek and medical thrillers by Dr. Robin Cook. Before publishing Earth and Beyond, I had articles on art and science fiction published in print and on-line magazines and served as editor for a newsletter/magazine for several years. Selling fantasy art and approved paintings and products related to the Canadian Musical Ride prepared me for doing some graphic design for fellow visual artists and for my own novel cover and ads.
In my town in New Brunswick, Canada, I run a writing group, am a literacy volunteer at school, and enjoys gardening, creative cooking, yoga, photography, kicking back to good movies and shows, and, of course, my family.
I swear I wrote about this horrible, world-wide "Pandora" pandemic before COVID-19 was in the picture. For a long while I stopped promoting book one while I waited for the real suffering to end...it hasn't happened yet, so with apologies I'm continuing with the series as planned.
Here, at the beginning of book two, "Ripped Genes," I pick up where "Earth and Beyond" ended.
The Pandora isn't a normal virus or bacterium. It's an alien infectious DNA strand; simply a strand that can only travel if it gets protectively wrapped in mucous, as in a sneeze.
I enjoyed opening with mysterious science, like I love reading in Robin Cook medical thrillers, from "Coma" and beyond. Then I take it out into space like my beloved space adventure series such as (of course) Star Trek.
As you will see, the set up in these books is a fresh take, and don't worry, after book three there is a wrap (of some kind, no spoilers!) on the Pandora long-term plot thread, and other adventures are open for exploring. Enjoy!
Ina sterile microbiology lab on the spaceship Chiron, illicit nanodes swam freely in the alien “Pandora” infectious DNA sample recovered from a thief. The microscopic robots got busy doing what they’d been programmed for.The tube labelled BinDNA was supposed to be safe. Carefully created BinDNA was full of a binder chemical for stopping the tiny strands with the titanic powers from altering the human genome. Unseen to human eyes, however, the binder was being altered. Over time, it was totally eaten away, ending its ability to keep the alien attacker in its place.
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