The oceans are dying, and man is next. A blanket of self-replicating nanomachines has spread across the Earth’s oceans, sucking carbon dioxide from air and water, and suffocating marine life. Falling atmospheric CO2 is causing crop failures and bringing famine and social chaos. The nanomachines’ startling complexity has scientists baffled. Identifying its inventor has investigators stumped. No lab admits error. No terrorist claims credit. Scott Eastman, a disgraced DHS analyst eager to redeem himself, searches for a fugitive nanotech engineer who could well be the terrorist. Eager to become a hero, Eastman schemes to use the suspect’s ex-girlfriend, hoping she will lead him to the engineer. But the closer he gets to his quarry, the less guilty the engineer looks. Yet he may still hold the key to ending the plague. Novel: 110,000 words. Purchase for:
No one has ever returned from Mars. Travel to and from the colony—a private venture mounted by a consortium of Muslim investors—has been embargoed since the Martian Fungus began decimating Earth’s oceans. This ecological disaster has caused famine and triggered Earthside political upheavals, resulting in the reemergence of a pan-Islamic caliphate. The colony, overwhelmingly Muslim, has become a sultanate under sharia law. Eric Issa, the Mars colony’s Safety Officer investigates a bizarre death and uncovers a high-level conspiracy that may explain how the Martian organism has contaminated Earth. An American statistician and infidel, he must quickly yet quietly identify the killer, piece together the conspiracy, and save his own skin, while protecting the dead man’s orphaned child who may hold the key to controlling the Martian Fungus on Earth. Short story: 14,500 words.
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