Could a machine, smaller than a grain of sand, snuff out life on Earth?
The Black Tide, a plague on a biblical scale, is spreading across Earth’s oceans, smothering marine life and even altering the atmosphere. At first, scientists assumed it was a new destructive species of marine organism, but now they’ve decided that it is manmade. Its origin is a mystery. No terrorists claim credit and no laboratory admits responsibility. Left unchecked it will render Earth uninhabitable.
Amid chaos, martial law, and looming famine, Scott Eastman is only one of perhaps ten thousand government investigators struggling to identify the Black Tide’s creator — their best hope for stopping it. Eastman is far from the best the DHS has to offer, but he does a few things very well. And he thinks he’s found a missed lead: a beguiling Irish woman who could know more than she’s letting on. He’ll have to break the rules and that could end his career, but if the Black Tide isn’t stopped, careers won’t matter.
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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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