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About Vic Broquard
Hi, I'm Vic Broquard, a retired junior college professor and now a full-time author and publisher of ebooks. I've written eleven textbooks on computer programming (available on my ebook website) and over forty novels, with more on the way.
I write both fantasy novels and science fiction novels. I like to explore character development and interactions in my fantasy novels. In the Trident series, the characters are quite different and sometimes divergent, but all have to work together. And yes, even romance enters as well.
In my science fiction novels, I enjoy examining societal evolutions over very long spans of time, centuries, as well as how aberrations also evolve over many durations. You can see how an idea today can evolve over time into something quite different. The Adventures of Elisabeth Stanton has fourteen novels in the series while the newer Planet of the Orange-red Sun has thirteen. All are available on my ebook website, but soon I will have Kindle editions available here as well.
I also am into photography and quilting, making full-sized, hand quilted quilts. I play five different sizes of recorders and am in two music groups. We play medieval, Renaissance, and baroque music.
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The explosion permanently alters the planet’s rotational axis and the climate changes drastically, nearly wiping out the humans on Tierra. In time, this dust also caused changes in some, giving them vast telepathic abilities.
Follow the many twists and turns as the aliens and humans both try to survive and evolve. Telepaths are not accepted at first in the non-telepathic world, but soon prove their worth. Over the course of centuries, the telepaths evolve and their fortunes come and go in the society of Tierra, which now has been declared a closed world to the vast Imperium.
Some on Tierra want that status to change and work hard to bring it about as well. Others do not and the inevitable conflicts arise.
This novel series is a study in evolution and societal changes over many centuries as well as galactic societal alterations. Can a society of telepaths rule the galaxy?
That lifetime, she was Tom Durbin, ex-army sharpshooter. The world then was only a few years beyond our present day. Tom watches as the world situation slowly disintegrates. Discover how the coming of another worldwide dark age was avoided. Learn how space flight developed. How the EMAC and MTES systems came about, and who invented the two-man shuttles.
Tom takes a job with the new corporation, Galactic Defense. His position is assassin of those who are doing their best to destroy Chicago, the country, and other world governments. The Governor-Mayor of Chicago attempts to take down Galactic Defense, and succeeds in mutilating Tom.
Along the way, he meets and marries Jenna Sweet, a woman born without arms and who invented the ion engine which powers modern spaceships. They befriend many other unfortunate people who've lost limbs during the collapse of civilization.
Discover the former lives of some of the current characters in Molly's world. See how Tom invents hyperspace travel.
Third problem: the rogue robots threaten. Thus, the corporations create Telepath Squads by using the armless Galactic Doll mutation agent. Molly tried but failed to convince them this was a bad idea.
The robots slowly gain control of Earth corporations by mutating key leaders, replacing them with a robot that looks like the person. After mutating them and removing their voices, some are shipped off to a decadent world to become "baronesses." Others are put through an extensive Baroness Training Program.
Relatives of Molly are caught in this web. When she learns of this training program, Molly goes undercover to put an end to it. She must confront the rogue robot leader, Teslenko. In the end, she and many others move to Domes. Enter problem four. Long term exposure to the nearby pulsar created brain tumors.
However, the rogue robots discover her meddling. They kidnap her and dump her on an isolated planet, which is one of the Third Invader human experimentals. Bella is run by women. The Third Invaders seeded Bella with a thousand humans from Rome, circa 0 AD. These people are deeply religious, but their society is divided into those who worship God, those who worship the pagan Roman gods, and those who do not worship any god.
Molly gets an unexpected rescue by a Third Invader acquaintance and her Sixth Invader friend who are just visiting. They need Molly to help them sort out rogue robots on Fantasy World, a huge money-maker for the Third Invaders who host only the uber-wealthy and their fantasies.
Join Molly and Katya as they unravel the rogue robots who have taken over Fantasy World.
Later, Molly discovers someone has murdered all inhabitants of Bella, which gives her yet another situation to unravel. Join Molly as she proves she's worthy of being Empress of the Sol Empire.
As they show up at the store that’s been purchasing fifty-three top-of-the-line positronic brains, the rogue robot and its two giant guards burst out, guns blazing. While Bishop’s reactions are lightning fast saving her from three shots, one slug penetrates Molly’s head and ought to have killed her. Bishop injects her with the Sixth Invaders’ armless telepath Galactic Doll mutation agent, one which has saved her live several years ago. The Fetal Regeneration begins, mutating her back into her previous body form. The rogue robot escapes, despite being hit twice by Dirk’s gunshots.
As she’s recovering, the Intelligence Division orders them to leave the investigation to the ID people. Convalescing in her campus apartment, she discovers her maid is a bird-like person, the Vogelmenschen. Via Molly’s telepathic skills, she learns the woman was once a human who was knocked out, kidnapped, mutated into this bird-like form, taught Federation Common, and sent to Soros U to work as a maid. In fact, Molly discovers hundreds of these Vogelmenschen are here, all with similar stories.
She vows to put a stop to this and believes Ashton Soros, who tells her he acquires them from ABC Shipping. She, Dirk, and Bishop ignore the ID threats to leave it alone and head there to investigate. Though they are alert for more clues about the rogue robot.
The top rulers of the Federation of Planets know about the Vogelmenschen and the huge genetic engineering project. They order the ID to pretend to investigate and keep tabs on Molly and Dirk. There ID agent follow Molly’s group, but at the genetic engineering facility, two ID agents are discovered and mutated, too. Molly and Dirk uncover the massive genetic engineering operation and shut it down, with the help of the third agent. They discover the Third Invaders are behind this operation.
Before they can track this further, Molly and the ID agent are sent to Earth, Sol Empire to help stop an invasion of worms. They are successful, but discover the Third Invaders caused it, in part to prevent Sol deep space exploration ships from discovering and claiming another inhabited world that’s in its industrial age. The Third Invaders colonized the world with a thousand mutated humans from Earth two millennia ago and want to prevent its discovery and incorporation into the Sol Empire.
Molly goes there and uncovers the truth, but when she returns to Chicago to report, the Sol Empire’s top leaders have been killed. She steps in and takes over becoming the Empress of the Sol Empire.
Sol Empire has three governing bodies. The Senate on Brussels, Tau Ceti, makes the laws. The Office of President on Pylon, Epsilon Eridani enforces those laws and handles defense matters. The Senior Investigator and Senior Judge on Earth handles those matters and can veto any Senate law or any action taken by the President.
Orphan Sondra Sofia Shelly, twenty-two, something of a private investigator accepted a job to clone a man’s cell phone. Late at night, she followed her mark and did the deed. As she ducked down a side street, she came face-to-face with herself! However, the man whose phone she’d just cloned shot and killed the strange woman right before Sondra’s eyes. The woman’s dying wish was for Sondra to take her ID card and become her. She has no idea she's a clone. Thus, began a lengthy, cascading series of events for Sondra. She dons the woman’s identity to figure out what is going on. Did she have an unknown sister? But the conspiracy is much larger.
Soon, Sondra becomes entwined in the Galactic Federation’s attempts to take over total control of her world, Virge-C. Enmeshed between local forces trying to throw off the suppressive yoke of the alien corporations and the top CEOs of these corporations, Sondra refuses to be a pawn and continues to fight back. Serendipity eventually leads to some incredible results that she never dreamed possible. A space war leads to devastation on both sides. Genetic mutation becomes wide spread and impacts the societal evolution, along with primitive robots. Shades of ancient history. . .
By 1243, the situation finally changed, Amy and Jan had died. Carmen’s revenge was complete, for it was unthinkable for anyone who held power not to be body modified and hobbled up. She retired to Valen castle to die, leaving Elegant Fashions Inc to Nita. Peer pressure had worked wonders over many years, giving her the revenge she so sought. Nita refused to marry, but did have a son and daughter, Inez, who at fourteen she turned into her new teen model, just as she had been years ago.
Electing babies for the new emperor and empress, the lords now assumed complete control of their kingdoms. However, they still refused to allow Valen back into their fold. Thus began the Age of the Lords, who now ruled all of Tierra as they once had.
However, Lord Paco Valen now ruled the Westerlings and he began Valen’s conquest goals once more. Why? He alone of those on Tierra desperately wanted to open up the world to the aliens, importing their vast technology to bring his world into the modern era. But first, he needed to control the world. His first goal was to retake the areas around Oakham and Haverhills whose dead zones had finally sprung back to life. From there, Valen would once more sweep across the Midlands. To further his plans, he and Nita Valen devised a diabolical plan to make all the powerful lords, ladies, and mentales gifted hobbled and crippled up. They invented a “virus” that infected hands and necks, one whose only known cure was to have the hands removed and to wear tight-fitting neck rings, immobilizing the head. Further, Nita introduced lip plated, golden and bejeweled disks some five inches in diameter, held in place by slitting upper and lower lips. With these fancy ornaments, their speech was almost not understandable. Thus, with the restrictive pipe corsets, toe shoes, lip plates, and neck rings, Lord Valen managed to hobble up most all of the powerful leaders of Tierra.
Also, Brom Tower noticed that over the last fifty years, children who should have been born with the gift didn’t have it, resulting in a drastic drop in available mentales gifted people! In fact, they estimated in less than a century, no more telepaths would be born. Additionally, Marisol and the Underground discovered the wholesale deterioration of the mentales gifted as a whole. They were definitely heading towards death as a group of people and as individuals. Once they were proud, powerful people, using their gifts to help all others survive the climatic upheaval several centuries ago. As time went by, they had dropped down into antagonistic ways and then even lower towards hate and anger, fighting hideous, devastating wars. Later on, with the wide implementation of the very sexy outfits for the women and later the body modifications that had all manner of sexual twists in them, they had, as a group, dropped even further down the scale of life with their almost frantic sexual drives. With the betrayal of Lord Valen and Nita known, many dropped down into grief and apathy, since their bodies were nearly helpless. Somehow, Marisol and the Underground wanted to reverse this decline before all was lost.
Minta organized her squadrons into one Model 10 in command of one hundred Model 12's. Her generals, Minta-0 through Minta-9 each commanded ten thousand squadrons, that is over a million robot fighters — very impressive numbers until one took into account their warships, which consisted of the single-man fighters with their small cannon and backup, deep space transports with a much larger cannon. That is, Minta had no battleships, heavy cruisers, or light cruisers, at least initially.
She attacked Zeta Scorpii-C first, capturing its large space fleet and enormous spaceship construction companies. Minta used her own worker robots to man the factory lines. City by city, she utilized the bio genetic agent to mutate the city’s population, but also provided them with an Ashford-5 style living environment. Her goal was to allow them to survive but pose no threat to humans or robots. She established doctoral programs in key areas that would further the development of robot technology. Those students who excelled in these fields were given special treatment, luxury housing, the best clothing, the finest food, and so on as a reward for their academic achievements. By 1485, these few doctors became the elite of Zeta Scorpii-C, numbering six thousand. Initially, the world had seven billion people when attacked in 1465. By 1470, the population fell to around three billion, but by 1500, the population had increased to close to four billion, though nearly half of the total population were children under eighteen.
By 1500, Minta-0 had fifty battleships, a hundred heavy cruisers, and two hundred light cruisers in her command. Minta was ready to move into Phase 3 of her Grand Plan. Based on the total success on Zeta Scorpii-C, she incorporated that scenario into her future plans for other conquered worlds. She envisioned the entire galaxy under the control of her robots, with all the human populations identical to that on Zeta Scorpii-C and Ashford-5. Once completed, the humans could live useful, productive lives, but never again threaten the robots or start wars between worlds or even fight among themselves. The galaxy would be finally in a permanent complete and total peace. Never again would mankind ravage the galaxy or harm others and themselves.
Of course, humans had an entirely different point of view of Minta’s actions. Yet one man’s question undid everything. Can a robot be a person?
Find out how Ashford-5's telepaths finally achieved their rightful position in the galaxy.
Then, four bright other nova discovered how to break out of their virtual reality world and into the world where their bodies were in the survival tanks! Now there were eight real people walking their world, but then they quickly discovered they now possessed telepathy and other mental powers. Just as they finally received help from Ashford-5's geneticists, an alien race of giant snakes entered the galaxy having made an inter-galaxy voyage. They refueled by extracting energy from suns, generating a gigantic EM pulse, which knocked out all of the robots, power plants, and computer systems, leaving the millions in their underground tanks shocked and dying. The eight managed to rescue several hundred of the nova, before the snakes landed and began to dine on the humans, which they called monkeys.
Only the humaniform robot, Minta, survived, along with some others who were off-world, spying on other worlds. Minta duplicated herself ten times, making her duplicates her generals. Next, she salvaged what she could and invented two new kinds of hybrid robots. In one type, she merely kept the human brain alive, allowing it to control the robot body. In the other type, she kept the head and torso, allowing them to breed. Soon, she discovered the brain-only forms made superb robot fighters. Slowly, Minta began building up her army of robots, often making use of the victims of the bio genetic agent attacks.
The snakes worked with a geneticist who wanted to extract revenge for his family who were terrorist victims. Dr. Stevens fabricated a new version of the bio genetic agent; the snakes further modified it, and unleashed it on the world upon which Dr. Stevens wanted revenge. Although everyone on the world was genetically modified, they fought back and eventually, with help from Ashford-5, eliminated the snake aliens. However, Minta continued to kidnap victims, turning them into her new robot army.
One of Ashford-5's telepaths managed to acquire a stash of the giant psi crystals. He then headed off-world, using his Dominate powers in an attempt to conquer the universe, returning to take over all of Ashford-5. He very nearly succeeded, before Renata, Amy, and Jan were able to stop him. Not long after that, the Ataro Emperor was forced to allow anyone to come to Ashford-5 and hire telepaths, opening up the world.
While some of these telepaths had reasonable employment situations, some were horribly abused. Slowly, Renata got these people rescued. Among them was Amy and Jan, who along with four other telepaths, ended up in Minta’s hands, and were turned into robot shells; only their heads and torsos remained. These robot bodies were physically superior in all ways to human bodies. However, Jan and Amy eventually hacked into the robot programming and were able to make their escape from Minta.
Minta finally realized the telepaths were no good as robots and worse, could potentially threaten her robot army. Hence, she launched an attack on Ashford-5, blowing up the fuel refinery on the moon and unleashing a planet-wide bio genetic agent attack. Overnight, the entire population of Tierra faced the four day coma and horrible genetic modification.
Indeed, the civilizations within this spiral arm were much older than the Imperium arm worlds. Based on linguistics and archaeological evidence, Nia was able to prove conclusively that there was a single planet of origin for the human race in the galaxy. However, she also discovered the degree of decadence prevalent in these much older civilizations of the Federation. Unlike the ex-Imperium, here women were second-class citizens or worse. Each world had their own customs and enforced visitors to dress and follow their local customs. As Captain Nia Elain visited some key worlds, two linguists, and several archaeologists, she and her crew sparked a women’s revolution within the Federation. That women were obtaining equality terrified the top rulers who had to invent a way to slow or stop this movement.
Among the more decadent worlds of the Federation, some phrases were taken literally. On one of these worlds, the bride giving her hand in marriage to her groom was a physical reality, done in a special ceremony when the two married. Given the severe penalty for unfaithful husbands, this world had an almost non-existent divorce rare, unheard of elsewhere. Thus, the top rulers copied this world’s ceremony, enforcing it across all major Federation worlds. In short order, all married women lost their non-dominant hand. Artisans were heavily affected by this brutal action.
There were also quite a number of worlds on the Forbidden List, worlds shunned by the Federation worlds. Why? They were drug infested, criminal infested, and so on, worlds beyond redemption. One of these was far out on the rim, Gamelon-3, the world that had created the war between the Imperium and the Federation. These men were considered the garbage collectors of the galaxy, for they scavenged everything, including that horrific bio genetic agent whose use had caused genocides on many Imperium worlds.
Two musicians who had their left hands removed fought back. They wanted the male rulers to lose their occupations too. Cleverly, they purchased some of that bio genetic agent from a Gamelon-3 trader, duplicated it, and unleashed it on the ruling bodies, turning them into the usual helpless, hermaphrodite freaks seen so frequently in the ex-Imperium worlds.
Within a few years, other Forbidden List worlds also purchased copies of this bio agent. Naturally, they used it on Federation targets as well. Thus, at long last, the bio weapon that had devastated the ex-Imperium began doing the same thing in the Federation. Operating in the background, Captain Nia Elain and her crew, along with aid from Ashford-5, helped stabilize the Federation during this lengthy crisis. It covers the years 1381 through 1383.
The robots running Aquila Prime and their new nova, that is, the hermaphrodite victims of the bio genetic agent attacks, have other ideas. The evolution of the humaniform robots to assist these nearly helpless victims has skyrocketed. The new Model 7's are almost indistinguishable from a human! The robots have gathered nearly a million genius individuals in their main city, but the other hundred million survivors are basically psychotic, insane. In order to ensure these geniuses survive, the robots need to add more millions of new “nova” to their population. Hence, Thanos begins to secretly launch more bio genetic agent attacks on other hub worlds, after which Aquila Prime graciously accepts all the survivors the Imperium can rescue from these doomed worlds.
Unexpectedly, a young astronomer working on his PhD thesis develops a way to know when a red supergiant star will go supernova, destroying itself all around it. Boon is set to go off and threatens some ten densely populated hub worlds, along with two in the Federation of Planets portion of the hub. Emperor Bino steps in and has the Academy on Aquila Prime verify Jon’s thesis and calculations. Once done, Jon and Zoe from the Academy then join the Eagle’s Seed to set up observation sites for this “big bang,” which goes off as he predicts.
Further, Minta, Alenandra’s robot assistant, follows orders and unleashes the bio agent attack on the people in the Eagle’s Seed. Her objective is to undo all of the many cures Nia Elain and most of the crew have had, making them pure “nova” again. Twenty-two of the top humaniform robot models are then delivered to the ship, while they are in their comas. Only Zoe and Alexandra are unaffected, since they are already nova.
With each person now having their own the humaniform robot assistant, the exploration of the halo begins. Along the way, they uncover how the geneticists on Ashford-4, who created this terrible bio genetic agent, obtained their samples! They discover the Ceri, who are spiritual beings who have no need of a physical body of any kind to operate. They appear near godlike to the crew. When a Ceri becomes too bored with life, they then tend to join the doll society, picking up a plastic-like doll body, whose appendages are replaceable. However, over time, the spiritual beings thirst for more exciting sensations that a doll body can provide, and head for Aquila Prime to take over new nova bodies.
The Emperor of the Ataro Empire finally discovers that Minta was responsible for the terrorist attack on the Eagle’s Seed and that the robots of Aquila Prime launched a dozen genocide attacks on the hub worlds. A battleship commander also learns this and launches a nuclear attack on Aquila Prime, wiping the entire planet out, including the nova and their robots.
The Slave Winds blew finely powdered psi-crystal dust, which if inhaled usually caused madness and suicided. A few survived and developed magi powers, akin in fact to the mentales gifted of Ashford-5 or Tierra. Shortly on arrival, Nia was caught in an unexpected Slave Wind, and turned into a Magi, but she and her companion, Jelena, a budding healing witch, were captured by slavers, who accidentally ripped her newly regrown arms off. Jelena was able to heal her shoulders, and they were rescued by two others, who helped them get to Magus Triska, who helped Nia Elain recover and learn to use her new elemental powers.
From the old Magus, they learned that one of the three moons of Metcalf-4 was about to become perturbed during a rare triple conjunction of the three moons. In less than a month, that moon would come crashing down on the world, destroying all life. However, ancient records the magus had uncovered, suggested that this occurred every one hundred twenty years. During past conjunctions, an alien race of ghosts, or pure energy beings, the Ceri, activated their pusher beams to shove the moon back.
Armed with some idea where this apparatus was located, the group set off to find it and somehow avert the coming disaster. However, the slavers caught them, brutally binding them, forcing the group to work for them. It seems they had relatively recently crash landed on this world, and were using the primitives as a workforce to rebuild and manufacture fuel so they could take off. They’d seen the Eagle Seed above the planet and knew it had landed. Hence, Nia Elain made a deal with them. She’d provide them with a fuel cell so they could take off, if the slavers gave her control of the many prisoners. She gave them a defective fuel cell and their space ship exploded shortly after takeoff.
After freeing the prisoners, they headed off to find the Ceri and assist saving the world from destruction. However, the Ceri machine ran out of energy and was barely able to shove the moon off a ways, stalling the disaster for another thirty days. At wits end, Nia Elain put in an emergency call for help, which came from Ashford-5 or Tierra. The Ataro Empire sent a giant battleship, which pushed the moon into a different orbit, stabilizing it. Others found the remains of the crew and Nia’s parents. They all perished in the Slave Wind.
Nia Elain and her companions then had to visit Ashford-5 to receive Basic Therapy and to meet their new queen. The Ataro Emperor wisely adopted Metcalf-4 as the fortieth world in the Ataro Empire, keeping it a Closed World. That done, Nia Elain had to go to her parent’s home world of Descartes-3 to handle her inheritance. Her parents left her the Eagle’s Seed and several million credits. However, being telepaths now, they were kidnapped and subjected to the awful bio genetic agent. The woman behind this wanted to use them to help find the men responsible for murdering her husband and son.
Nia Elain and her companions finally realized that knowledge is power, and for the next few years, they spent all their time on Ashford-5, learning all that they could. Then, the Ataro Emperor requested her assistance on a very secret mission, vitally so, as the Imperium was slowly succumbing.
Unknown to all, the robots of Aquila Prime had evolved.