Thursday, June 11, 2015

Planet Bloom (Starship Scorpius, Book 1) by Jessie Jasen


Release date: May 9, 2015
Subgenre: Space opera, military science fiction, science fiction romance

About The Dream of Planet Bloom:

 

The year is 2350.
Earth is in the Planetary Alliance with aliens who claim to be our creators. But not everybody agrees with the new doctrine.
Starship Scorpius is sent to explore space in search of advanced extraterrestrial technologies that will give us an advantage over our alien allies.
The battle for supremacy begins here…

The race is on when Scorpius encounters an alien phenomenon that leaves a mysterious extraterrestrial technology stranded on the ship—a strange machine that can teleport the crew to parallel dimensions. 

But a deadly accident forces Captain Megan Ashley to forbid further usage of the machine. First Commander Sy Race supports Ashley’s decision, but secretly starts exploiting the technology when he realizes he can create his own parallel worlds and use them to attain his personal goals.

STARSHIP SCORPIUS SERIES is infused with aliens, AIs, ghosts, starships, high-tech, mysterious space phenomena, battle between good and evil, and the central question of what it means to be an individual within the collective—human and alien—in the galaxy of the 24th century.

Excerpt:


IT’S ALMOST over, Sy Race thinks as he presses the buttons on the computer console in the astro lab. He has been working on this project for weeks in private and secretly. He hasn’t mentioned anything about the simulations he’s been conducting to Captain Megan Ashley, even though it is his obligation as first commander to discuss all projects and goings-on on starship Scorpius with her.
He doesn’t feel good about not having spoken to Megan about his experiments and not obtaining her permission first before he started, but he has reasons for not doing so. A few months ago, the crew on starship Scorpius encountered an alien phenomenon during their exploration mission through the Orion Nebula. The phenomenon was more than anyone could have hoped for—in a good way, and in a bad way too. It cost some of the crew members their lives, but it provided Scorpius with an alien technology that allowed them to travel to parallel dimensions while connecting themselves to the machine.
The leading officers named the machine the dream resonator. For what they know, the machine allows the crew members to connect their minds to the machine, enter the state of sleep and travel to parallel dimensions.
After the first experiments had taken place with the dream resonator and the horrible accident had happened, Captain Ashley made a decision that no one should engage in further experiments until the technology had been tested and dream resonator was deemed safe.
Race knew he would never obtain Captain’s permission. However, being ambitious, he decided to continue testing the technology of the dream resonator on his own terms and in his free time. He has come as far as to create a program that induces a state of wakeful dream into a subject and takes it to a dream world Race had created and programmed.
So far, he has programmed all the parameters of the dream he called “Race ZED-12” necessary to create a dream world. This would be the first time that the dream resonator wouldn’t take the subject into a random parallel dimension, but a pre-conceived world in which everything that happens is controlled. A parallel world Race has designed himself—sort of like a computer game in which the participants can feel everything, see everything with their own eyes, touch things, and live as if they were living in the real world.
Their bodies would need to be connected to the dream resonator, the same way they were connected when some of the members travelled to parallel dimensions. The connection is established when the subject lies into a specially designed cocoon bed that connects the brain to the machine.
When they first got hold of the dream resonator, none of the engineers on Scorpius understood how this technology works, or how the consciousness of the subject connects to the machine, but they dared employ it. It was this human fallibility that caused the accident to happen in the first place. It was then that Captain Ashley decided to halt the experiments.
Race makes an alteration to the algorithm and looks at the large computer screen in front of him. He’s aware that the dream resonator is alien design, a design created by a species far more developed than any species known to anyone among the alien and human species of the First Quadrant. Nevertheless, he hopes that his experiment will open the treasure chest of knowledge to him, and allow the crew to understand what the dream resonator is, and what it can do.
The algorithm looks good, he thinks to himself. “Computer, start the simulation of the dream sequence “Race ZED-12.””
“Dream sequence “Race ZED-12” is commencing,” the voice of the computer says.

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About Jessie Jasen:

Jessie Jasen writes science fiction and fantasy books. Writing is her greatest passion—one she has been pursuing since her childhood. She loves people, nature, animals, geeky stuff, and sharing her visions of the Universe and the future with her readers. She lives and writes in Vienna, Austria. You can reach her at contact@jessiejasen.com

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