Authors: J. M. Erickson
J. M. Erickson
Intelligent Design: Revelations to Apocalypse
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Copyright 2015 J. M. Erickson
Editor: Suzanne M. Owen
Cover design: Cathy Helms, Avalon Graphics, LLC
Publisher: J. M. Erickson
ISBN: (MOBI Format) 978-1-942708-13-1
ISBN: (ePub Format) 978-1-942708-14-8
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Albatross: Birds of Flight—Book One (Revised)
Raven: Birds of Flight—Book Two
Eagle: Birds of Flight—Book Three
Falcon: Birds of Flight—Book Four
Flight of the Black Swan
Action/Adventure Science Fiction
Future Prometheus I: Emergence & Evolution—Novellas I & II
Future Prometheus II: Revolution, Successions & Resurrections—Novellas III, IV & V
Intelligent Design: Revelations
The Prince: Lucifer’s Origins
Intelligent Design: Apocalypse
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List of Characters
Andrea Perez, or Perez the Younger
—Former MIT doctoral student of holographic and light spectrums, she is now a resident on the planet Terra. As an “Earther” on an alien planet, she is of the engineer-warrior class, tasked with keeping the planet’s holographic emitters running to keep the planet Terra hidden from Earth. She has been on Terra for years and has become accustomed to its martial law that parallels ancient Rome’s.
Anthony Perez, or Perez the Elder—
Former army captain who worked as a trauma specialist in the Department of Veterans Administration, Perez is a recent arrival to Terra. Previously, he worked on preparing Earth for the revelation that another planet with a developed civilization existed within the Sol System, but had been well hidden. He originally ran the Epsilon Team Six, an all-Terran-female SEAL team, but turned it over to his friend Roberta Josephine Riesman when he was injured.
Christine Reich, CEO and President of Reich Enterprise—
A wealthy German industrialist, billionaire, and philanthropist who used to be known as Roberta Josephine Riesman, PhD, a former army major. Her last position was as executive director of Readiness and Disaster Logistics in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Office of Response and Recovery. She adopted the Reich persona when she learned the truth about the hidden planet and when her close friend Anthony Perez was injured and left Earth to reunite with his daughter Andrea on Terra. She is the leader of a special ops team, Terran Epsilon Team Six—made of Lux, Pax, Vespere, Bella, and her master computer, the Keeper—that is now focused on keeping humanity alive on Earth.
General David Farrell—
General in the United States Army who runs a specialized unit in the communication, spectrographic analysis, and guidance division of NASA. He searches for intelligent life within the Sol System. For years he has followed leads from “lost” documents, documents with corrupted dates, “missing” files, and disappearing witnesses. He suspects a cover-up about an invisible planet that affects gravitational pull on all the system’s planets but that cannot be seen.
Chief Inspector Arthur Bradley—
From New Scotland Yard. Works with his team—Officer Virginia “Ginny” Spenser and Officer John “Jack” Middleton—to locate missing persons and solve riddles on international cases. Works with General Farrell and has spent a great amount of time searching for an escaped nemesis, Sir Phillip Pierce, and the wealthy though elusive Christine Reich.
Master Architect Janus
—Leader of the “Old Ones,” a group that survived the collision of Gemini’s Alpha and Beta dwarf planets sixty-seven million years ago deep within Mars’s crust. Janus and his companions, Olympia and Athena, plan to start a family. He was a great architect of the once-thriving Martian civilization and led junior architects, such as Iris of Venus and Hades of Terra, to populate the Sol System with different species of hominid. His leadership helped all the planets, even Earth, survive the initial destruction from the great collision. As the Martian population now dwindles into extinction, Janus and his master computer, the Keeper, foresee an all-too-familiar astronomical event: another extinction-level collision is about to begin. Once again, Janus must warn the others to prepare for the coming apocalypse, which will either lead to the annihilation or the next evolution of each species.
— A tidally locked planet obscured from Earth by the sun and holographic emitters that cloak its existence; it is larger than Earth and keeps an opposite orbit. It is a martial-law society based on Earth’s ancient Roman culture of 1.9 billion hominids, which bear a striking resemblance to Earth’s Neanderthals. Terrans live underground, along the equatorial line that leaves half the planet in perpetual darkness and the other side in perpetual light. The holographic emitters are failing, and its existence is about to be revealed to Earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
John, 1:1–8, King James Version, Earth
In the very beginning, before the great collision, there were Mars, Venus, and Terra.
We were the Old Ones. We believe we were the very first created by the Originators.
We developed and created various carbon-based hominids in our own image and artificial intelligence to reflect our own. We stretched out from our Martian cradle to populate and create new civilizations. This was all to imitate our creators, the Originators.
They were our creators, the ones we strived to emulate. The ones we followed to the stars.
And when the time came for us to leave before the end, before Collision, most of our kind left to find the Originators.
Few, so very few, architects and master computers created arks for our creations.
—Hades, 1:1–9, B.C., Great Library, Terra
When it is obvious that the goal cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the actions steps
“Just Beautiful. Unusually quiet, but beautiful nonetheless.” Master Architect Janus stood on his balcony, gazing over the miles of well-maintained but desolate homes in his near empty city. The lots, arranged in neat rows, contained two to three-story rectangular homes interspersed with gardens and small farms. The Originators had constructed the planet’s cities to accommodate twenty million inhabitants with privacy and space. The arrangement of well-marked roads, arboretums and gardens made the Martian landscape aesthetically simple and pleasing, well designed in both form and function. Canals laid out in a grid pattern ran throughout the plateau, their order in stark contrast to the irregularity of the occasional rivers that cut across the land. Four-story pyramids glimmered throughout the cityscape. Strategically placed by the waterways, they provided decentralized energy generation via water and solar. The sun set, plunging the planet into a reddish blue twilight, and birds flew squawking from their nests in search of their evening meal.