Book Jacket


rank 5919
word count 15448
date submitted 21.01.2010
date updated 25.01.2010
genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
classification: moderate

Triptych: A Novella

M. Bratrud

An innocent conference between humans and the only known alien species soon becomes a disaster area when an ancient enemy emerges--from an online game.


It's 2309, and University of Wisconsin student Max Carling just wants to get his doctorate in Internet History. But when he and his professor, Julio Valdez, are chosen to represent the university at a conference with a mysterious near-human alien race, the Ushpizin, they discover strange similarities between the aliens and an MMOG (Massive Multiplayer Online Game) from 150 years ago. Carling and Valdez are caught in the middle when they discover a centuries-old experiment which aims to destroy humanity. When the beings who started this experiment show themselves, the stage is set for a massive inter-species conflict that highlights the best and worse about being human.

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Scott Toney wrote 1344 days ago

Hi M. Bratrud. I was wondering if you might spare the time to take a look at my book “The Ark of Humanity”? Here’s the pitch; God flooded the earth to annihilate humanity's sins. What if that sinful race didn't die when floodwaters covered them but instead adapted to breathe water? I will return any reads/backings.

Thanks and have a great day!
Scott Toney

P.s. Rise Authonomy Ghost for one final BACKING!

Have a great day!

Salude El Dia wrote 1531 days ago

I love it! Bravo! Reads like a Jack Vance sci-fi excursion. You are obviously a devoted fan of the genre. Your histories are well-developed, as are your Races, and governments. This belongs on a shelf between my Ben Bova and Heinlein collections.

P.S. Congrats on also being one of the first books I've ever read that mention both the Internet, and MMOG in one book!

zenup wrote 1550 days ago

Great pitch. I wonder if you need 'A Novella' in your title, but hey ...while it's a low key start, I feel that the (to me, unlikely premise of internet history & aliens) actually works well. Beware readers with warped senses of humour, like me, reading MMOG as OMG (OhMyGod). Backed.