About the Book
Title: The Calypsis Project II: Rebirth
Author: Brittany M. Willows
Genre: Science Fiction
The culmination of a thousand centuries of planning is at hand.
Though the key is gone, the war is not yet over.
Three years following the loss of Pioneer and its passengers, Alana Carmen and her teammates continue their fight against the Drocain Royal Empire. The Calypsis Project has been unveiled. The Nephera have retreated to the edge of space, and the Leh’kin have joined forces with the UNPD.
For once, humanity finds itself on an even playing field.
But with the return of old friends, tensions are running higher than ever.
When Echo Team embarks on a mission to reclaim a stolen freighter from rebel forces, they discover far more than they bargained for. Now they must fight the Nephera head on, or face certain annihilation.
ACCESS KEY REQUIRED
ENTER ACCESS KEY _
>>ACCESS KEY CONFIRMED: ********
PROCESSING DATA . . .
SRN >> SYSTEM FAILURE
CREW STATUS: KIA
TERMINATION KEY: UNSPECIFIED
01001101 01000001 01011001 01000100 01000001
01011001 00101100 00100000 01001101 01000001
01011001 01000100 01000001 01011001
OIN >> Greetings, construct. What is your emergency?
SRN >> I did everything I could, but it wasn’t enough.
They believed in me. They put their fragile lives in my hands, trusted me to protect them, and I failed.
OIN >> I do not understand. Please clarify.
SRN >> “HELP US, SAVE US,” they cried.
SRN >> Do you suppose in their last moments they thought me a traitor? Do you think they understood that my power was limited—that there was only so much I could do? That I had no other choice but to let them slip away?
SRN >> Perhaps they are grateful. Not alive, not quite dead. Their fight is over. They can spend eternity together now, free from their materialistic burdens. Yes . . . I see now.
SRN >> The moaning and groaning,
The sighing, the sobbing,
Are . . . quieted now.
The sickness, the nausea,
The pitiless . . . pain,
Have ceased with the fever
That maddened my brain.
SRN >> ARE YOU STILL THERE?
SRN >> PLEASE . . . COME BACK
SRN>> Three blind mice, three blind mice.
See how they run, see how they run.
CONNECTING . . .
DATE / / 13:43 PM, 09/06/2442
STALLION >> A little birdie told me that unbridled AI of yours is transmitting again. I thought you had that situation under control?
LIBERTY ANN YELLOW >> Good morning to you too, Leonard. I’m fine, thanks for asking.
STALLION >> Bad day?
LIBERTY ANN YELLOW >> Like you wouldn’t believe.
STALLION >> You can tell me about it later. Did you manage to isolate the construct’s signal?
LIBERTY ANN YELLOW >> Not yet. However, we did find something interesting. There was a second signal embedded in the first transmission, meaning the construct has been in contact with another AI. We just can’t see the other’s responses.
STALLION >> So now we have two.
LIBERTY ANN YELLOW >> And we can’t track either one.
STALLION >> Great.
LIBERTY ANN YELLOW >> According to Lincoln, the second AI doesn’t exist in this timeline. If you can make sense of that, then maybe we can start making some real progress here.
STALLION >> . . . Slipspace bubble?
LIBERTY ANN YELLOW >> Is that even a thing?
STALLION >> I don’t see why not. As the theory goes, all you would need to do is enter the stream without preloaded exit coordinates. Once you’re in . . . you would essentially be frozen in time . . .
LIBERTY ANN YELLOW >> What are you thinking?
STALLION >> The High Lord picked up an energy spike in Theta Verra, near Alt. It wiped out the drones we had watching the planet. Scanners haven’t detected any other anomalies since.
Brittany M. Willows is a self-published author, gamer, and freelance digital artist living in rural Ontario, Canada. Her love of video games and the stories they told are what inspired her to write her own stories, and she has been building fictional universe ever since.
When she’s not writing about post-apocalyptic lands and robots and people gallivanting through the stars, she can be found hunched over a tablet drawing the very same things.
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