Eric S. Nylund
|Write science fiction and fantasy.|
Born in 1964 California, USA. Received Masters Degree in Chemical Physics from University of California, San Diego. Resides in Pacific Northwest.
- There is water pooled deep within the earth - a forbidden spring that flows through the history of humankind. There is a reborn ghost town in New Mexico where real phantoms congregate - along with artists, shamans, witches. . .and all manner of evil. Lightning has chased Larry Ngitis to this place where he will be called upon to do the impossible. Because the death of everything is rapidly approaching - unless Larry can turn the wheels of the world in the right direction. Dry Water is a novel of wondrous thing that reshapes time and many realities.
- Jack Potter has clawed and cheated his way into the elite Academe of Pure and Applied Sciences. There, with access to the best "bubbles" - networked virtual reality environments tapped directly into the subconscious - Jack puts computer cryptography to work for the highest bidder. Sometimes he hacks for private multinational corporations, sometimes for the government and its ruthlessly efficient National Security Office. Sometimes the work is legal; otherwise., Jack simply raises his price. In a world of unrestrained capitalism, where everything and everyone is for sale, how else can an up-and-coming academic finance his research and compete for tenure? But up-and-coming can change to down-and-out in the blink of an eye. Jack's hopes for tenure are being sabotaged by an Academe rival. The NSO suspects him of shady, possibly treasonous, dealings with enemy China. And his research into signal encryption within apparently random noise is going nowhere fast.
Then cloaked in the hiss of background radiation streaming past the Earth from deep space, Jack discovers a message from the stars. A faster-than-light communications system links Jack to an alien civilization eager to do business with humanity and its representative. Before he knows it, Jack has entered into a partnership that will open a Pandora's Box of potential profit and loss.
The sharks are quick to circle. The governments, the multinationals, and mysterious players more powerful still, all want a piece of the action - and they're willing to kill, even wage war, to get it. Now Jack finds himself entangled in a shifting web of deceit and intrigue, both virtual and real, in which no one, not even his closest friends, can be trusted. For Earth's cloak-and -dagger business practices are writ large in the heavens. . .and hostile takeovers are just as common across light years as they are across boardroom tables.
- Sequel to Signal to Noise. From the ruins of the Moon, Jack Potter, mathematician and rogue cryptographer, can look down on the planet he helped destroy. Thanks to the treachery of an all-but-omnipotent alien known as Wheeler - Jack's former business partner in the trade of alien and human technologies - Earth has become the graveyard of billions. When Jack refused to find new worlds for Wheeler to despoil, the unscrupulous alien terminated their relationship...along with every living thing on Earth. But Jack and a handful of others escaped the holocaust by usuing an alien technology known as the gateway technology that allows instantaneous transmission of matter over vast distances. Now these few survivorts are all that's left of the human race.
There is Isabel, Jack's ex-partner . A genius in the field of cybernetics as cold-blooded and devious as Wheeler, her only loyalty is to herself. She's betrayed Jack already; how can he afford to trust her again but more important, how can he afford not to?
There is Zero, the gene witch, whose talents in the manipulation on DNA have accelerated evolution, opening the door to the full achievement of human potential. Unfortunately, Zero has a bad habit of experimenting on himself.
There is Panda, a beautiful Chinese assassin who can kill as easily with her mind as with her hands. She tried to murder Jack back on Earth... but somehow Jack can't keep himself from falling in love with her.
Meanwhile, Wheeler is out to finish what he started...and the universe isn't big enough for Jack to hide in. His only hope is the gateway. If he can hack into the device and decrypt its alien coding, he may learn the secret of a power great enough to destroy even Wheeler. The only problem is, it's much more likely to destroy Jack first.