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year is 2063. The seeder ship, Forever,
is two years away from the launch window--its mission to populate the
galaxy with humans in an effort to ensure the survival of the human species.
Security is extraordinarily tight--the threat of genoclonic terrorists
planning to skyjack the Forever
looming large in the minds of the World Government officials. But they
do not know of the immortal, human-like extraterrestrials exiled on Earth
one-hundred thousand years ago. They do not know that the aliens, who call
themselves Enonians, have plans of their own for the Forever.
Forrest Hauser, team leader of the Forever Project at Worldly Machines,
knows. He discovers their plans when the Enonians capture him and convert
him to an immortal with superhuman Enonian-like powers. The Enonians need
Hauser for his intimate knowledge of the Forever.
But there is a price to pay. For Hauser, the price of immortality is the
necessity of drinking human blood to survive, and the loss of all ties
to the world he has known. For the Enonians, it is the inevitable bonding
that results from the blood sharing, and the final confrontation with the
they create--and underestimate.
Hauser has no choice but to ally himself with the Enonians. The immortal
keepers flowing through his veins makes it impossible for him to return
to his life on Earth. And, if he gives the Forever
to the Enonians, they will be forever removed from Earth. He cannot know
what he will do once they are safely away, a decision complicated by the
presence of Lisa Hill, a spacer who has fallen in love with him, and follows
him when he steals his way into the huge seeder ship.
just as the Forever
under Enonian control is preparing to leave the solar system, warships
from Earth approach, forcing them to bounce
before the Nothingness Drive--Enonian
technology unknown on Earth--is fully installed and calibrated. They bounce-in
twenty-thousand lightyears toward the center of the galaxy, and three-thousand
years into the future--only to confront the Terran Empire descended from
there, Forrest Hauser makes a discovery he could never have dreamt
Keepers of Forever takes you on an adventure
of galactic proportions. Within these pages you will meet diverse lifeforms
including the immortal, blood-drinking Enonians who must avoid sunlight
and are the source of the vampire myth. You will meet the conscious, logical,
yet emotion-driven Serp who lives within the ship's computers. You will
meet the metamorphic quantum-mechanical Guardians, the genetically designed
genoclones, and the Once
Hauser with keeper enhanced senses, desires and
you will meet the keepers themselves.
will discover that physical reality is but a pale reflection of the true
nature of things. You will encounter the co-existent universes, separate
yet inextricably bound to ours, which together make up superspace--that
place which is not a place but everywhere, the sum of all things, yet nothing.
And you will learn of the Mind--a being whose domain is superspace,
and whose thoughts is creation itself--your thoughts.
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