The Keepers of Forever
Book I
The Keeper's Way
A Science Fiction Novel
A blend of hard science fiction and classical space opera
with elements of horror and erotica.
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The 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.
But 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 New One they create--and underestimate.
Forrest 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.
Then, 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 Earth.
And there, Forrest Hauser makes a discovery he could never have dreamt possible.

The 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 Human Hauser with keeper enhanced senses, desires and emotions.
And you will meet the keepers themselves.
You 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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WARNING: Because of the nature of the nanotechnology employed by the Enonians, sexually explicit situations are depicted that may be offensive to some readers. This is not porn, but I don't mince words either. If such material bothers you, I suggest you go elsewhere.

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  Chapter 1: "Blood Dreams"
  Chapter 2: "First Kill"
  Chapter 3: "The Return"
  Chapter 4: "The Forever Project"
  Chapter 5: "The Worldly Machines Caper"
  Chapter 6: "The Plan"
  Chapter 7: "The Skyjack"
  Chapter 8: "Obsessions"
  Chapter 9: "The Covenant of Tribes"
  Chapter 10: "Dalliance"
  Chapter 11: "The Bounce"
  Chapter 12: "Parallel Visions"
  Chapter 13: "Things Forgotten"
  Chapter 14: "The Visitor"
  Chapter 15: "The Confrontation"
  Chapter 16: "First Times"
  Chapter 17: "Planetfall"
  Chapter 18: "Marcus-3"
  Chapter 19: "Schismatics"
  Chapter 20: "Keeper's Way"
  Chapter 21: "Extinction"
  Chapter 22: "Departure"
  Chapter 23: "In the End"

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