QSFer Alina Popescu has a new MM sci fi book out:
The truth always comes to light, no matter how old or dark the intergalactic veil of lies.
When flyers Michael and Samandriel set out to find the elusive Ishtahr sanctuary, the truths they uncover about the origin of their race threaten the very foundation of the Intergalactic Alliance. If exposed, the alliance’s revered overseers might lose their rule over the galaxies and their ultimate military force, the flyers.
Desperate to protect Adam, his lover, Michael will go against anyone who threatens the human’s life. Put into stasis by what seems to be a miracle, Adam’s survival is on the line even without the overwatch trying to execute him. As Ishtahr welcomes them, Michael uncovers more of the overseers’ lies and manipulations. His and Samandriel’s rage grows stronger with every new revelation about flyers’ essence.
With overseers ready to go to war against Ishtahr, Samandriel determined to expose their lies, and the sanctuary refusing to bow down to fickle threats, the entire universe is on the brink of implosion. Will Michael and Adam ever find their happiness in such dire circumstances?
Flyer Chronicles, Book Two
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Something beeped and Michael checked the automatic alert: the medpod was open. He ran out of the flight deck and rushed to the medbay. He almost collided with the doors as they were too slow and skidded to a stop near the now open medpod holding Adam.
Michael’s heart broke as he looked at his lover. He wasn’t awake. Michael had hoped something had changed, but it hadn’t. Then why the notification?
“Is he all right?” Samandriel asked, his breath heavy.
“I don’t know.” Michael gripped the edge of the pod, feeling the need to rip it apart. “He’s not awake, I cannot fathom why the pod would be open.”
Samandriel checked the computerized reports. “He’s been deemed healthy enough to be moved. He might not be awake, but there’s nothing physically wrong with him, so the program decided to ignore his unconsciousness.”
Michael let out a grunt that sounded more like a muffled scream. “Software can be so stupid. An AI would be very useful right now.”
“I can’t reinstate the AI, you know that.”
Michael nodded, tightening his grip on the pod. “I know. One wrong move, and we end up trapped on the ship and hauled right back to where we ran from.”
The automatic systems on the ship didn’t require an AI to function. An AI was simply better at adapting to unusual circumstances and far more efficient than having flyers review all relevant data and making decisions. It also acted as the onboard doctor.
“I wish I could access the AI and overwrite some of its directives,” Samandriel muttered. “What now?”
Michael released the pod and ran his fingers through Adam’s hair. “Now I take him with me.”
“What? What if something goes wrong?”
“We can slap one of those medical bracelets on him. The nanobots in it can do regular checks and monitor his vitals.”
“True, but in case of emergency—”
“No! Now that the pod is open, I’m not letting him here all alone.”
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm. Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
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