Upcoming eBook: Changing Minds

 

Announcement

A new short Science Fiction Story will be published during the next weeks, Changing Minds.

I’ll inform in one of the next Newsletters my readers about the presentation of the cover of this eBook on this Blog, via a new post.

I must inform my readers that the text hasn’t yet been proofread by my usual american editor (yes, I pay her to satisfy my readers with texts written in good English), but I hope they’ll appreciate to discover it by advance.

 

Synopsis

A woman who was seeing her father dying, is grateful to Dr Kuiper, when he saves him.

The old man seems to be a new one, he comes out of the hospital, she feels it’s a real miracle! But where does he go outside, during the night? And why does she find, sometimes, that his gaze is the one of a complete, cold stranger?

What she will discover by following him will reveal her that the mysterious good Doctor wasn’t as astruistic as she had thought…

 

Chapter 1

« Oh… hello, Patricia… » whispered the old man, making a little smile to her. Jessica retained herself from crying and answered, « Hello, Dad. » The woman, clearly in her forties, was watching her father lying in the hospital’s bed, with oxygen tubing fit in his nose, unable to get up. Odors of urine proved once again he could no more retain himself, he was quickly returning to a baby’s state. « Where am I? » the old female voice grasped Jessica’s attention away from her father, and she saw through the opened door of the bedroom an old woman she recognized vaguely, named Betty. Her frightened eyes showed that, lost, she probably was having a new Alzheimer’s crisis, and was resisting the efforts of a nurse, who told her, « Let me bring you back to your room. » Finally, aghast, the woman in her old pink bathrobe stopped resisting, and went away. Jessica looked again her father, telling herself, are we all condemned to finish like that? Suddenly she felt something on her shoulder and shivered. It was the weight of a man’s hand and turning back on herself she recognized Doctor Kuiper, the Physician who had been following her father’s state during the last months… « Mrs. Maple, can I have a little talk with you outside? » « Yes, Doctor… » she looked sadly at her father who had closed his eyes, his belly going slowly, painfully, up and down, and reluctantly followed the bald man, who shut carefully the door behind her, before taking both her hands into  his, watching her calmly in the eyes. « Mrs. Maple, I wanted to have a conversation with you about your Dad, without him listening to us. » She swallowed hard, wiping a tear going down one of her cheeks, and answered, « I’m listening… tell me. » « As you know, the physical state of your father is getting worse each day, now. » « Like his mental state: he mistakes me for my mother, Patricia… » The Physician sighed and added, « Jessica, I’m well aware of that… and I must inform you that his health is becoming worse and worse, and I’m afraid… » He stopped speaking and she opened big eyes, asking, « What are you afraid of? » The man in his forties squeezed lightly her hands as a friendly support and added, « He’ll probably die, and very soon. » She couldn’t avoid to begin to cry while listening these words. « Doctor, my Mother died a few years ago, but he seemed so much stronger! I hoped he would be able to get over it with my help… my daughter loves him so much… can’t anything be done? » He approached her, looking her straight in the eyes, and added, « Yes, there is! » « Doctor? » Dr. Kuiper was startled and looked back, imitated in the same fashion by Jessica. They both saw a young man, almost a teenager. The woman recognized on his face the features of trisomy 21. The Physician calmed down and smiled at the shy boy, answering, “Hi my good lad, how are you doing?”

“You…” the teen was hesitant, before continuing, “You told me you would help me”.

“Yes, Tim, I’ll come to see you soon, in your bedroom…” he walked to the teen and, pushing, made him go out of the room, adding, “… I’ll go there to see you, as soon as I’ll have finished something here.

The Physician closed the door, making the dazed face of the boy disappear. Turning around, Dr. Kuiper smiled at her too and said, “Let’s begin.”

 

 

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A few minutes later, she was watching the Dr. Kuiper, standing near her dad, who was lying asleep in the hospital’s bed, and at the same time, surveying, at times, if someone opened the door.

Annoyed again, she wasn’t feeling well about what the Physician was going to do. She saw him take a syringe out of one of his white shirt’s breast pocket, and approach her father. She saw that the container, with its thin needle, contained a strange, green fluorescent liquid. « Are you sure it’s really a good idea, Doctor? Why wouldn’t one of your colleagues trust your miracle product? » « Because…” answered the man, who was now pressing the plunger of the syringe, « …they couldn’t understand its benefits, they would be jealous, and destroy all our hopes! » As the strange luminescent liquid was being injected, she was asking herself if this wasn’t an error. Why was the Physician so cautious in front of his colleagues in the hospital? She doubted even more when she saw her father awaken and have some trembles. She screamed, « What’s arriving to him Doctor? » « It’s a normal reaction, don’t be afraid! » the Physician said, maintaining with both hands the old man who was violently shaking in his bed. « What’s happening here?” a loud voice banged. Another physician, wearing a white shirt too, and seemed older than the Doctor Kuiper. Clearly, since he seemed so authoritative, he seemed to be his hierarchical superior. He was standing in the bedroom’s entrance, a hand on the door’s knob, looking suspiciously at the two of them. The woman murmured shyly, impressed by the angry look on the man’s face, « Well… » « Everything’s fine, » Doctor Kuiper said loudly, interrupting her, « the patient just had a hard moment breathing, but it’s over now. »

Jessica watched her father and saw he was breathing normally now, calm, immobile in the bed. She smiled at Doctor Kuiper who winked at her. « Dr. Kuiper, can I have a little conversation with you outside? » asked the other Physician, looking severely at his young colleague. « No problem, Doctor. » and the two men exited the room, shutting the door behind them. While Jessica was watching her father sleeping calmly, she could here an argument outside between the two Physicians. Minutes passed by, seeming longer and longer, while the argument was becoming louder and louder

in the adjacent corridor of the hospital. She left her Dad sleep and joined the two men in the corridor. Just as she arrived, the older one was quitting the other, shouting « I hope I won’t have to repeat my warning! », and was already turning around, walking quickly toward the end of the corridor. Impressed by the old Professor’s anger, Jessica was beginning to ask herself if she hadn’t made a big mistake… The smiling face of Dr. Kuiper’s bald head appeared in her point of view, masking the silhouette of his colleague who was continuing to walk quickly in the corridor. « Come tomorrow and you’ll see a big improvement. Trust me! » He seemed very confident… she had decided to give it a try, and after all, what could she or her father lose?

 

 

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Jessica was on a high, the following morning. Not only did she feel more optimistic, concerning her old father’s health, but she was literally high, since she was working many meters above the ground, working on an electric pole for the local electric company. Wearing a hard hat, she had just finished a repair when she felt her smartphone vibrating, in one of her pockets. She answered, « Yes? » « Good morning Mrs. Todd, I have good news for you, you may come this evening. » said Dr. Kuiper, whose voice she recognized. « I… of course Doctor, with pleasure, as soon as I’ve finished. » The phone was cut abruptly. The Physician had stopped the communication very suddenly. Not the most social man I know… she told herself. She shrug her shoulders and came back on the ground.

« Where are you going? » asked a male voice behind her, while she was taking off her hard hat, and going toward the females’ locker room. « I’m going to the hospital, someone just phoned me about my father. » Her chief sighed and said, « You know, I understand your difficulties, because of your Dad… but there’s a project to finish, here… » « I won’t be long Jeff, please! » He watched her in the eyes, annoyed, and put an open hand on a pillar next to her, almost encircling her before continuing, « Can I hope you’ll finally accept my invitation to dinner, one of these evenings, to speak about something else than work? » She flashed a big smile to the rather not handsome man, who was stinking what she thought was an awful smell, and answered, “I promise to think about it. » A big silence fell upon them, as Jessica, hopeful, her heart beating hard in her chest, waited his approval. Hope sparkling in his pig-like eyes, he smiled and answered: « OK, Jessica, you can go. » The young woman, comforted, sighed of relief, and gave him a little kiss on one of his bad shaved cheeks, saying, « Thank you very much! »

 

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Wearing normal everyday clothes, she followed a nurse in the hospital’s corridor. Jessica had asked to see her father, and saw no sign of Dr. Kuiper, who had nonetheless phoned to her. « He had to go to discuss with the hospital’s Chief Physician. Perhaps he’ll come to see you later, » the old woman had answered. « I’m surprised, generally Dr. Kuiper is often with my father, and he treats him with so much consideration! » « It’s no longer necessary… » said the old woman as she opened her father’s bedroom door. As the nurse was entering and the door was progressively opening, she saw the bed where the precedent day her father had been lying.

It was empty. « Dad, no! » her heart was bursting in her chest as she was already mourning her loss. The appearance of a man sitting in a chair near the bed made her gasp! This chair had been the last thing to appear on the left, as the door had now been completely opened. She had the surprise to see that it was her father who was sitting in the chair, watching her. She sighed of relief and, inexplicably kind of shy, she approached the man she most loved in the world. « Hello Princess. » She became overwhelmed by emotions, because she hadn’t heard him call her by her childhood nickname during many years. In fact since her teen years. He had begun to call her by that nickname when she was a little girl, when she was fascinated by Barbie, sometimes wearing a princess gown.

When she was thirteen, she got more and more interested by more mature and adult things, and asked him to no more call her like that. Sometimes, he had continued, just wanting to tease her, but it became rarer and rarer, as she became a full adult… and perhaps someone too serious, she told herself. Forgotten memories from the past have come back, I imagine… She watched him smiling at her in the chair, wearing a comfortable bathrobe. At least he seems in a much better state than yesterday! « It’s a pleasure to see you again, Jessica. » The woman opened big, surprised eyes. These words coming from him, calling her with her good first name, all that was unimaginable, the day before. « Da… Dad? » she asked hesitantly. « Yes? » still that same smile… he seemed almost having fun. « I… » she swallowed before continuing, emotion making her throat dry, before continuing, « I’m surprised… and so happy! I thought you were going to die, yesterday, and I find you alive, out of your bed, this morning! » He became much more serious, and asked her, seeming suspicious, « You seem disappointed… » « What? Me, disappointed to see you feeling better? Oh no, Dad, I find it wonderful! » « I know, I was just kidding, » and he burst in a big laugh, one she hadn’t heard from him during many years. » She approached him, getting closer, standing in front of him, and feeling a wide range of emotions: bewilderment, astonishment, joy… Her father, who had stopped laughing and had been smiling again, became suddenly more serious.

Perhaps even worried.

Surprised, she saw him approach a no more trembling hand – he had begun to have Parkinson, recently – and touch one of her cheeks. He caressed her, the same way he had comforted her, during the bad moments of her infancy, and said: « You’re crying, Jess! » She smiled and wiped the tears flowing down her cheeks, saying, « I know, Dad… I’m just so happy to see you feeling so much better… » He smiled back, happiness showing also in his eyes.

But… didn’t she see something else, in his eyes? Something… artificial, indefinable.

She shook her head and quickly gathered herself. I’m becoming paranoiac…

 

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Upcoming eBook: Hungry – Origins of Red

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Announcement

I announce here that, in a few weeks, the Sci Fi Zombie Story ‘Hungry’ will be published.

Its eBook cover I’ve recently received from my usual infographics artist needs some adjustments I’ve asked for, but at last I’m happy to present it to my readers by advance.

Hungry – Origins of Red is the Prequel of the Hungry Series Novellas I’ve been preparing these last months. The first eBook of the Series is being also written and prepared.

Synopsis

A little girl and her parents are trying to escape zombies at the beginning of this story, while trying to reach the Community. It’s seems to be an utopia in this world which has become a nightmare, the utopia of a shelter , a haven for its population of human survivors, where they can at last hope to live somewhat normally.

Saved by members of the Community, but sole survivor of her family, this red haired girl very hungry, will feel a real thirst for vengeance.

She will become the student of an old Japanese Master, and with his help, she will become a great sword practicionner. She will be a great help for the Community, which must fight against more and more living dead which roam around it.

A new matter brought to the Community by an ex NASA Scientist will help them to mix a millenial martial art with a futuristic technology, giving hope to this last realm of Humanity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mobile Artificial Islands

Wednesday April 6th, 2016

MOBILE ARTIFICIAL ISLANDS

HOMELANDS OF THE FUTURE

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An example of an artificial island project

(link: https://thebuilderblog.wordpress.com/tag/artificial-island/)

Statement:

One fact seems to be real, nowadays, and is becoming more prevalent each year: in many developed countries, the price of the surface of building land diminishes, provoking an inflation of the price of the lots, and provoking many ecological and economic problems.

Within the building industry, the stress felt by many entrepreneurs has increased, because the urban infrastructure has become dense, and it’s hard to find building lands sold at reasonable prices, compared to what happened, a few dozen years…

At the same time, ecological organizations are more and more vehement and sensitive about this subject. It’s because of the destruction of forests and complete ecosystems, like swamps, to satisfy the appetite of entrepreneurs. They don’t want to see our natural environment becoming replaced by more and more concrete.

 

A solution: take land away from the sea

It’s not a completely new solution, the Nederlands having adopted it centuries ago; they extended the surface of their country by building more and more artificial surfaces along the sea, and then on it.

Some countries, notably Japan, who also has a big problem to find new surfaces for its inhabitants (the price of real estate being huge, there), have been tempted by an interesting development of this solution: floating artificial islands.

Mobile, these islands could stay connected to a continent, acting as peninsulas, or they could slowly navigate the oceans and seas, able to stay indefinitely in the international waters.

These islands, with entire cities covering their surface, could use natural energies provided by the sun and, especially, the wind (which is abundant at sea). Not only for their energy requirements of mechanical propulsion, but also for operational requirements as technological pieces of modern civilization (for lighting, heat, air conditioning …).

Also, these islands could catch from the waters the resources necessary to satisfy their needs for food. Enclosed ecosystems and agricultural buildings (like some projects at Las Vegas) could use the in situ taken resources with great efficiency.

 

A coming new eBook related to this Subject:

DEEP THOUGHTS

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Such a fascinating aquatic city is the background scene for the Novella ‘DEEP THOUGHTS’.

People not only work aboard these huge floating artifacts, they also like to watch shows, and in this story, they admire Bob, the star of a kind of Marineland which is part of the city. Bob isn’t human, he’s a killer whale internationally known.

A couple of trainers, who are also Scientists, produce great shows with the help of Bob. Everything is fine until the cetacean begins to behave strangely.

The female partner in the couple will be intrigued by Bob’s reaction, and progressively, will get close to him. In this way she will discover that her life isn’t as perfect as she thought. She will also unveil a terrible secret which will turn her existence upside down, unleashing on her a sure death.

This Science Fiction Novella, which was originally written in French, is being translated to English, and will be published in the coming months, on Kindle for Amazon.

 

Links:

(http://www.english-online.at/environment/delta-works/delta-works-netherlands-fight-against-the-sea.htm)

(California being an example: http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2015/finance/housing-costs/housing-costs.aspx)

(the bad effects of urbanization at Shanghai are an example: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212095512000156)

(http://sputniknews.com/voiceofrussia/2014_02_16/Land-hungry-Japan-builds-floating-islands-to-escape-global-flood-9779/)

 

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Works

eBooks in English

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In this SHORT SCIENCE FICTION STORY, a trio of miners hoped to become rich when they entered the Asteroid Belt, attracted by the riches promised by ores supposed to be found in it. Instead they find nothing of interest… but they will make a staggering discovery that will probably change the fate of Mankind…

Space People

 

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Paleontologist Philippe Magnus would never have imagined that fossilized footprints, on a rocky plate, would help him to follow the footsteps of his missing son.
He would neither have thought that with a friend he would go on an unimaginable journey… and would perhaps never come back alive!

Dino Ferox (English version)

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eBooks in French

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Genre de cette NOUVELLE : SCIENCE FICTION Le paléontologue Philippe Magnus n’aurait jamais cru que des empreintes fossilisées sur une plaque rocheuse le mèneraient sur les traces de son fils disparu. Et il aurait encore moins pensé que lui et un ami se retrouveraient projetés dans un voyage comme ils n’en auraient jamais imaginé… Et n’en reviendraient peut-être jamais vivants !

Dino Ferox (French version)

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Novella de SCIENCE FICTION. Dans un monde futur où l’Humanité se répand sur la surface des mers grâce à des îles flottantes artificielles, les Cités-Nénuphars, Bob est une véritable Star. Bob est l’orque mâle à l’intelligence améliorée d’un parc aquatique faisant partie d’une des cités. Il montre des capacités de maîtrise du calcul et du langage humain inhabituelles, et surtout sait communiquer avec les humains via des interfaces modernes.
Il est la fierté d’un couple de dresseurs-scientifiques qui l’exhibe pour financer ses recherches, et se voit proposer des contrats mirifiques à l’horizon.
Tout se passe pour le mieux jusqu’au jour où le cétacé se met à changer de comportement…
Pourquoi se montre-t-il de plus en plus agressif ? Comment se fait-il qu’il semble connaître des choses que les chercheurs ne se rappellent pas lui avoir inculqué ?
Jessica, la jeune femme du couple, va être intriguée par ce mystère qui va entraîner de terribles révélations sur son passé… révélations qui bouleverseront sa vie et la mettront peut-être même en péril !

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR, L. H. Tide

 

Lawrence Herbert Tide

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Science Fiction, Horror and more

Time travel to the time of the dinosaurs, asteroid miners making surprising encounters, Horror-Sci Fi mix with an astonishing little heroin are part of a strange personal universe…

Having a double culture French and English-American, Lawrence Herbert Tide has written one Novella and two Short Stories, based on Adventures, and Discovery of Science and Technology.

One of these Short Stories has directly been written in Englsh and proofread by an american editor, and the two other texts have been written in French, being in the course of a translation.

Through this Blog, many ideas contained in these stories will be presented and shared, through interesting articles, which will explore the limits of Science and Technology, and the effects of these on our life.

Come with me and explore with me the realms of Science and Technology through Science Fiction.

My Author Page on Amazon can be found here.

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The Asteroid Belt: Resources and Riches beyond our Greatest Dreams

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The Asteroid Belt is what remains of our Solar System’s beginnings, about 5 billion years ago.

All astronomers are fascinated by these rocks, which have dimensions between minuscule fragmets to hundreds of kilometers of diameter, like Ceres, with a diameter of 1000 kilometers. The keys for understanding how the planets appeared around the Sun are contained in these orbiting boulders. (http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/asteroids/indepth)

While scientists are interested by the asteroids, because they are the remnants of the origins of our Solar System, others, the Entrepreneurs, dream about the ores contained in them. (http://www.bloombergview.com/quicktake/space-mining)

They are, let’s bet it,  the wannabe space miners of tomorrow.

In a not so distant future, when Humanity will have a cheaper acess to space, especially with reusable rockets (like the ones SpaceX, in the USA, is experimenting), the Solar System’s resources will be opened to the human colonists

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpaceX_reusable_launch_system_development_program) and (http://waitbutwhy.com/2015/08/how-and-why-spacex-will-colonize-mars.html)

With materials extracted from these celestial bodies, space colonists would have what is needed to build immense space stations able to receive big populations. These materials will not only be ores like iron, copper, but also silicates, water, and even precious metals like gold and platinum, in much greater quantities than on Earth.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_habitat)

 

SPACE PEOPLE

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A Short Science Fiction Story related to this subject

Space miners, like in the Short Story SPACE PEOPLE, will roam through the Asteroid Belt, loolking for the ones having the most precious ores. The question is, will there be, one day,  a harsh concurrence for exploiting these resources?

A great question – and it’s more complicated when self-replicating machines come into the balance…

 

 

 

 

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Lawrence Herbert Tide

Adventure… Exploration… Getting away from our sometimes dull daily life…

That’s what I’m writing stories for.

Having a double culture, French and English-American, after five years in Australia during my childhood, I have began to write and publish Science Fiction stories on Amazon since the beginning of 2015.

But not only… through this Blog, I’ll write about ideas and technologies which will probably change our life in the Future, and connected to my stories.

I will share these new concepts with my readers.

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