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Announcement: Azimuth, by Arshad Ahsanuddin

AzimuthQSFer Arshad Ahsanuddin has a new Sci Fi book out:

Edward has one chance to save a man he forgot he ever loved.

All he has to do is destroy the world.

The disastrous events of the Zenith mission behind them, Marty and Edward lead very different lives at either end of time.

Martin has been tapped to lead an elite military operation designed to curtail and ultimately eliminate the threat of time travelers. But Henry Bradford has other ideas, and seeks to entice him into taking up the role of captain of the rechristened starship Azimuth.

Almost a quarter century in the future, Edward lives a life of wealth and influence as the adopted son of Starfire’s CEO, Trevor Sutton. But the mystery of his birth father’s murder still weighs heavily on his mind, eclipsed only by the baffling appearance of Martin’s dogtags around his neck. The distance he will go for answers will determine the ultimate course of human history, as he is pitted head to head once more against the destructive agenda of the time traveler he knows only as Gifford.


Excerpt

CSS Damocles, Circumlunar Orbit

The world disappeared in a blaze of white light, and then returned with a wrench that tossed Gifford out of his chair and slammed him headfirst into the deck plates. Alarms screamed as he picked himself up, the coppery taste of blood fresh on his tongue. “Modred, what the hell just happened?”

“The interscission waveform dissipated before the wormhole could fully form. Damocles has suffered significant damage from an electromagnetic pulse released during the collapse of the event horizon. Foldspace drive is offline. Power function is reduced to sixty-five percent capacity. Life support and automation control systems are undamaged.”

Gifford swallowed the knot in his throat, knowing how completely helpless he would have been if Modred or the automated repair systems had been damaged. While the Damocles was optimized for single-person operation, Gifford was no pilot. He simply lacked the skills to keep the ship flying on his own, let alone to perform the necessary calculations to initiate a temporal jump. “What’s the status of the cloak?”

“Camouflage systems are undamaged; however, the electromagnetic pulse could not be fully negated before passing beyond the confines of the vessel. There is an eighty percent probability we have been detected by the traffic sensor grid.”

“Shit.” Gifford dropped into his chair and buckled his safety harness. “Are the conventional engines live?”

“Yes.”

“Then shut down the camouflage field, and be ready to make a run for it.”

Suddenly, the starfield in the main viewscreen rippled. A ship teleported into view, directly ahead of the Damocles, and a clear musical tone cut through the persistent clamor of alarms, indicating an incoming message. “Attention, unknown vessel. This is the Confederation Navy Destroyer Chalcedony. Your transponder is offline in a high-density traffic pattern. Do you require assistance?”

Gifford flipped a control in the arm of his chair to open a communications channel, audio only. “Chalcedony, this is Captain Wakefield of the CSS Charybdis. Our traffic transponder has been damaged by a power surge. We are effecting repairs and should be back on the grid momentarily.” He closed the channel. “Modred, what’s our weapon status?”

“Weapons systems are fully functional.”

“Power up the forward rail guns and target their primary reactor, but not the back-ups. Leave their life support systems intact.”

“Target acquired.”

The musical tone sounded again, and a new voice spoke—a woman’s voice tinged with anger. “Charybdis, this is Captain Powell of the CSS Chalcedony. I don’t know what your game is, but Janus Control reports no prior record of your vessel registry in their system. Shut down your engines immediately, and prepare to be boarded.”

Gifford gripped the arms of his chair, his palms damp with sweat. “Fire.”


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Author Bio

By profession, I am a hematopathologist, a laboratory physician who specializes in diagnosis of diseases of blood, bone marrow, and lymph nodes, such as leukemia and lymphoma.

Current Project:

The Interscission Project is space opera/time travel/gay romance, and is planned to be a trilogy. The first book is Zenith, available now. The second book is Azimuth, available July 1st, 2015. The third book, Insurrection, is expected to be available next year.

Other Projects:

The Pact Arcanum Saga consists of five books: Sunset, Cathedral of the Sky, Sunrise, Moonlight, and Starlight. It is best described as non-explicit, near-future, space opera/gay vampire romance. Yes, I realize the irony that I’m a blood doctor who writes about vampires. ;) The Pact Arcanum Saga is also in the process of being adapted to webcomic/comic book format, with pages posted weekly at http://pactarcanum.net.

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