David F. Shultz writes from Toronto, ON, where he also works as a teacher. His poems and stories have appeared in Polar Borealis, SNAFU: Hunters, Singular Irregularity, and the Lovecraft eZine, among others, and is forthcoming in Dreams and Nightmares, The Literary Hatchet, 49th Parallels, and Broadswords and Blasters.
Today we are featuring his science fantasy novel, Angels and Wormholes, which tells the story of an army of robotic zealots designed to follow holy scripture.
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A star-faring religious cult has created an army of robotic zealots designed to follow holy scripture. As the robotic menace spreads across the galaxy, it takes prisoners to be ‘excommunicated’: hooked into a neural simulation of eternal torment.
Captain Rolland Barron leads the Sol Federation Starship Excalibur on a diplomatic mission. He plans to rescue the prisoners of the Catechumen, despite his orders. Cassia LaCroix is a freelance wormhole hunter, scouring uncharted space for valuable tunnels through space-time. Prince Zoojin, a psychic alien from a distant galaxy, must prove himself worthy of the throne of Paxis Prime by confronting a great and unknown evil. Captain Wojtek is a mercenary outlaw, using illegal cybernetic technology to enhance his abilities and become one with his ship. Their paths all converge while the Catechumen legion sweeps across the galaxy.
Can the mechanical menace be stopped, or will Captain Rolland be forced to choose between death or torture in a neural-simulated hell?