The Secret Beneath the Ice

The Secret Beneath the Ice

Andrew M. Crusoe

Science Fiction / Philosophy / Thriller

When a thoughtship and its pilot finally reach Avani, they barely have a chance to marvel at its sapphire forests before they are ambushed by an enemy far beyond their understanding.Tumbling down to the planet's surface, an ice-covered continent to the south is the only viable landing site. Lucky for them, what hides beneath may give them the chance to escape before isolation drives them mad.When a thoughtship and its pilot finally reach Avani, the shimmering gem of the western spiral arm, they barely have a chance to marvel at its sapphire forests before they are ambushed by an enemy far beyond their understanding.In the midst of the attack, a fragment is sliced off of the ship causing them to tumble out of control, down to the planet's surface. An ice-covered continent to the south is the only viable landing site. Lucky for them, what hides beneath may give them the chance to escape before isolation drives them mad.This short story is a prequel to the fast-paced Transcendental SF novel "The Truth Beyond the Sky." Heavily inspired by ancient mythology and Joseph Campbell's work, this first book kicks off the THE EPIC OF ARAVINDA series, now available in all major ebook stores.What Top Reviewers Say..."It is a helpful setup...very solid and engaging, which is enough to get me to come back and try more." --Pop Bop, Top-500 Reviewer"Great little book - mixes eastern mysticism with sci-fi. Awesome!" --FlyingRequin, Reviewer"It's the perfect carrot to lure you in. The personalities of pilot and machine are firmly established and very likable." --Jeri A. Ramirez, Reviewer"One of the best science fiction stories I have read in the last year." --Russ, Reviewer
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Epic of Aravinda 1: The Truth Beyond the Sky

Epic of Aravinda 1: The Truth Beyond the Sky

Andrew M. Crusoe

Science Fiction / Philosophy / Thriller

Herein lies a myth of galactic proportions...When Zahn recovers an extraordinary meteorite impacted into the silvery beach near his home, the course of his life is changed forever. Fearing that the observatory will confiscate the meteorite if it truly is what he suspects it to be, he hides it away for days, conflicted in what to do.All the while, the mystery of his mother’s disappearance continues to plague him. After twelve long years, he is the last person on the islands who believes she may still be alive. Even though he has no evidence for it, he cannot shake the feeling that she has been plucked off of the planet itself.And then, in the midst of unspeakable dreams, he is awoken by a strange tapping at his window. Someone has come for the meteorite, and Zahn soon finds himself swept up in a grand adventure across the vastness of space, encountering a living starship, 5th-density creatures of light, and a realm called Timespace that transcends all understanding. Through his journey, he discovers that his world is under threat from an ancient enemy capable of devouring entire star systems. Unless he and his new friends can reach the Confederation Council in time, his home will be consumed by an eternal hunger.The fate of the entire world is in his hands.(Paperback includes bonus art not found in the ebook edition.)
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