Nanotroopers Episode 15: A Black Hole

Nanotroopers Episode 15: A Black Hole

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 15, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger returns to Earth but asteroid fragments still impact, causing destruction across the globe. Worse, a saboteur is inside Quantum Corps. Now all ANAD systems are suspect. With Doc Frost gone, the troopers have a new mentor, a nanobotic likeness of Doc himself. But can Doc II be trusted? Red Hammer still plans to defeat the nanotroopers; Doc II is the key.Episode 15, Nanotroopers. With his detachment, Johnny Winger makes it safely back to Earth, but fragments of the rogue asteroid diverted by Red Hammer still impact the planet, causing destruction across the globe. Worse, a saboteur has turned up inside Quantum Corps, a nanotrooper never suspected. Now, the troopers are suspicious of all ANAD systems. With Doc Frost gone, the troopers find a new mentor to follow, a nanobotic likeness of Doc himself. But can Doc II be trusted? The Red Hammer cartel still has plans to defeat Quantum Corps and Doc II is the key.
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Nanotroopers Episode 16: ANAD on Ice

Nanotroopers Episode 16: ANAD on Ice

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 16, Nanotroopers. Red Hammer’s melting the ice caps, menacing cities worldwide. ANAD doesn’t work right but Johnny Winger develops a relationship with Doc II, nanobotic essence of old Doc Frost. The cartel has a new device called a pulser. A mission to Antarctica fails to stop the threat. The nanotroopers assault a major cartel base but the mission stalls when Doc II is compromised.Episode 16, Nanotroopers. The Red Hammer cartel is using their own nanobotic swarms to melt the ice caps and alter the atmosphere. They’re doing this at the behest of their alien benefactors so the cartel will continue to have access to the aliens’ archives. The nanotroopers are assigned a mission to confront the enemy swarms in the Antarctic. ANAD isn’t working right but Johnny Winger has developed a relationship with Doc II, the nanobotic essence of old Doc Frost. The mission fails when Doc II isn’t quite up to the task. Worse, the cartel has a new device, called a pulser, that can create swarms at great distances or corrupt existing swarms remotely. Doc II has an idea: use killsats in orbit around Earth to contain Red Hammer. But when the pulser is used to create swarms aboard several killsats and the cartel takes command of them, cities around the world are threatened with a new ultimatum: pay up and allow the cartel a free hand, or else. The source of the pulser waves is traced back to the Red Hammer base in Hong Kong. Now a desperate assault is mounted against the cartel base but the mission stalls when Doc II is nearly obliterated by the new weapon. Winger and his nanotroopers have to fall back on an unreliable ANAD in an attempt to locate and destroy this new weapon, before the cartel lays waste to scores of cities.
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Johnny Winger and the Europa Quandary

Johnny Winger and the Europa Quandary

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Sixth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps. A robotic messiah is released from custody. Strange meteor showers light up the skies of Earth. A new movement called Assimilationism grows explosively. Time for Quantum Corps again. General Johnny Winger, called out of retirement, faces an old nemesis on the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa and the encounter will change him forever.In the second decade of the 22nd century, a robotic messiah is released from custody. Strange showers of meteoric activity light up the skies across Earth. A new social movement called Assimilationism grows explosively. An emerging sentience menaces the Net. And the Old Ones, considered by many Assimilationists to be fathers of the human race, draw ever closer to the solar system. Looks like Quantum Corps has its hands full again. General Johnny Winger is called out of retirement to face an old nemesis and the encounter will change him forever. Sixth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps.
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Johnny Winger and the Serengeti Factor

Johnny Winger and the Serengeti Factor

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

First episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps. Lieutenant Johnny Winger leads his troopers into battle...but his troopers are robots the size of atoms. How do you train and discipline soldiers like that? Winger fights off an intelligent virus created by the Red Hammer cartel. He has to learn new ways to exercise command...and fast.Your buddy is a nanoscale robot named ANAD. Your enemy is a programmable virus named Serengeti. The Red Hammer cartel has created an addictive antidote to a man-made pandemic Looks like Quantum Corps has its hands full again. Lieutenant John Winger leads his beleaguered nanotroopers into combat, on battlefields across the globe and inside the world of atoms and molecules. First episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps.
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Nanotroopers Episode 17: Lions Rock

Nanotroopers Episode 17: Lions Rock

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 17, Nanotroopers. Red Hammer has seized several UNIFORCE killsats. Millions are threatened. Quantum Corps must assault the cartel’s base but the assault must be done underground, using a geoplane. Tests show the geoplane works but subterranean ops are risky. Follow Lieutenant Winger and his troopers as they take back control of the killsats, from below ground.Episode 17, Nanotroopers. Red Hammer has seized control of several UNIFORCE killsats. Millions are threatened and nations scramble to comply with the cartel’s demands. Quantum Corps has to assault the base where the killsats are controlled and put it out of commission, but the only way to do this is from below ground, using a new vehicle called a geoplane. Tests show that the geoplane works but subterranean ops are risky. Follow Lieutenant John Winger and his nanotroopers in the Tectonic Sword mission, as they try to take back control of the killsats, from below ground.
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Nanotroopers Episode 20: Doc II

Nanotroopers Episode 20: Doc II

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 20, Nanotroopers. The nanotroopers return home but see a cartel chief nearby. They tag him with a spybot as he heads back to the cartel’s base. Something goes wrong. Johnny Winger must rescue his bot friend, his last link to old Doc Frost. The plan is insane, against all regulations, but Winger’s determined. He travels to Tibet and encounters an entity that will change him forever.Episode 20, Nanotroopers. The nanotroopers return to Mesa de Oro shaken but unharmed from their experience with the Sphere at Kokul Gol. They spot a Red Hammer chief nearby and plant a spybot as the agent heads back to the cartel’s main base in Tibet. But something goes wrong with the spybot…it’s actually a nanobotic version of old Doc Frost, now pressed into a new kind of espionage. Now, Johnny Winger realizes his last link to old Doc Frost is in trouble. He devises a plan, insane and against all regulations, to rescue his bot friend. Winger and two other troopers travel as civilians to Tibet. There they encounter an entity that actually runs the cartel and that will change them forever.
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Johnny Winger and the Golden Horde

Johnny Winger and the Golden Horde

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Fourth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps. Colonel John Winger leads his troopers against a nanobotic swarm called Configuration Zero. Evidence suggests that earth life was seeded by Config Zero’s ancestor, an ancient species of bots traveling through interstellar space. Only the seeding didn’t work as planned. Man is an evolutionary mistake and the Old Ones are coming back to fix it.Nanobotic technology has advanced rapidly as the 22nd century draws near. Bots and swarms are vital to the global economy. But the same advances have created a new menace. Evidence suggests that Man didn’t just evolve. Life was seeded by the Old Ones, an ancient nomadic species of bots, traveling through interstellar space around the galaxy. And the seeding didn’t work like they planned. Man is evolutionary mistake and the Old Ones are coming back to fix it. Colonel Johnny Winger leads his beleaguered nanotroopers into combat, on battlefields across the globe, around the solar system, and inside the world of atoms and molecules. Fourth episode in the Tales of the Quantum Corps.
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The Farpool

The Farpool

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Two teenagers are caught in a waterspout, flung across space to another world called Seome.Seome is suffering, wrecked by Umans, descendants of the teenagers’ own race.The Farpool depends on a Uman weapon.Shut down, the wormhole disappears.The teenagers must decide:stay with their Seomish friends, or go back before it closes forever. It will be the hardest decision Chase and Angie have ever made.Teen-agers Chase and Angie witness a waterspout off Scotland Beach, Florida. After it’s gone, they investigate a whirlpool nearby. They spot two marine animals, clad in suits. The creatures blind them with some kind of device, then disappear into the whirlpool. The teen-agers are trapped in the vortex and wind up catapulted six thousand light years, to an ocean world called Seome. The Seomish call it the Farpool. It’s a wormhole. Chase and Angie arrive in this world, riven by conflict, wracked by sound and vibration from a base on a small island, a base set up by Umans, star-faring descendants of the teenagers’ own human race. The Umans operate a Time Twister. The Umans are fighting off a malevolent enemy called the Coethi; one of the effects of the Twister is the Farpool. Now Chase and Angie find themselves in the midst of an existential crisis, a race against time and destiny. Chase wants to stay behind, to learn more about this amazing world and to help his new–found Seomish friends defend themselves. Angie wants to go home. But the challenge is this: Farpool depends on the Twister working. If it’s shut down, the wormhole will be gone. Chase and Angie now must decide: stay with their new found Seomish family, or attempt to go back through the Farpool before it’s closed forever.The decision may send them back through time and space to their home world. But the same decision may well doom their Seomish friends to complete annihilation at the hands of the Coethi. It will be the hardest decision Chase and Angie have ever made.
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Nanotroopers Episode 11: Engebbe

Nanotroopers Episode 11: Engebbe

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 11, Nanotroopers.1st Nano jams Red Hammer’s access to an alien archive but ANAD’s trapped by the cartel. Johnny Winger violates orders to rescue ANAD but the rescuers are shot down. A new menace erupts out of Kenya. It can’t be stopped. Will Winger be rescued before Red Hammer grabs him? Will the troopers at Engebbe survive the new menace? The answer comes when Man and ANAD work together.Episode 11, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger and Dana Tallant escape entanglement at Engebbe from 3 billion years ago by driving ANAD into direct physical engagement with Config Zero. This physical interaction breaks their entanglement state and collapses them back the Containment lab at Table Top. They are none the worse for wear but sobered by the experience. And they owe their lives to ANAD. However, now they know that Red Hammer may be in contact with Config Zero and its extraterrestrial masters. The key is Engebbe. At a briefing, Majors Kraft and Lofton decide the dig site needs to be monitored, then shut down. Plus the entangler sphere Red Hammer has in its possession has to be disabled. The sphere seems to be at the Paryang monastery…the cartel’s main base.What is needed is a disentangler. This device would force decoherence by physically engaging and interacting with entangled objects and systems. This would block any Red Hammer archival access. An 2-part op plan is worked out: (1) Detachment Bravo (commanded by Dana Tallant), is sent to Engebbe to scout for Red Hammer operatives and to reconnoiter what the cartel’s ultimate goal is in being there and (2) an attempted infiltration by ANAD (Detachment Alpha, commanded by Johnny Winger) will be made into Paryang to put a disentangler in place to block the cartel’s archive access. The op gets underway and ANAD makes its way into the monastery. A site is located in the back of the same chamber as the sphere, deep underground and below the monastery. The disentangler is replicated but as it is forming, ANAD is detected and a battle ensues. Paryang bots are tough and have unexpected quantum abilities (such as superposition…they can be in multiple places at once). There is something called a Keeper handling Paryang’s defenses. And ANAD’s decoherence tactics no longer seem to work…the entangled threats are somehow shielded. ANAD is eventually overwhelmed by Red Hammer’s defenses and vanishes. All comms are lost. Winger knows it’s against orders and all doctrine, but he knows that nanotroopers don’t leave their buddies behind. It’s part of the Nanotroopers’ Code. He makes a command decision: “I’m going in after ANAD.” Several others…M’bela, D’Nunzio and Barnes decide to come too. They board their lifter, program it for nap-of-the-earth flight and cross into Chinese territory, heading for Paryang…on their own. It’s a combat search and rescue mission with a difference…trying to locate a nanoscale robot and its small replicated swarm, among the forbidding peaks and valleys of Tibet’s Gangdise Shan mountains. At the same time, Dana Tallant and Bravo Detachment have encountered an ancient menace at the Engebbe dig site and they have a battle on their hands. What both detachments encounter will change the nanotroopers forever.
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Nanotroopers Episode 22: Epilogue

Nanotroopers Episode 22: Epilogue

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 22, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger is regenerated from loose atoms after a previous mission. Remnants of Red Hammer and rogue Chinese generals re-build their alliance to regain contact with their alien benefactors. Something’s stirring beneath the icescape of Europa. Quantum Corps races to find out and prevent the cartel from making contact. The final clash changes Winger forever.Episode 22, Final Episode of Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger has been regenerated from loose atoms, scattered after a previous mission. Now what’s left of Red Hammer and rogue Chinese generals are rebuilding their alliance. They want to regain contact with their alien benefactors, the Old Ones. Something is stirring beneath the icescape of Jupiter’s moon Europa and it may be a new portal to the aliens. Quantum Corps races the new alliance Soldiers of Harmony to find out what is happening. In the final clash, Johnny Winger undergoes an encounter that will change him forever.
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Nanotroopers Episode 12: The Symbiosis Project

Nanotroopers Episode 12: The Symbiosis Project

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 12, Nanotroopers. After the Engebbe disaster, the Corps wants to equip all troopers with personal ANADs. But the only Engebbe survivor has brought back an unexpected menace; it corrupts the new ANADs as they are loaded. Only Johnny Winger can defeat the threat but he has to fight off an alien swarm on a new battlefield…his own mind. He defeats the menace…but he ends up changed forever.Episode 12, Nanotroopers. After the disaster at Engebbe, where an entire detachment save one survivor was lost, Quantum Corps decides to forge ahead with a plan to equip all nanotroopers with personal ANADs. But the Engebbe survivor has unwittingly brought back an unexpected menace…and there was another survivor unknown to the Corps. As the Symbiosis Project gets underway and troopers are modified to receive their ANADs, an alien master nanobot corrupts the embedded devices as they are being loaded. Only Johnny Winger has gone through this procedure before and he knows only he can pilot a rescue ANAD to stop the spread of this new alien swarm. But he winds up being attacked himself, by the disassembled remnants of one Lieutenant Dana Tallant, Bravo Detachment commander and once a love interest for Winger, once thought to have been consumed at Engebbe. Tallant is now an angel herself, a swarm of disembodied nanobots and she quickly insinuates herself into the troopers being modified. Only Winger can defeat this new threat but he has to engage it on a new battlefield…his own mind. He manages to win a difficult victory but he winds up changed forever…and the Corps’ project to build blended man-machine warriors through symbiosis with ANAD takes on a whole new meaning.
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Nanotroopers Episode 10: The Big Bang

Nanotroopers Episode 10: The Big Bang

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 10, Nanotroopers.1st Nano rescues Doc Frost and finds Red Hammer in contact with an alien race. The cartel is one step ahead of Quantum Corps. When the nanotroopers try to block this contact, they find themselves transported back in time where an even stranger menace from beyond Earth is re-writing the history of Life itself. Follow Winger and ANAD as they try to stop this latest threat.Episode 10, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger and 1st Nano have recovered Doc Frost and Mary Duncan from captivity by Red Hammer. But in trying to extract the halo inside Frost’s skull, the nanotroopers inadvertently release a max rate replication on the Table Top base. It’s called a Big Bang and it threatens not only the base but much of the surrounding countryside. Only quick work by Winger and ANAD enable the threat to be contained. Now being debriefed by Quantum Corps intelligence, Frost informs his rescuers that Red Hammer is an even bigger menace than thought before…the cartel is in contact with an offworld intelligence and has access to their archives. This helps explain why the cartel is always one step ahead of Quantum Corps. But there is a way for Frost and Winger to access the same archives…a small sphere brought back from Kurabantu Island. The sphere turns out to be a small quantum entanglement device, which when contacted, entangles and transports its users to other times and places. The nanotroopers form up a small recon detachment to explore this device…and find themselves transported back in time three billion years, to an ancient swamp. It’s Engebbe, Kenya and when they arrive, they encounter a menace even greater than Red Hammer…it’s a strange swarm entity called Configuration Zero, and its re-writing the history of Life right before their eyes. Follow Johnny Winger, ANAD and his nanotroopers as they try to stop this latest threat.
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Nanotroopers Episode 3: Deeno and Mighty Mite

Nanotroopers Episode 3: Deeno and Mighty Mite

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 3, Nanotroopers.Johnny Winger returns to Mali for forensics on a deadly virus outbreak. Evidence points to an orbiting lab but the threat is even worse; Red Hammer has infiltrated UNIFORCE.The evidence leads to a base in Hong Kong.1st Nano investigates but they’re caught, trapped inside the base. A new virus is about to be unleashed. Only Red Hammer has the antidote…and it’s programmable.Newly commissioned Lieutenant Johnny Winger returns to Banikaiyan, Mali for nano forensics on the HNRIV virus outbreak. A medbot insert into a corpse goes horribly wrong and the squad is swarmed by enemy bots but newly minted troopers Deeno D’Nunzio and Mighty Mite Barnes save the day. Forensic evidence points to an orbiting lab and Winger’s team investigates. They learn the threat is worse than imagined; highly placed people inside UNIFORCE are working for the Red Hammer cartel. The trail of evidence leads to a presumed Red Hammer base in Hong Kong. Winger and 1st Nano investigate but are overwhelmed and caught, trapped inside the base. A new and improved virus is about to be unleashed and only Red Hammer has the antidote…and it’s highly addictive and programmable. Third episode in the Nanotroopers serial.
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Nanotroopers Episode 21: Paryang Monastery

Nanotroopers Episode 21: Paryang Monastery

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 21, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger has been reconstructed from original atoms, after encountering Config Zero at Paryang, but now he has a new mission: insert a virus into Config Zero and sever its link with an alien race called the Old Ones. If it works, Red Hammer will be destroyed, but Winger may not survive the mission. And if he does, will Winger ever be the same again?Episode 21, Nanotroopers. Johnny Winger has been reconstructed from original atoms, after encountering Config Zero at the Paryang monastery, but now there is a new mission called Himalaya Strike. The Red Hammer cartel is nothing but a shell and Config Zero is an advance scout for an alien race called the Old Ones. The only way to defeat this threat is to insert a virus into Config Zero and sever its link with its offworld benefactors. For good measure, the mission also involves geoplanes and underground ANAD swarms setting off tactical quakes to destroy the cartel base. If it works, Red Hammer and Config Zero will be neutralized but Johnny Winger may not survive the mission. And even if he does, will Winger ever be the same again?
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Nanotroopers Episode 2: Nog School

Nanotroopers Episode 2: Nog School

Philip Bosshardt

Philip Bosshardt

Episode 2, Nanotroopers serial. Johnny Winger is a cadet at the Academy, aka ‘nog’ school. His commander weeds out those unfit to be atomgrabbers. He takes a special interest in Winger, figuring the kid is just another citified geek with no guts for combat. Winger was a hero during his AQT test. He intends to make it so tough the kid’ll wash himself out. But Winger has other ideas.Johnny Winger is now a cadet at the Quantum Corps Academy, aka ‘nog’ school. His cadet corps commander, Major Jurgen Kraft, wants to weed out the ones he thinks aren’t fit to be atomgrabbers. He takes a special interest in Winger, figuring the kid to be just another citified geek with no guts for what it takes to prevail in combat. He knows Winger is something of a hero for saving Table Top during his AQT test. But he intends to make it so tough on Winger that the kid’ll wash himself out. However, Johnny Winger has other ideas and intends to prove Kraft wrong. He gets his chance during a real life combat op in west Africa…Red Hammer’s developed a programmable virus, part organism, part mechanism and it’s threatening to get out of hand. Second episode in the Nanotroopers serial.
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