the Dreg and the drag

the Dreg and the drag
The Dreg and the Drag

Monday, April 9, 2018

Covers & books

I was playing around with canva.com and did tentative covers for three of the four books I have for this series.

I have only four books scheduled for this universe so far.

Chances. This book shows how Fiona becomes a member of the Alliance. She is the first human to become Nein. Her connection is so deep, that she becomes Keeper, connected to all Nein. A human regent.

Enmity. Fiona introduces the Alliance to the Human sphere. The humans don't like the idea of a computer ruling an universe they want to have control of or telling them No. Humans get spanked.

Dare. Kari becomes Nein and goes back among humans to recruit more humans to join the Alliance whether as Nein or just members/colonists.

Beyond.  The full clash. Humans get sent to their room or in this case to their ultrasystems.

As I said the humans are not the good guys in these books. Xenophobic Ass-hats for the most part. Humans can be crude and cruel self-centered beings and I want to show what would happen if that type met up with beings that were different and a computer that had its own mind.

I take liberties with science, but then we don't know what the universes really hold in that regard.




Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A sneak peek


Bit of a sneak peek at the first book.













One
 
FIONA
Fiona Glenn jerked her head up from the report she was reading.  Her eyes immediately went to the three foot metal oval floating just above her. The dreg was its normal self so she glanced around the office before settling on the blinking light on the desk.  That meant there was an incoming message for her, and it had to be important if Regent pulled her from her work.  
“Okay, what’s the message?”
           With those words the light went solid and a form appeared in front of the desk. The being was humanoid in appearance: a head, two arms and two legs. However the features were blurred as if the being’s skin was made of wax and unsculptured. There was also a metallic sheen to the skin that glittered at different angles, a typical Nein in other words.
“Two ships penetrated the Net, one chasing the other. The first ship was destroyed by the second and the second ship then continued further into Alliance Space even though it received warning. We stopped it and it tried to become aggressive. We have since brought it to Carne per Regent’s order. Regent says it is your disposition. We await your arrival.”
Fiona sighed and leaned back in her chair. She knew it had been only a matter of time before her fellow humans had discovered the Alliance.  “Do you know if the ship is Con-fed or Federation?”
“They announced themselves as a ship of The United Federation of Systems.”
“Well, this is the rim of both the Con-fed and Fed space so it could have been either one. However, I’m glad it’s the Federation. They at least protest the whole sell slaughter of aliens though they still think aliens are beneath them in intelligence.  Tell the humans that a representative of the Alliance is on her way and will meet with them when she arrives.”
“As you wish, Keeper.”
Fiona watched as the hologram disappeared, then looked at the dreg hovering over her. “And what did you want me to do with all this?”
IT IS TIME YOUR HUMANS MET MY PEOPLE, came the Regent’s words in her head.  THEY ARE GETTING ARROGANT.
“They are past arrogant, Regent. You know they will try to use computer viruses against you and try to take over. Humans think they are the only intelligent species, everything, everyone else is inferior to them.”
THE ALLIANCE IS STRONG. THERE IS NO GREAT WEAKNESS FOR YOUR HUMANS TO EXPLOIT. MY NEIN CAN HANDLE EVERYTHING ELSE.
“Greed is universal.”
MY NEIN CAN HANDLE IT. BESIDES THERE MAY BE OTHERS LIKE YOU.
“Very few if there is. But if you want me to be your ambassador then I will be  open-minded enough to give them a chance.”
THAT’S ALL I ASK. I HAVE HAD A COURIOR PREPARED FOR YOU.
“Are the usual accomplement of Dregs coming with me?”
OF COURSE. There was a touch of amusement to the words.
Fiona sighed. That meant twelve dregs would be coming with her plus the ones on the Carne outpost and the ship. She would have to have them shield themselves so that her fellow humans wouldn’t see all of them. “Do I have to wear my robes?”
YOU DO NOT NEED TO BE FORMAL. YOU ARE NEIN.
Of the five species that made of the Alliance, the Nein were literally a part of the Regent while the other four races were just ruled by the Regent.  The Nein were also the “jack of all trades”, doing different “jobs” that the Regent—and the other races—required of them. They would be considered the military and government workers of the Alliance.
“I suppose I should go pack a bag.” There was no way to tell how long she would be on Carne and so would pack for three days. At least the refreshers the Alliance had were better than what either the Con-fed or Federation used. “Is Slee coming with me?”
YES. SHE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU AT THE COURIOR.
“That will shake them up.” She slid the chair back from the desk and stood. “They’ve never seen a non-humanoid alien.”
THEIR WORLD VIEW IS ABOUT TO BE ROCKED, AS YOU SAY.
“And how,” she said with a most evil-looking grin.








Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Stories to come

I have a few books lined up for this universe.

I just ain't got to them yet as I have three series going right now. As soon as I have the Elemental Voice series finished I will start these books.

The First book introduces Fiona and the whole Alliance.

Spoiler!

Humans are not the good people in these books.

Or should I say the Human Government is not good.

I'm showing the good side to Big Brother though in the Alliance. I have put the basics on this blog that you need to know about the Alliance. You can reacquaint yourself with that if you'd like.

I haven't forgotten about this universe, just put it on hold while I finish up some of my other books.

I will get back here. I love this universe too much not to return.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Visa

Alliance Visas are large pins that attach to the front of a shirt or overall. It must be displayed at all times. If an off-worlder is caught without his visa, he is taken to the ziggurat and sent back to the outpost


Visas are divided into three main groups with each group subdivided there after,


Student Visa--

This is subdivided into two categories:
                                                             In-Student
                                                             Out-Student

In-student are those from off-planet that are enrolled in the Alliance's University.
Out-Student are those off planet that are studying Alliance structure.

These Visas are usually a semester in term.


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Tourist Visa--

This is divided by access/security clearance

More on this anon.


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Business Visa--

This is subdivided by kind of business like
                                                                Textiles
                                                               Services
                                                                   ETC

These visas are of various terms, depending on the business and length of ship business



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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Town Square

The TransMat is housed in a Ziggurat in the center of the main cities.

The Ziggurat is also the official government building.  Streets radiate from it.

Where you able to look at the city from above it would look like a giant ziggurat itself.

There is transportation stations outside the Ziggurat that will allow you to access the city or go to another city. In Terran the transportation vehicles would be referred to as Taxis and trains.

Trains take people to other cities on the planet. For Natives there is no fee, but for tourists there is a nominal fee that allows access to the trains for the entirety of the stay.

Taxis are for transportation within the city. There are fees. 



Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Customs

 To enter any planet under our protection one must go through the outposts

Our outposts are situated on a moon or asteroid near the planet. There is also a space dock for those ships that cannot landed on the surface.

Once at the outpost you are scanned for diseases and alien matter so no alien particles will be introduced to the planets ecosystem. Visitors are than injected with short-term nanites to protect visitors from the native viruses.

A questionnaire is then filled out.

After this and everything is in order, the visitor is issued a short-term visa

With the visa in hand, the visitor is escorted to the TransMat and sent down to the planet's surface.

Any goods are scanned for hazardous material before sent to the surface.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Welcome

Welcome to Alliance space

I am your liaison
Let me give you a brief lesson about the Alliance before we continue.


We are made up of five different races ruled over by the Regent
The races are detailed to the right

Membership in the Alliance has several benefits

Each member of the Alliance carries in their bloodstream basic health nanites that keep them at their optimum level
There is a basic level of living, no homelessness nor any starvation, on any of the homeworlds
All members have basic rights of life, liberty, and trade protected by law


Next up going through Customs