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“Christians Beware” – Ban This Book

WEIRD AND TROUBLING – “Aliens. A new super human race? Twisting Biblical scriptures? Totally not what I thought it would be! Plus an adulturous affair resulting in a new species. Christians beware! This book is not what it seems.”

Actual, verbatim review for Daimones, Vol.1 of the Daimones Trilogy appeared on Barnes & Noble on the 30th of August 2014.

Reviews, good and bad alike, are feedbacks from readers who have very specific expectations from the stories they want to read. Mind, readers are entitled to express what they feel, whether they liked a book or not. Sometimes, they also express the reasons behind that, and there’s nothing – on the surface – wrong on any review.

The review cited above, though, is worth to look at. When I first read it, I admit I thought of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. I never comment on any review, not even to say thank you because the reader didn’t write the review for me, but for herself and her fellow readers. I’m not supposed to be in the loop, nor I need to be. But why did I think of Ray Bradbury’s novel?

The internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is set in a bleak, dystopian future. In that world, television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction. Firemen start fires rather than put them out and destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book. Books were dangerous, they made people think. The Authority in Fahrenheit 451 dispersed its truth via televised messages, it told its story and it had to remain the only story being told. Firemen destroyed books not based on whether the book was well written or not, had grammar errors, not properly edited, or if its story didn’t flow, not even whether the story was good or not. The problem with the books was that they told a different story and shook the established truth and certitudes in readers.

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But, wait a second. We’re talking here of a Science Fiction trilogy. Aliens? Well, yes, guilty as charged, Daimones has aliens. A new super human race. Yes yet again. Transgenic humans are created by aliens. Twisting Biblical scriptures? Biblical scriptures are cited, verbatim. Aliens cite them. Adulterous affair is there too, and the way it comes to reality alters what is considered ethical and moral in our society, but the characters lived a world where the society was no more. The Apocalypse had struck with unimaginable cruelty.

The  words in the review tell us that the read was weird and troubling. I’d say for a Science Fiction novel this is already worth an Award. So,  Daimones was too much to bear and shook certitudes at their roots, or the characters did hateful things, or the scriptures had been challenged: not really. How could the writer let this happen?

When that happens, to me it is the tell sign that I  found a great book. When that happens, the reader had in his hands a book that has been able to stir deeply inside the deepest emotions. Yes, the book disturbed, but it spoke an unknown language and challenged the reader. Challenge was also the theme in Fahrenheit 451, challenge the authority, challenge the status-quo, challenge the society imposed with force, violence, and threats.

“’Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good books are those that mark their readers, had them ‘feel’ the struggles, the internal fights, the craziness the characters went through, and make them stop: “How would I have reacted if I lived through the same events?” Whether the readers agree or not with the characters’ choices (and if they are plausible in the fictional world the character live in), those are reasons to like a good story, and readers can agree to disagree with the characters, but should also grant characters the same courtesy, to disagree with readers’ choices. After all, who would put down a killer drama because the killer… kills his victims, and sometimes in the most atrocious ways? Would you say “Beware, in this killer drama the killer kills people?”

A reader should expect to hear a different story every time, a believable one, one that makes her sad, mad, laugh, and sometimes even cry. That is the ideal, and if only one of these feelings happen, the story has not betrayed the readers, it has shaken up their firm beliefs but sometimes—oftentimes—we don’t want anyone to wake-up us from our steady, immutable dream and certitudes. But why “Christians” should beware of the Daimones? Time Danaos et Dona Ferentes comes to mind. Is the Daimones Trilogy like a Trojan Horse hiding its true motives disguised as a Science Fiction novel? (you know, it portrays Aliens).

I think the rule for a writer is to surprise and tell a different story each time, one than stirs up inside and raises more questions than it gives answers. So, again, “Christians beware! This book is not what it seems.” Don’t read Daimones if you are a Christian… but, wait a second, I, the writer, went to a catholic school, served mass, and am a Christian, too. But beware, Daimones doesn’t speak about Jesus nor about religion, I’m a scientist but not a scientologist.

Reading is difficult because it makes you think. You have to have a mind and a heart ready for it, and minds and hearts do work like umbrellas: they function at their best when they are open!


AuthorMM

Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.
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eBook Amazon Review: The Man by Abraham Lopez

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5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from the past, November 6, 2014

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It takes skill to write a short story in 25 pages and keep the reader intrigued. I’m more than happy to recommend this book.
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Time Travel and Wormholes

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According to Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which explains how gravity operates in the universe, real-life time travel isn’t just a vague fantasy.

Traveling forward in time is an uncontroversial possibility. In fact, physicists send particles forward in time in accelerators… all the time. That’s not to say the technology for sending humans 100 years into the future will be available anytime soon, though.

Time travel to the past, however, is less understood. Still, astrophysicist Eric W. Davis, of the EarthTech International Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, argues that it’s possible. All you need, he says, is wormhole, which is a theoretical passageway through space-time that is predicted by relativity. Stephen Hawking says they’re “a mathematical possibility exquisitely difficult to realize.”

“You can go into the future or into the past using traversable wormholes,” Davis said.

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Wormholes have never been seen so far and, if they are going to be ever, they would require an enormous amount of energy—for our standards and present technology— for a person to fit inside, never mind a spaceship.

Davis’ paper, though, published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ journal, addresses time machines and the possibility that a wormhole could be used as a means for traveling backward in time.

Both general-relativity theory and quantum theory offer several possibilities for traveling along a “closed, timelike curve,” or a path that cuts through time and space—essentially, a time machine. In practical terms, a spaceship reaching a far far away location through a wormhole would travel faster than light, that is it would reach destination faster than the time it would take light to cover the same distance in the Euclidean space. But in reality, through a wormhole there’s no distance, speed, or time as we experience it everyday. So, what gives?

In fact, Davis said, scientists’ current understanding of the laws of physics “are infested with time machines whereby there are numerous space-time geometry solutions that exhibit time travel and/or have the properties of time machines.”

Through the wormhole, the spaceship would not take a fine for violating the universal speed limit because the ship never actually travels at a speed faster than light. We couldn’t actually define a speed for the spaceship within the wormhole.

Theoretically, a wormhole could be used to cut not just through space, but through time as well. “Time machines are unavoidable in our physical dimensional space-time,” David wrote in his paper. “Traversable wormholes imply time machines, and [the prediction of wormholes] spawned a number of follow-on research efforts on time machines.”

However, Davis adds, turning a wormhole into a time machine won’t be easy. “It would take a Herculean effort to turn a wormhole into a time machine. It’s going to be tough enough to pull off a wormhole,” recent models use quantum field fluctuation that points to—at least—keeping the discussion alive.

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Exquisitely difficult to realize

There are several theories for how the laws of physics might work in concert to prevent time travel to the past using wormholes. “Not only do we assume [time travel into the past] will not be possible in our lifetime, but we assume that the laws of physics, when fully understood, will rule it out entirely,” said Robert Owen, an astrophysicist at Oberlin College in Ohio who specializes in black holes and gravitation theory.

That’s where quantum theory comes in. Like general relativity, quantum theory is a system for explaining the universe, describe exotic properties, and conceptualize improbable scenarios and characteristics. Physicists have used quantum mechanics to assert that traveling through a wormhole would create something called a quantum back reaction. In a quantum back reaction, the act of turning a wormhole into a time machine would cause a massive buildup of energy, ultimately destroying the wormhole just before it could be used as a time machine.

However, the mathematical model used to calculate quantum back reaction only takes into account one dimension of space-time. “I am confident that, since [general relativity] theory has not failed yet, that its predictions for time machines, warp drives and wormholes remain valid and testable, regardless of what quantum theory has to say about those subjects,” Davis adds.

This illustrates one of the key problems in all these approach to the theory of time travel: physicists have to ground their arguments in either general relativity or quantum theory—both of which are incomplete models—and unable to encompass the entirety of our complex, mysterious universe. Before we can figure out time travel, we need to find a way to reconcile general relativity and quantum theory into a quantum theory of gravity. A Grand Unification Theory might then serve as the basis for further study of time travel.

Therefore, Owen argues that it’s impossible to be certain of whether time travel is possible yet. “The wormhole-based time-machine idea takes into account general relativity, but it leaves out quantum mechanics,” Owen argues. “But including quantum mechanics in the calculations seems to show us that the time machine couldn’t actually work the way we hope.”

Davis, however, believes scientists have discovered all they can about time machines from theory alone, and calls on physicists to focus first on faster-than-light travel. “Until someone makes a wormhole, there’s no use getting hyped up about a time machine,” Davis concludes.

Accomplishing this will require a universally accepted quantum gravity theory—an immense challenge—but this is exactly where modern theoretical physics studies are marching to.


AuthorMM

Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a scientist writing science fiction, he went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy.

His novels have received the Seal of Excellency from both AwesomeIndies.net and IndiePENdents.orgDaimones Trilogy Omni Edition

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

 

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Wormholes

The Einstein-Rosen Bridge

…or the Einstein-Rosen Bridge.

In 1963, Roy Kerr found that if a black hole is rotating it creates a space time singularity in the form of a ring, not a point, and that in principle a particle may be able to fall through the hole instead; the particle may not be lost forever. When this was published, black holes were not believed to exist and therefore the Kerr solution only really developed in the 1970s, after astronomers discovered what seem to be real black holes. – Hawking 1988 and John Gribbin Homepage

There’s no empirical proof that a wormhole can hold its promises, and a computer simulations run in 1998 raised doubts in that the simulation couldn’t find conditions to keep the wormhole stable, i.e., open.

Less than a year after Einstein had formulated his equations of the general theory, the Austrian Ludwig Flamm  realised that a solution to Einstein’s equations described a wormhole connecting two regions of flat spacetime; two universes, or two parts of the same universe. Could, thus, these bridges be used for interstellar travels?

wormholesIndeed, Einstein himself, working at Princeton with Nathan Rosen in the 1930s,  discovered that the equations  represent a black hole as a bridge between two regions of flat space-time, the phenomenon known since then as the “Einstein-Rosen bridge”. Another property of black holes, ignored by everyone except very few top level mathematicians and physicists, is that a black hole always has two “ends”, a black one and a white one, the exit side into another (location of the) universe.

Another problem that the computer simulation revealed is that in order to traverse an Einstein-Rosen bridge from one universe to the other, a traveller would have to move faster than light at some stage of the journey, and that would violate one Einstein himself, unless…

Two researchers at CalTec, Yurtsever and Thorne, found that the equations dictate that in order for an artificial wormhole to be held open, its throat must be threaded by some form of matter, or some form of field, that exerts negative pressure, and antigravity associated with it.

Richard F. Holman, professor of physics at Carnegie Mellon, explained this in an interview with Scientific American. In order to stabilise wormholes opening, quantum fluctuations in various fields might be able to just do that. And the work of many others on the behaviour of quantized fields demonstrated that quantum field effects could indeed hold open a macroscopic wormhole.

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Large enough to have a spaceship travel through? It depends; it depends on the amount of energy achievable to create the bridge.

And this closes the loop, as a rotating Kerr black hole might actually be the source.

A vision from 1933 brought the Daimones to visit, study, and decide about the future of the race of men.

 


AuthorMM

Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.
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AuthorMMMassimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Trilogy Omni Edition

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
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Desperately seeking for Time

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It’s a common thing to hear this from non-writers: “I would write a book, but I simply have no time to write.” Usually they also give you “the look” as in “you have too much free time for yourself. Jobless? No family? No kids?”

This is where you have to be honest with yourself. A day has 24 hours. We have enough time in our lives to do whatever we like to do with it. If we choose NOT to write, we have to acknowledge that it is a choice we have made, and time has little to do with it.

Are we after so much money that we have to slave extra jobs to support it? People are quite content (and *truly* happy) earning far less than what we believe is the threshold to happiness.

Have you chosen to take on extra volunteer jobs, or to take a job that is far from home? Yes, it’s great to feel productive and it’s great to have numerous hobbies, but again, we have that 24 hours allotted time with each day and if we feel the urge to write it needs to have a slot in there. We may choose to do other things instead, then those other items will have priority, but time is not an issue.

Many famous writers had full time jobs, had families and parents to care for. They sat down, looked at their schedule for the week, and set aside time for their writing. It was important to them – to ease their urge.

In airplanes they say to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others, right? Your own mental state needs care just as much as other things do. If you become overly stressed and worn down, you can’t help others properly. Every hour you spend is less effective. To be fully helpful to others, you must meet your own needs, too. Also as a writer.

So sit down and go through your schedule. Look at all the things you’ve chosen to do. Fit in an hour for writing. And then DO it. Put up a “do not disturb” sign. This is your time. The more you make this an important part of your normal schedule, the more others will respect your efforts, support you, and your dreams will become a reality.


AuthorMM

Massimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

 

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“Fiat Lux” – The Discovery of Cosmic Background Radiation

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In 1965 Arno A. Penzias and Robert W. Wilson of Bell Laboratories worked at a new horn antenna designed for detecting low levels of microwave radiation. They had a problem, they found a low microwave background “noise”, nothing different from the electrical noise which produce “snow” on your television screen. They tried all they could  to eliminate it, they pointed the antenna to different points to see whether there was a directional dependency, then to different areas of the sky to check whether the “noise” came from up there, and got the same kind of noise, frustrating in the highly sensitive antenna they were testing and inventing. What a bummer.

Being persuaded that the noise was in their instrument, they took other, more sophisticated steps to eliminate the problem, such as cooling their detector to extremely low temperatures. The noise was still there, like a stubborn pest.

They found no explanations for the origin of the noise, in the end they  concluded that it was indeed coming from space, but there was a problem: it was the same from all directions. They had found a distribution of microwave radiation which matched a blackbody curve for a radiator at about 2.7 Kelvins.

After all their efforts to eliminate the “noise”, they found that a group at Princeton had predicted with their studies the existence of a residual microwave background radiation left over from the Big Bang. Scientists were planning to conceive an experiment to try to detect the “noise”.

It is so that Penzias and Wilson were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1978 for the discovery of their “noise”.

This uniform  radiation in the microwave region is observed in all directions in the sky. It shows the wavelength dependence of a “blackbody” radiator at about 3 Kelvins temperature. Scientists considered it to be the remnant of the radiation emitted at the time the expanding universe became transparent at about 3000 K temperature: the “Fiat Lux” moment.

The recent experimental discovery of the 3K microwave background radiation is crucial to the calculation of the standard “Big Bang” model of cosmology, and provides an estimates of relative populations of particles and photons. The most precise measurement of the temperature is 2.725 +/- 0.002 Kelvin.

Previous experiments had shown some anisotropy (non uniformity and directional dependency) of the background radiation due to the motion of the solar system, but data show also fluctuations. These fluctuations are necessary in Big Bang cosmology to give enough non-uniformity for galaxies to form. In contrast, the apparent uniformity of the  radiation was at the basis for the “galaxy formation problem” after the Big Bang cosmology. In a sense, if everything is uniform, how comes the soup coalesced?

We have now a much higher resolution picture of the anisotropies in the cosmic background radiation. The data show a round figure of 109 photons per nuclear particle and this allows for the conditions of the “Fiat Lux” moment, when  galaxies and stars formed. The Universe had to cool down until its temperature dropped below 3000K.  Atoms  formed and removed the opacity of the expanding universe soup; light  got out and relieved the radiation pressure. Star and galaxy formation started when the gravitational attraction overcame the outward radiation pressure.

With atom formation and a transparent universe, the gravitational clumping began, and our Universe heard the words: “Fiat Lux”.


AuthorMM

Massimo Marino is a scientist envisioning science fiction. He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy. Daimones Postcard Front

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from AmazonBarnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter.

 

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Award Winner in Science Fiction – Readers’ Favorite 2014

Readers\' Favorite Book Contest Award WinnerReviewed by Bil Howard for Readers’ Favorite

At first it seems that the world, Eridu (Earth, as it is known by the Moirai), is at peace, in Once Humans by Massimo Marino. But things are not exactly as they appear. Humans are undergoing a transformation into becoming greater beings (transgenic beings that were created by the Moirai, which took over the planet). They are closely watched by a group called the Selected. As long as they are supported by the alien Moirai, the communities of transgenic beings grow, thrive, and are secure. All this is suddenly threatened by saboteurs called Kritas who have been in conflict with the Moirai for millennia. These aliens hope to undermine the work that the Moirai have done and control the new human race themselves. Dan Amenta, a transgenic being, is the only hope for Eridu and the transgenic community. He must pursue the Kritas through the labyrinth of tunnels and prevent them from carrying out their destruction – but first he must successfully complete the maze of logic which exists in the minds of the aliens.

The suspenseful, thrilling plot of Massimo Marino’s work in Once Humans is very well designed and is presented in great detail. The development of the characters, their emotions, and the way they react to each other makes the story move in a way that appeals to all members of the human race. The reader will find that there are many questions to be answered and many possible answers presented in a very thought-provoking manner, making this novel one to challenge the mind and draw the reader to look deeper. The reader will often feel like they are functioning within Dan’s mind and seeing what he sees. This is an excellent sci-fi thriller which is not only well thought out and very imaginative, but thrilling and captivating as well.

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AuthorMMMassimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.
Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy.

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
His novels are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble (Nook), iTunes Apple Store, and many other retailers around the world.
Join his mailing list for new releases, or follow him on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter.

 

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Reviewed by Christopher Dagg for Readers’ Favorite – 5 STARS

Daimones” by Massimo Marino is an apocalypse book with a difference. One night the world’s population quietly died, except for Dan, his wife Mary and their teenage daughter. The mass extinction was so quiet that it was only on the commute to work in Geneva that Dan noticed that something was amiss. Then with mounting alarm they discover that all the people around them are dead and that all the old certainties in life have vanished. Dan works quickly to protect his family’s short-term and medium-term safety and only then can he start to work out the means to test the premise that everybody else in the world is dead. Finally they get a response though it is a rambling paranoid message which trips Dan and his family into a paranoid survival mode almost sabotaging their first human contact. The new survivor joins the family and the group dynamics change. Dan continues to search for other survivors and makes a key discovery about the mystery of the extinction while searching for survivors with the facilities at CERN.

This is a good book. It is attractively written and the language flows well. “Daimones” explores some difficult themes. For instance, what would be your reaction when you find that more and more of the people and structures of your society are gone? At what point will you cross over from respecting the laws and customs of civilization to fending for yourself? The main character in the book had the space to develop as their roles changed in the new world. Yet the plot didn’t tire but shifted gear to an exciting finish. The evocation of the rich and expensive city of Geneva surrounded by commuter towns in France is especially well done. A great read; well done Massimo.

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AuthorMMMassimo Marino has a scientific background: He spent years at CERN and The Lawrence Berkeley Lab followed by lead positions with Apple, Inc. and the World Economic Forum. He is also co-founder of “Squares on Blue”, a Big Data Analytics service company.

Massimo currently lives in France and crosses the border with Switzerland multiple times daily, although he is no smuggler.

As a Scientist, he envisions Science Fiction and went from smashing particles at accelerators at SLAC and CERN to smashing words on a computer screen.

He’s the author of multi-awarded Daimones Trilogy.

• 2012 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction
• 2013 Hall of Fame – Best in Science Fiction, Quality Reads UK Book Club
• 2013 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award Winner in Science Fiction Series
• 2014 Finalist – Science Fiction – Indie Excellence Awards L.A.
• 2014 Award Winner – Science Fiction Honorable Mention – Readers’ Favorite Annual Awards
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