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Alien Conspiracy

Review: Irrefutable Proof

Irrefutable Proof by Abby L. Vandiver is a science fiction story about Justin, a writer who publishes a novel about the translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and awakens a millennia-long conspiracy about the origins of humanity.

Justin’s Deceased Mentor Hides a Box of Secrets

Justin’s Deceased Mentor Hides a Box of Secrets

Justin plans to publish another book about the strange claims in ancient papers. Her husband and friends go with her to Israel to find a box hidden there by Justin’s deceased mentor. The box’s puzzling contents take her on a dangerous mission to meet indigenous ethnic groups that are untouched by modern culture. These ethnic groups have clues about ages-old mysteries.

Her sleuthing leads Justin to the Voynich Manuscript. This antiquity is a mash-up of ancient languages, apparent gibberish, and puzzling drawings. It holds the key to the origins of humanity. She must translate the Voynich Manuscript, an impossible task where everyone before her has failed. Her very life depends on it.

A Fold-Out Page of the Voynich Manuscript

A Fold-Out Page of the Voynich Manuscript (Photo credit: Public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Irrefutable Proof is a dandy science fiction mystery that swirls around ancient astronauts and deciphering clues in old scrolls. Abby L. Vandiver has a deft hand in mixing believable characters with dangerous situations.

Some truly evil people who will stop at nothing to keep ancient secrets safe come into Justin’s life, and they hide very well until they strike. At times, even Justin’s friends act suspiciously. Irrefutable Proof kept Lita guessing to the very last page.

Gentle Readers who love Science Fiction yarns and conspiracy thrillers about shadowy secret organizations would enjoy Justin’s world in Irrefutable Proof. Be ready to smell the musty papers and second-guess everything you read in these ancient puzzles.

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Galaxy in Her Hands

Review: The Experiment

The Experiment by Cristian A. Solari is a début science fiction story about a galactic alien observer named Geb Saar who champions a fledgling race growing in a cosmos-sized petri dish.

The Experiment Lives in a Cosmos-Sized Petri Dish

The Experiment Lives in a Cosmos-Sized Petri Dish

Geb, a member of the super-intelligent Universe Confederation, agrees to transform his alien appearance so he may enter the restricted area of space called “The Experiment” and study firsthand the Preintelloids inside. These creatures surprise Geb. The Preintelloids have promise, but need more time for evolution to weed out their selfish natures.

Inside The Experiment, Iana the Space Program Director and her staff have secretly built a spaceship called Spora that has hyper drive. For the first time, Iana’s race can pierce the puzzling barrier surrounding their solar system. Perhaps they can confirm that they are not alone in the universe. Politics swirl, and Iana and her team launch Spora before the bureaucrats cut their funding.

Spaceship Spora has Hyper Drive

Spaceship Spora has Hyper Drive

The Spora crew does indeed find life on a far planet. The Universe Confederation is aghast at their presumptuousness. Geb’s people debate oh, so intelligently, and decide to end The Experiment as a failure.  Geb disagrees.  He begins a non-violent battle to change the Preintelloids, and his people’s intellectual bias, before all is lost.

The Experiment does a dandy job with world building. Instead of dwelling on technology’s swell gizmos in this science fiction world, the story immerses us in the cerebral dialogue of Geb’s people. The story is a wonderful example of showing, not telling, the reader about the  Universe Confederation’s intelligence. The many characters were well-defined, had distinct voices, and varying concerns. The science made sense. The plot had enough twists to keep Lita reading to the end.

Be Prepared to Work a Bit

Be Prepared to Work a Bit

Solari’s story is a recommended read. If you dive in, be ready to work a bit to unravel its cleverness. Unusual, but precise terms from Geb’s people fill The Experiment. Some readers may not enjoy learning the vocabulary. But for those who stick around, expect rich rewards.  The Experiment is a thoughtful treatise on politics, the universal struggle to become a better person, and humanitarianism from aliens.

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