Encounter One launches a science fiction trilogy. The characters whose adventures we follow are a small band of research scientists led by the young Dr. Steven Barrett. The team find themselves pitted, with seemingly impossible odds, against superior beings, when after the race known as the Syzzacks arrive on Earth. But how will the planet and humanity survive? How will they change? What will become of mankind and the aliens—and, in fact, the entire universe? Throughout the course of this novel, the events take the reader from life on Earth to remote and mysterious realms of intergalactic space, to wondrous worlds beyond imagining, and back again. It envisions the universe as physical as well as infinitely otherworldly. So, now that you know the Syzzacks have come, can we save ourselves from annihilation? Should we even consider sparing Earth’s intruders if it will save lives? And, what will the decision of one man, Steven Barrett, accomplish to make it all happen?
The answers lie here in STATIC.
A YA/Adult read.
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Filled with passion, power, big ideas, and a joyful spirituality, Swainward’s first novel is a pleasant surprise, offering hope for fans of the often all-too-predictable ‘alien invasion’ tale. Encounter One - STATIC is anything but predictable, and a fast, exciting read.
Brad Munson, author of the NY Times bestseller Inside Men in Black II
C. R. Swainward, I’m happy to report, writes in the great tradition of science fiction cosmologists like Olaf Stapledon and Arthur C. Clarke. The first novel is exciting and thought-provoking.
Science fiction writer Bruce McAllister, author of Dream Baby and a multiple Hugo and Nebula nominee