A series of humorous books, based on what might happen following the discovery of one of the Voyager golden records by extraterrestrials in outer space, is now available as part of Smashwords’ 10th annual Smashwords Read an Ebook Sale. From Sunday March 3 2019 through until Saturday March 9 2019, the following ebooks are available FREE from Smashwords:
The Voyager 1 space probe was launched by NASA on September 5, 1977, to study the outer solar system and, ultimately, interstellar space. It carried a gold-plated audio-visual disc in the event that it might be found by intelligent life-forms from other planetary systems. The record contained photos of the Earth and its life-forms, spoken greetings from people including the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, and a medley of sounds from Earth, including whales, a baby crying, waves breaking on a shore and music, including works by Mozart and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”. It was discovered by goopmutt bandits who towed it through interstellar space at superluminal speed. In an effort to conceal their crime, they manipulated the data on the craft’s digital tape recorder and left it in the heliosphere where its signal could still be picked up from Earth. Eventually, they abandoned the probe in the Centaurus galaxy where it was picked up by two itinerant spacecombers from a small circumbinary planet known as Morys Minor.
The discovery of the golden record attached to the Voyager probe raised expectations of harmonious relations between inhabitants of the two planets, so one of the spacecombers who discovered it, smolin9, was dispatched by wormhole to Earth to investigate the planet and determine its suitability for colonisation. However, following extensive study, the Mortians decided the planet exceeded volatility thresholds and deemed it unsuitable. During smolin9’s brief sojourn on Earth, he met life coach, Melinda Hill of Camden in London. This story charts the events arising from this encounter.
Neil, an avid aquarium hobbyist, is visited by an extraterrestrial who warns him that a species evolved from ants is bent on overthrowing humankind. He must act to save his fish.
Being an avid aquarium hobbyist, it is obviously just a matter of time before Neil finds himself travelling by wormhole to a small circumbinary planet in the constellation of Cygnus. Okay, it’s probably more relevant that he is the grandson of a woman who had befriended extra-terrestrials at the turn of the 21st century.
Having been chosen to broker a peace agreement between Mortian and Earth peoples, he is hampered in his efforts by the disappearance of his Earthling friend, Aysha, the general unpredictability of life on planet Melinda and the sinister chicanery of the chilloks, a species evolved from ants that is bent on overthrowing humankind…