Alien Exodus

     by Mary Margaret Branning / Actions & Adventure / Science Fiction
Alien Exodus

Favorite characters from both the Alien Faith and Alien Purgatory stories, and new creatures and personalities emerge in this third novel of the Alien Something Trilogy. Carol and Deena resolve, or dissolve, if you will, their long, ugly feud. We discover who has been behind their bizarre travels, why they’ve done this, and what’s next for our intrepid adventurers.I’ve attempted to write this novel as a collection of short stories which unite into a full length novel. In these stories we meet a collection of sexers who travel space plying their trade. Two of these pleasurers are constructs who look just like Ghee-nye, sans scars and lumpy bumps. An intergalactic assassin pursues a garbage collector in a recycle ship who is one of the constructs sold long ago. Klon reemerges with his sidekick, Lukan, a furry six and a half foot monster who looks like a white bat, and they stage a comeback for Ghee. John Jack Knott, Kek, and Nok keep an eye out for her safety, and in the end, Vagn, Paige, Derek, and Kwyan reveal all. Well, some.
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    Alien Purgatory

     by Mary Margaret Branning / Actions & Adventure / Science Fiction
Alien Purgatory

Carol and Deena are coworkers at Freda’s Home Emporium. No love is lost between them. The day Deena finds herself traveling on the same lonely back road as Carol, she decides to get rid of her. As Carol careens to her death in her SUV, Deena finds herself in the same fatal predicament. What happens after their deaths is more fascinating than anything that ever happened to them during their lives!After their untimely deaths on Earth, Carol and Deena find themselves embodying alien creatures residing in foreign landscapes. Each does the best she can in her difficult circumstances. Soul-searching fails to deliver any answers. Three times each they are resurrected in the vacated bodies of alien creatures. Six times in total they ponder why. In each situation they wonder if someone, or something, is behind their journeys. Are there lessons to be learned, or is punishment being meted out? Is something testing them, and why? Could this be Judgment, or simply reality after death? Eventually, both women settle into what may be their final embodiments. They carve lives out of the circumstances in which they find themselves until it seems they are to meet again. Will they recognize each other? Will their enmity continue, and if so, will either prevail this time, or will the deaths and resurrections resume? Most importantly, who, or what, is behind these extraordinary events?
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    Alien Faith

     by Mary Margaret Branning / Actions & Adventure / Science Fiction
Alien Faith

The lives of four young Enistians are irrevocably changed when Uncle Vagn receives a strange visitor. They begin a fantastic voyage utilizing their special gifts, find love, and ultimately wrest leadership positions for themselves within their unique planetary culture.Starts out like a Young Adult novel but complicates gradually and climaxes in flames, with a light touch of romance thrown in for good measure. Written for mature lovers of satisfying stories, this is not your kid's sci-fi (but feel free to share if you determine your kids are at the appropriate age and maturity level to handle the material!).Once upon a time, a spaceship crash-landed on the planet Enistan. It's crew introduced strange and disruptive ideas to the orderly society, which caused insanity to infect the indigenous population. An emergent subculture sought to suppress traditional teachings and rule over all. As a result, most Enistians lost their empathic abilities. Though few retained these gifts, many continued to covertly embrace The Way.In this story, four youths set out to learn the lessons their Uncle cannot teach them, the kind only experience and interaction will impart. Watched over and sometimes guided by deities they are unaware of, these young Enistians survive intensely challenging and often violent experiences, to find love and become the leaders they are destined to be.Which is fortunate, because the planet and its companion sun co-exist in an unstable orbit with another star. The deities know that in time Enistan will succumb to these world-destroying forces. The future potential of any Enistian to join, after their deaths, the deities in the Realm of Conscience, lies in returning tradition to the planetary culture today.
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