Gamers and Gods: AES

      Matthew Kennedy
Gamers and Gods: AES

A Greek demigod reincarnates in a gaming computer of the future to fight an alien god for the freedom of humanity. Torn from his wife by Zeus's thunderbolt for resurrecting the dead, Asklepios now fights for our future, aided by gamer Darla Kaplan. In this struggle for the freedom of mankind, the most powerful weapon of all may be the love of a woman for a man who is only a ghost in the machine.A demigod fights for Earth's freedom -- in the mind of a computer -- as two pantheons fight for the right to guide the future of humans. But can Asklepios -- Homer's "Blameless Physician" -- defeat the The Devourer of Millions? AES is the story of a man who wakes up after 3,000 years to find himself thrust into a fight for the independence of Earth from the control of alien superbeings. His battle is real and the stakes are real, but he will fight in a simulated battlefield -- in the memory of an online gaming computer. He is as real as his comrades, but while they have real-world bodies, his self-driven avatar is all he has -- an incarnation as living software. For the mortals who log in to help him, the prize is freedom from the aliens who want to control humanity's development to further their own power. For Aes himself, the reward for success is his own apotheosis -- the right to dwell with the superbeings of Olympus. His only chance is the help of Darla Kaplan and her gamer friends. In this struggle for the freedom of mankind, the most powerful weapon of all may be the love of a woman for a man who is only a ghost in the machine.

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    Pathspace

      Matthew Kennedy
Pathspace

Long after failing alien technology crashed Earth's civilization, tech exposure has developed people who can weave metaspace: wizards. In a struggle to bring together the shards of America, will it be reunification under democracy - the revival of the Union? Or will it be consolidation by conquest, as a tyrant pursues dreams of empire? The path we take will determine our future.After failing alien tech has caused a fall of civilization, tech exposure has developed humans capable of replicating and fixing it. In a struggle to bring together the shards of America, will it be reunification under democracy - the revival of the Union? Or will it be consolidation by conquest, as a tyrant pursues dreams of empire?As war is coming to the remains of the Midwest, the court "wizard" of Rado fights not just for his Governor, but for his dream: a school to train adepts to weave the psionic magic needed to forge a new hybrid infrastructure.

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