Redeemed

      Steve Matthew Benner
Redeemed

A renowned and respect diplomat is sent on a peace mission not knowing that his mission is just a cover for a surprise attack. Upon his return, he works to undermine the administration that sent him on the mission and to regain his reputation and self-respect.A highly respected diplomat is sent on a mission to negotiate a peace treaty with an alien confederation that has been at war with his Earth-centric Alliance for decades. The first council of the Alliance used the distraction of the peace conference to plan and execute a surprise attack on the alien confederation without telling the diplomat. Humiliated, but considered a hero by the populace, the diplomat returns to his work in the administration but immediately starts to undermine his superiors in order to obtain the peace that he was originally sent to establish and regain his reputation. He must try to do this while subjected to constant surveillance, intimidation, and assassination attempts.

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    Here to Help

      Steve Matthew Benner
Here to Help

A man from an advanced-technological civilization visits Earth and attempts to solve some of our problems with not quite the results he expected.A man that claims to be from an advanced-technological civilization thousands of light years away appears at a meeting of the UN and states that he has come to Earth to solve our problems. He has to convince the delegates that he is what he says he is and his attempts to prove this and to help the people of Earth does not have desired outcome.

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    Nothing New

      Steve Matthew Benner
Nothing New

A bored government worker falls in love with a renowned physicist but discovers possible mistakes in her calculations that could lead to disaster.An ex-physicist turned government bean counter falls in love with a physicist working on a means of space travel that could create tunnels to other parts of the universe. As their relationship grows into a full love affair, doubts grow in his mind about the safety of the concept and the experiment to demonstrate it. He believes it could lead to a disaster but is thwarted by his lover and the scientific bureaucracy.

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    An Expert's Quick Guide to Planetary Travel

      Steve Matthew Benner
An Expert's Quick Guide to Planetary Travel

A well-season interstellar traveler has written a somewhat tongue-in-cheek guide for those that have not traveled off world. It covers some of the unusual conditions that a tourist may encounter on other planets such a different gravities, weather, atmospheres, fauna and flora, diurnal and yearly cycles, and light. A must read for planetary travelers.A person that has been to many worlds during his travels in the export/import business has written a tongue-in-cheek guide for those people who may be wanting to travel to another world. He describes some of the conditions a traveler from Earth can encounter on a different planet. These include such things as a difference in gravity, weather, atmosphere, fauna, and flora, geology, daily and yearly cycles, and sunlight. He takes a somewhat humorous approach to his subject and doesn’t show much sympathy for what he refers to as “moles” or those who have not been off world. Still it should be required reading for those planning a trip to another planetary system.

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    The Black Clouds

      Steve Matthew Benner
The Black Clouds

Meteorites strike the Earth wreaking havoc, but a greater menace emerges from the craters in the form of black clouds that threaten to destroy all life on Earth. Nations mobilize against the Clouds, but nothing works as the Black Clouds continue to grow. A group of scientists trapped in a specially designed facility work desperately to find a way of destroying the invaders before it's too late.A series of meteorites strike the Earth in a line from northern Mexico to Kazakhstan, wreaking havoc. But a greater menace soon emerges; Black Clouds start rising from six of the craters and threatening to destroy all life on Earth. The Clouds are living beings that consume protein, in the process reducing animals to skeletons and plants to empty husks. Nations mobilize against the invaders but nothing seems to work as the Black Clouds continue to grow and devastate the planet. A group of scientists located 50 meters below ground in a specially designed facility are trapped by a Cloud and work desperately to determine a way of destroying these aliens before all life on Earth is obliterated.

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    Beggarman

      Steve Matthew Benner
Beggarman

A soldier is trapped deep in enemy territory and assumes the disguise of a beggar in order to make it back to his own lines.A soldier in an invasion force trying to conqueror a planet has his entire company wiped out and is stranded deep in enemy territory. Without knowledge of the language or customs and different in appearance from the locals, he disguises himself as a beggar in order to work his way back to his own lines without being captured and probably killed. He blends into the enemy society and sees the enemy from a different perspective.

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    A Personal History of the Alien Controversy

      Steve Matthew Benner
A Personal History of the Alien Controversy

A government investigator is sent to the panhandle of Maryland to look into an alleged alien ship. As evidence mounts, the investigator realizes that the allegations are true. The aliens have invaded human hosts. But the aliens are beneficial, greatly improving the host’s health. The question is whether this is a good thing or not.An experience government investigator of paranormal events is sent to investigate the purported crash landing of an alien ship that is affecting local residents. The investigator arrives at the site and begins a meticulous examination of the evidence only to discover that there are many findings that cannot be explained. Also, some local residences are experiencing amazing improvements in health. Once a link is found between the alien presence and the improved health, a controversy starts as to whether this is a symbiotic relationship or a dominating take over of a human host. The fights between these two viewpoints and their variations ignite conflicts all over the world.

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    The House of Admetus: Eumelus, The Lost Trilogy of Plays by Agathon

      Steve Matthew Benner
The House of Admetus: Eumelus,  The Lost Trilogy of Plays by Agathon

This is the first play in the trilogy House of Ademtus. King Eumelus returns from the Trojan War with his eldest son in triumph. A plot is hatched to kill his eldest son so that his younger son will succeed his father as King, but it is foiled and the plotters face punishment. The King must decide the fate of the plotters who happen to be members of his family.This is the first play in the trilogy House of Admetus by Agathon. This covers the triumphant return of King Eumelus and his son, Admetus, from the Trojan War. During the welcoming feast, the younger son, Promachos, plans to kill his eldest brother with poison administered by his mother. When the plot is reveled and the mother and son capture, the King must decide the fate of his wife and son on their charge of treason. The King is torn by the decision since he deeply loves both his wife and son and cannot stand the idea of putting them to death.

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    All for Maria

      Steve Matthew Benner
All for Maria

While working in Latin America, an older American businessman’s emotional involvement with a young local woman leads to tragedy and revenge.While working in a Latin American company, an older American businessman becomes emotionally involved with a young local woman. Though confused as to his true feelings towards her, his desire to be with her and protect her draws him into a world of anti-government activities. As his involvement deepen, memories of a past that he’d tried to forget along with feelings that had been buried by years of sedentary middle-class life are reawakened. A tragedy forces him to face the consequences of his actions and fires in him a overpowering need for revenge.

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