Hybrids tells the story of a new frontier for the human race,
and the man who holds the key to its survival
In the year 2218, mankind has colonized Mars with four expansive cities, and scientific innovation has forever changed the technological landscape. Maxwell Tanner, an insomniac and technophobe, laments his monotonous existence in the arid Martian desert, until a seemingly random attempt on his life turns his world upside down. Pursuing his would-be killer, Tanner is drawn into the city’s dark underbelly where he becomes the centre of a diabolical plot against the human genus. Surrounded by physically-augmented mercenaries and powerful oligarchs who need him silenced, courting murder and espionage at every turn, Tanner stays ahead of his enemies using skills he didn’t know he had. Spanning multiple worlds and the space in-between, the secrets of Tanner’s forgotten past are slowly unearthed. Can he win the race to unmask the assassin and expose the biggest conspiracy in recorded history, or will Tanner be swallowed-up by an unforgiving city that’s unable to reconcile its love for science and its hate for mankind?
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Hybrids is book 1 of a three-part series exploring a future of technological dependence in which human augmentation is a cultural norm. Legislation mandates that individuals composed of less than 50% organic matter must be reclassified as a different species, Homo hybrid, which is ultimately exiled and lives on the fringe of society. Exploring prejudice, segregation, and minority marginalization, the book parallels socio-political themes of the 21st-Century. The title is unique in its description of realistic/plausible technologies. It was important to me that the world was built on a foundation of real science, extrapolated from our current understanding, and I believe this will anchor the reader in a more credible story. The book’s glossary - The S-Tech Supplement - summarizes the prominent scientific advancements of the last 200 years: it offers a framework for the story, complements the world-building, and makes for a more complete and believable account. I drew narrative inspiration from the works of Robert Ludlum, Tom Clancy, and Richard Morgan. I have also been influenced heavily by the logical construct and hypothesis testing of Isaac Asimov (particularly the “Robot” series), and the creative and poetic prose of Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”. The book, in its complete and edited form, is 100,000 words.
[Genre: Cerebral science-fiction/cyberpunk]