Told from a third-generation, quantum processing, independent AI’s perspective, Framandi Alliance skips along at a brisk pace after an elaborate prologue about the beginnings of Lýsi, a secretive adhocratic global ‘think & do’ tank.
Set up soon after WW2 to solve the world’s wicked problems, Lýsi had identified global catastrophic risk in its various forms as humanity’s biggest problem. One of the solutions amongst a few holding actions, was to begin colonizing the Solar System.
By the turn of the century, the group had reverse engineered gravity propulsion technology from an ‘acquired’ extra-terrestrial artifact. They had also spent two decades developing an AI that ran on its own quantum computing system and nurturing a transhuman program. It was also when they discovered an anomalous space object above the solar system’s ecliptic plane.
In early 2001, tasked with exploring the anomaly in space, Icelandic transhuman twins Jón and Ásta along with the crew of Átt, make first contact with a species seeking passage through the solar system. They learn of an ancient, ongoing, intergalactic confrontation, between the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy and Milky Way.
As galaxies merge, territorial conflicts have been reignited. And, it’s consuming civilizations.
Allying with the knowledgeable Framandi, the crew undertake a multi-system journey, confronting the advanced Gigils, a species that could devastate Earth. The alliance salvages a relic Kilig infiltration spacecraft, leftover from an ancient battle, and installs a second-generation human AI named Kei to operate the ship.
Merging with the existing AI aboard the Kilig vessel, Kei’s objectives change as it realizes that wetware enhances its abilities. The AI attempts to infiltrate and subjugate Framandi and Gigil minds; then turns its attention to Earth.
Now, all independent, intelligent life is vulnerable. Jón and Ásta must overcome vastly superior odds, to protect the world they love.
“Framandi Alliance is a far-reaching epic that tells the story of humankinds struggle to make a place in the community of sentient races, and also to rise above our worst impulses. It is a complex story, with a lot of individual stories embedded. There is alien tech, (reverse engineered by the humans) enhanced humans and more.” – Goodreads Review
“Quick paced; great world building and storytelling. As a fan of action-packed scientific fantasy stories revolving around galaxy conquests, I was thrilled to chance upon this novel. Upon reading it, I found that the plot is well developed, flows well, quick paced and interesting enough to keep me enraptured by the content since it revolves around a pair of transhuman twins out to save their world from an external threat. In fact, the book got me thinking about macro level conflicts that might take place between advanced races when galaxies like ours merge. Seeded with lots of interesting fictional science, the descriptions are detailed enough to make reading interesting, while adding to the plot. Also, the use of researched cultural nuances proved to be refreshing. I didn’t know that male and female children of the same parents could have slightly dissimilar surnames. The author seems to have liberally dipped into Icelandic folklore and culture. Quite enlightening indeed!” Clarissa Tiffany Lane, Amazon Review
Having come across and read Asimov’s Foundation and Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama while still at school, I was thrown by the possibilities the universe held. I was hooked to both science and science fiction. That was in the late 80s. I’ve consumed the genre ever since.
A few years ago, I came across an article about how the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy has been in the process of being pulled apart and absorbed into the Milky Way. I asked myself, ‘What could occur when galaxies merge?’
From the brief timeline and perspective of us humans, not much perhaps; but what about the impact on older and more developed civilizations? Intelligent species which may have evolved millions or perhaps billions of years ago, could have occupied large tracts of either or both galaxies. It’s entirely possible that they may have taken to colonizing planetary and star systems in the merging sections of the galaxies. This could be cause for massive intergalactic territorial conflicts. This is the overarching thought for the Galaxy Accretion Conflicts series of which Framandi Alliance is the first book.
About the author
Rashid Ahmed is a science fiction author and a marketing professional. He’s always been interested in technology, its evolution and impact. Having held various advertising and marketing roles, he’s evolved into a weaver of stories. Aimed at readers who like immersive experiences, Rashid’s writing balances hard science fiction concept detailing with easy comprehension. His interests also include economics, ecosystem restoration and permaculture. Rashid lives in Mumbai, India.