Framandi Alliance by Rashid Ahmed

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.

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“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

Author’s Note

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.

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53 thoughts on “Framandi Alliance by Rashid Ahmed

  1. This book sounds extremely interesting. I like that you build a story on civilizations clashing after the merger of two galaxies. Also, I like the fact that your storyline takes place after World War II with a different direction from what real life as been since the end of the last world war. I will definitely have to read it to write a review.

  2. This sci fi book is something that my hubby would definitely love. Anything with galaxies. outer space & extra terrestrials he loves.

  3. This sounds like a really good read. I like the concept of sort of taking over in this way. I’ll give it a read. You’ve already put several books on my list!

  4. While I don’t read this genre very often, I am surprised that this story takes place around WWII rather than in a future setting. I would be interested in seeing how it ties into history. Very cool!

  5. This book as peek my interest. I like your plot and it’s nice that the sci-fi starts in the past after WW2. I will add it on my Amazon wish list.

  6. I don’t read science fiction often, but this book sounds really interesting. I hope that Jón and Ásta are able to protect their world.

  7. Well everything sci-fi with AI and aliens, just sign me in! Also would like to know more about the “Icelandic folklore and culture” that is used in the book.

  8. My son will love this book. He likes sci fi as well as anything related to the galaxies and outer space. It will interesting to read about Kei. AI is everywhere be it in astronomy, robotics, IT etc. Even I use AI technology in my company where I work full time.

  9. Wow, I really like the concept of the book. Although not a science fiction lover but this sounds really great.

  10. Framandi Alliance looks like a really good book. When it comes to AI I am a real big fan. I think that one day AI will be a huge part of our life. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Sounds like a good read to me. Good job on your first publish book. I wish you all the success in the world. Cheers Jason.

  12. I think one day AI will take over and star colonizing the solar system and then the galaxy. You book looks interesting.

  13. I love reading sci fi book and this review gives me an interest to get a copy and read it in one sitting. lol!

  14. I found this Framandi Alliance Sci-Fi so interesting. I love to learn more about this. Will definitely check more about this author.

  15. This Sci-fi book looks interesting. I will surely check this out and get my own copy. Thanks for sharing.

  16. The fact that the story starts after World War II is cool and a twist with an alien artefact is interesting.

  17. Love the plot behind the story here. Sci-fi just has that ability to draw you in as your own imagination takes over, the more that you read and immerse yourself into the story. In many ways, more effective than watching it via a movie. Like the character link back to our own world and recent history.

  18. I came across the Framandi Alliance video trailer on Twitter and it seemed interesting enough, but I am even more intrigued after reading your overview! Ordering this book this week on Amazon! Thanks for the great reveiw!

  19. I am not yet a follower of the blog so it took me some time to figure out what’s going on with the post. Maybe nice to have an opening and a backgrounder for the new readers about your work. 🙂 – Knycx Journeying

  20. Currently, I am trying to read plenty of books. I will surely consider this book too. It looks great. On a side note, I have never tried reading a sci-fi book before.

  21. This is so not up my alley, but to be honest I really enjoyed reading this, so I am thinking thins might be more up my alley than I though 🙂

  22. This is the first time I heard about it (maybe coz I’m not a regular follower is sci-fi fiction) however I believe this is an interesting story. My brother will surely appreciate it.

  23. I think the mixture of science fiction and post world war II era is intriguing. I like stories that start in a point in time that we know like the end of WWII and skip directly to different future.

  24. This sounds like a great Sci-Fi book to read. I am a big fan of books that tackles about our earth and histories.

  25. “This could be cause for massive intergalactic territorial conflicts.”

    Oh boy.

    Sounds right up my alley 😉

  26. This is very interesting! All the details kind of make my bran hurt since it is late and I’m not much of a science nerd, but I love it nonetheless!

  27. Isn’t it fascinating that someone who worked in advertising would come up with such an amazing story. The idea of trasnhuman twins saving the world sounds very intriguing, thanks for this tip.

  28. This sounds like an awesome sci-fi book. I really enjoyed watching the YouTube trailer for it. Traveling in space, warring galaxies, new civilizations, what is not to like?

  29. Oooh this sounds like a page-turner. Love the concept of the intergalactic confrontation due to the two galaxies merging. Very creative and exciting!

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