Synthesis:Weave

A tsunami on a space station. An explosion with no trace of the bomber. Sebastian knows evidence doesn’t magically disappear, yet when he and disabled ex-marine Aryx travel the galaxy to find the cause, there seems to be no other explanation. Can he unravel the mystery before his family, home, and an entire race succumbs to an ancient foe?

Tenebrae station served as a pleasant stop-off during long-haul space trips … until the explosion. With terrorist suspects everywhere, unlikely candidate Sebastian Thorrson – a security programmer promoted into SpecOps – is tasked to investigate.With his friend Aryx, a disabled ex-marine, they don’t seem the most suitable pair, but both are fuelled by a deep-rooted desire for adventure, to see the skies of distant planets and meet with exotic alien species.

An unidentified mineral found at the scene of the explosion forces Sebastian to look further afield for evidence, but his only lead seems to be a hermit living on a comet that insists Sebastian seek out a long-lost colony for his answers.

Their only hope for closing the case is to find a mysterious race that uses the mineral to alter the very fabric of reality. Can they give him the answers he seeks – and will the answers he gets bring peace to Tenebrae, or throw everything into turmoil?

Reviews

Science fiction, Jim, but not as you know it.
It takes skilful writing to mix magic with science whilst moving a detective story smoothly through space. Somehow, this has been achieved in a believable and satisfying journey, where heroes are not necessarily humanoid nor fully mobile.
It feels thoroughly researched and never warps into wild fantasy, keeping its feet solidly in fiction.
A fast-moving book that grips the reader and doesn’t follow a linear plot line but where the author, literally, weaves all of the threads together in an exciting climax.

— M Poynton

This is a great story, fusing sci fi; sci fantasy; detective and mysticism to excellent effect. Very well worth reading! It kept my attention throughout and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

— V Mitchell

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Extracts

Shorts

Lipstick kisses

Aryx Trevarian works aboard Tenebrae station as an engineer … the only job he felt capable of after an accident left him disabled. Unable to go back to his parents’ farm or return to the military, he develops a new technology to help him get back on his feet. Unfortunately, it’s the only technology he trusts, so when his life is put in the hands of an artificial intelligence something’s got to give.

Mental processes

Sebastian Thorsson is a security programmer, working aboard Tenebrae. His life is turned upside-down when he is recruited into the prestigious SpecOps organisation and put in charge of investigating an explosion on the station. His beliefs about the rational nature of the universe are thrown into doubt when he discovers the cause to be something utterly unexpected. Perhaps he should have paid more attention to his Ásatrú faith.

Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3

Download the ePub of chapters 1-4, including Lipstick kisses and Mental processes

Author

Deane Saunders-Stowe is a science fiction author originally from the Forest of Dean. Synthesis:Weave is his debut novel, and the first in a planned series.Born in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, in 1976, Deane presently lives near Ross on Wye with his partner, Kris, a disability fitness instructor and wheelchair user.From an early age, Deane’s interest in computer programming gave him a curiosity about the rules that govern the physical world, and how they interact. While performing rune readings at medieval events he developed an interest in religion and spirituality and this drove him to study many philosophies as he tried to find a way of reconciling the two. In 2012 he joined a behavioural agency where he encountered the philosophy of systems including human behaviour and the mathematical models behind it. His fascination, investigation and interpretation of life’s jigsaw stretched his imagination to the point where it needed an outlet. It wasn’t until he met Kris that the circumstances were right and the outlet was found in the seeds of a novel.Deane is currently looking for a literary agent, a traditional publisher, and an agent to sell the film rights to his novel series.

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Synthesis:Weave is available in eBook, paperback and hardcover formats:

ISBNs

  • Paperback: 978-0-9931773-2-3
  • Hardback: 978-0-9931773-1-6
  • eBook: 978-0-9931773-0-9