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The Otherness Factor (Sic Transit Terra Book 2)
“I know where the Angel of Death plague originated, and so does every other ‘patient’ who left Thrygg that day…”
Fourteen years ago, Thryggian scientists permitted a mass escape of test subjects from their laboratory on Thrygg, including Abner Dedrick, the youngest member of the powerful Forrand-Dedrick family on Earth. These patients all thought they’d been receiving an unapproved longevity treatment. In fact, they’d been infected with a bio-engineered virus and their escape was the first step in a horrific experiment.
Now the day of reckoning is approaching. The plague unleashed on the galaxy by the Thryggians has finally been brought under control and they’re on trial for this and other scientific crimes. The viral strain Abner was carrying has wiped out an entire Human colony. Only his young daughter Lania and his voice log – a damning piece of evidence if brought before the tribunal – have survived. Aboard the Earth ship that rescues Lania is Ixbeth Minegar, a lone alien who becomes convinced that Lania is part of a prophecy that could spell life or death for Ixbeth’s entire race.
The Thryggians are not going down quietly. They’ve broken planetary confinement and are determined to find and eliminate any evidence against them, even if it means entering Earth space and destroying Earth ships. Fortunately, the one carrying Abner Dedrick’s log has an alien or two up its sleeve….
About the Author:
Born and raised in Toronto, Arlene F. Marks found her muse at the age of 6 and has been writing and sharing her stories ever since. Her work has appeared in H.P. Lovecraft’s Magazine of Horror and has been published by Daily Science Fiction. Her first science fantasy novel, The Accidental God, was nominated for the 2015 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. Arlene lives with her husband on Nottawasaga Bay but spends an inordinate amount of time in the Sic Transit Terra universe. [MORE]
"A richly imagined world with a cast of appealing characters." -- James Alan Gardner, award-winning author of EXPENDABLE
"Characters you care about, doing things that matter. Oh, and an intergalactic conspiracy. Arlene Marks hits all the marks dead on." - Michael Martineck, author of THE MILKMAN
"Suspenseful and marvellously detailed, this second book in the series leaves the reader eagerly anticipating the third." - Karleen Bradford, author of The Taun Trilogy
"The Otherness Factor is the second book in a six-part series set in the Sic Transit Terra Universe in Earth’s twenty-fifth century. It introduces a new set of characters and a new story line. ... The author has created a highly-appealing character in Ixbeth. Much of the humour in the book comes from Ixbeth’s alien-eye view of humanity. ... The best part of the book is Ixbeth’s take on humanity, which is quite entertaining. I look forward to the next book in the series, and am intrigued to see how all of the different storylines will pull together." - Ken Haigh, ief Executive Officer, Collingwood Public Library
"This is the first novel I have read by this author and I am floored by the complexity of the universe that has been created! The novels scope of both alien races and expanse of technologies with the concomitant interactions is mind blowing." - Clinton Sites
"A beautifully well written sci-fi book set in a distant future where humans and aliens are learning to live together. It combines mythical and quest elements with some very interesting ideas on possible scientific directions and some thought provoking moral reflections. It is the second in a series and readers of the first novel will recognise at least one of the names and races mentioned in the book but there is no need to have read the first book as this is a genuine stand-alone self-contained story. It is an engrossing read with believable and likable characters and scenarios. Strongly recommended to all lovers of genuine science fiction." - flusteredduck
"Book 2, The Otherness Factor, is deliciously different from The Genius Asylum (Book 1). There are overlaps, family connections and, of course, a shared setting (in the broadest of terms – the galaxy is a big place) but Otherness takes on new characters and new concerns. The complexity is built simply, which makes for a very satisfying read. ... Marks brings a sense of realness to this unreal world. It resolves the images into something you could not see any other way. Exactly what I want from a novel." - Michael Martineck, author
"OMG best sequel so far. Arlene F. Marks has taken The Otherness Factor to a whole new level. ... I loved this book..." - Sarah Burrows
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