A Threat Among the Stars – Episode 25

The weekly episodes of A Threat Among the Stars have been removed in preparation for the release of the book on Amazon in January 2019.

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About Mark Henwick

I was born in Africa and left out in the sun too often. An early interest in philosophy and psychology was adequately exorcised by tending bars. And while trying to enroll in a class to read Science Fiction full time, I ended up taking an engineering degree which splendidly qualified me to move into marketing. That in turn spawned a late onset career in creative writing. When not working, I get high by the slightly less conventional means of a small light aircraft. My first book, 'Sleight of Hand' is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/Sa0D3n

9 responses to “A Threat Among the Stars – Episode 25”

  1. janine orlando says :

    no tears but lots of questions about the invaders. how did they know to look for “aliens”? Loiola had to have used the network previously. why wasn’t his non human status questioned then? why didn’t Justinian note his abnormalities previously? what caused all the SAE’s to go silent for so long in the court room? I like how everything gets tied up in the final segment but there are additional questions about what happened in the court room. AND what happened to HWA’s honey? did he survive the transfer are they still together?

    SO MANY QUESTIONS!! can’t wait to buy this in December. Thank you so much for all your hard work. and you never said how your back was feeling.

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Hi Janine

      No tears? I am a failure. 🙂

      Yes, much polishing to do in this last section.

      A lot of this is all about one thing – why did the Xians and Dowreth know the Hajnal was aliens. The SAEs were always dubious of how the human movement could sweep across planets without triggering some alarms (Hwa questioned it with Zara early on, but I should touch on it again). One theory of course the SAEs would have looked at – it could be that the multi system revolution was somehow being controlled by an external force. As they were extracting and analysing the output from Justinian in the courtroom scene, Shohwa saw this as increasingly the only viable explanation. She pulled in all the other SAEs to crack this, and they resolved that it was.To then have the results from Justinian’s scan of Loiola confirmed it, but they decided they must get in a third party to convince everyone else. In the time available, it was easiest for this to be achieved by Morgen with the Ministro of Health.

      Justinian is an AI, and as such is enormously limited in what it can do. It recorded all the meetings of the government that were held in government buildings. However the control of the system was restricted to sites in the Bureau of Justice (where the processors were). It is at these control interfaces that the identification process is used. Normally Sanchez would be the only one to access Justinian (one reason why this key position was not taken by an alien). Loiola simply avoided interfacing with Justinian and Justinian had no information from recordings that it could use.

      Yes, Hwa and Danath (will change the name) are an item at the end & Xing is happily back in his processors on board Shohwa. I’m actually going to have 3 epilogue chapters. Hwa, then Zara, then Kat. I’ll tie things up there.

      Thank you for your questions! They help me focus enormously.

      I think, when I get back to serials, I will only have simple stories! And probably novellas, rather than novels!

      (The back seems to be okay – the heavy duty anti-inflammatories fixed it, thanks).

  2. Justin says :

    No tears here either, just satisfaction on the ending and anticipation on the next installment 😁

  3. Richard says :

    Duty and honor, missing/disappearing from our vocabulary

  4. janine orlando says :

    Mark I am desperate for something to read!!! Do you have a date yet for publication?

    • Mark Henwick says :

      Hi Janine

      A Threat Among the Stars is at the editors. I am *hoping* to get it published in early December.

      If your tbr is running out, give me a genre and I might have a suggestion or two.

      • janine orlando says :

        sci fi, fantasy, space opera, anything other than westerns and i will read it

        • Mark Henwick says :

          You’ve probably read all of these 🙂

          Eric Thomson, Siobhan Dunmoore 5 book series (unfinished). Space opera, war, damaged captain, damaged ship… Familiar sort of story well told.

          J.A. Sutherland, Alexis Carew 6 book series (unfinished). Book 5 is a disappointment, but the rest are good. A sort of Horatio Hornblower in space with a young woman protagonist.

          Forthright, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, PNR with an Asian focus.

          John Conroe, Demon Accords 13 book series (unfinished). Urban Fantasy. All the things you shouldn’t have in UF, but just written in a way that keeps you rolling along.

          T.S. Paul, Born a Witch… Drafted by the FBI. Urban Fantasy. Fun.

          H.D. Gordon Moon Burned (series just started). Urban Fantasy. Very gritty.

          Lisa Gardner, Detective DD Warren, series, but can be read out of order I think. Crime, police procedural (USA). Twisty!!!

          Jane Casey, Maeve Kerrigan series. Crime, police procedural (UK).

          Mike Shevedon, Sixty-One Nails, series, only read the first. Urban Fantasy in the UK. Different, fun.

          Kate Munger, Casey Jones series. Crime, PI.

          • janine orlando says :

            Thank you for the suggestions. I’ve read some but not all. looking forward to starting the John Conroe series Hope your holidays are stress free and tons of fun.

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