Six hundred years in the future a nuclear winter endures. This never-ending winter has persisted hundreds of years longer then scientists predicted. Earth had been reduced to a smattering of cities and a small population all under the control of the Regalcy. The religious and political wars of the first half of the millennium, that left the surface of the earth in this perpetual winter, have given way to a neo socialist system where birthright indicates the transference of leadership, but the real power is wielded by corrupt political brokers.
A man drops dead without warning or reason. When detectives reveal further fatalities linked to an international biotech company, their investigations are hampered, as key scientists are on a secret mission in Antarctica. Meanwhile, the scientists experience troubles of their own when a genetically chosen human breeding program is threatened by religious extremists.
When a body is found drowned in a sewerage vat, Special Agent Zoe Moore and her team is summoned to space station Akkadia to investigate. In amongst a bustling space tourism trade, established by Everjein, Zoe soon discovers a series of unexplained near death suffocations. Circumstantial evidence points to four young delegates of a seemingly passive religious order, motivated to populate the galaxy. Meanwhile as Dr Kian Barret works with his engineers to expand the size of the station he is brutally attacked leading to a series of catastrophic events that could see all the station inhabitants lost in the vacuum of space.
Fifteen teenagers are chosen from thousands to participate in an off-world educational program at Cassini, the first human colony established on Titan. A team of psychologists responsible for their mental welfare accompanies them. When Drs. Kian and Marcela Barret discover that one of the teenagers’ guardians is a convicted criminal who caused the death of their baby sixteen years ago, Zoe Moore and her team are summoned to Cassini to investigate the legitimacy of the organization funding the program. What they uncover is a network of unethical scientific and paranormal practices driven by the doctrine of a forgotten Russian orthodoxy.
By the time DI Josephine Marshall’s murder investigation team find her cryptic note the clock has already started ticking. Trapped and buried, Josie’s only hope is that they can follow her clues before time is up. In this short story, DI Marshall and her team are back in a nail biting rush to solve a murder and find the killers who’ve taken her prisoner.
Holistic Mobile Game Development with Unity: An All-In-One Guide to Implementing Mechanics, Art Design and Programming for iOS and Android Games. Master mobile game design and development in this all-in-one guide to creating iOS and Android games in the cutting-edge game engine, Unity.
The independent developer has ascended, and the new business model demands agility. You have to be able to work on all aspects of game creation, and your team’s game will publish directly to platforms like Android, iPhone, and Facebook. You’ll use Unity, the hottest game engine out there, to do it. In order to earn your place on the elite development team, you must master both sides of the development coin: art and programming.
Computer games have evolved from simple, little programs to major Hollywood-type productions. And today’s player expectations have kept pace with this evolution – they expect truly believable gaming environments with complex stories, characters, and action. To achieve this quality, developers need to incorporate the most cutting-edge tools and techniques available.
The Star Trek series has inspired not only armchair fans, but also the researchers who are trying to better the human race, developing the devices of the future, and struggling to conquer space travel. The Star Trek series was also the inspiration for this book, which examines the artificial intelligences portrayed in the shows. The question we’ll be asking throughout this book is, “How do we get from where we are now to the point where we are able to create truly exceptional artificial beings such as Holodeck characters, Lieutenant Commander Data, and the Emergency Medical Hologram?”