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INTRODUCTION

John Gerard is a Chicago Police detective living in a world fifty years removed from today, a world that has survived a near-fatal catastrophe.  An asteroid has destroyed the moon, the aftershocks of which have wreaked havoc on the planet.  Gerardís stories begin eleven years after the event.  Boundaries between land and water have shifted, scars from global meteor showers are still in memory, and a massive space station orbits the Earth in place of the moon, patching gravitational rifts and projecting a holographic lunar image into the night skies.

           Gerard's cases are shaped by the technology of his day, or are set in locales only possible in the post-lunar era.  Read up on his investigations below and let me know if you're interest is piqued.  I'm considering writing a John Gerard novel and your feedback on his adventures to date will be invaluable. 

 

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BLUE MOON, INC.

 

THE STORY:

          In the wake of the lunar catastrophe, global conglomerate Replicorp has built and put into orbit a massive projector station to correct gravitational anomalies and to generate a holographic moon to fill the empty night.  During one particular full moon projection the hologram vanishes from the sky for seventeen minutes.  Within hours of the blackout Detective Gerard is dispatched to the station to investigate the death of Replicorp vice-chair Lester Burnham.

            Gerard soon learns that Burnham had many enemies on board the station.  An environmental splinter group, disgruntled station employees, and an estranged lover all seem to be hiding portions of truth.  As Gerard dissects fact from fabrication, the confines of the station grow claustrophobic.  His investigation culminates in a frantic hunt for the fleeing killer.  In the finale, Gerard bets his life on a desperate gambit to apprehend the murderer, and avoid an icy death in the vacuum of space.

PUBLICATION INFO:

            "Blue Moon, Inc." was published in the 2003 July/August/September issue of Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine.  Sorry to report this but back issues are sold out.  You can, however, still read "Blue Moon, Inc." by downloading a PDF copy here.

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THE ENIGMA MOTIVE

 

THE STORY:

          A pandemic of infertility is sweeping the globe.  A human pregnancy has not been recorded in North America in 19 months.  Unable to identify the root cause, scientists name the mysterious malady the Enigma Virus.  Renown biochemist Victor Lagani is mankind's best hope of unraveling Enigma.  But when he is found shot dead on a pier bench in Chicago, it's up to Detective Gerard to find out who pulled the trigger, and why.

          Gerard delves into the workings of Lagani's research facility, where all is not as it first appears.  He soon discovers he is not alone investigating Lagani's demise.  A covert organization headed by Military Intelligence is lurking about, looking for answers of their own.  Gerard faces a gauntlet of government cover-ups, conspiracy theories, elusive researchers, and the possible extinction of the human race.  In the end he must divine an answer from the shadowy facts at hand to discover Lagani's killer, and quite possibly save the planet from oblivion.

PUBLICATION INFO:

          "The Enigma Motive" is available in back issue #2 of Tales of the Talisman.  Click on the cover art graphic below to link to their site and order your copy today.  Thanks.

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LONG WINTER'S NAP

 

THE STORY:

          Hundreds of people lie in cryogenic suspension throughout the world.  They sleep in "super cooled" hibernation, waiting for medical science to catch up with the disease that took their lives.  In post-lunar Chicago the wait is coming to an end.  The resurrections have begun. 

          But a mystery awakens with the revival of one Charles Moser.  After forty-seven years in hibernation Moser walks into Gerard's precinct station and claims to have been murdered.  Skeptical, Gerard reluctantly agrees to look into the case.  He sifts through public and private records, reconstructing the events that led to Moser's end.  Appraising his findings, Gerard concedes that the man from the past may have indeed been murdered.  But more startling is the possibility that Moser's demise may have ignited a series of events whose repercussions are still felt half a century later.  And with Moser's revival, Gerard fears a pattern of death may begin anew by the light of a digital moon.

PUBLICATION INFO:

          "Long Winter's Nap" appeared in the Winter 2009 edition of Continuum Science Fiction online magazine.

 

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