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