Threads- A Scifi Thriller by Tom Tinney

Threads: Book one of the Fabric of the Universe

The Fabric of the Universe will never be the same!

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It’s the year 2576 and socialism is dead.

Unfortunately, man’s inhumanity to his fellow man is not. In a universe full of opportunity for all, a chance encounter plants an evil seed and a psychotic killer begins stalking the female population of the MetroStellar.

In another part of the galaxy, a lone USS Marshal on a routine undercover mission stumbles into a 300-year-old cover-up. Things are never what they seem to be and both cases begin and end with the Intra Stellar Transportation and Exploration Company (ISTEC) and the planet they control, Exodus.

To close both cases will require the combined skills of the marshal and his twin brother, as they use their special bond to overcome the forces working against them and seek justice for those they have sworn to protect.

This is a story about family, the illusion of security and that things are not always what they seem. “Threads” shines a light on the what makes us great, as well as the darker side of man. It is the story of two brothers who discover they are stronger together, but they must first find the strength and greatness in themselves.

This is a Scifi Psychological Thriller spanning the known galaxy and the next 500 years of human history in a unique future and universe created by its author.

Why I wrote it?

For a very long time, I believe that mainstream SciFi has taken a turn toward the "Can't we all just get along?" future view. (Star Trek: TNG approach to man's future.)  Don't get me wrong, I love the show and the concept, but not the future it purports (even the part where we have given up money…becuase there are things that still require payment…and not just to the Ferengi).

There is a tendency in SciFi movies and popular TV series to paint corporations or successful individuals as evil, while social causes and environmental extremism (and the people supporting them) are inherently good. Not in my future.

The future expansion of man across the stars in the Fabric of the Universe series only occurs after “we the people” put an end to the governments draining away any capital through redistribution of wealth. Private entities and individuals drive the “gold rush”. Government can govern when it is no longer focused on keeping the entitlement crowd entitled. (When the plebes discover they can vote themselves money, it heralds the fall of the Republic).

Threads  takes place 400 years after the Socialist revolution and its fall, brought about by the second Civil war of 2096. We, as a species, advance across the galactic frontier much like we did the old west, for personal/familial gain, to find our pocket of gold and the need for adventure.

On the frontier and with the separation from our home world by vast distances, there is a need for law and order. The group that most governments charter with is the men and women of the USS Marshal Service. Resourceful, capable and allowed to operate in the extreme to bring justice to those that break the law or infringe on other rights. If someone does something that gets their attention, it’s going to be a bad day.

There is  a universal constant in the future, and that is the InterStellar Transportation and Exploration Company (ISTEC). Powerful. A monopoly and benevolent, but with dark secrets and men who have their own unique issues. We find out that corporations can be too powerful and what happens when they are, but also we always have a recourse. That good can be built on bad and that in the end, nobody owes you success.

I hope you enjoy where the story goes, the characters and the plot twists. You will have a good bead on the Fabric of the Universe all of the way through the first half of the Novel. In the second half, you find out just how wrong you were.

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