For over a century, a united humanity’s focus was the construction of a massive alien device: The Lariat. Its blueprints were dreamed by a handful of gifted humans who could hear alien voices as they slept. It is miles long, built in close orbit of the sun, and it promises to be a gate to a vast alien civilization. It promises to end humanity’s galactic isolation.
It will open, and a newly promoted Captain Claire Campana’s ship will be key to the ceremony, once it is repaired in the World Navy’s shipyards near the sun. But there is dissent. A member of the black market mob known as the Boliver family begins to doubt the Lariat’s true purpose. And then there are the fragments in time. The 1960s, the 1990s, 2012, where innocent people oblivious to this future live their lives. They connect, somehow, to each other, to the future, to the Lariat.
Mindframe is a genre bending piece of science fiction that weaves seemingly disconnected people through various time streams into one important moment. The moment that changes all of human destiny. The moment the Lariat closes.
Chapter 12: Teddy
“Come with me to St. Louis. Be my number one on the Arch project. It’s going to be a hell of a sight. It’ll beat most of the monuments in Washington when it’s done. A giant arch, a heaving metal goliath that will serve as the gateway to the west, a gateway to the future...
Chapter Eleven: Josephine
The lights flickered on and off suddenly as if there were a power surge, and in the pulses of light, her dogs weren’t dogs. They were some horrible chitonous thing. Their bodies were segmented like a pill bug, but shiny black like a new car or an inverted storm trooper. Up their back was a...
Interlude Two Part Two
Merry Christmas. “And you have a choice to make, Josephine. That is ultimately the point of this. A terrible moment from your life yet to come where your decision and the decision of one other human eing will utterly rewrite the flow of your entire species. No pressure, though…” –The Sender Now that Josephine has...
Interlude Two Part One
“And do you think the Alpha is actually sane still? Do you think any of the Messengers went through contact without being irrevocably changed?” “No. No, not a one. The messages change a person to their core, Josephine. It isn’t just that the alien dreams are incessant. It isn’t the things being sent down, the...
Chapter 10: Grim Boliver
– The whip and sting of Poseidon’s cold barbs pulled Grim from his philosophic musings, straight down the bottom of Maslow’s pyramid. He was cold and needed shelter. His face burned and fingers had gone from feeling that his whiskey glass was cold to not feeling the glass at all. Grim dumped the last of the...
Chapter Nine: Marcellus Ball
-As he looked up, someone sat on his lap, a warm behind against his cold skinny legs, an arm slung around his neck, a smell of musky oil and vanilla. It was Desi. The anger vanished, as he saw her nibble a small bite from the tip of the hash brown…She was wearing jeans and...