Castes Book 1: The Prestige

Castes Book 1: The Prestige

Ivan Turner

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Horror / Comics & Graphic Novels

In the 21st Century, the world is filled with industry and technology, and yet still governed by magic. The elves, masters of the magic, stand in charge of governments and industries. The humans, masters of technology, run civil service, film, and hold administrative positions under the elves. The dwarves, steeped in honor and tradition, are the laborers. Can some rise above the castes?In the days before civilization, the days when dark things combed the landscape, three races of people fought for control of their lands. Among them were the elves, smart and blessed with the gift of magic. Their greatest foes, even more hated than the ferocious creatures that preyed upon living flesh, were the dwarves. Steeped in honor and tradition, the dwarves felt that all magic was black magic. Warriors by nature, the cleansed the lands of the monsters and yet the elves looked upon them as little more than animals themselves. Eventually there was war.Caught between the aggressive dwarves and the scheming elves, the humans tried to broker a peace and bring about a society in which all three races could coexist. Some say their ideas were unrealistic . Others feel they were downright foolish. Either way, the idealistic nature of the proposed treaty was mocked by both the dwarves and the elves.Mocked, but not dismissed.While the dwarves laughed at the idea of peace, the elves dissected the humans' proposal bit by bit. A Constitution, they called it. Indeed, there were sensible ideas. But much better to have the elves in charge rather than the soft hearted humans. The elf leaders got together under one banner and formulated a plan. Bringing the full power of their magic to bear against the other two races, they brought the war to a swift conclusion.Some called it peace. Others called it subjugation. A new version of the Constitution was given to all the people of the three races. It granted rights to the dwarves and other rights to the humans and still other rights to the elves. Mostly, though, it brought forth four tenets.All dwarves are created equally.All humans are created equally.All elves are created equally.All people are not created equally.Over the years and decades and centuries, society evolved. Amendments were made to the Constitution. Dwarves, humans, and elves found their places in society. With their combined efforts, the monsters of the world were all but eradicated. But with the long lifespans of both the elves and the dwarves, old grudges remained. While the elves ran civilization and dwarves fed it, it was the humans who drove it. Blessed with no outstanding physical attributes, they were the Earth's best innovators. The telegraph, the radio, television, and computer were all constructs of human innovation. Guns, bombs, cars, and trains all came about from human ingenuity. But for all their creative ability, they held little control or wealth. It was the elves, always the elves, with the keys to the kingdom.Owen Keefe is a policeman who has done his best to keep his place in the human controlled department. When a late call takes him into an unlikely and dangerous situation, his life is changed and he starts down a dangerous and slippery slope that may ultimately shatter the castes forever.
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Zombies! Summer Special: Growing Pains

Zombies! Summer Special: Growing Pains

Ivan Turner

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Horror / Comics & Graphic Novels

During a blizzard in New York City, an army of zombies is unleashed on the population. Dillon Waters, a ten year old boy, must grow up quickly and face the threat head on when the zombies infest his Manhattan apartment building.This segment takes place during the events of Zombies! Episode 10: State of Emergency.Deus ex machina ( /ˈdeɪ.əs ɛks ˈmɑːkiːnə/ or /ˈdiː.əs ɛks ˈmækɪnə/ Latin: ”god out of the machine”; plural: dei ex machina) is a plot device whereby a seemingly inextricable problem is abruptly solved with the unexpected intervention of some new event, character, ability, or object, often considered an “act of god.”
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Zombies! Episode 1: Shawn of the Dead

Zombies! Episode 1: Shawn of the Dead

Ivan Turner

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Horror / Comics & Graphic Novels

Zombies! It's not the end of the world.Shawn of the Dead is the first of a series of episodes that focuses on the more personal aspects of people as they face their regular lives against the backdrop of a zombie infection.Shawn Rudd is an almost average high school senior on his way to meet up with his secret lover when he encounters what appears to be a zombie. His reaction to this encounter will change the course of his life forever.Detective Johan Stemmy and his partner are called in to investigate a strange murder. The victim's time of death predates the murder by several hours. As the word "zombie" begins to enter their vocabulary, Stemmy and his partner must begin to redefine their experience as homicide detectives and accept what simply cannot be.Join these and other characters as they try to live their regular lives despite intrusion of zombies into the populace. With the rules of society altered forever, can society survive?
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Zombies! (Episode 2): Abby's Bad Day

Zombies! (Episode 2): Abby's Bad Day

Ivan Turner

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Horror / Comics & Graphic Novels

Is the apocalypse a world wide event or is it something that happens privately to the individual? Abby Benjamin is a typical working mom. But when one of the customers at the gym where she works falls ill, Abby gets a close up look at a completely different world, a world of monsters that is ever creeping into the lives of normal people. It is a very bad day.
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Black Box

Black Box

Ivan Turner

Science Fiction & Fantasy / Horror / Comics & Graphic Novels

In the future, a relic from the past finds its way back to Earth. Sent to investigate a 200 year old event, the captain of the U.E.S. Valor discovers that the integrity of his command structure has been compromised and he can only wonder if the Admiralty hasn't done so intentionally. When events of the past collide with events of the present, can he keep it all together long enough to survive?
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