John Argo has created a vast, sprawling SF universe of imaginative novels and stories called Empire of Time (EOT. Everything is at stake, and time traveling agents are at work up and down stream (time), observing and tweaking carefully to save the future--the fate of humankind and the universe is at stake, in the grand scheme that must never be forgotten. In the minor key, each novel offers gripping action with compelling characters, often spiced up with an urgent romantic subplot.
This is a future history in the grand tradition of Cordwainer Smith (Norstrilia), Isaac Asimov (Foundation), Frank Herbert (Dune), and other masters of the form. Fifty years in process, and still in the making, this mind boggling panorama of infinite universes and time without end already includes over a dozen novels that serve as pinholes to peer into realms beyond comprehension.
John Argo, from his home base in San Diego, continues to spin pieces of a vast mosaic that will soon coalesce into an astonishing entirety with a subseries titled Jornade: Chronicles of Metrado. Time traveling monks, military priestesses, female popes of the 38th Century--the innovations are boundless. Metrado journeys back in time to report to the Triune Holy Office uptime about such adepts as Nostradamus, Leonardo da Vinci, Homer, and others who work for HM Sacred Service. Stay tuned.
John Argo in 1996 became the first author/publisher to publish entire (full length novel) proprietary (not public domain) digital books on line for download. These included the texts of This Shoal of Space and Pioneers (SF) and Neon Blue (suspense), innovatively released in weekly serial chapters to readers around the world, who sent thanks and kudos. More info at the Museum pages of Clocktower Books.
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Runners: Escape Prison World or Die - Empire of Time
A man and a woman, strangers, escape from separate POW camps on an alien world and fight their way to a forbidden jungle island where other renegade humans are making a stand against the alien Kaarrk Swarm. Kion and Amela become partners - and pawns - in a galaxy-wide war waged by an inhuman enemy. Can they find their way home to loved ones, through a lost Time Train portal (#1 of planned trilogy)
Robinson Crusoe 1,000,000 A.D. - Empire of Time
Alex Kirk, the last human, is a clone of a man who died a million years ago. Mankind is long extinct. Alone like no human before him, Alex must survive and find meaning on a strange new earth full of savage and dangerous wonders. Is there a woman Friday? or is he doomed to live and die in silence and solitude? A smudge near the moon one night starts to unveil terrifying but wonderful answers.
Lantern Road - Empire of Time
A human slave and a beautiful humansh princess on galactic fungal treasure planet Oba, (like feudal Japan) fall into forbidden love, danger, and death. Jory escapes in a hostile galaxy where secret forces work to restore a lost human empire. Jory's genetic gift as astropath makes him a navigator among the stars, a lantern road full of surprises - a rebirth of life and love we never see coming.
Mars the Divine - Empire of Time
Holy Mother Mars' climate is failing. Can young monk Farr save the world by finding the long-lost oceans of Mars? Wild-eyed heretic Shan's murder sends Farr on a voyage of discovery in the Temporale and distant time with military priestesses Trinity and Singularity. Evading cruel dukes and brutal soldiers, they meet H.G. Wells in Victorian London, on a Time Train system built by long-ago aliens.
This Shoal of Space - Empire of Time
A small California coastal town is haunted by an alien invasion from 100 million years ago. Eager young obit writer Zoe Calla, mom of a very sick boy, wants to become a star reporter. Her big break - a series of hidden murders at the zoo. An interstellar eel with an enigmatic mission lives in her brain, and she falls in love with curator Roger Chatfield. What could be simpler or more delightful?
Pioneers - Empire of Time
25 light years from dying Earth, a lush, earth-like world emits thriving starport signals. Paul and Licia (lovers, among the six last surviving humans) make a desperate journey; but find only blue-skinned barbarians and enigmatic ruins; stone age villagers with dim cultural memories of star flight. In an ancient, long sealed mound on a plain lie answers to questions nobody ever thought to ask.
Nebula Express - Empire of Time
Motto of a lone, crippled starship hurtling in deep space: “Nothing is right near the speed of light.” Not the ship, not the mission, nor its people. Ridge and Brenna are drawn to each other in a powerful passion that defies the deadly madness all around--yet their love, too, is a symptom of all that’s wrong aboard Nebula Express. Evokes Ridley Scott’s Alien but scarier, even more thoughtful.
Monopol City - Empire of Time
West Gotha citizen Tedda committed a terrible crime she can't remember. Her memories of the crime, and the love affair that led to it, were wiped. Did she have an affair with the handsome East Gotha spy, Captain Alton Hedrock, her nation’s top enemy? On the run for her life, the world is at stake. Compare virtual reality stories The Matrix, 13th Floor, Inception, John Argo's This Shoal of Space.
Time Train - Empire of Time
Agent Joe ‘Mack’ Mackinson’s nightmare adventure starts on a lone San Diego desert stakeout. He hopes to snare a Baja drug lord. Instead, he stumbles on a battle between rival UFO agents from the far future, is forced into service under the tyranny of Amerika's Great Shepherd in a neo-Orwellian 2084, and fights to save Carly, the love of his life. Paranoid, philosophical SF thriller for our time.
Doom Spore - Empire of Time
Doom Spore is chilling, delicious science horror in the summer movie tradition of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. From deep in the Peruvian jungle comes the Offensor spore, courtesy Big Pharma, who lose controlbut keep the nightmare secret. First San Diego, then the world - humans turn into alien spore carriers seeking the next victim. Heroic Lt Linsey Simon leads desperate human defense action.
The Sibyl's Urn
Welcome to a mythological dream time in which nothing quite makes sense, yet everything has a logic of its own. Powerful goddesses linger behind curtains--one brushes her fingertips over your eyes, laden with an opiate like bee pollen on a summer's day. This is a fantasy, pieced together by late lamplight from author notes and studies of ancient Rome. Odd spirits keep knocking the inkwell over...
When a man loves an airplane, it's a matter of calculations. When a man loves a woman, everything is up in the air. Paul Owens, in the early 1970s, found an obscure Soviet technical journal—and an inspiration that would save the Free World (based on true history). Paul also falls in love with a beautiful, intelligent young widow named Marsha Kassner, 32, who moves next door with her son Peter, 9.
Six atmospheric, suspenseful Night Shots stories with a classic crackle of mystery, a sting of gun smoke, a stifled scream in the night, a page-turning What Happens Next?
Not stories for the light of reading or those scared of the dark. Murder is not fun or cozy or an abstract puzzle. Crime is real--but the night is full of strangely spicy, exhilarating moments for prowling animals--and humans.
Clocktower Books presents twelve tales of the weird and chilling. Each dramatic story involves ordinary men and women confronted by things unimaginable, in this world or some other--behind Strange Doors.
Adventures Beyond Time & Space
Nine thrilling stories with classic SF Sense of Wonder--each a glimpse into John Argo's sprawling future history, and his vision of boundless time and space in which mankind plays a wondrous role. Meet a dying alien basilica, a planet named Magic, a heroic woman (part cat) fighting for a helium drive after the apocalypse, a far-future harp containing the ghost of a long-dead stewardess...and more.