John Argo's DarkSF series is composed of glistening dystopias filled with characters to live, love, and die - or escape to better worlds, in some cases. Out of the darkest night, we manage to always find daylight at the end of a harrowing and unforgettable journey.
Also on board is the Next Generation Zombie (or Gen-FZ) series (originating with the novel Doom Spore, now retitled Invasion of the Fungus Zombies). Make no mistake--these are powerful agents of the Fifth Kingdom of life on Earth, and they are taking over. These are not the stupid, shambling, smelly corpses of yesterzombie. These are empty-eyed, but sleek, attractive men and women who seduce you rather than chew your leg off. Read Invasion and find out the scary details. More to come on that one.
Likewise, John Argo has created a vast, sprawling SF universe 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.
He also writes suspense under the John Argo name, as well as history and thrillers under his other guises and personae. Visit his webplex (live since 1996 and still evolving) at www.darksf.com.
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This Shoal of Space
This Shoal of Space - fresh and readable today as in 1996 - was the world's first true e-novel published online for download. Proprietary (not pub domain) John Argo published it in innovative serial chapters 1996-7 to global reader acclaim. It was a bestseller on the early Web, and remains a compelling read. Released in innovative weekly serial chapters, it had early VR (see site for more info).
Robinson Crusoe 1,000,000 A.D.
This far-future SF novel captures the post-apoc, extinction flavor of classics like Robinson Crusoe (1719 classic novel), Robinson Crusoe on Mars (cult classic 1963 film), & Planet of the Apes (1968 film) - as a totally fresh, imaginative tale of DarkSF, adventure, and a love story a million years in the future. Library Journal called it innovative and readable. Part of John Argo's DarkSF series.
The crew on a cargo space vessel awaken to a normal morning in their quarters. They enjoy breakfast, banter, and zmail home across the vast emptiness of space. But Earth isn’t answering. And the captain is nowhere to be found. They open the bays to start work, and the nightmare begins. Ridge and Brenna run for their lives and love on a ship of horrors - scariest being truth that lurks in oneself.
Like Matrix, Inception, and Dark City, Monopol City explores virtual realities. Tedda is a prisoner in a strange West Gotha university; she assists in the eternal military effort against East Gotha. For amusement, the data miners invent a subatomic board game where you can actually descend to a tiny universe and interact with people - and dark, dangerous forces that challenge your own reality.
Invasion of the Fungus Zombies: Generation FZ
You know Gen-X, Gen-Y, Gen-Z. Forget these generations; they are so Yesterday. Yours is FZ: Not your old, stupid, stumbling zombies but smooth, seductive, stealthy, unstoppable.When you're in their arms, it's too late. They breathe a dark cloud of spores in your face, stick a black slimy tube in your neck, &take you down as a bracket fungus in a corner. U'r one of them - go seduce yr 1st victim
Laurel 'Blue',new DEA agent, 23, is the only survivor of a drug operation gone bad. She tackles the cartel's assassins, while thrust into a love triangle she must sort out. Does she desire gorgeous San Diego detective Martha Yee, or handsome bad-boy millionaire and male ex-model John Connor? No time - cartel's slasher is closing in to kill her and Johnno (Updated ed. of Neon Blue by John Argo).
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.
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.
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.
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