© 2011 by Carl R. Merritt
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Post Mortem Press - Cincinnati, OH
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Terry Wright, Mary Cunningham, June Cook, Nicole Bentley, Kathi Deavers, and Becki McNeel all deserve much more than a mere acknowledgment. Without their help, guidance, and faith in me, this author would have given up long ago. And, of course, I wish to thank my wife, Min Merritt, to whom this novel is dedicated. She had more confidence in me than I did in myself. God bless them all.
The great void between the galaxies of Andromeda and the Milky Way had not been disturbed in countless millennia. No comets or asteroids had made the journey—no ships had dared to even try. The distance was so great, even light took over two million years to traverse the expanse.
Eventually, tens of thousands of years ago, one race of beings made the long journey, losing many of their vessels and lives in the process. They called themselves the Umoxians. Upon their arrival in the Milky Way, these horned creatures used their highly advanced technology to construct two new worlds, Earth and zTurm. Then, using their own DNA as a foundation, they manipulated genes to a small degree and created the inception of life on those two virgin planets. If everything worked out as planned, the humanoid life-forms that would eventually populate the new worlds would be slightly different from their creators, and from each other.