An ancient alien’s story of our past-
The search for his remains-
A race to save our world.
World-renowned tycoon Horace Haines acquires an ancient astronaut’s holographic record. Its story is incredible: Hunted by human psychics, the castaway alien seeks refuge with a Bedouin shaman. The account ends without revealing the extraterrestrial’s fate, so Horace hires vagabond engineer, Matt Krause, to find out what happened.
Things go awry from the start for Matt and his brainy girlfriend, Stephanie Noble. A murder implicates Stephanie. Strangers haul Horace away during a corporate coup and henchmen corner Matt and Stephanie in a deserted office.
From an underground labyrinth in Nevada to a Sufi stronghold North Africa, Matt and Stephanie must traverse a perilous maze in their quest to learn the truth about Earth’s first alien.
A Far Traveler, at approximately 158,000 words, is the first of four western flavored sci-fi novels in the Shaman Gene series, the tale of Earth’s rise to join galactic society. It is the 2013 Global Ebook Silver Award Winner in Science Fiction.
I used a zillion tags, because I couldn’t really nail down A Far Traveler with a single handle. It is science fiction for sure, with elements of the following subgenres:
Hard sci-fi– I’m a professional engineer and an ex-college math instructor. My sci-fi is solid, but not overwhelmingly hard.
Soft sci-fi– Some sociological stuff: ancient and extraterrestrial cultures.
Western sci-fi– Many of the characters are modern day cowboys and Indians. The Indians come on strong in the second and third books.
Alternative history– Big time! Sub-plots in three novels in the following order: Biblical, Renaissance, Crusades.
Anthropological– Classical Egypt
Superhuman– Yes but with a twist, the descent from superhuman status.
Feminist– Can you get more feminist than an Amazon? She’s introduced in the first book, but she shines in the next three. Until then, you’ll have to be happy with Stephanie, who is a mathematician extraordinaire.
Speculative fiction– Pretty much defined by the above categories. Add in some earth spirits, psychic powers, shamans, magic, etc.