At the age of 14, glued to a television set as Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, Réal Laplaine decided he would become Canada's first astronaut. By the age of 16, still in school and working a part-time job, he financed his own way, learning to fly planes. His plan was to become a bush pilot, figuring that if he could survive the rigors of Canada's frontier, a profession more or less equivalent to test pilots who were the usual crop for new astronauts, that NASA would accept him as an astronaut. Sadly, he got sidetracked, but he never lost sight of his dream to leave the planet and explore the stars. Today, he pens novels, mostly soft science fiction which focus on how his characters deal with the inevitability of First Contact, their interaction with highly advanced artificial intelligence, and navigating the stars into new realms. He has never considered his work to be just science fiction, because, as we all know, what was considered "science fiction" several decades ago, is now reality. He grew up in Canada, then moved to America where he worked and travelled the world, and where the seeds of his writing career began. Today he lives in Sweden, and in the not too distant future, he plans to reach his dream of space-jockeying into orbit around Earth.
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Captain Jim Tale, of the starship Evolution, has been in hyper-sleep, along with the rest of his crew, for 28 years, and now, on the cusp of arriving at the exo-planet they hope will become a new home for humanity, Jim, and his Ai companion, CASS, the most advanced artificial intelligence ever developed, soon discover that their destination is not what they expected. In fact, what they face is the reality that someone else is already there and they are not interested in having humans as neighbors. News reaches the Evolution of nuclear reprisals back home, and meanwhile, Jim is also haunted by a repeating nightmare, visions of his wife who recently died, and something else, something driving him to reach out into the Cosmos for existential answers. Jim is faced with a critical decision, if he abandons the mission, Earth, now on the cusp of an extinction event at the hands of nuclear war, could see the end of humanity. The journey that ensues, and the adventures and revelations that come their way is both gripping and eye-opening.
Herb Baker, a 40+ year veteran of NASA, who has interacted with many astronauts in his time, had this to say in his foreword to Earth Escape..."I grew up a few miles from what is now NASA’s Johnson Space Center, went to school with the kids of the original Mercury Seven and Apollo astronauts, and recently retired after a 40+ year career at NASA. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and become friends with many American astronauts over that time and following along with this book’s brave, irreverent, plain-spoken astronaut Jim Tale reminded me of some of those real-life American heroes. No matter how dangerous and life-threatening their mission was, or how many unexpected complications they faced along the way, they were committed to completing their mission and always believed that the rewards were worth the risks."
"A fast-paced science-fiction novel that intertwines elements of suspense, romance, while tackling some of life's biggest questions…” Red City Review “
… a fast-paced odyssey beyond the very edge of the universe and into the void in this gripping, surprising, and very thoughtful science fiction novel.” Charles Freedom Long - author of Witches' Gambit
"Well written book in the sci fi genre dealing with existentialism."
“It is a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, clearly inspired by the grand masters of the genre, Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein..."
"…this is dystopian sci-f at its best. Highly recommended.”
Mateus Cordozo is vacationing in his hometown of Afife, Portugal, sitting on a desolate beach during a blustery winter day, enjoying his isolation as he tries to make sense of his broken life. To his surprise, a woman appears on the beach, so they talk, and all is well until she informs him of news that China has just invaded Iran and that a nuclear confrontation is imminent; moreover, that only he can stop it from happening. Mateus rejects her story outright and retreats to his hotel, where he tries to focus on reconciling his own midlife crisis, which is why he came back to his roots, but the bizarre dialogue haunts him, and the strange woman appears once again, and this time, she reveals that she is not from Earth, and that her mission is to intervene before the apocalyptic event destroys yet another world. For Mateus, the bizarre becomes even more incredulous, and while he resists her at every turn, he eventually comes to realize that she is telling the truth as news strikes the global panic button when Iran launches a ballistic warhead at Beijing. While global powers rush to try and stop the inevitable consequences, Mateus, a fractured man, who is fighting his own demons, must make a decision to either do what she says to prevent the global debacle, or simply retreat into his shell, as he has always done, and watch as nuclear war erupts and millions die.
"This is a fast paced read but the plot contains complex ideas which adds a depth to the book. Full of action and real life scenarios this is one of those books you can spend hours reading without realizing where the time has gone. There are plenty of surprises and twists. This book will appeal to crime and science fiction fans. And will also interest those intrigued by geopolitical themes."
The Portugal News
"The story races along with pace of a Tom Clancy thriller but the depth of the plot is rich in complexities philosophical ideas. Highly recommended for readers who like fast paced thrillers but with an ingenious twist."
"I definitely recommend Twilight Visitor by Real Laplaine as a five star read to all audiences fond of international political thrillers. It has an awesome, suspenseful plot that can be described as an out of this world political intrigue!"
“… a high concept thriller that is comparable with the best of Dan Brown or Jack Higgins.”
Novelist, David Luddington
Two apocalyptic events shift the balance of power. Women take over a broken world from men. Patriarchy is dead. Woman Ex, a new breed, is coming, and what remains of the male species is not giving up their right to exist.
" Réal Laplaine takes you on another rollercoaster ride into a dystopian world of the near-future in this high-concept thriller."
Charles Freedom Long, author of Alvar's Spear
"Chock full of great characters, lively action, and adroit narrative, Woman EX is a novel you won’t want to put down."
Ken Dickson, author of The Road to Amistad
"Woman EX, by Réal Laplaine, is a wonderfully written dystopia."
Russell Warnberg, author of 2064
"Here is another fascinating book from an author I came to enjoy so much. You know you are reading a great book when it sounds less like fiction and more like hypothetical truth."
A.G. Mogan, author of The Secret Journals of Adolf Hitler
"If you want to read a book that is so close to the reality and full of action and also makes you think of what could happen in our lifetime, you won't want to miss this one."
Marina Osipova, author of The Cruel Romance
"An utterly captivating and quickly-paced thriller with a clear message behind."
Victoria Ichizli-Bartels - author of Cheerleading for Writers