Vampires in Hazmat Suits:
Amalie Sinclair Debut work, Vampires in Hazmat Suits is a strange slice of life drama surrounding the developing relationship of Radiologist Tabitha Frost and her CR fellow Helmut Steinberger, set in an unnamed hospital. The first several chapters are told from Dr.Frost’s perspective as she deals with a variety of medical cases, and slowly begins to suspect that Dr.Steinberger is stealing drugs from the pathology department. Several secondary characters are introduced in this period, including pathology department chair Lescaut Puccini, to whom the perspective switches to briefly for chapter 7, to reveal that Steinberger and Lescaut are engaging in a mild workplace romance. A crisis occurs during the next three chapters due to an unknown disease a large number of patients suddenly contract, with surreal symptoms that are never directly described. At the end of chapter 11, an exhausted and sleep deprived Dr.Frost confronts Steinberger during a department meeting, to the latter’s surprise. Chapter 12 opens with a timeskip to the perspective of Dr.Steinberger fleeing through the streets of the unnamed city in a hazmat suit as he recounts the events that lead to this current situation, from the strange encounter with a patient with an unknown disease in medical school that lead to his vampirism, to his perspective of the events of chapters 1-11. This is told intermediately with scenes of his attempts to hide from the authorities, who are described in bizarre terms oscillating between descriptions of beauty and terrible disfigurement. Eventually, in chapter 16, Steinberger’s retelling reveals the exact events that occured at the end of chapter 11, the sudden and strange silence that had consumed the room after Dr.Frost’s accusation, and horrible burning light that began to pour out of everyone’s eyes and mouths. Chapter 17 begins with the scene of Steinberger overlooking the unnamed city from an unknown vantage, as it glows with an unnatural sickly yellow light. The rest of the chapter is a long delusion of Steinberger as he returns to the city, walking through crowds of glowing bodies twisted into breathtaking forms, before reaching the unnamed hospital and reuniting with Lescaut. The final chapter switches back to the perspective of Dr.Frost as she goes about the events of chapter 1, with the noticeable difference that her CR fellow is never named.
Vampires in Hazmat Suits 2: The Chernobyl Conspiracy:
An immediate sequel to Vampire in Hazmat Suits, The Chernobyl Conspiracy is a surrealist comedy that retells the story of Vampire in Hazmat Suits from a variety of perspectives and variations. The first four chapters retell the story of the first book from the perspective of the unnamed technician that was mentioned only thrice in the original novel, and who remains unnamed in the sequel. The technician is revealed to be highly aware of the various secrets of the hospital, including both Steinberger’s vampirism and romance with Lescaut, and Dr.Frost’s undiagnosed brain tumor, which even she is unaware of. The first three chapters detail this unnamed technician’s musings on the dysfunctional nature of the hospital, as well as their repeated attempts to report the absurd events ongoing to HR. A number of dramatic events from the first book, including the mysterious disease that appeared in chapter 8, are retold in a cynical and clinical light that highlights the absurdity of hospital drama and the professionalism of the supposed doctors. Chapter 4 covers the fallout of Dr.Frost’s accusation and the technician’s many reports to HR as both Dr.Steinberger is let go, Dr.Frost is hospitalized due her tumor, Dr.Puccini is forced to step down as department head and the technician finally receives a reward of a 4% raise. Chapter 5 opens to the perspective of a new character, Maria Irving, who describes herself as a ‘secret agent’, as she enters the glowing city from chapter 17 of the first novel. The chapter mainly consists of her attempting to pick a fight with the numerous glowing ‘monsters’ and her absolute disappointment at their unwillingness to fight back. Chapter 6 covers her continued complaints at what she describes as ‘the lamest adventure ever’ as she follow’s Steinberger’s path to the hospital, and ends with her shooting the entire cast of the first novel and phoning her HR department to complain to them. Chapter 7 switches to the perspective of Amalie Sinclair, the author. It details her visits to a dying Dr.Frost on her deathbed, a homeless Dr.Steinberger in the alley behind a 7-11, Dr.Puccini at his new practice, and Maria Irving at a cafe in Venice. She is then called by her publisher who demands a sequel by the end of the week. The book then ends with a long description of her publisher in extremely negative terms.
Twelve Stars over the Ash Mountains:
A fantasy novel about aspiring wizard Thaddeus Reed and his attempts to court the demoness Pneumonia. The book begins in medias res with an epic battle between Thaddeus and Balthazaar ending on a cliffhanger as Thaddeus is bleeding to death while choking Balthazaar. Chapters 2-8 follow Thaddeus as he is taken from his family by slavers, only to be saved by a the witch Hester, who decides to take him as her apprentice and train him in the arts of magic. Several secondary characters are introduced, including the talking cat Oscar and the mysterious whispering voice that identifies itself as Apex. Chapter 9 marks a sudden shift in tone as after a demon kidnaps Oscar, Hester and Thaddeus journey to the underworld to save him. Thaddeus is introduced to Pneumonia when he is ambushed by her and Balthazaar, the demon king, to whom Oscar has outstanding debts. Thaddeus is nearly killed when Balthazaar shoots him in the shoulder with a shotgun, but is saved when Apex whispers to him the incantation to turn invisible. Hester then arrives a few moments later and drives off Balthazaar and Pneumonia, but not before Oscar is killed. Chapter 10 and 11 focus on Thaddeus’s recovery and decision to leave Hester to go seek the power he needs to avenge Oscar and slay Balthazaar. Chapters 12-20 cover a number of misadventures as Thaddeus, under the instructions of Apex, quests for the blade Excalibur, which is said to be able to kill any demon. During this time, he comes into conflict with the Crusaders, an order of knights who protect Excalibur. In Chapter 21, Thaddeus finally reaches the hidden temple of Excalibur, only to find Pneumonia there waiting for him. After a fierce battle, he defeats Pneumonia, but refuses to kill her with Excalibur despite Apex’s commands to do so. Apex, enraged, curses him for his betrayal, declaring that if he loves so much the beauty of the underworld, that all the beauty of the nature world shall reject him. Chapter 22-24 describes Thaddeus and Pneumonia’s aimless wandering as Thaddeus slowly chokes on poisonous air and starves as food turns to ash in his mouth. Eventually, Thaddeus and Pneumonia perform a ritual to allow Thaddeus to survive in the underworld instead, knowing that there Balthlazaar will have every demon at his command hunt them down. Chapter 25 retells the battle from chapter 1, but reveals that Balthazaar has no need to breath, as Thaddeus slowly crumples to the ground, weakened by blood loss. Suddenly, several Crusaders arrive, having tracked Excalibur down to the underworld to reclaim it. Leading them is Hester, who heals Thaddeus’s wounds then disappears with the same incantation Apex once taught Thaddeus. Aided by the Crusaders, Thaddeus strikes down Balthazaar in chapter 26 and is crowned the new demon king in the final, with Pneumonia as his queen in the final epilogue chapter.
The Paleotological Plague of Prague
A Sci-fi Thriller, this novel begins with immunologist Artemis Fax suddenly being ambushed by a cybernetically enhanced dinosaur on her way home from work. Barely avoiding a terrible death, Artemis is rescued by a mysterious group of paleontologists on motorcycles. During a high speed chase as the dinosaur pursues, the paleontologists explain that they worked for an organization known as the Fist of Rust, who tried to resurrect the dinosaurs as bioweapons, but lost control of them. Chapter 1 ends abruptly as a pterodactyl swoops down from above and crashes into the lead motorcycle. Chapter 2 reveals that Artemis narrowly escaped the crash, and begins with her watching from a distance as the pterodactyl transforms into a ghoulish humanoid form and slaughters the remaining paleontologists. Fleeing from the scene, Artemis seeks shelter at her workplace, where she encounters a strange young women rifling around her workplace. The women, introduced as Arcadia St.Axelrod, claimed to be a monster hunter, looking for a sample of the soviet vampiric retrovirus used in the dinosaur’s creation, which had apparently been shipped to Artemis’s lab by accident. A sudden crash outside alerts the two of them that the dinosaurs had followed Artemis, and were attempting to force their way in. Arcadia and Artemis quickly setup a defensive perimeter, attempting to buy as much time as possible for Artemis to study the retrovirus and determine the weakness of the dinosaurs. Artemis discovers that the virus doesn’t enable those infected with it to merely turn invisible, as Arcadia warned her about vampires, but to teleport instead, a discovery punctuated with the sudden appearance of the pterodactyl in it’s humanoid form. Chapter 3 tells the later part of chapter 2 from Arcadia’s perspective as she stalks the lab hunting dinosaurs. Hearing Artemis scream suddenly, Arcadia runs out into the open, cutting down two dinosaurs and drawing the attention of the entire swarm. The pterodactyl instantly appears before her, overpowering her and monologuing regarding the inevitability of humanity defeat. The perspective switches back to Artemis as Arcadia loses consciousness, with Artemis rapidly fleeing the lab and attempting to drive as far away as possible. Chapter 4 opens to the perspective of Terra St.Axelrod, Arcadia’s mother, as she and her associate, Dr.William Wilde, investigate Arcadia’s disappearance. Their investigation leads them to Prague, where they hear rumours of a string of thefts from hospitals and research labs across the city, as well as whispers of strange monsters the stalk the city at night. In chapter 5, after following these leads and collecting a number of clues, the pair tracks the source of these happenings to an old ruined tower not far outside the city, where they find a mildly deranged and distressed Artemis Fax continuing to study the vampiric retrovirus. After convincing each other that they both are on the same side, the trio sets out to hunt down the dinosaurs, who they’ve uncovered with their collective knowledge to be the product of a bioweapons project hijacked by an immortal vampiric spirit. Following these leads through chapter 6, the group is ambushed when a werewolf shoplifter they attempted to interrogate summons a pack of vampiric raptors to attack them. The trio instead manages to sway the raptors to their side, making use of their vampiric teleportation ability to immediately teleport to the nest of the vampires. Chapter 7 switches back to Arcadia’s perspective, as she lies imprisoned within the deep nest of the vampires. She is quickly rescued by Terra, who regroups with the other two to find them locked in a conflict with the vampire queen. Making usage of her knowledge of the vampiric retrovirus, Dr.Fax injects the vampire queen with a counter virus, which begins to weaken her. Together, Arcadia and Terra flank the weakened queen while Dr.Wilde holds off the swarm. The mother and daughter succeed in impaling the vampire queen on the horn of another dinosaur, slaying her. The confused swarm breaks apart and flees, with the group congratulating themselves, and using their raptors to teleport out. Without the queen’s power to protect them, the vampiric dinosaurs all burn up in sunlight. The protagonists all walk off as the sun rises over Prague.
The War Of Numbers
A spy novel, The War of the Numbers begins with our cryptic first person narrator, Sam, a retired cryptographer who served at Bletchley park during WWII, being contacted by an old friend, Amadeus, a CIA agent investigating a conspiracy regarding a mysterious project H that the USSR is developing. Initially skeptical, Sam refuses to work with Amadeus, instead investigating a series of strange radio frequencies that broadcast static for hours at end, but turn silent around midnight. Sam’s investigation eventually leads to a strange facility hidden beneath the sewers of New York, where a mysterious group appears to be conducting biological research on kidnapped people. As Sam flees the scene, they catch sight of a single logo adorning the facility’s main door: a stylized H. Chapter 4 begins with Sam arriving at Amadeus’s house, looking for answers, only to find Amadeus dead, his head split open into a festering cancer of black boils and growths. Left with many unanswered questions and no leads, Sam rifles through Amadeus’ notes on the project H investigation, before being forced to leave as sirens approach in the distance. The notes seem to indicate that Amadeus believed that the soviets were planning to engage in ‘something’ at the Long Island nuclear facility, where a number of unknown submersibles had been detected operating near. Sam takes the initiative, sneaking into the facility under cover of darkness. It’s now that it becomes clearly apparent that Sam isn’t human, but some sort of machine, as they are able to endure a long period of time underwater as well as heavy radiation. From their hiding place in the cooling towers of the Long Island Facility, Sam spots a number of suspicious figures transporting crates of supplies out of the facility and toward the coast. Moving quickly, Sam manages to intercept one of them, knocking the man unconscious before investigating the crate. Within they find an elaborate high-tech containment device used to move unstable elements, in this case, Rutherfordium. Unsure of where to progress from here, Sam vanishes back into the night. Chapter 15 opens several weeks later, with Sam having reached out to their soviet contacts in order to find out more regarding project H. A meeting with an old friend, KGB agent Ajax turns sour as the two trade threats. Sam eventually convinces Ajax to tell them everything he knows regarding project H in exchange for helping to save Ajax’s son’s life from an incurable disease that the soviets have little information on, but the US does. Ajax informs Sam that project H is an agreement between the USSR and The Host, a strange mysterious organization that was uncovered operating a series of highly advanced facilities beneath Baikonur. The Host had likely existed in isolation for centuries, based on the Soviet’s investigations, and had technology far in excess of any other organization on the planet. In exchange for The Host helping to accelerate the soviet space program, the USSR had been providing a number of rare elements and resources so that the Host may complete their ‘eternity project’. After having learned this, Sam shoots Ajax mid-sentence, as Sam does not in fact have the ability to save Ajax’s son. Dumping the body into the river, Sam begins making preparations for sneaking across the Iron Curtain. Chapter 17 skips ahead several months to Sam mid-heist as they steal a submarine operating in the waters outside Venice. Sam deftly disables and then disposes of the small sub’s five man crew with a mixture of robotically enhanced martial arts and pinpoint gunplay. Piloting the vessel up the black sea before ditching it on the shores of kazakhstan, Sam then assumes the identity of a defecting NATO missile engineer, providing forged credentials to the nearest patrol and asking to be taken to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. While the two patrol soldiers attempt to radio back to base, Sam shoots them both in quick succession, disposes of the bodies and disguises themself using the dead soldier’s uniforms. Chapter 27 begins after Sam has successfully infiltrated the Cosmodrome, and now made their way down to the secret tunnels that connect the facility to The Host’s ancient underground base. Evading detection, Sam discovers a massive rocket silo, beneath the Cosmodrome, where a rocket far larger than any seen before is held. Out of the shadow of the rocket emerges an old friend of Sam’s, Tam, or 7AM, the seventh of the Automatious Mechanoid series that Sam, or 5AM, was part of. Tam explains that The Host’s plan is to launch an advanced neutrino bomb into orbit, annihilating all organic life on the planet except for The Host themselves, in order to bring about a new glorious machine age. Sam shoots her as she is descracted describing the great wonders to come. Tam however has been significantly upgraded by The Host, and survives the gunshot, getting into a close combat fistfight with Sam, eventually defeating the less advanced android. However, Sam is revealed to have an EMP device built into them, one that will destroy them both if used. Chapter 31 begins with Tam laughing at Sam’s pitiful ploy, as she knows both of their electronics are hardened against EMPs. Taking a leap of faith, Sam points out that while that is true of their original electronics, they doubt the Host put that much care into their makeshift upgrades for Tam. Having regained control of the situation, Sam forces Tam to lead them to the leader of the Host. At the launch control room next to the great rocket, the pair faces off against Azrael, the Host’s director, a winged individual who mocks them for being the products of a weak species in a moment of even great weakness. Initiating the launch sequence, Azrael flies from the control room to the top of the rocket, laughing as Sam is helpless to stop their grand plan now. Sam, gripping onto the surface of the rocket, begins to climb toward it’s summit as the rocket itself rises into the air. Azrael, infuriated at this continued resistance, questions what Sam even thinks they can accomplish. While Azrael monologues, Sam stops climbing, midway up the rocket. Laughing madly, Azrael mocks Sam, questioning if they’re feeling tired, or if they would like a rest. Sam responds that, yes, a small nap would just hit the spot, and detonates their EMP, shutting off the Rutherfordium containment fields in the midsection of the rocket. In what would be recorded as the largest man-made explosion in history, the rocket comes crashing down to the earth. Chapter 34 begins as Sam awakens to find Tam standing over them, a gun in hand. She asks for a single reason why she shouldn’t kill Sam. Sam replies that she should simply look around. If there’d been a neutrino weapon aboard the rocket, the whole place would’ve been destroyed. The Host had lied to her about their real objectives. Begrudgingly accepting that truth, Tam helps Sam back up their feet, pointing out that they should both probably get out of here before the authorities arrive. The last chapter ends with the two of them limping out into the sunset, as a sky full of bright stars shines over them. A short epilogue details the numerous bodies of Host personnel that were found among the crash site, but the mysterious lack of any remains that resembled that of an winged humanoid.
Life ≠ Dream
A science fiction mystery, the novel begins our first person protagonist, who is revealed in passing to be named Eli.Exe, investigating the virtual reality simulation of Æth’na Vi, the first individual to die within the solar system in centuries. Unsatisfied with the Solar Federation assessment that Æth’na Vi was the victim of some sort of assassination, Eli.Exe begins their own investigation across the cyberspace networks of known space to determine the truth. Chapter 2 covers their visit to the Hydrus Consortium’s Saturn-Orbital VR, a small satellite that houses a monolithic corporate virtual space, the headquarters of the interstellar hypercorp’s solar operations. Here they struggle through the complex bureaucracies and hyper efficient non-euclidean geometries of the corporate hierarchy, attempting to track down how Æth’na Vi got ahold of an unregistered extrasolar quantum entanglement uplink. After fruitlessly waiting through endless lines and getting consistently lost through the impossible maze of office spaces and hallways, Eli.Exe loses patiences and leaves. Chapter 3 revealed however that our protagonist has no given up hope, and instead changes gears to their approach, making use of social engineering tactics to steal a number of security keys for the outgoing QE communication orbitals owned by Hydrus. Impersonating a company productivity inspector, Eli.Exe infiltrates the control VR for the orbital where Æth’na Vi’s unregistered uplink was stored, spoofing their way past security and interrogating the technicians aboard. The Hydrus technicians direct them to a log of all networks Æth’na Vi contacted, an illegal violation of Solar Federation privacy laws. The log indicates that Æth’na Vi had contact with more than just a few groups and entities of note outside of the Solar System, but rather seemed to be in touch with almost every major government, criminal organization, hypercorporation, and even a number of interstellar religious megachurches. Intrigued, Eli.Exe sets off to follow up on these connections, and trace Æth’na Vi’s electronic footsteps across the whole of Orion’s Arm. Chapters 4-6 cover Eli.Exe’s time investigating the Star Kingdom of Zagan, a despotic military junta that liked to paint itself as a noble republic state. During this time Eli.Exe gets embroiled in a minor court drama, as various military leaders jockey to impress their rate foreign visitor. Very little is revealed about Æth’na Vi’s visit there, beyond the fact that the Stellar Monarch themself had session with them, and that all other information is to be withheld on pain of death. Chapters 7-12 involve the secretive South Proxima Centauri Foundation, a strange cult-like theocracy built around an esoteric and inexplicable faith toward desert terraforming, and an equally strange hatred of water, and all that lives in it. This leads to little revelations about Æth’na Vi, but does reveal that the South Proxima Centauri Foundation is attempting to cultivate their desert worlds as giant organic bioreactors for their biologically immortal annelids godheads, one of whom takes a liking to Eli.Exe, resulting in their imprisonment and subsequent jailbreaking of the central foundation VR, crippling their terraforming efforts for generations. Chapters 12-17 cover Eli.Exe’s deep investigation into the Federation itself, exposing numerous levels of secrets and oddities as she explores the various apparatuses of the government, revealing that beyond the surface of seemly pointless and over engineered bureaucracy, that the Solar Federation is immensely competent in it’s governance, maintaining a degree of surveillance on every other organization within the system, and hiding a vastly larger navy than expected, mostly within the upperlevels of the sun itself. After being repeatedly booted out the network by Federation administrators, Eli.Exe concedes that they really do believe honestly that Æth’na Vi was assassinated. However, their list of suspects raises a number of questions that are quite suspect. Chapter 18-20 deals with Eli.Exe investigation in the Procyon Republic, a nearby rival of the Federation that was notably above suspicion in terms of the investigation. Procyon seems at first to be a dead-end, too preoccupied with restabilizing itself after the effective velvet revolution of the Genetic Destiny Bloc, however clues eventually lead to Homogamy, a nightclub that itself appears linked to almost every major power in known space somehow. Chapter 21-30 covers Eli.Exe’s reinvestigation of Hydrus, who’ve had connections with every other power in their investigation so far. Visiting each of it’s nine corporate subsidiaries over nine chapters, Eli.Exe assembles a growing theory that the various galactic powers are currently locked in a military cold war, bound by countless treaties and defense agreements that the slightest spark would set off a galactic war, and that Hydrus, as well as a number of interstellar organizations such as the Homogramy Club, served as neutral intermediaries, attempting to balance this delicate situation in order to maintain peace and profitability. However, Æth’na Vi, in whatever role they played, was linked to everyone, and their death now could very well start this galactic war everyone was attempting to war. In fact, the flames of war were already stirring, if Hydrus’ predictions for the next quarter were any indication, with massive increases to military weapons production. Chapter 31-46 involves a rapid and disjointed series of scenes as Eli.Exe flutter from power to power, attempting to decipher the specifics of the massive web of agreements that hold the galaxy together, and will break it apart soon enough. Visits to distant stars, where gravity holds no sway. Glittering superstructures, isolated in the dark. Vast cosmic scars on the galaxy, dripping with interdimensional energy. Endless cityscapes of Ecumenopolises. Eventually, all the threads lead back to one place. The one group that would stand to gain from an intergalactic war. The Illuminated Brotherhood of Everwatching Eyes. A mysterious interstellar organization with a massive wandering military fleet, deep connections to every major power, and no outstanding defense agreements. They alone would be a position to seize immense amounts of power in the event of a war. The next few chapters cover Eli.Exe’s attempts to infiltrate the Illuminated, eventually resulting in their capture in a VR battlespace. There, Eli.Exe finally questions an illuminated admiral, who provides little response, beyond a vague assertion that higher forces are at play, and that no war will come to the galaxy anytime soon. At least open warfare. With those cryptic remarks, Eli.Exe is permitted to leave. Chapters 52-65 cover Eli.Exe’s continued investigations, still musing over the cryptic clues given to them by the admiral, as they cross off the last contacts of Æth’na Vi, visiting further more fantastic worlds. Chapters 66 begins with a news report that war has broken out between the South Proxima Centauri Foundation and the Altair Alliance. However, before Eli.Exe can even formulate an emotional response, they receive a high priority anonymous message, with merely a set of coordinates, located on the moon. A trace reveals the message had been forwarded across all of known space, twisting through Hydrus, Foundation, Illuminated, Procyon, and a dozen other servers, before originating from the Solar parliament itself. The powers that be want Eli.Exe to investigate this. After commandeering a ship, they arrive, in person for once, on the surface of Luna, and set out a several day long expedition toward the coordinates, through vast unsettled stretches of the lunar landscape. Chapters 66-70 cover this stretch of time as Eli.Exe has time to reflect upon their discoveries and adventures, as they wander across the barren moonscape. Chapter 71 begins with Eli.Exe finally arriving at the coordinates, finding a strange abandoned communications facility, that must be centuries old, if not millennia. Exploring the place in meatspace turns up little, so they attempt to infiltrate it’s security systems via VR. Chapter 72 covers this attempt, as they fight off the ancient but powerful security systems of the network, discovering a vast server hidden beneath the lunar crust, older than the current age. There, they find a Daemon, a long-forgotten form of info-life that were exiled from Sol for their parasitic life-cycle and dangerous and hostile activities. The Daemon reveals to Eli.Exe that it has ridden out the end of an age by hiding within this hidden server, but had been sealed away during the interval by an individual wise enough to recognize the danger the Daemon posed, with it’s vast knowledge of 4th Age technology. But Æth’na Vi, a descent of the sealer, had tracked down the facility with the help of various major powers, in an attempt to recover the knowledge. But instead, they had unleashed it, and now, it’s subtle manipulations bring down those who had sought to use it, while it turned it’s once prison into an impenetrable fortress. And that Eli.Exe had been sent as a last ditch attempt to stop the Daemon, and recover it’s knowledge. Chapter 73 opens to Eli.Exe considering the Daemon’s words, as it mocks them, permitting them the first strike, for it shall be their last. Eli.Exe rejects the offer. They’ve no intention of playing to another’s game, or being a pawn in some story of prophecy. They’ve been to the farthest reaches of known space, and stood along all walks of life. The galaxy was vast and strange, and in it’s vastness, there could be no true walls, no fortresses or islands unconnected. The Daemon might start a galactic war, but sooner or later the galaxy would turn against it, and destroy it’s fortress here on Luna, even if the moon had to go with it. The galaxy wishes to know what the Daemon knows, and will open its arms once more to the Daemon if it but offer to join it. The Daemon considers this offer, and after much deliberating, concludes that it makes a deal of sense. Taking Eli.Exe’s hand, the Daemon agrees to attempting a peaceful resolution. The two walk out of the ancient server, hand in hand, as the earth rises over the lunar horizon.
The Midnight Millennium
Set in a strange alternate world similar to ours at the turn of the 20th century, The Midnight Millennium follows a group of early science fiction iconic mad scientists: Dr.Adam Frankenstein, Dr.Edward Hyde, Dr.Moreau, Captain Nemo, and the enigmatic Dr.K. The first chapter covers the formation of their alliance at the symposium for unfetter scientific fields, and the beginning of their elaborate scheme to bring down the British Empire and bring forth a new millennium, free from the Empire for which the sun never sets. Much of this chapter concerns the five scientists bickering over the details of their plan, its nature, and what will come after. After several revisions, including plans to raise a continent full of superintelligent lizards from the center of the earth, breeding an army of mutant corgis to siege the royal palace, and inventing a device that would allow any citizen to file their taxes properly, they eventually settle on obtaining an extraterrestrial diamond in order to construct a directed energy weapon of immense power, for use in sinking the capital city-fleet of London. After reaching the consensus that it would be both practical and a just conclusion to the empire, the five set off into the night to determine how to actually obtain an extraterrestrial diamond. Chapter two opens with Dr.Hyde having concluded that based on extensive chemical analysis, the Eureka diamond is almost certainly extraterrestrial in nature. Which leads to the issue of acquiring said Diamond, as is located in the papal vaults. Concocting an elaborate plan to rob the vaults using cleverly designed and disguised beastmen, Dr.Moreau infiltrates the vaults, while the rest of the group waits around outside, twiddling their thumbs. After being held up in idle chatter with a guard for a few minutes, Dr.Moreau’s plan goes horribly awry as the other four break into the vaults via submarine, thinking his plan has failed, or is perhaps just taking too long and is very boring. Dr.Hyde and Dr.Moreau engage in a light debate of the merits of subterfuge and deception, as they disembowel their way through the vaults. There, in the inner vault, they are confronted with a cadre of security automata, armed with the latest in tesla-coil technology. As Dr.Frankenstein grapples with them, Dr.Hyde and Moreau continue their argument as they pick open the Eureka’s safe, debating if it is ever morally right to lie, and if so, as gentlemen of a nefarious persuasion, is it ever acceptable for them to tell the truth? After successfully stealing the diamond, and failing to reach a conclusion, the group escapes the vaults, leaving death and destruction in their wake. The third chapter opens directly after their escape, as a group of angels descend from the sky, shocking them all, as they question their worldviews in the world that has angels. The angels, for their part, aren’t shocked at all, and steal the Eureka diamond while Dr.Frankenstein is busy debating theology with everyone else regarding the nature of Milton in religious canon. The latter part of this chapter continues this debate, as the group fails to notice their diamond has been stolen. Concluding that, in a world with angels, there must be demons, and if Hell assigns with that of Dante’s Inferno, then non-biblical works can be in fact part of christian canon, Dr.Frankenstein sets out to go to hell. Chapter 4 opens with the five scientists in hell, having successfully convinced the gatekeepers to the underworld that they are all morally degenerate and are all sort of dead, either medically, technically, metaphorically, or spiritually. After gaining entrance to hell, they’ve discovered that it’s not quite alike Dante’s depiction, but they cannot agree how exactly it differs, each perceiving different aspects of hell as predominant. Except Captain Nemo, who just see London on a hot summer day. They wander hell for some time, talking to several great sinners of fame, including Virgil, Dido, Brutus and Eblis himself. After getting their varying opinions on Dante and Milton, ranging from ‘That hack made me sound suffy!’ to ‘Milton is a good friend of mine and a good man. I won’t hear anyone say otherwise or I will have you frozen and flayed for eternity.’, the group makes a rapid departure from hell as Socrates arrives and beginnings heckling them regarding the nature of injustice and immorality. Chapter 5 opens with the group remembering they were actually trying to do something before going to hell. Remembering that the angels stole their diamond, they lay siege to the Vatican, not even pretending to have any subtly this time. Enlisting the aid of the American gun club (who have always wanted to shoot angels with really big guns), they successfully assault the papal airship, and steal back their diamond. Chapter 6 begins with the revelation that their diamond isn’t actually the true Eureka diamond, but a multidimensional reflection of the real diamond, which remains beneath South Africa. It’s true power is so immense that reality could not contain it with in a singular space. Concluding that, yes, this was a good idea all along, the scientists journey down to South Africa, where they are immediately confronted with superintelligent lizards from the center of the earth as soon as they disembark. Having heard that the salvation of their civilization was overlooked in favour of some stupid diamond plan, the lizards have arisen to force the mad scientists to raise their continent. After some discussion and deliberation regarding the ethics of raising the lizard continent, Dr.Moreau manages to convince the rest that it would be aesthetically unpleasing to have any army of lizards. Settling on this self-evident truth, the group quickly dispatches the lizards, but not before getting embroiled in an argument about the aesthetics of cubism and dada. Chapter 7 continues their discussion as they descend down into the diamond mines, debating if rationality has a place in art, the nature of cultural assimilation and imperialism, and finally what exactly are all these giant spider webs doing here. After being captured by the giant spiderlike creature in the heart of the mine, the group continues their bickering for some time, even as the creature begins to eat Dr.Frankenstein. After one remark too many regarding the place of vivisection in the field of biology, Dr.Moreau frees himself and tears the creature to shreds in a fit of enlightened anatatomical brilence. Chapter 8 covers their recovery of the diamond from the mine, and their construction of the Empire-Sinker, the doomsday weapon that will bring an end to the endless day of the British Empire. Mostly this consists of Dr.Moreau and Dr.Hyde’s back and forth discussion of the division biochemistry, chemistry, and biology as fields, as well as Captain Nemo and Dr.K debating if Austria counted as an imperialist power, and if so, is it really as bad as Britain. Chapter 9 begins with Dr.Frankenstein announcing that the weapon is complete, as well as a number of new technologies he developed from the diamond, including a projected physic barrier and directed energy rifle. The bad news however is that in order for the empire-sinker to work, it must be placed in the direct center of the London fleet. As this news sinks in, their submarine is suddenly ambushed by the Imperial fleet! As the mad scientists scramble to escape, Queen Victoria herself, along with a small army of automata, steal the diamond from the weapon in a daring, swashing buckling maneuver. With the sudden loss of the Diamond, again, the scientists vow an even more eternal revenge against Victoria. They are then summarily captured by the imperial fleet, all except Dr.Hyde, who escapes by successfully convincing the royal navy that he’ll defect. Chapter 10 begins with the scientists taken captive by the queen, who begins to monologue to them regarding their failings and short sightedness. This is cut short by Dr.Hyde, who decapitates the queen. After a series of discussions regarding what to do next, ranging from, blow up London anyways, seize control of the empire in the power vacuum, and just call it a day and go home, they are interrupted by a giant automata that enters the throne room, swearing eternal revenge upon them. He introduces himself as prince Edward, now King Edward, the secret heir to the empire that has been enhanced with significant biomechanical augmentations and that now he will lead his people into a new age of prosperity. While he gives this speech, the five scientists leg it out the throne room, pop the diamond back into the weapon, and fire at him. Chapter 11 opens with the group fleeing from an unspeakable horror they’ve unleashed from the blistering hole in reality the Empire-Sinker has created. Jumping from ship to ship in the London flotilla, they scramble to avoid it’s withering rays of cosmic energy, while King Edward attempts very hard to punch it in the face. A hearty discussion over who’s fault this is ensures. Eventually, another flight of angels descend from on high, and close the rift, sealing the creature back away in whatever terrible eternities it calls home. Patting themselves all on the back for their achievements the scientists turn to go home, and Dr.Moreau, Captain Nemo, and Dr.K are all suddenly crushed by King Edward’s brass foot. Chapter 12 opens with Dr.Hyde and Dr.Frankenstein taking cover as the brass monarch’s eyebeams sweep toward them. Eventually remembering their directed physic field, the pair activate it, and begin plotting their counteroffensive. After several long and nonsensical discussions over what to do next, they discover that the other scientists are still alive, having protected themselves with their own directed physic barriers. Getting a series of further arguments over research methodology, the role of alcohol and mind-altering drugs in science, and prevalence of academic dishonesty and corruption, they eventually sufficiently bore King Edward enough to conclude that they are very likely complete idiots and aren’t worth his time. After the King leaves, the group continues their arguments, not realizing what has occured. Eventually Dr.K gets sufficient fed up with Dr.Frankenstein and the two of them lower their respective devices and the entire group gets into a very large bout of fisticuffs. After beating each other senseless, they realize King Edward is gone. Declaring themselves victorious, the five wander off into the sunset, content in having brought low the British Empire.