M'tak Ka'fek, Doug Hoffman's Latest SF Novel Released
Resilient Earth Press is pleased to announce that M'tak Ka'fek, the third book in Doug Hoffman's science fiction trilogy, the T'aafhal Inheritance, is now available for purchase online. Book three follows the adventures of the captain and crew of Parker's Folly, aka Peggy Sue, as they fight to rescue humanity and all Earth life from extinction. To do so they must defeat the minions of the Dark Lords, strange beings who inhabit rogue planets adrift in interstellar space. Part of the crew, led by Dr. Ludmilla Tropsha and Capt. Gretchen Curtis, hurriedly build defenses for Farside base on the Moon and a fleet of space ships to fight the coming invaders. At the same time Capt. Jack Sutton and a skeleton crew are 1,500 light years from home, desperately hunting for a supply of antimatter that will allow the 4 million year old T'aafhal battle cruiser, M'tak Ka'fek, to take them home to defend the ones they love.
Bridge, M'tak Ka'Fek
Three transits, forty light-years and nearly two months after leaving the Trader's station, the M'tak Ka'fek emerged from alter-space's lesser dimensions and returned to normal 3-space. The crew were now well practiced at the drill for arriving in an unknown star system, and each bent to their assigned tasks.
“This system contains a lot of dust and gas,” JT observed from the navigation station. “It looks like there is a single appreciable planet, a gas giant about the size of Jupiter at 2.4 AU. Looks like it has rings and a couple of sizable moons. The star itself looks like an isolated white dwarf.”
“A white dwarf?” the Captain asked.
“Yes, Captain,” answered Mizuki, happy for an opportunity to ply her skills as an astrophysicist. “A star made up of electron degenerate matter, there is nothing denser in the Universe except neutron stars and black holes. The average density of matter in a white dwarf is roughly a ton per cubic centimeter. A white dwarf can contain a mass comparable to the Sun's in a volume a millionth its size. This one has a mass of 0.8 Sols but its diameter is only 0.009 of the Sun's, about the same as Earth.”
“A lot of the system's gas and dust is infalling on the star,” JT added, checking more readouts at the navigation station. “I'm registering a lot of gamma ray bursts and high-speed particles.”
“Is it in danger of an explosion like the one that chased us out of the Sirius system?”
“No, Sir. This system seems to be in a state of equilibrium. Junk continually gets sucked into the star, resulting in a lot of gamma ray and particle creation, but no build up for a big bang like Sirius. Still no sign of a station like in the Trader's system.”
“Keep scanning, it has to be out there somewhere,” Jack ordered. Or the furry little twerps lied to us for some reason.
“My God!” exclaimed JT. “The ring around that gas giant isn't made of debris, it's solid.”
“It's the space station,” said Bobby, awestruck.
At her console next to the helm, Mizuki ran some quick measurements. “The ribbon must be 100 kilometers wide, and 300,000 km in diameter. Its inner surface area would be over a hundred million square kilometers, that's two thirds the land area of Earth.”
“And I thought the last station was big,” said Sandy, staring open mouthed at the planet encircling construct in front of them.
“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings. Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!” recited the Captain, rising to stand in front of the commander's chair.
The bridge fell silent, as the crewmembers attempted to wrap their minds around the enormity of the station before them. Ever practical, as polar bears are, Lt. Bear broke the silence.
“So, where do you think they keep the antimatter on that thing?”
M'tak Ka'fek completes the epic saga of Captain Jack Sutton and the crew of the Peggy Sue. Following in the tradition of classic SF authors like Heinlein, Asimov and “Doc” Smith, Doug Hoffman takes a group of contemporary human beings (and a few polar bears) on a mind blowing foray into the greater galaxy beyond the solar system. Humanity finds that they have had strange benefactors, and inherited implacable enemies, millions of years before civilization on Earth arose. Filled with strange aliens, amazing technology, a bit of romance and battles galore, the T'aafhal Inheritance trilogy will bring a smile to the face of any fan of old fashioned Space Opera. M'tak Ka'fek brings the trilogy to a harrowing end, and hints of things to come.