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A Different Universe

This is a collection of science fiction stories which the author wrote before he wrote his first science fiction novel. Like his novels, the stories range from whimsical to serious. All contain imaginative concepts mixed with strong characters undergoing extraordinary experiences or unusual adventures. The author has been writing science fiction since the age of sixteen, when he submitted a 47-page story to his eleventh-grade English teacher for extra credit. He has now written forty-one books, published more than 3,000 photographs, and led a life of adventure.

ISBN 1-883056-17-9, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 180 pages, $15

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A Different Dimension

This is the second collection of science fiction stories which the author wrote before he wrote his first science fiction novel. Like his novels, the stories range from whimsical to serious. All contain imaginative concepts mixed with strong characters undergoing extraordinary experiences or unusual adventures. The author has been writing science fiction since the age of sixteen, when he submitted a 47-page story to his eleventh-grade English teacher for extra credit. He has now written forty-one books, published more than 3,000 photographs, and led a life of adventure.

ISBN 1-883056-18-6, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 184 pages, $15.

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A Different Continuum

This is the author's third collection of science fiction stories. This collection contains his earliest tales of imagination, plus two later stories that he found in his files and which were never retyped in final draft form. The stories range from whimsical to serious. All contain imaginative concepts mixed with strong characters undergoing extraordinary experiences or unusual adventures. The author has been writing science fiction since the age of sixteen, when he submitted a 47-page story to his eleventh-grade English teacher for extra credit. That story, called "The Nothing," is included in this collection.

ISBN 1-883056-32-2, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 184 pages, $15.00.

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Entropy: a novel of conceptual breakthrough

Erbridge is a strange world in which physics appear to operate counter to natural law. Weight increases as one descends into caverns that are rife with extraordinary creatures. Weight decreases as one climbs magnificent towers. The world is constantly shaken by tremendous quakes. Gravity fluxes threaten to tear the world apart.

Civilization is degenerating. When machines break down, there are few who can repair and maintain them. Sheena, with her newfound companion Marek, embark on a dangerous and desperate journey in order to seek the Sacred Portal: a hypothetical place which may hold the answers to puzzling questions about the world, its inhabitants, its roving exterminators, and the ultimate fate of the Universe. Sheena's father Wilam assures her that the Sacred Portal leads to the salvation of their topsy-turvy world.

Sheena's quest goes contrary to the wishes of those in power. The evil despot Charel believes that the Sacred Portal is a myth. Yet, he is afraid that her discovery of its existence may incite the populace to revolt; or worse, bring the world to an end. He dispatches Boram and his palace guards to track her down and kill her. She kills Boram by running a sword through his body, and escapes the timid palace guards.

With the palace guards on her track, with mechanical exterminators barring her every move, she and the faithful Marek must overcome all obstacles, pass through untamed forest, climb over the magic mountains, cross the sparkling sea, pass a guarded gate - and embrace cosmic revelation.

Fred, an engineer now working as Brunel's second in command, explains all that he has done in the past four decades since his last hop - with Dane and Barbara - to a neutron star. He has elected to have a family, all of whom live on the new Settlement. He and Barbara have aged in realtime while Dane who has spent so much time at faster-than-light speeds has hardly aged.

ISBN 1-883056-23-3, softcover, 5 x 8 vertical, 183 pages $15.00

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A Journey to the Center of the Earth

This volume contains two full-length novels, three critical essays, the illustrations from the 1874 edition, and annotations in endnotes. There are more than 17,000 words in these essays and annotations. In addition to the woodcuts that illustrated the 1874 edition is a reproduction of the title page.

The centerpiece is Jules Verne’s immortal classic, A Journey to the Center of the Earth, in its full and uncondensed version. The text has been modernized for present-day readers. Gary Gentile has annotated the text in endnotes, in which he defines words and phrases that are nowadays unfamiliar, and explains allusions that are no longer commonplace.

For comparison is Gary Gentile’s first science fiction novel: a previously unpublished pastiche that is seen here for the first time by the surface dwellers. This modern subterranean journey is nearly as long as Vernes (76,000 words as opposed to 86,000 words), and incorporates imaginative concepts that go far beyond those of the master.

Three shorter journeys include an essay on; Hollow World Myths & and the origination of Jules Verne's tale of descent. Next is; A Tribute to Jules Verne, in which Gary Gentile pays homage to the prolific wordsmith of adventure tales, while at the same time pointing out the scientific fallacies and failures in logic that permeate Verne's best-known novel. Last is a critique that compares the strengths and weaknesses of both novels.

Now is the best time to join the fictional but intrepid explorers as they descend beneath the Earth’s crust through a labyrinth of caves into the bowels of the planet, where they have many strange and fabulous adventures. They visit illuminated caverns, meet prehistoric creatures, encounter wild plants, and discover the progenitors of mankind.

ISBN 1-883056-33-0, 6 x 9 vertical, softcover, 240 pages, 6 color photos, 33 black & white illustrations, $20.

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The Lurking: Curse of the Jersey Devil

Gary Gentile's seminal novel of supernatural horror that was first published as The Lurking

Based on actual legend, the story begins when the monster known as the Jersey Devil manifests itself in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey after the accidental exhumation of a human skeleton. Newspaper reporter Elaine Adams happens to be in the area during the gruesome event. She delves into the lore and gore of the creature whose deathless existence is blamed for the subsequent series of abominable fatalities.

She uncovers more than she ever bargained for when she learns that people have been disappearing in the Pine Barrens for years - for decades. Helped by her husband and hampered by an obnoxious sheriff, she digs deep into the mysterious deaths and dismemberments that recommence every seven years - a cycle that coincides with the Jersey Devil's regular reappearance's.

Quickly she is swept into an ageless conspiracy of satanic cultists who not only worship the Jersey Devil, but who feed it by means of human sacrifice in a sensual but brutal ritual in which the victims are impaled on wooden stakes.

What Elaine Adams hopes will be the greatest story of her career might instead turn out to be her last. Already one reporter has vanished in the quest to unravel the mystery of the Jersey Devil. Would she be the next?

ISBN 1-883056-37-3, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 252 pages, $20.

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Memory Lane

Grant Templeton strolled home from his lab one night to learn that he no longer lived there. Strangers occupied his house.

What he surmised must have been a simple case of absented-mindedness losing his way while his mind pondered scientific problems turned insidiously into terror. Either he had lost his mind or he had somehow been catapulted into an alternate universe which was similar to his but subtly different: where he either did not exist or he occupied a different place in the scheme of things.

Nothing was as it should have been. He returned to his laboratory to find it abandoned. He could not locate family, friends, or co-workers by telephone. The police were unable to confirm his identity. His only ray of hope lay with a whacky sales rep who claimed that Grant had failed to appear for a business meeting with her the previous night.

Then the situation got worse. People started shooting at him. A car chase along dark roads and fields ended in the middle of a barn. He and the strange sales rep escaped on foot. As the death toll mounted, law enforcement agencies descended upon the scene intent on his capture.

Grant did not know where to turn. He clung to the woman who seemed to know more than she admitted, and who promised solutions to the mysteries that surrounded him. It appeared that he was the focal point of a plot to take over the world by a revitalized faction of fanatics. It all had to do with his counterpart's studies of the memory centers of the brain, and with a device that his otherworld self had invented to record those memories on a computer chip.

The ultimate revelation occurred after he confronted the doppelganger who claimed to be himself.

ISBN 1-883056-28-4, softcover, 5 x 8 vertical, 340 pages, $20.

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Mind Set

Can the mind exist away from body? As a scientist, Dr. Blaine Mitchell did not think so. Although he once had a near-death experience in which he mentally left his body for the astral plane and saw the light, he did not believe that the event was other than imaginary.

Mitchell is a medical doctor and research scientist who is studying the effects of electrical nerve stimulation on the control of pain in patients who have terminal diseases or who are suffering chronic pain. The device he is developing trains his patients to employ biofeedback mechanisms in order to block erroneous pain signals from reaching the brain, by forcing the release of naturally occurring endorphins: pain inhibitors that are natural analogues to morphine, and that are chemically similar to the artificial drug but which are not addictive.

He knows that over-stimulation of the brain has side effects, such as simulating the out-of-body experience. He has experimented with the device himself. But this is a mere aberration and is easily controlled by installing a governor on the electrical output. As a scientist grounded in scientific reality, he knows that the out-of-body experience is the result of an over-activated imagination; it occurs near death because of the chemical imbalance induced by shock and trauma: the release of hormones into the bloodstream and the lack of oxygen to the brain. The experience is purely hallucinogenicall in the patient's mind.

Nevertheless, there are those who believe otherwise, who see applications of Dr. Mitchell's invention that he has not investigated: nefarious applications. Despite the skepticism of his colleagues, after a presentation of his findings at a national conference there is sudden and explosive interest in the device. Everyone wants a piece of the action: the local police, the FBI, the CIA, the KGB, even the Mafia. Some want to steal it; others want to destroy it.

Overnight, a deadly game is in the air. Dr. Mitchell's car is blown up, he is assaulted by gunmen, a dead body is found in his house, his mainframe computer files are destroyed, his laboratory complex is under siege, and he is haunted by an assassin who has the uncanny ability to enter buildings undetected, no matter how secure, and to skulk through rooms and read concealed files with complete impunity. Guards cannot see him much less stop him. The assassin can even eavesdrop on top secret telephone conversations.

Dr. Mitchell and his device are put to the task. Only his invention can save his life, and perhaps save the country from the fabulous technological power wielded by seemingly omnipotent foreign spies. What ensues is an incredible game of machine versus machine, mind versus mind, and the foreboding possibility that perhaps out-of-body experiences are not imaginary.

It all leads to a finale that is nothing less than mind-blowing.

ISBN 1-883056-27-6, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 304 pages, $20.

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The Mold

Mold invades our lives on a daily basis. It lives on our skin, on our food, on bathroom tile, in damp basements - in fact, it inhabits every niche in which life can be sustained. It possesses amazing resilience; it thrives and reproduces under the harshest environmental conditions. But this new Mold is different.

Instead of subsisting only on one particular kind of nourishment, this Mold consumes every bit of organic matter that it touches, whether that matter is dead or alive. It grows at such a phenomenal rate that it devours an entire building overnight - and the people who are in it.

Can this mutant Mold be stopped before it engulfs the landmass of the entire planet? A small but intrepid group of survivors struggles against all odds to eradicate the spread of infection before it breaks out of the Australian outback and reaches civilization.

This is their story.

ISBN 1-883056-35-7, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 266 pages, $20.

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The Peking Papers

When the remains of Peking man were unearthed from the limestone hills outside the quaint Chinese village of Choukoutien, in the 1920's and 1930's, anthropologists realized that the discovery of this link in the evolutionary chain was of profound importance. Fossil evidence indicated that the hidden secrets of mankind's beginnings were about to unfold. Before studies of the site could be completed, however, Japanese expansionism loomed threateningly on the horizon. When Japanese soldiers invaded the Chinese mainland they brought with them a reign of terror, and took away cultural treasures and works of art valued as priceless. In late 1941, with occupation only days away, the Chinese decided that the Peking man remains would be safer in the United States. Preparations for shipment were made.

Then came the day of infamy--for the peace of the world as well as for the enlightenment hoped for by the scientific community. The fossils disappeared. During the war years no word of there whereabouts was heard. Afterward, no sign of them was seen. They were history. Gone, but not forgotten.

Half a century passed--a blink in the eyes of geological process but generations to the human species. The passage of time changes everything regardless of the scale of events. New and abrupt intelligence brought Peking man out of the past and into the unsettled world of international intrigue. The search for the fossil remains was reincarnated with vigor--only this time with guns, grenades, bombs, and rockets. When anthropologist and underwater archaeologist William Waldo Hutchison III was "enlisted" to lead the search, he had no idea what he was getting into. He waded into the conflict with seven league boots that were so full of leaks he was soon drowning in contention. Along with two companions (a secret and secretive special agent known only as Cody, and a Naval intelligence officer whose voluptuousness matched her intelligence) Hutch embarked on a cruise of the South China Sea to investigate a number of sunken ships that may have had the long lost fossils on board at the time they went down.

What follows is a game of deep adventure and more thrills than Hutch ever bargained for. He is fragged, shelled, shot at, and stranded on a jungle isle; he is pursued by radicals who are more concerned with his extinction than that of Peking man; he dives into the deep blue sea and penetrates far into the collapsing corridors of rotten, rusting hulls. And all the time he is pursued relentlessly by multinational adversaries who also want to solve the mystery of Peking man--and who are not beneath killing for the solution.

Hutch's scientific inquiry into the understanding of man's past quickly becomes a struggle for personal survival. But at the end of the action--if he lives to write about it--is the answer to an age old riddle: where did man come from and where is he going? Somewhere, deep underwater, the past is about to catch up with the present. And the truth portended is ominous.

ISBN 0-9621453-6-X hardcover with color dust jacket A wreck-diving adventure novel, 6 x 9 vertical, 208 pages, $20.

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Return to Mars

Douglas Martin is sent back to Mars to obtain information about a startling discovery that the colonists have made: an underground city which is all that remains of an advanced civilization that vanished millions of years ago. As if that discovery were not astonishing enough, he finds that the colonists are harboring a secret which they are reluctant to divulge: a secret whose implications are more profound than the preservation of ancient Martian artifacts. Doug's mission is to unlock the mystery of the disappearance of the city's inhabitants. He must learn not only why the Martians left their planet, but where they went - and where they are today.

ISBN 1-883056-20-9, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 226 pages, $15.

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Second Coming

"We have a big problem. The Islamic Revolutionary Forces have developed a time machine."

This is what the director of the CIA told the President of the United States. The IRF was initiating a nefarious plan to use its "temporal displacement apparatus" to go back to the time of the Crucifixion of Christ and nip Christianity in the bud. To ensure the success of their goal, the IRF was taking a home-made atomic bomb with them.

CIA analyst Laila Masterson discovered the bold Muslim plot by deciphering intel from field agents who worked under her command. Her report sent a shock wave through U.S. military forces and intelligence gathering services - a wave that reached all the way to the Vatican.

Laila was assigned as a special advisor to the Elite Guard: the Air Force's select team of professionals whose desperate mission was to balk the enemy plan by following a terrorist cell into the past, to ancient Jerusalem: when and where the Crucifixion occurred, or was to occur, or might occur - the occurrence dependent upon a point of view that was nonsequential or mischronological.

Using state-of-the-art aircraft and unconventional tactics and equipment, a daring Air Force colonel organized a team of experts to accompany his chosen few on a bid to save and sanctify the roots of Christianity, before those roots could be annihilated by a Muslim suicide squad that was bent on making Islam the dominant religious force in the modern world.

This is the story of those brave volunteer temporanauts who fought to preserve the humanitarian principles on which Christianity is based.

ISBN 1-883056-47-0, softcover with color covers, 260 pages, $20.

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Silent Autumn

Dane was born on an Earth that was environmentally unsound: the result of industrial pollution that has encompassed the entire planet. He left to become a starship pilot. After a successful career, he returned to the planet of his birth to help his sister settle the estate of his parents, who have recently died. As the book opens, he is departing from Earth for the last time, in order to accept a job as the pilot of a revolutionary new galactic explorer called the GOmod-1 (Galactic Odyssey Model One).

Space stations or platforms that occupy Lagrangian points in Earth's orbit. She has discovered a stellob - a stellar object - which could possibly be a neutron star in the making.

Dane and Sandy leave the space platform for the new platform being built by Brunel, in the location of the Trojan satellites in the orbit of Jupiter. Here they meet for the first time the genius if somewhat temperamental man of 113 years. Also there to meet them is Sandy's mother, Barbara (also an astrophysicist). Dane, Barbara, and Sandy discuss the interrelationships that are inevitable in a long-lived and sexually free society which condones nothing but insensitivity. People can live in space only by getting along with their fellow man and woman.

Fred, an engineer now working as Brunel's second in command, explains all that he has done in the past four decades since his last hop - with Dane and Barbara - to a neutron star. He has elected to have a family, all of whom live on the new Settlement. He and Barbara have aged in realtime while Dane who has spent so much time at faster-than-light speeds has hardly aged.

Brunel's ego is almost as large as the new space platform he has designed. But more important to him is the new deep space vehicle that he wants Dane to pilot for him. The objective round-trip time to the proto-neutron star that Sandy has discovered is nearly five years, although only a couple months will pass for those on the hop.

Every deep space hop incorporates three people: pilot, astrophysicist, and engineer. Dane thinks that Fred is the most likely candidate as vehicle engineer, since he helped in the construction of the GOmod-1 from its inception. But Brunel has different ideas. He himself has decided to go on the hop, to try out his new toy and hopefully to prove to the System that he is the greatest engineer in the history of mankind. He wants to be remembered for something more than just building a platform that is bigger than any previous platform.

What the trio discover on the other side of the Galaxy will have far-reaching implications for the entire human race. Their discovery will - hopefully - enable mankind to survive the next stage in the expansion of civilization.

ISBN 1-883056-22-5, softcover, 5 x 8 vertical, 225 pages. 15.00.

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Subaqueous

The environment is changing radically in the world of the near future. A runaway Greenhouse effect is causing the polar icecaps to melt. Rising sea levels are flooding seashore lowlands and inundating great harbor cities. People are abandoning their homes and businesses, and moving to higher ground.

Energy resources are being depleted. Fuel reserves are at an all-time low.

In its battle for world domination, the United Persian Republic is taking advantage of the global catastrophe by maintaining a stranglehold on the distribution of fuel, and by embarking on a voyage of international terrorism.

Against this backdrop of worldwide conflict and competition for survival, an all-out search for alternative energy sources is being conducted on the ocean floor. Underwater communities are being constructed for the exploration of the benthic regions. Special deep submergence vessels are scouring the seabed for geothermal vents, mineral deposits, petroleum pockets, veins of coal and ores - anything that can be used to generate power for a dying humanity.

Lisa Mallory is a submersible pilot trainee. Tod Mallory is an oceanography major who uses a one-atmosphere suit to study deep-water organisms. They are examining a Blue Hole - submerged volcanic chimney - off the coast of Antarctica when they stumble upon an abandoned Persian submarine. Their recovery of the submarine sparks a series of events that leads them to the greatest adventure of a lifetime.

Together with a professor of subaquatic research, and a hardcore ex-marine officer, they plunge the Benthic Explorer down to the bottom of the Blue Hole, and along vast lava tubes that lead into the Antarctic continent. They surface underground to discover the remains of an ancient civilization - either human or alien - where a spark of life yet abides, and which holds secrets that have been lost to mankind for thousands of years: secrets that have been passed down for generations in the form of myths and legends.

The four intrepid explorers learn that some of those myths and legends were based on truth. These truths bring enlightenment about mankind's devastating past, and may provide a means to survive nature's unholy holocaust.

ISBN 1-883056-41-1, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 248 pages, $20.

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Tesla and the Lemurian Gate

When cave explorers Darby, Woody, and Amber stepped through the multi-colored, iridescent, electrically-charged membrane that spanned the confines of a lava tube, they entered a strange world that was inhabited by an ancient civilization, prehistoric animals, and evil Spanish conquistadors. There they met Maia, a prisoner who had escaped the clutches of the conquistadors. The foursome forged an immediate bond.

Together they traipsed through primeval rain forest, forded raging rivers, plunged across a fetid swamp, and climbed over a tall mountain range, meeting strange and atavistic creatures along the way.

Their goal was Teomotl: one of the last bastions against the murdering, pillaging conquistadors. Their purpose was to organize a resistance force to fight the would-be conquerors before they exterminated the population in their ruthless quest for treasure.

But time was running out. The conquistadors had stolen a cache of modern weapons that would enable them to overpower the inhabitants of the besieged city. They were marching on Teomotl with armed reinforcements.

The race was on . . .

ISBN 1-883056-49-7, 5 x 8 vertical, softcover, 316 pages, $20.

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A Time for Dragons, Dragons Past, No Future for Dragons

Gary Gentile's most popular science fiction - three novels in one, now titled the Time Dragons Trilogy.

The Time Dragons books have been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers of all ages. First published in 1989 and 1990, and long out of print, all three novels are now combined for consecutive reading. Appended in this new edition is a ten-thousand-word essay that examines the origination and generation of the imaginative concepts, and that describes in detail the plot devices of the three additional books in the series - those books that were planned but never written.

The dragons of the titles are actually intelligent, meat-eating reptiles from Earth's distant past. They are bent on dominating the planet for all time by exterminating mankind in the present. After dragon death bombs destroy nearly all vestige of human civilization, small bands of survivors are all that remain of a population that numbered in the billions. These isolated pockets of humanity subsist by stealth for more than a century.

The dragons slowly reform the planet by planting vegetation from their home time, and by populating the land with species of herbivorous dinosaurs that constitute their food supply - herds of dinosaurian meat on the hoof. Modern-day Earth soon resembles the Cretaceous.

When the dragons renew their efforts to stamp out the few surviving humans, a handful of freedom fighters meet and join forces. They plan a courageous campaign against entrenched dragon rule. This small resistance organization first snipes at dragons in the newly-formed jungles, then attacks the dragon outpost with whatever weapons they can muster. Thus begins the saga of human retaliation, as a small but dedicated guerrilla outfit seeks to eradicate the dragons, and reclaim the planet that is rightfully theirs.

This fast-paced, action-packed story is quite literally never-ending. Battles rage in the past, present, and future; on land, in the air, and under the ice. From gun fights with dragons to hand-to-hand combat with a Tyranosaurus rex, the intrepid heroes and heroines never give up in their war against alien tyranny.

The grand design of the Time Dragons trilogy is sweeping in its concepts and paradoxes in time. From its inspired beginning to its climactic conclusion, the reader is kept entranced by the brilliant dialogue of engaging characters as well as measured action sequences.

Read the Time Dragons trilogy now, or again. Read the ultimate conclusion that has never been revealed: an ending that is not endless, but fundamentally satisfying in all its mind-bending nuances.

ISBN 1-883056-36-5, 6 x 9 vertical, softcover, 344 pages, $25.

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