Return to Alpha The Beta Earth Chronicles: Book Six
Forty years in the future, planet Earth suffers from horrendous climate changes due to global warming, and survivors are recovering from waves of decimating plagues from uncontrollable biological weapons. A strange spaceship lands on a Jamaican beach carrying six aliens, as Dr. Malcolm Renbourn’s journey reaches a thrilling conclusion.
Renbourn, the only man to have lived on three Earths in the multi-verse, began his astounding flight in The Blind Alien when he was unwittingly transferred to a parallel Earth and forced to adapt to new cultures and a new language. In The Blood of Balnakin, Tribe Renbourn traveled to a new continent, where even stranger adventures awaited. When War Returns caught Tribe Renbourn in a brewing war. A Throne for an Alien found Tribe Renbourn on the run and preparing for a final showdown. The Third Earth forced to them to cross the multi-verse once again, this time as outcasts in a strange world.
Now, how will our future generation react to the unexpected awareness that our planet shares cosmic space with at least two other earths?
Return to Alpha is the sixth and final book in the critically-praised Beta-Earth Chronicles series.
Immerse yourself in an extraordinary universe revealed by the most original storytelling you'll ever experience. Science fiction yes, but so much more . . . a story with a highly original concept, fascinating characters, and not-too-subtle but truthful allegories. Don't let the sci-fi label or alternate Earth setting fool you—this is a compelling and contemporarily relevant story about race, sex, and social classes." -Raymond Benson, Former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto books
"An excellent work of new SF that hearkens back to the classics of Asimov and Heinlein. Told from the viewpoints of the different characters, it is a tale of a man from our earth (Alpha) being unwittingly transferred to a parallel earth (Beta) where he must learn to adapt to new cultures, attitudes, languages at the same time as coming to grips with the loss of his sight. Each of the characters are fully developed and well defined and being able to hear their thoughts about each encounter brings a richness to the narratives. Politics, religion, social mores and relationships are all examined from both without and within. Think Stranger in a Strange Land combined with Foundation and you may begin to get an idea of the scope and quality of this adventure." - Dave Massengale, Amazon review
“Spymaster and imaginative author, Dr. Wesley Britton has another big hit! His book takes the reader on a compelling journey of an Alpha earthling who has been spirited to planet Beta. Science-fiction, yes, but much more. The book explores science, medicine, commerce, education, spiritual life, family life and sex on an alternative planet which at times is insightful and hilarious in its comparison to our own Earth. In an ingenious way, Dr. Britton has created a new grammar and vocabulary to continually intrigue the reader. A true winner!" - Bobbi Chertok, Amazon Review
“This is the first book of a series where Robinson Crusoe meets Fringe in a parallel Universe dominated by women because of a disease that kills 3 to 1 the males who are born." - Amanda Spark, author of Janus Quadrifrons
About the Author: Dr. Wesley Britton is the author of four non-fiction books, Spy Television (2003), Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film (2005), Onscreen and Undercover: The Ultimate Book of Movie Espionage (2006), and The Encyclopedia of TV Spies (2009). Starting in fall 2015, his science fiction series, The Beta-Earth Chronicles, debuted with The Blind Alien. Throughout 2016, four sequels followed, including The Blood of Balnakin, When War Returns, A Throne for an Alien, and The Third Earth. Return to Alpha is the sixth volume of this multi-planetary epic.
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In the year 2044, large crowds had become an uncommon site on Alpha-Earth. After decades of devastating waves of killer epidemics and the rising of waters that eroded coastlines, sank coastal cities, and left rivers and lakes swollen far beyond their former banks, humanity had endured too many inconceivable losses to leave many hoping their world could ever recover. Not after forty years of famines, quarantines, evacuations, and the shunning of possibly infected survivors by even their own families.
That hopelessness had fueled the sometimes complete break-down of social order, the retreats of nations closing themselves off from the rest of the world, and of course the unleashed murderous rage of young men who went out to punish fellow survivors for reasons that often defied comprehension. Too many believed rumors that other places were getting aid denied them. Too many refused to believe there was anywhere on the planet unaffected by what had reduced earth’s population to perhaps a third of what it had once been.
It was that rage that had long made gathering in large crowds so risky. So fatal. But not everywhere. In lands like the island country of Jamaica, where no power brokers ever pulled the levers of international relations, there was far more sorrow than anger. There was no one there who could be blamed for the loss or unfair distribution of resources. Like many such countries, only victims survived. So when the islanders returned to hosting their colorful, very musical festivals and international travel was permitted again, Jamaica became a magnet for visitors who desperately needed respite from the turmoil of their homelands. Humans needed reminders of what their world had once been.
So, on that February day, when six aliens in the Marivurn spaceship touched down on the white sands of Doctor’s Cave Beach, they landed at the most ideal location possible. In less populated places, local law enforcement and other government entities would have immediately done everything possible to suppress the news of an alien landing. Such matters, most governments would have felt, should be cloaked in secrecy, fearing how the public would react.