Parachute Minds: Leap of Fate
Traveler explains it was during his people's third phase that they discovered elastic light. The scientific phenomenon reshaped who they were and what they were capable of. By harnessing light’s elasticity, their bodies were able to explore the universe, and through the purity of light, their bodies were healed, both instantaneous with each jump.
It wasn’t long before they discovered they are not alone. Other habitable worlds exist, scattered throughout the cosmos, many home to uniquely evolved Homo sapiens. Their observers confirmed that each planet’s humanity goes through the same three phases.
Phase one: Planetary exploration ― traveling and mapping one’s world.
Phase two: Planetary manipulation ― tools, agriculture, industry, electricity, and technology.
Phase three: Exploring beyond one’s planet into the stars.
But they traveled too far. They discovered something humanity was never meant to in the farthest reaches of space: The fourth phase. The mysteries held within its unknown are so terrifying that Traveler's people refuse to explore it themselves. He explains that is why he's come to Earth: to recruit brave souls willing to go where his people dare not.
Gideon, a death-seeking adrenaline junky with a disturbing secret, seems the perfect candidate for Traveler’s invitation. He fearlessly accepts, leaving Earth behind with a wink and a smile, but Traveler worries the gamble may prove to be too much. Gideon’s recklessness could either be the key to unlocking the fourth phase, or the mistake that unleashes mankind’s extinction across the stars.
Parachute Minds is a gobstopper of an adventure, with layers of sci-fi, tastes of fantasy, and dashes of horror. From surviving a medieval world of swashbuckling knights, to escaping a giant planet of herculean dwarves, our Earthling, Gideon, is relentlessly tested for the fourth phase.
This series runs the full gamut, keeping readers torn between wishing the adventure was real, and thanking the universe that it isn’t. Inspired by scientific theories from Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, and others, Parachute Minds explores our destiny among the heavens. My editor (aimeeheckel.com) said, “Parachute Minds is Sci-Fi's love letter to The Odyssey.”