Beyond the Witherstream

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Looking for an entertaining Free read? How about a Star Trek Novel… Beyond the Witherstream by FVP Featured Author, David S. Moore is available HERE. Enjoy!
Here’s a quick review, followed by the beginning of the story:  (Note, the excerpt skips a prologue chapter.)
Beyond the Witherstream is a classy, thoroughly written bit of Sci-Fi. The Witherstream itself is a unique concept, lyrically-developed, yet it fits in the Science Fiction genre. The world of Star Trek expands to include other ships, new worlds to see, and scientific conundrums deeper than I can understand, yet explained in detail by the obviously intelligent, author. I enjoyed reading this tale/adventure story, told in the grandiose tradition of Star Trek!”
-Victoria Bastedo, Author
Beyond the Witherstream:
Engineer Theresa Mathers stared blankly at her monitor and wondered
when the geniuses in charge of this project were finally going to realize that
Sector 140459258 was the most boring region of the entire Alpha Quadrant.
Sixty-six days she had spent on a tiny research vessel no bigger than a Holosuite
with three of the most aggravating personalities ever assembled in a single crew.
Their esteemed leader was none other than Captain Harding– the absolute
quintessence of an Alliance stuffed shirt who thought far too highly of his talents
as a research vessel captain.
Actually, she thought him rather cute at first– that thin little mustache of
his and his black hair and dark, dark eyes. She thought he looked rather dashing
in a rather grim, determined sort of way. Single, too, she noticed, with more than
a little interest. And he did seem so very considerate. He took her to lunch on
the second day of their two weeks of briefing on Starbase Nurana.
“You have the most lovely eyes,” he said.
For a moment she was too stunned to reply. “Why that’s so sweet of you
to say!”
“And listen, if you need any help with the material we’ve been covering in
our briefings, I’d be more than happy to render my assistance.”
“Well thank you Captain– that’s very thoughtful of you. I will definitely
consider it.”
For a microsend, maybe– but no more. Theresa was absolutely certain
that she did not need his assistance with any of the materials. In fact Theresa
had excelled at the Alliance Academy. In fact Theresa was an expert on virtually
every type of known and unknown phenomena that they might reasonably be
expected to encounter on the most boring expedition in Alliance history. No, very
certainly she did not need any help from Captain Harding on any of the subjects
that had been covered.
Still, she found herself thinking that someone at Alliance Command must
have thought he had talent. He was a Lieutenant only six months earlier and
now he was to captain this, the Rim Quest, the first of a new type of research
vessel on its maiden voyage! And they were to explore uncharted regions of the
Rim, the borders of Alliance space. It all seemed so very exciting until, on their
first day out, Captain Harding assembled the three of them in the mess hall and
informed them that he would be in charge of every aspect of the mission, from
setting the course to determining how their research data should be gathered.
And true to his word, Harding took every opportunity to foul up the entire mission
with his tedious, picayune pronouncements on the proper observation of every
minuscule procedure in the entire Alliance rulebook.
It didn’t take long for her to transfer her romantic interests back to the
mysterious, misunderstood detective Swain whose latest adventure, Swain
Spurned, had entertained millions from Goridon to Mindos IV. Besides, Harding
quickly developed an interest in Vena Tularea, Engineer and obedient sycophant
of his every decree– and most recently an occasional late night visitor to his
quarters. Wasn’t she just a wee bit jealous of Vena? Well, perhaps. READ MORE…

Wine & Words (and we) are Back

After a brief summer hiatus, FVP is back with Fall events, looking forward to NaNoWriMo events and Holiday events! Although I say we’ve been gone, perhaps it was more of an inward focus on writing. Our group members have been moving forward on their WIPs and a few new self-pubs came out, such as Victoria Bastedo’s The Time Mechanic 

I hope you’ll join us for Wine & Words Spoken Word Evening at Black Dog in Snoqualmie, October 4th. It’s always a fun and entertaining literary evening. Spotlight Author will be FVP’s own, David S. Moore. See you there!

Wine and Words Flyer oct 18

Busy, Busy, Fun! Maple Valley Days

This will be FVP’s third year with a booth at Maple Valley Days in…well, Maple Valley, WA. Here’s a couple photos from past years… Come and see us this weekend. We’d love to meet you!


Visit our Zany Authors at ODD MALL

It’s HERE! ODD MALL Everett is this Saturday and Sunday, June 4th-5th. FreeValley has a booth, so come down and see us and check out our unique indie-published books!

Odd Mall June 2016

David S. Moore – Desiree’ – Anthology Sneak Peek III

As you may know, FVP’s new Anthology, Free-flowing Stories, will be released online and at our sale on Dec. 6th.

Here’s a teaser and a snippet from the third story:

DESIRÉE  by David S. Moore

Dr. Leonard Brown, PhD in proteomics, heads a team of biochemists who are responsible for perfecting the genetic gifts of young women who will one day become betrothed to the world’s most wealthy men.  But after many years of devoted work he’s beginning to have his doubts about the morality of his chosen occupation.

Velvety lips with a tinge of vaginal rose. Mysterious eyes—greenish, with hints of turquoise and haunting gold. Skin an indeterminate copper—a bit Somali, a bit Tahitian, but mostly unidentifiable. High cheekbones, a delicate nose, soft chin. A magnetic face, even without a bit of makeup; unforgettable.

I know every line and shade of that beautiful visage. My office is filled with dozens of photos of her- laughing, sleeping, eating, playing, bathing. Like the others, I have long since been captivated by the spell—a profound beauty, deeply disturbing and visceral. Part of the job, Avery says; part of the job. The only antidote is inundation. Immerse yourself in so many photos, so many images that you simply cannot think of her as anything other than a subject for study.

They bring us skin and blood samples every month. I and the others of my team test and retest. We look for any hint of genetic drift. Even the slightest deviation from the profile must be reported. And then? Avery won’t say. He just clenches his teeth and finds any excuse for an exit. It’s never happened in the fifteen year history of the company. Or so says Marketing. But we test anyway, to assure our customers of the very finest product.

Avery Stevens—brilliant, though a bit too arrogant. Harvard PhD in Bioengineering at 19; did his doctoral thesis on the genetics of obsession; created a genetically engineered retrovirus that confers supernormal intelligence at twenty-two; founded his own company at twenty-four; hundred-billionaire at twenty-nine. But RejuveMates, he has said in numerous press releases, is by far his finest work…..

Want more? You can get the Anthology December 6th, December 13th & December 18th at our events. We’ll have a link to Amazon for online purchase as soon as it is released.

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The Reverent Atheist – Book Review

MUCH MORE THAN DOGMA – by Sheri J. Kennedy, aka Kennedy J. Quinn

The Reverent Athiest coverIn this scholarly and thoughtfully presented look at religion, David S. Moore considers much more than dogma. A portion of the book is centered on the root of various beliefs and examines texts they are based on or observations which have given rise to systems of theory or supposed Truths. This reader can appreciate such study; my own was intensive in Philosophy of Religion and other philosophical and religious studies. Mr. Moore’s overview shows many of the points clearly, and will be especially enlightening to those newly introduced to such critique of religious texts.

What specifically interested this reader was the relationship discussed between religion and the need within humanity, both at a societal level and an individual level, for comfort, guidance and order. I had never contemplated how an atheist would view their inner motivations and moral compass. Unlike the antagonistic view of atheists the author refers to, I have always viewed atheism without animosity. But since I was only atheist in a brief existential crisis, I didn’t square what my belief system and inner life would center on instead of belief in God or whether I would find it fulfilling spiritually. The discussion is intriguing.

There was one point that wasn’t set to rest in the essay for this reader. I didn’t understand the phrase on the cover of the book, ‘Belief in God does not require belief in the existence of God.’  I think I am following Mr. Moore’s idea that guidance and fulfillment spiritually doesn’t have to be based on an existent God, but I don’t understand why God is postulated as real for the purposes of these motivations and comforts. God is real but does not exist, is what I took away from the book. He states at one point that God cannot exist within physical reality logically, but he allows that he may be real outside our universe and be fully transcendent. Being transcendent, he cannot influence us directly or he would exist in our reality, he asserts. I didn’t follow this particular conclusion. I could allow that influence could exist in our universe without physical existence. A great example of how this essay gets one thinking, but overall I don’t see where the semantics of existence verses reality or transcendence changes the conclusion of how to live.

 My understanding is that Mr. Moore is asserting the reality of the principles and spirituality often associated with ‘God’ as a compass around which to build a life of devotion, service to community and so forth. Whether or not there is an actual God—which he states there is no convincing grounds for within our universe—seems immaterial to this devotion, in my opinion. If I am understanding correctly, then the question I’m left with is, why use the word God at all? One could allow for a transcendent creator, or power that is no longer with us, or believe in none of that and maintain the same awe of what we witness in this world. Again it’s intriguing, and it shows the quality of Mr. Moore’s presentation that it elicits thoughtful response.

This is a stirring and passionately written essay. There are points of view rarely touched upon, and in topics of religion and philosophy that’s refreshing indeed. I found, A Hymn of Reverence, at the end of THE REVERENT ATHEIST very moving. It’s a fitting conclusion to underline humanity’s need for spiritual significance, the center of this excellent look into the expression of an Atheist’s soul.

You can purchase THE REVERENT ATHEIST 

Find out more about FVP Featured Author, David S. Moore