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December 24, 2007

Epilogue - 2

And here we are, at the end of wonderful and thrilling fictional journey through space and time. This is the final episode of Brian William Neal’s epic sci fi adventure, Footprints.

But is this the end of the story? Will there be more?
We can only hope that this is not the last we hear of Jonathan and the other members of the Hermes crew.

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December 17, 2007

Epilogue 1

President Kennedy receives a package containing vital phtographs from members of the universe-hopping Hermes crew.

Brian William Neal's mighty sci-fi adventure moves towards a satisfying conclusion.

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December 10, 2007

Chapter Twenty-Eight - Return

...Now, as the picturesque Des Moines River slipped beneath their wings, and their jet made its approach to Bellevue Offutt Field, Jonathan, Joe, Cal and Karen tensed and prepared mentally for the coming task. They knew its importance, and that the future of the whole world was at stake. They were comforted in that they had Jonathan on their side, but their apprehension was still great. What lay ahead, no one could guess....

The crew of the Hermes are back on planet Earth - but there is one major task which still has to be undertaken: a task concerning the future of the universe.

Brian William Neal's momumental sci-fi novel brings excitement on every page.

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December 03, 2007

Chapter Twenty-Seven - The Collective

...The entity flickered briefly in what might have been a smile. “That is correct. I am not going to explain why we have chosen to involve ourselves on this occasion. Time has no meaning for us, Jonathan Edge. Generally, beings such as your race have little understanding of time, although we have noticed an uncommon level of comprehension and enlightenment in your remarkable mind. Remarkable, that is, for one of your race....

Jonathan encounters "beings'' which call into question the meaning of life, and the universe.

Brian William Neal, whose imagination seems limitless, continues his epic sci-fi adventure story. To read earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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November 26, 2007

Twenty-Six - Lost In Space

...They pondered that thought, then Jonathan continued, “As I see it, there’s no point in us wasting fuel trying to find them. It’s a big universe; we could search the rest of our lives and not find them. Which brings me to another point. This shuttle was never meant for sustained space travel, and has rations only for a couple of days; that alone pretty much defines our options.” He took a deep breath, and looked at Arnold. “We have no choice; we have to set the shuttle on a course for Earth, get into the sleep modules, and trust to the cryosleep units to keep us safe until someone picks us up.”...

Jonathan and three colleagues, who made their escape from an evil planet in a shuttle vehicle not meant to traverse the huge reaches of the universe, face up to the horrifying truth that they are lost in space.

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November 19, 2007

Chapter Twenty-Five - Doom Planet

...The hydraulics hissed as the shuttle’s door lifted, and Cal and ’tau looked out on the ruined world. Heavy gray clouds hung over the blasted landscape, and there was no sign of life. Cal knew, however, that beneath the scorched plain dwelt creatures fit to freeze the blood. He had tried to communicate this to those who had not seen them; how successful he had been, he was not sure. This worried him for a variety of reasons, not least the possibility that his warnings would not be taken seriously.

Cal was afraid for his friends. He’d never been psychic, but he had a strong feeling that not all of them would survive this confrontation...

Brian William Neal brings excitement unlimited in the latest episode of his novel of other worlds and parallel universes.

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November 12, 2007

Chapter Twenty-Four - Circles

...“But there has to be a consequence of this touching, and I believe I know what it might be. I believe that something has upset the balance in the omniverse, or multiverse as some called it previously, and that the touching has become commonplace, rather than rare. And I think the crop circles are a manifestation of that upset; Footprints, if you like.”...

The crew of the Hermes are reunited on their craft - but after hearing what Jonathan has to say they realise another vital mission must be undertaken before they can return home.

Brian William Neal continues his magnificent novel set in multiple universes. To read earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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November 05, 2007

Chapter Twenty-Three - Camelot Redeemed

After stepping into a parallel universe the adventurers find themselves intervening to save the life of a famous alternate American politician.

Brian William Neal's imaginative reach is boundless. To read earlier chapters of this great sci-fi novel please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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October 29, 2007

Twenty-Two - The Eagle's Nest

The adventurers in a parallel universe find themselves in a version of the German Reich that is frighteningly different to what they knew of the one in their own world.

Brian William Neal continues his mind-stretching novel of life in alternative worlds. To read earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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October 22, 2007

Twenty-One - tau

...Cal tried the handle. “Locked,” he said. “Stand clear.” He drew the gun he had taken off the false Bill, and was aiming it at the lock when a voice sounded in his ears. [Cal Ferguson, Wait!]

Cal turned sharply, looked around, and asked Karen. “Did you hear that?”

Karen nodded. “Yes, but there’s no one here. Where…” With a look of wonder, she stared past Cal.

Following her gaze, Cal turned and saw ‘tau, standing not ten feet from him...

Having stepped into a parallel universe Cal and Karen meet on old friend from a previous adventure.

Brian William Neal continues his mind-bending sci fi tale. To read earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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October 15, 2007

Twenty - Camelot In Flames

Dennis Crafter, Arnold Katzmeyer, and his wife, Julia may be able to alter the course of American history - but this is an unfamiliar America in a different universe.

Brian William Neal continues his amazing novel of shifting time and space.

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October 08, 2007

Chapter Nineteen - Reich

...Steve stared; the historian in him recognized the man, but his logical mind denied that this could be the Fuhrer of Nazi Germany. Even if he were still alive, he would have to be 120 years old. But the man facing him now appeared to be only in his late 40’s or so. He also seemed to be quite healthy, with no trace of the Parkinson’s disease that had plagued him towards the end of his life...

Steve and his colleagues step into another universe, there to find themselves in the midst of Nazi terror.

To read earlier chapters of Brian William Neal's thrillingly imaginative novel of multi-universes please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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October 01, 2007

Eighteen - Traitor

...To one side of the bench, a large rectangular shape began to materialize, shimmering golden in the basement gloom, and Steve watched in wonder as the portal to other worlds took shape. When it was complete, Hartwig turned, “Who wants to be first?”

The others looked at each other nervously, and Hartwig laughed. “Oh, come now. I’ve done this myself; it’s quite safe. In fact, why don’t we all go together? Just a quick little jaunt to a perfectly harmless place, then straight back again.”...

Steve steps into another universe - and a familiar nightmare.

Brian William Neal's brilliant sci-fi novel takes another astonishing turn. For earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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September 24, 2007

Seventeen - Doppelganger

Cal and Karen, having stepped into another universe, see old friends - but are they really who they seem to be?

Brian William Neal continues his mind-stretching tale which takes us beyond the stars we know. To read earlier chapters please click on Footrprints in the menu on this page.

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September 17, 2007

Sixteen - Otherworld

... “Where was it Jonathan? Here? This world?” Cal asked.

“No, there were two moons in the sky. I don’t know where it was, but it wasn’t here.”

“Was there any life?” asked Karen...

Jonathan has just stepped from one universe into another, and back again.

Brian William Neal's over-arching imagination takes readers on a spectacular journey. To read earlier chapters of his marvelous novel please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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September 10, 2007

Fifteen - Address Unknown

...He stood, and looked around the table. “It might contain the mystery of God, the meaning of life, anything. I must go.”

He left the table and walked towards the device, which stood shimmering on the far side of the room. A moment later, another chair slid back, and another voice spoke.

“Well, you won’t be going alone, Professor. I’m coming with you.”

All heads at the table turned and stared at Joe McCulloch...

Johathan and Joe are going into the great unknown. They are about to step out of their own universe.

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September 03, 2007

Fourteen - Quantum World

...They entered the large chamber cautiously, and stared.
The room was about 30 meters square, with stone walls and floor, and held little except the device, which stood near the far wall. It was rectangular, very like a doorway, and didn’t seem to be supported by any other machinery.

Jonathan walked over to it and around it, then turned to the others. “This is fascinating. It doesn’t seem to have a power plant; obviously it’s connected to the energy of the planet itself.” He continued to walk slowly around it, pausing occasionally to look closely at some part. It glowed around the edges, and had an impenetrable blackness at its center.

“Looks like a black hole,” Crafter joked, then recoiled as Jonathan turned so suddenly, that Crafter thought he had offended him...

Are the crew of Hermes II on the brink of discovering the nature of their universe? The drive of Brian William Neal's imagination takes readers on a thrilling journey. For earlier chapters of this fabulous novel please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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August 27, 2007

Chapter Thirteen - Ruins

...“Cal, I believe I may have found what we’re looking for.”

Cal turned at the sound of the professor’s voice, flat and muffled in the muted non-resonance of the room. The walls, ceiling and floor were of the same material as the door, and returned no echo.

Cal, Joe and Dennis played their lights over the section of wall that Jonathan was studying, seemingly no different from any part of its surroundings. As they watched, he brushed away the gray dust, then touched a small panel set into its gray smoothness, and a low hum began. It seemed to come from everywhere at once, and it lasted only a few seconds before dying away. Cal was about to say that they should try something else, when the room was lit by a blue-tinged glow.

Slowly, the glow resolved itself into a shape, until finally a hologram of a vaguely human figure stood in the middle of the room. The four watched, hardly daring to breathe, as the figure’s features became clear...

The crew of Hermes II make a shocking discovery and are then confronted by the ultimate moral problem.

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August 20, 2007

Chapter Twelve - Alien World

...After arranging to send a team down, which the other ships’ captains greeted with what sounded like relief, Cal closed communications and turned to his crew. “Okay, folks, I guess this is where we earn our pay. The Clarke has given us the co-ordinates of a large underground complex that contains the device. There is also evidence of a lot of other machinery, and we’re going to investigate that first. We’ll go down in the shuttle and take a look. They haven’t found any life-forms yet, but that doesn’t mean much. Our scanning equipment isn’t much, and it’s a big planet. We’d best be on our toes.”...

Cal and other members of the Hermes II crew descend to the surface of a planet that looks like Hell.

Brian William Neal's dazzlingly readable novel brings all the excitement a reader can handle. To enjoy earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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August 13, 2007

Chapter Eleven - Planetfall

...Karen summed it up for all of them, by patting Jonathan’s hand and saying, “That’s okay, Jonathan, we loved you as you were, we love you as you are, and we will love whatever you become.”...

The crew of Hermes welcome their friend Jonathan, brought back from Biblical times in which he has played a central role, as they head out on another adventure to an alien planet.

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August 06, 2007

Chapter Ten - Absent Friends

...“This is a touchy maneuver, folks. We have to arrive at a time before the crucifixion, but not too much before. If we do, then Jonathan may feel he has more work to do, and won’t want to come back with us. On the other hand, he may be playing a larger role in all this than we know, so we can’t be too late, either.”...

Writing with immense skill Brian William Neal continues his gripping novel which reaches from New Testament times far into the future.

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July 30, 2007

Chapter Nine - Time Travel

...Each member of the crew spent the next five days in a variety of ways. Since there were seven of them, they were together a great deal of the time; consequently, much of their off-duty time was spent in alone as the galaxy flashed by. The ship’s engines never faltered, and the Hermes II continued on its way, unaffected by the speed records she was setting almost daily....

The crew of Hermes II are on an astonishing mission - to change history, no less!

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July 23, 2007

Chapter Eight - The One

Writing with immense sensitivity Brian William Neal weaves the greatest story ever told into the powerful narrative of his latest and immensly readable sci-fi novel.

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July 16, 2007

Chapter Seven - Hermes II

...Cal looked across the bridge at Arnold, who was exhibiting all the symptoms of a nervous airline passenger prior to takeoff.

“All set, Arnold?”

Arnold gave a weak smile. “Of course, Cal. Why wouldn’t I be?”

Now it was Cal’s turn to hide his smile as he turned to Joe, “Okay, good buddy, let’s light the wick under this bucket.”...

The wick is indeed lit. Cal and his crew leave planet Earth, accelerating rapidly towards light-speed...

Travel through space and time with master story-teller Brian William Neal - and forget the ordinary, everyday world.

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July 09, 2007

Chapter Six - The Mission

...“A short time ago, one of our vessels on an exploratory mission to the supergiant star Rigel, in the constellation Orion, discovered a planet which, while capable of supporting life, seems to be uninhabited. They found some ruins, evidence of a past civilization; on further exploration, they discovered an apparatus whose implications they did not understand. However, after some analysis, they determined it to be some kind of transportation device.

“It resembled a portal, a kind of doorway. They tried to discover its workings, but nothing they did could activate it. Our best minds were sent to the planet, and they finally concluded it was indeed some kind of portal, and that its science involved quantum mechanics. But such was its complexity, none of them was able to discern its import...

Another mission across time and space is about to begin...

Brian William Neal's gripping new sci fi novel races towards warp-speed. To read the earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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July 02, 2007

Chapter Five - Funeral For A Friend

... Jonathan Edge stood in the Washington drizzle, watching as the cortege made its way slowly up the wide thoroughfare towards the cenotaph. The drum-beats of the following escort, men of the United Space Federation dressed in the gray of antique Civil War uniforms, sounded out solemnly as one of Earth’s most famous citizens was carried to his final resting place....

And after the funeral Jonathan reveals that he has a tale to tell.

Brian William Neal's sizzling new sci fi novel continues the adventure story told in the book Denizens, which can be read in Open Writing.

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June 25, 2007

Chapter Four - Plot

...“Sorry about all the cloak and dagger, Stephen,” the old man said. “You’ll understand when you hear what I’ve turned up.” He ate a forkful of food, closed his eyes in appreciation, then began to speak in a low voice. “A few months ago, a colleague of mine, Orville Windsor, came to me with a rather radical idea. He had been conducting research into a subject that I had also had more than a passing interest; quantum physics. He put forward an interesting hypothesis, one that concerned the idea of multiple universes, and which also embraced the possibility of time travel.”...

Steve Chapell is summoned from California to Germany by his old professor - there to be plunged into mind-stretching risks and danger.

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June 18, 2007

Chapter Three - The Writer

...he sat down and was raising the bottle to his lips when he caught a flash of light out of the corner of his eye. He turned his head to look, and a moment later the boom of the explosion reached his ears. Shocked, he watched as a smoky fireball rose from the coastal highway. He leapt from his chair and ran to the other end of the deck where his telescope sat on its tripod...

Author Steve Chappel is eating a sandwich outside his cottage, overlooking Monterey Bay, California, when he sees a car in flames on the six-lane highway.

Brian William Neal's new sci fi novel promises and delivers surprises. To read earlier chapters please click on Footprints in the menu on this page.

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June 11, 2007

Chapter Two - Here And Now

...The land hereabouts is mostly flat or, at most, gently rolling, the result of the last of the ice sheets of 25,000 years ago which once reached all the way south to present-day Des Moines. The day now dawning seems ordinary, little or no different from the past dozen or so; clear skies, light breeze from the south holding the promise of another warm, pleasant mid-western day.

All in all, an undramatic beginning to what will turn out to be a day of thunder, presaging momentous events that will cause the Earth to shake and the very fabric of space to tremble...

We defy you not to read on as master storyteller Brian William Neal's sci fi adventure gathers momentum.

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June 04, 2007

Chapter One - Realities

The opening chapter of Brian William Neal's new novel will leave you gasping in amazement.

We won't even attempt to summarise what's in store for you.

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May 28, 2007


Brian William Neal's mighty sci-fi novel Denizens gave an account of the epic journey of the Hermes, a spaceship which took humans faster and further across the Universe than ever before.

The surviving crew returned to Earth, bringing scientific secrets which changed for ever the course of human life.

Now another adventure is about to begin.

But first....if you are coming to Brian's epic adventure story for the first time, click on Denizens in the menu on this page. Settle back. Enjoy hours and hours of sumptuous reading.

And for those who read the first Hermes novel, here's the treat for which you have been hoping and longing.

Footprints will be serialised week by week in Open Writing. Here is the introduction to the story.

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