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The Genetic Equation
The Genetic Equation
The Genetic Equation
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The Genetic Equation

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Technology can now melt your face off.

Disaster strikes at home for Lieutenant Colonel Matross Legion when archenemy Master Asinine attacks with a weapon that unravels your genetic makeup. Suddenly it sucks to have DNA.

Now Legion and his squad must dodge laser beams raining death from above, because the slightest touch turns anybody to genetic soup.

And when Asinine takes Legion hostage, what stands in the way of total galactic domination?

This book pairs best with a red wine.

PublisherLiam Gibbs
Release dateFeb 18, 2018
The Genetic Equation
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Liam Gibbs

Liam Gibbs knew he was destined to write at age four, when he authored a breathtaking account of a cow who ate grass. The bovine saga failed to catch the public’s eye but earned the budding author parental acclaim. Since those early times, he’s gone on to write the novella Not So Superpowered and humorous articles for various magazines.A twenty-year veteran of the brutal world of hand-to-hand comic book fandom, Gibbs cut his teenage teeth on titles such as Spider-Man, X-Men, New Warriors, and other Marvel comics.Gibbs graduated college with a degree in professional writing, which included classes on fiction writing and story structure. He lives on the balmy shores of Ottawa, Canada, where he relaxes by watching staggeringly awful horror and science fiction movies. A health and fitness nut, he shoots lasers from his eyes, uses the word exclusive incorrectly, and once wrestled an exclusive brontosaurus. True story.

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    The Genetic Equation - Liam Gibbs

    Available on the Author's Super-Awesome Site

    This stupendous, amazing, spectacular, not-at-all-overhyped comedy/science-fiction series can be found in the following parts:

    Book 1: Serial Fiction Sideshow

    Book 2: Home Sweet Home Invasion

    Book 3: Technophobia

    Book 4: Armageddon Trigger Finger

    Book 5: The Genetic Equation

    Book 6: Power Tool

    Book 7: The Lesser of Two Egos

    Book 8: Untitled of Attitude Adjustments

    Book 9: Those We Left Behind

    Book 10: Metaphor for Life

    Book 11: Oh, Crock, Here Comes a Meteor!

    Book 12: His Kingdom Come

    Book 13: A Wolf in Sheep's Armor

    Book 14: Man Versus Machine Part 1 of 1

    Book 15: Our New Hiring Policy

    Book 16: Life like Broken Glass

    Book 17: The Church of Steeple

    Book 18: Blood Bunny

    Book 19: Disease of Behavior

    Book 20: The Paper Tiger's Yardstick

    Book 21: This One Has a Dancing Gibbon

    Book 22: My Brother's Captor

    Book 23: Marching Orders

    Book 24: To Wake the Deactivated

    The Story So Far Vol. 1

    Please visit the In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy site for all these free e-books and more information.

    Other Matters of Great Significance

    Maybe check out these other things 'cause they're superfine too!

    Not So Superpowered, available at tiny.cc/nssuperpowered

    Three Flash Fictions, available upon request from the author

    Emergency broadcast warnings available from your local television network. The annoying ones that whine really loud. Ha.

    Dedicated to...

    My expo entourage: Bernie, Colin, Val, and everyone who shows up with a hug. You guys lower the tiring parts of the whole experience by ten fatigue points, ten point three on sunny days.

    Hussah, everyone. Hussah.


    If I could pick any one aspect of writing that everyone gets wrong, it's that stereotype that says we're all lonely, introverted shut-ins who hide in dark basements and fear the sun. We need people to help our itty-bitty, teeny-weeny, yellow polka-dot dreamy become a huge, fat, belligerent, sometimes ridiculous reality.

    So how do you thank those people? By screaming at them in print, of course. And so here I pay tribute to the many, many humans who have generously given their time and souls to help my tiny train of creative nonsense make its way into your hands. Ready? Well, it doesn't matter if you are, because here we go anyway. Everybody, stand and applaud...

    ...Steve Baptista, the dude who helped master-craft the art of making Kamikaze look less like a chimp and more like the guy you'd least want standing next to you at a barbecue.

    ...Mark Nadon, the military fact-checker who explained several reasons why Power Plant and Franchise least exemplify sound martial strategy.

    ...Matt Levesque, the fellow who edited out all the swear words Master Asinine's followers yelled at him whenever he hurled them headfirst into a social gathering.

    ...LeAnh Gibbs, the woman who probably cursed my name every time I intruded into yet another expo or book show. Under-the-breath cursing, of course, just so I couldn't hear it and can't repeat it to you here.

    ...Bernie Pallek and Colin Atterbury, the two henchmen who made sure you all got to know Multipurpose a little more. And a little stinkier. You're all the better for it, too, aren't you?

    ...Val Villeneuve for copiloting some of the expos I meet some of you at and overselling Smithereens's interests.

    ...Fabian Nicieza, Jerry Seinfeld, Mel Brooks, Stan Lee, Matt Groening, George Lucas, and all the other influences to my writing that made sure Schizophrenic treated everyone else like pieces of trash.

    ...my grandfather, William Gibbs, who prodded me/kicked my lardy keister so that you all hated Appetite for his flawless table manners.

    ...adult diapers. One day I might need you, so it's a smart idea to get in your good graces before I'm senile.


    There's one piece of advice I want to give any aspiring writer, but hold on a second. I'll get to it at the end of this prologue. The advice needs an explanation I want to get out of the way first. Allow me to be long-winded for a moment or eight.

    Writers can't be shy. Well, some can, I guess. But, in my experience, they aren't successful. Those whose work sees print put themselves out there. They get out there a lot, and they get out there in a rowdy way.

    A writer can't be shy for his or her stuff to be a success. There are just too many things a writer needs to get right so his or her work makes it to the reader. Too many moving parts to this machine. Editing, fact-checking, marketing, selling, apprenticeshipping (it's a word now), networking, and sanity checking all necessitate the writer to be flashy and dramatic. Please don't rely solely on luck to grow your idea into the happening shindig it needs to be. Rely on yourself.

    In fact, contrary to what you might think a writer is—that brooding loner—the biggest successes are in your face. Let's call these in-your-facers Writer Type A. They're lively. They're loud. They're happy to be there. They don't shy away. They love attention and focus. They love the camera and the microphone. They cultivate their sales pitch. They show up at sales events, grab opportunity, and dance with it. They don't hide in the dark.

    Then there's the other type, the type that doesn't want to be loud or to seek attention. This is Writer Type B. You'll see them at those same events with their heads down and their attention on their phones. They don't like eye contact. They don't like speaking. They peek at you like terrified cats hiding under furniture when guests visit. Consequently, they don't sell. You'll never hear about them. Oh, well.

    Type A authors force themselves on the big book chains. They frequently make book-signing appearances at stores and get in your face at them. They approach the customer, they smile, they make eye contact, they shake hands. They sell. The store managers put their names out to the other store managers in the region. They're known as store favorites and top sellers. A typical author will be on consignment with a store for a three-month period, at which point they're cycled out to give other authors opportunity and shelf space. But Type A authors buck that trend. They prove their worth.

    I've spotted Type B authors at their signings and sales events. I see them just sit at the table hoping buyers come to them. I don't imagine they make many sales. If only they'd attract the buyers over. If only they were Type A.

    I explain this comparison for you to draw conclusions about how to get your own train chugging. You've heard Thomas Edison's quote about genius being 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration. It's true. Your skill as a writer is only part of your success. The rest comes from you being showy and willing to shed your comfort zone.

    Get out there. Make eye contact, shake hands, get personable and funny, get in the news. Make contacts and network the snot out of yourself. Take risks, both financially and personally.

    So, after all that explanation, what's the advice I promised you at the beginning? Be noisy. Be proud of what you've done. Shove it in people's faces. Make a spectacle of yourself. Be Writer Type A. In fact, be Person Type A. In all matters of life. Contact me if you need tips. By no means am I an expert, but I do have some experience with it all.

    That's how success happens.

    In a Galaxy Far, Far AwRy book 5

    The Genetic Equation

    Chapter One: Crapping the Terran Genome

    December 19, 9109, 6:25 a.m. (Galactic Standard Time).

    The Produce Soldier lab. Prof. Professor approached the latent-technology double doors located at the end of the hall. The l tech doors vanished, saved in computer memory for later retrieval, and he entered the lab. He greeted his colleague Prof. Scientist with a flapping wave, a gesture with which they'd replaced their secret handshake. That old handshake served only as an excuse for Prof. Scientist to show off his Vulcan nerve pinch skills anyway.

    Terrans Prof. Professor and Prof. Scientist researched genetic weapons at Intergalactic Protection's warfare laboratories on one of planet Vesta's satellite stations. Creating a weapon that genetically transformed produce into military grunts was their current project. These new fruit soldiers would both massacre enemy troops and provide a healthful alternative to high-calorie rations. However, the five-year project had so far culminated in wasted effort, squandered funds, and rotten papayas. Maybe they should switch to strawberries...or pineapples. Imagine getting punched by a pineapple fist.

    Prof. Professor sighed. Their efforts had succeeded in transforming volunteers into various things, but their goal, the reverse—giving sentience to these produce platoons—eluded their efforts. History's first citrus commando would have to wait. It didn't help their research that they snacked on the raw materials. Or dipped them in chocolate fondue.

    Welcome, Prof. Professor. You have two new messages.

    Prof. Professor leaped with his pulse. Oh, his stars and garters, those voice-control interfaces were abrupt. Called haunt controls, they did make objects act possessed by automating those objects wherever installed. Creepy.

    Prof. Professor. What had seized hold of him to choose that absurd title? In university, he and Prof. Scientist thought legally changing their names would be hilarious. What a primordial, single-celled organism he was. He now had to endure sideways glances and that bizarre red underscoring on the second professor in his word processor. He at least wasn't the fool who'd called dibs on Prof. Mad Geneticist. His university roommate must have regretted cutting in line. Ah, and who could forget Head of the Physics Department Generalized Helmholtz Theorem?

    How went your progression on the samples since I departed for my repast? he asked Prof. Scientist. He dusted his hands of his midday meal's crumbs, still lamenting the cafeteria's faulty thumbprint readers. Only the sandwich machine's reader worked, so his options were few, and he still tasted cafeteria cheese on his tongue.

    He approached the counter on which lay the genetic transformer, a tabletop box sporting an activation button and a specimen tray. The sample pressed in its tray looked the same as when he'd left, except now it wore more fruit flies.

    Prof. Scientist's despondency revealed more than his words. I fear not well. We still have yet to successfully combine the DNAs of a Virillian and a banana.

    Curses. Prof. Professor smacked the countertop and pulled away from the genetic transformer. Now Intergalactic Protection will never have its Virillianana. How else will we determine which holds more resilience to shell shock, a tropical fruit warrior or its melon cousin?

    As thought I as well. Technological limitations are forever the burdensome troglodytic stepbrothers of science. Prof. Scientist sighed. The melon counterparts are tastier, though.

    Indubitably, my good colleague. Indubitably.

    Back to the drawing fridge. Prof. Scientist pushed his horn-rimmed glasses up his beak-shaped nose. Prof. Professor would have suggested purchasing newer eyes, but—

    You have three new visitors, Professors, the haunt control said. Who was entering the lab?

    The l doors faded with a squeal, deconstructed into their inactive states and stored in computer memory. Holographic outlines replaced them to indicate their positions—

    An atomic war exploded into the room! The doorframe and its wall blew apart in spewed rubble and belched dust. Duck! Prof. Professor rolled aside to avoid a shard of debris no smaller than a pouncing lion cub.

    Laser blasts lit the area, crimson-tinged the clouds of soot. Prof. Scientist dived behind an atom manipulator. In a chaotic swarm, the blasts slid through equipment, the ceiling, Prof. Scientist's seventeen-tier abacus.

    Lieutenant. A new voice announced itself like a light-bullet, carrying an unspoken harrumph of disdain. Must I remind you? Time your explosions to totally demolish stuff when we burst through the wall and no earlier. And look at this smoke and debris. Awful. This is one of our worst entrances ever. It flies in the face of basic villainy.

    I'll consider that the next time we steal a DNA manipulator, sir.

    You mean 'gene doohickey.'

    Oh, no! Those voices. Prof. Professor had watched the speakers on news broadcasts. These interlopers assaulted innocents for their own gain, played cosmic chance with lives, boasted about their mastery at landmine dancing. And now these cads dared barge into this facility? No names could Prof. Professor attach to the voices, but they seared the surface of his brain like a cow brander.

    Shadows shuffled in the hallway where a brilliant beam shot forth. Prof. Professor took cover behind the burning husk of the abacus. And if those fiends blasted it, well, Prof. Scientist could thrust his accuracy to the thirteenth decimal place where the electromagnetic spectrum didn't shine.

    A pistol at his side, the intruders' silhouetted commander tensed, ready for action. His smile sparkled with an evil glint even in the darkness. Lieutenant, where are the smoke pellets? Achieve the effect.

    Yes, sir. Would you like Morning Melody or Soothing Pond?

    "I'm in a Soothing Pond mood. We did eat koi for breakfast."

    The follower's shadow reached into a pouch, grabbed two small orbs, and threw them to the travertine floor. They hissed into smoke and misted the ruined doorway with charcoal dust.

    Behold, science geeks, for I have come to do stuff to your stuff! The bellowing buffoon stepped through the wall of smoke and emerged from anonymous darkness. And the media names of the interlopers struck Prof. Professor's memory as abruptly as a punch to the face. The most feared, the most hated, the most irritating—Master Asinine and Lieutenant IQ 23.

    Master Asinine's tongue wagged. We have arrived.

    His hand clasped the air, his eyebrows perked up, his mouth readied an unspent cackle. Like a glittering waterfall, his swishing suit dazzled in the light upon his entrance. A vanilla-colored leisure suit? In this fashion market?

    Prof. Professor grabbed a saline tube and double-squeezed its bulbous end to squirt streams of saltwater at Asinine. These deviants would come nowhere near whatever their malevolent purposes required. Stay back, or face my salty spray, wrongdoers!

    Wrongdoers? Asinine snapped his fingers. "Plaster, wrongdo them before they gobbledygook

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