The Tom Maddox Writing Archive
Hired by the Sentrax Halo Corporation to investigate an experiment in artificial intelligence conducted in its orbiting space station, data auditor Mikhail Gonzalex finds himself thrust into the simulated world of virtual realities where corporate bureaucrats and scientific free thinkers wage a war on the battlefield of inner space.
Maddox's first novel will appeal to readers who like fast-paced action and cutting-edge technology.
1. Burning, Burning
On a rainy morning in Seattle, Gonzales was ready for the egg. A week ago he had returned from Myanmar, the country once known as Burma, and now, after two days of drugs and fasting, he was prepared: he had become an alien, at home in a distant landscape.
His brain was filled with blossoms of fire, their spread white flesh torched to yellow, the center of a burning world. On the dark stained oak door, angel wings danced in blue flame, their faces beatific in the cold fire. Staring at the animated carved figures, Gonzales thought, the fire is in my eyes, in my brain.