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The Iapetus Federation: Exodus From Earth

The Starchild Trilogy Vol 3

by Robert G. Williscroft

The Iapetus Federation Exodus From Earth - Robert G. Williscroft - Starchild Trilogy
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Pages: 603
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ISBN: 978-0996466936
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 510
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ISBN: 978-1732478817
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Pages: 510
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Following the dramatic events in The Starchild Compact, the starship Starchild departs on a 185-year interstellar journey. Meanwhile, the Iapetus Federation in cooperation with the Founders, descendants of the people who originally constructed Iapetus, expands to include the Mirs Complex at L-4, the Lunar Complex, a new habitat being constructed at L-5, the growing Mars settlements, and several asteroids including Daphne and Ceres.
On Earth, America turns away from its world leadership position to focus on internal matters and the idea of an all-inclusive, multicultural society. Saeed Esmail, the stowaway Jihadist who played a significant role in The Starchild Compact, becomes the guiding prophet of a new form of Islam that quickly dominates the vanquished Persian Caliphate territories, and threatens the rest of the planet. Aided by Founder Asshur, the besieged Israelis reluctantly forge a new homeland on Mars, while the United States balkanizes into a half-dozen smaller units dominated by the Lone Star Conservancy under the leadership of Texan Sam Houston, who had earlier established the Lone Star Settlement on Mars.
Science does not stand still. Founder researchers develop a longevity treatment that has the potential to extend human life indefinitely. The Starchild Institute, headed by former U.S. President Marc Bowles, develops advanced spacecraft, and a new form of transportation based on artificial wormholes. As the global Jihad on Earth heats up, most of the planet falls under the domination of Saeed Esmail, with only the Lone Star Conservancy, Columbia Freehold, Australia, and New Zealand left as independent territories. The Institute opens evacuation portals between Earth and Iapetus to rescue as many people as possible.
While Earth sinks into medieval barbarism, the focus of human activity shifts from Earth to the Iapetus Federation as humans settle virtually every potentially habitable spot in the Solar System and begin planning for expansion into the rest of the Galaxy.

Publisher: Starman Press
Cover Artists:
Tropes: Abandoned Place, Alien Artifacts, Aliens Among Us, Aliens in History, Ancient Astronauts, Asteroid Miner, Conspiracy, Fellowship, Immortality, Interstellar Travel, Marooned, Prophesy, Quest, Space Pilot, Undiscovered Planet
Word Count: 161800
Setting: Earth, Space, Iapetus, Ceres, Daphne, L5, L4, Moon, interstellar
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Tropes: Abandoned Place, Alien Artifacts, Aliens Among Us, Aliens in History, Ancient Astronauts, Asteroid Miner, Conspiracy, Fellowship, Immortality, Interstellar Travel, Marooned, Prophesy, Quest, Space Pilot, Undiscovered Planet
Word Count: 161800
Setting: Earth, Space, Iapetus, Ceres, Daphne, L5, L4, Moon, interstellar
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters



Sam Houston stood on a flat, granite-like ledge that cantilevered out over a seven-kilometer drop, his lanky frame dwarfed by his surroundings. Fifty kilometers across Coprates Chasma to the north, the opposite canyon wall rose in a series of layered rocky shelves, sharply outlined in the thin Martian atmosphere. Suddenly, Sam felt a slight tremor beneath his feet accompanied by a sharp shock that he sensed rather than heard. The large slab on which he stood dropped several meters and then tilted, throwing him forward into the void. To his right and left, the ledge disintegrated and commenced a downward slide. Despite gravity only 40% of Earth’s, it still seemed to Sam that he was falling more slowly than he expected until he realized that he and the slabs near him were falling together, gaining speed and momentum as they plunged toward the distant canyon floor.


Following his initial panicked reaction, Sam shucked his protective boot covers and tapped his big toes to activate hypergolic nozzles in the ball of each TBH Propulsion Boot. Twenty newtons of force began to slow his fall, and he tucked his knees slightly to arc himself out and away from the tumbling boulders—not enough deceleration to stop his plunge, but maybe sufficient, for Saracen to catch him.

Saracen, hark!” This was Sam’s prearranged signal to control his hyper-V craft remotely. “Locate and approach my position…match my velocity with the hatch as close to me as possible…open the hatch and scoop me up!!” The detached, rational part of his mind could hear the double exclamation point. The panicked part said, “I have perhaps a hundred seconds before I crash into the canyon floor…so hurry!”

“One hundred and two-point three seconds, actually, Sam,” the Resident onboard system quipped as Saracen’s shadow passed over Sam’s position.

The saucer-shaped craft slid in beside him, falling at the same rate as Sam. The hatch slid up, but just as Saracen began to glide toward him, a boulder half the size of the craft struck Saracen’s rim, causing it to spin away, and nudged Sam back toward the cascading rockfall only a few meters behind him. He splayed his toes in shock, extinguishing his boot jets. Because of the initial braking action of his boots, Sam was falling slower than the rocks just out of his reach. If he got sucked into the fall, he would be dead for sure. Sam tucked his knees and tapped both toes, projecting himself as far out from the rockfall as possible. He calculated thirty seconds or less before he hit the ground.

“Sam…above you!”

Sam looked up to see Saracen settling down over him, forming a protective shield. Sam continued to jet away from the falling rocks as the Resident brought the craft between him and the rocks, hatch wide open.

“Kill the jets!” the Resident commanded and slid sideways, scooping Sam into the lock with just meters to spare before he would have splashed onto the rocky surface.

With Sam inside its acceleration field, Saracen instantly reversed its direction, its field acting on everything it contained—the craft, Sam, the air, each molecule and atom, everything, and came to a hover over the central canyon floor, safely removed from the still tumbling rock. Sam waited for the pressure lock to cycle and removed his helmet and gloves. Once inside, he sat before the control console, watching in fascination as it seemed most of the canyon wall was still in motion. The leading edge of the falling rock mass smashed into a vast fan of debris left over from previous falls, about a thousand meters above the floor. Millions of tons of rock continued down the flattening fan for another five minutes, slowing as the main body of the fall crashed into the top of the fan, splitting into two branches, one pressing northward toward the western face of Nectaris Montes where it petered out at the north-western extent of that small mountain range. The other, larger branch seemed to be aimed directly at Lone Star Base, located in a partially hollowed-out, two-kilometer-high rocky mound about three kilometers from the canyon’s north wall. The mass of rock carried on for another ten minutes, finally coming to a halt a few tens of meters from the base entrance.

Reviews:Prof. John B. Roseman, Norfolk State University, Former Chairman of the Board, Horror Writers Association, Author of The Inspector of the Cross Series on Amazon editorial review wrote:

Williscroft takes big conceptual bites in his conclusion to his hard science-fiction trilogy about mankind's expansion into space. Vol. 3 of The Starchild Series, The Iapetus Federation, features FTL ships; handy, instantaneous transportation across space; the evacuation of the Jewish state to Mars; bioengineered immortality, and more, all against a backdrop of a hundred and fifty thousand years of human history. Indeed, as the novel drew to its close, I felt that its wonders would never cease. There's a type of science fiction called "Mind-blowing" (I have a book with just that title). This novel piles mind-blowing concept upon mind-blowing concept, all of it rooted in rigorous scientific speculation and theory.

And oh, how could I forget? The author takes the current threat of radical Islam and expands it into an international Jihad, all of it stemming from the failure in Vol. 2 to kill a Jihadist stowaway on Cassini II. Yes, actions or the lack of them often have consequences, and Williscroft brilliantly traces the malignant spread of the Caliphate into country after country. More than anything else, it is this menace that drives humanity's exodus from Earth.

Williscroft's aim in the trilogy, and especially in this concluding novel, is so ambitious and inspiring, it swept me right along. When I neared the conclusion, I thought for a moment he had slipped. The ending, though, was delightfully perfect, and I hope a sign of more stories to come in this universe.

Dr. Dave Edlund, USA Today Bestselling Author - The Peter Savage Thrillers on Amazon editorial review wrote:

The Iapetus Federation is the third book in the author's Starchild sci-fi series centered around an ancient race of technologically advanced beings - the Ectarians - and their journey to Earth 150,000 years ago just before their star would go nova and destroy their home planet. Make no mistake, this novel is hardcore science fiction with a cast of characters that spans 4 pages and a glossary of terms that spans 9 pages. Author Williscroft delivers a rich tapestry of characters woven through an intricate storyline. There is no attempt to hide the parallels with present-day strife and conflict between Christians and Muslims, but the plot goes much deeper, ultimately asking who we, as humans, are. Vesta (Earth Mother) reappears as a major character, having been introduced in the second novel. Although this is fiction, and projects what science might reveal at some future date, Williscroft's treatment of time travel is consistent with our present knowledge, which is fitting as the author has a distinguished record of achievement having served in the US Navy as a submarine officer, served at NOAA directing deep diving operations, and is an active member of the Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles.

Alastair Mayer, Author of The T-Space Series on Amazon editorial reviews wrote:

The Iapetus Federation is more than a broad-ranging and fitting sequel to Slingshot and The Starchild Compact. It is an epic of international intrigue, heroic fights for survival, and the opening of the Solar System on a massive scale...and that's just for starters. This book opens the door to the galaxy and both the past and future of humans and the Ectarians.

Williscroft has done it again, packing in plenty of adventures, ideas and characters. I'm looking forward to what comes next.

About the Author

Dr. Robert G. Williscroft is a retired submarine officer, deep-sea and saturation diver, scientist, author, and a lifelong adventurer. He spent 22 months underwater, a year in the equatorial Pacific, three years in the Arctic ice pack, and a year at the Geographic South Pole. He holds degrees in Marine Physics and Meteorology and a doctorate for developing a system to protect SCUBA divers in contaminated water. A prolific author of both non-fiction, submarine technothrillers, and hard science fiction, he lives in Centennial, Colorado.

Dr. Williscroft is a member of Colorado Author’s League, Independent Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Authors, Science Fiction Writers of America, Libertarian Futurist Society, Los Angeles Adventurers’ Club, Mensa, Military Officer’s Association, American Legion, and the NRA, and now spends most of his time writing his next book, speaking to various regional groups, and hanging out with the girl of his dreams, Jill, and her two cats.