Final Exam begins a series that examines human society a few thousand years hence as people expand through our galaxy. In this future, there is no dystopian dictatorship, no cyber-menace overlord, and no inter-species warfare. Humanity faces its historic enemy, humankind, but under different skies. Even as civilization advances through the millennia, greed, gangs and human malice remain as wolves chasing down the weak and vulnerable.
For his final exam, Shane O’Ryan and his student partner visit a snowy vacation planet to solve a mystery—how could a sub-intelligent species leap 50,000 years in evolution in months to harness fire and develop a language. Their investigation leads them into deadly conflict with a sophisticated gang trying to gain control of the planet for its mineral riches.
Shane, an idealistic, rich kid, is a new undercover agent for the Society for Protection of Intelligent Extraterrestrial Species. He and his secret fraternity investigate infractions of the colonization charter, which protects vulnerable intelligent species and their planets. The Society upholds the rights of alien species as humans expand through the Milky Way. Society agents risk their lives to make sure that the tragic aftermath of 1492 in the Americas never happens again anywhere humans go.
Shaun J. McLaughlin has authored books on history, historical fiction and science fiction, using both a traditional publisher and self-publishing. A researcher, journalist and technical writer for over thirty years, with a master’s degree in journalism, he lives on a hobby farm in Eastern Ontario. Now a semiretired freelance writer, he focuses on fiction and nonfiction writing projects.
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