Angular Trifecta (2016) [Novel]


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When the Space Force went to war with the Slorgs, it caused more than military fatalities. The faction of the Humans suffered a divisional rift along ideological lines that caused a group of separatists to realize their pacifist vision by seceding away from the megapower in order to form Galaxy Bloc. Located deep within the Quadron System, their upstart vulnerability is seen by the enemies of Humanity as an exploitable weakness. So sets the stage for the events on the planet Dio Qze and enters its respective trinity of players: Enderbrook Boyd - an Enforcer using black ops to try and lure the assemblage of unincorporated planets back into the Space Force fold. Janette Ueberrhein - a botanist whose purpose is to avert a mortgage crisis having little to do with the economic arbitrage opportunities of the greedy and everything to do with the bioterrorist acts of the shady. Burdlit Giz - the operational general, a reptilian (in appearance) Carriveaua who offers kind and timely assistance to the fledgling faction. But why do these three really do what they do? Because everybody has an angle to play. This is the answer to the question but not necessarily the question which should be asked - that being the angle. Because the stakes are so high. A no-brainer of sorts, time would be much better spent in attempting to prevent the lengths at which an adversary would go to achieve them. Because two (perceived) wrongs do not make a right. But three do make it interesting. Just because. Angular Trifecta - three people, three agendas, three objectives - one stage, one opportunity, one chance.

From Edmund Alexander Sims

I'd written a trio of micro-stories in mid-2011 - one for each of three different characters, that allowed me to tell their individual perspectives surrounding the same sequence of events. Revisited months later, it became the pilot for a serialized Angular Trifecta which ran weekly over the course of a year from 2011 through 2012. This release is its 52-chapter compilation. With creative bandwidth being functionally limited, random projects rarely see the green light of day. But when universe-building, it's often this randomness that lends additional breadth to the effort - a convincing argument for the enormity of its potential.

Table of Contents

01: Angle of Dissent
02: Two Hats, Same Job
03: Angle of Alleviation
04: Angle of Defense
05: The Thought that Smarts
06: Evade and Seek
07: Cat and Mouse or Dog
08: The Personal Side of Business
09: Eye-Opener, Game-Changer
10: Not Even Trying
11: Shark and Awe
12: Unrhetorical Answers, Part One
13: Unrhetorical Answers, Part Two
14: Boyd Versus Burdlit
15: Mural Abstractionism
16: Dirge of Consequences
17: Dearth of Conscience
18: Deluge of Conviction
19: Boyd Versus Janette
20: Galaxy Bloc - The Past
21: Galaxy Bloc - The Present
22: Galaxy Bloc - The Future
23: Battle Lines Drawn and Terced
24: Disappointment - The Acknowledgment of Another's Worth
25: Fifty-Fifty Fluke
26: Right Where They Wanted Him
27: A.T. al Fine
28: Thrice-Cooked Beans
29: Key to the Wrong Lock
30: Understated, Accurate
31: Benches that Could Start on Any Other Team
32: Preludial Hors d'Oeuvre
33: Bottoming Up
34: Janette Versus Burdlit
35: Black Ops, Big Heart
36: An Assassin and a Gentleman
37: Who He Is
38: Didn't Make this Stuff Up
39: Mere Formality
40: Rooftop Jangle
41: Menace à Trois
42: Prevailing Thoughts
43: Remembering Where One Was When...
44: ...the Divider Between Sectors Breached
45: Fortuitous Gambit of Unmitigated Power
46: Cultivating Influence
47: The Nuance of Astronautical Battle
48: Traipsing Confluence
49: Elevator Music to Their Ears
50: Angle of Reflection
51: Heart to Heart to Heart
52: Inverse eBookend


A dash of predilection, a sprinkle of ambition, and a pinch of conviction - with a twist of consequence


"Burdlit," Janette reestablished a feed on her Ear-To-Mouth Com in order to check, "what is your status?" Things had been mighty quiet from the operational general's end as of late with regard to updates. The regularity seemed to just drop off. The communication all but dried up. True there was no getting a signal in or within Inner Corridor, but she was hoping he would have contacted her prior to moving into there and/or engaging with the intruder.

In disbelief of his own astonished eyes, Burdlit twirled out the way of the intruder's retaliation before the attempt had a chance to hit him right between those wide-eyed targets. While doing so, his physicality wilted away into the elusive transparency state of how he started off this match. The technique was risky because any third-party accessories not native to his body like the laser rifle could not be camouflaged, so the operational general needed to engage in this skirmish unarmed. It did not mean he brought no weapons along with him, but the original idea was the inherent kind would and should have sufficed!

The intruder was really starting to get under Burdlit's concealable skin by successfully evading an army and defiantly engaging in this mayhem as an individual. Determined? Maybe crazed? Augmented by nanites perhaps? This Human could not have been Human. They simply were not built that way: No fear, no remorse, and no quit. A cooler head should have prevailed, but he had been around them for so long their stubbornness was beginning to rub off on him.

Janette was going to kill Burdlit. She knew his moves, and he knew better.

Series and Volume

Angular Trifecta

  • Succeeded By: Angular Trifecta: Detour of Duty


Action / Science Fiction / Ultra Violence

Subject Matter

modern science fiction, paramilitary teams, the enforcers spin-off

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