The Brittle Riders by Bill McCormick
In a far future, Earth had already been visited by an alien race called the Sominids, who came here for the express purpose of drinking and having sex with everyone they could. When one of their infamous parties resulted in the moon being cut in half and killing everyone who happened to live there, they quietly left.
Their encounter with the Sominids had taught the human race many things, primarily that faster than light travel did not exist. Denied the stars, the human race began to dwindle in numbers and terminate all of their space programs. A thousand years after that, a scientist named Edward Q. Rohta circumvented anti-AI laws. These laws had been on the books for millennia, by creating organic creatures to provide manual labor.
Instead of dying after ten years, as promised in the company brochure, they would develop flu-like symptoms and go into hiding. Eventually, fed up with the mistreatment they suffered at the hands of humans they rose up and killed every man, woman, and child on the planet. This is the story of what happens next.
The Brittle Riders: Apocalypses are funny that way.
- Series: The Brittle Riders
- Paperback: 364 pages
- Publisher: Azoth Khem Publishing (September 18, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1945987049
- ISBN-13: 978-1945987045
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
Bill began writing professionally in 1986 when he worked for Chicago Rocker Magazine. He went on to write for several other magazines and later transitioned to blogs. He currently writes a sports blog at JayTheJoke.com and a twisted news blog at WorldNewsCenter.org. The latter provides source material for his weekly radio show on WBIG 1280 AM, FOX! Sports. Yes, you read that correctly, he does a show about anything other than sports on a sports radio station.
In 2011, Bill started submitting some short fiction he was writing to various publishers. Much to his surprise, and the consternation of linguists everywhere, they started publishing his efforts. Bill has expanded his repertoire to include comic books and graphic novels as well as his own stories. He has currently penned everything from dystopian nightmares to cuddly children’s stories. The Brittle Riders contain elements of both.