The Year Is 2107. The World Is Going Insane.
Delirium, a mind-devouring disease, is ravaging Earth's populations and devastating civilization. Delirium has now forced the average lifespan of humanity into the '30s. Mysteriously, strange radio signals from space lead to a discovery: the remains of alien beings in an ancient spacecraft buried deep in the Transantarctic Mountains.
When a second signal is deciphered, it offers help. Seemingly hopeless, it requires a journey to the planet Nemesis, a planet deep in our solar system, which no human eye has ever viewed. There is one ship perhaps able to make this treacherous journey—the aging mining hauler Assurity. It is owned by TIMMI, Taylor Interstellar Mining & Manufacturing.
Veronika Taylor Morgan (owner of TIMMI) knows interstellar mining like the back of her hand. Her aeronautical and mechanical knowledge is unequaled, but leading an expedition into celestial space is another matter altogether. She's no, ships captain! Tactless and short-fused—her people skills are ghastly. Not afraid to take what some consider to be calculated risks—most deem her reckless. So, when a fit captain for Assurity is located and selected, the question is, will Veronika Taylor Morgan allow for the use of her company's flagship on a desperate and terrifying mission to save humanity?
VERONIKA TAYLOR MORGAN The heroine, (45), a driven professional, is married to Dr. Niles Morgan. They have a son, Ori (12), and a daughter, Cassia Morgan (21). Abandoned by her Alzheimer’s-stricken father, who took his own life on her 21st birthday, she was forced to take over his company, Taylor Interstellar Mining & Manufacturing Inc., (TIMMI). Skeptical of anyone else's ability to perform a job properly, especially androids—and deathly afraid of cryosleep—she must overcome her inability to trust and work in concert with others. Her aeronautical and mechanical knowledge is unequaled, her people skills, ghastly. Short-fused with anyone she deems an incompetent shirker, Veronika is not afraid to take what she considers to be ''calculated risks'' which others usually deem reckless.
DR. NILES MORGAN (45), married to Veronika Taylor-Morgan, is Director of Disease Control for the World Health Continuum (WHC). The prominent Morgan Pharmaceutical family has for generations been a major player in pioneering drugs, most recently their dementia drug ClearThought TM. When delirium is recognized as a world threat, Niles is chosen by WHC to lead a team of scientists in developing a cure. Unfortunately, delirium mutates faster than they can develop a cure. On earth, Niles works closely with Prof. I’jaz Nehem and his daughter Cassia. Together they uncover the true genesis of delirium and begin to unravel the deliberate corruption of humanity's genetic blueprint.
CASSIA MORGAN (21), daughter of Veronika and Dr. Niles Morgan, plays an important role in Assurity. Like other young students in medical school, due to the lack of doctors or nurses, she is put on a ''fast track'' to her medical license. As a doctor, she joins her father in London as part of his team to search for the correlation he sees between ancient man's DNA and the aliens' DNA. Cassia strikes up a close friendship with her co-worker Prof. I'jaz Nehem but disagrees with both her father and I'jaz's line of research. Seeming to fight them all the way, eventually, her quick intellect allows her to enhance what they have uncovered and offers enlightened insight that leads to the cure for delirium.
DR. JADA BLACKMAN COLE (20s): Jada's mother died when she was only 7. An only child, Jada was raised by her father, a neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University. As the crew joins Assurity, we see that Jada and Zeke are a ''pair''. When Philex-B, the ship's female android, is seen as a competitor for Zeke, Jada has a jealous fit bringing about a serious riff between the three. At times unreliable, she is instrumental in helping Veronika manage her delirium and competent in getting the DNA samples back to Earth so that the cure may be produced.
ISAAC NEWTON is Assurity's A.I. responsible for running most of the processes on the ship. He has been fashioned utilizing the persona of the 17th Century Sir Isaac Newton. Isaac brings logic, character, and humor to the story. As Veronika's most trusted ally, she seeks Isaac's advice more readily than any human crew member. Isaac is also the ship Chaplin and Philosopher bringing a level of spirituality to a young generation from a time when religion is no longer considered relevant.
LT. COMDR. RIGEL is a Multan A.I. prototype. An android. Self-actualizing, he is in command when the crew is in cryo-sleep. Rigel is male, six ft. tall, slim, muscular, and very handsome. He will not, however, be mistaken for a human due to the slight but distinctive security stamp dressing the right side of his forehead. Due to his decision to not awaken the crew from cryo-sleep upon being overtaken by a solar storm, two of the crew members die.
LT. PHILEX-B (30), her name pronounced "fylex", is 5’ 9”, android, very attractive and equipped with enhanced strength. Unknown to her at first, Philex models are no longer being produced — she is the last of her kind. Like a young teenager, often distracted, she is on a constant search for life’s meaning. A major character, her search for transformation begins with constant questions directed to Veronika about love, family and why am I here. Distrusted, blamed and put down by the young crew for the death of their fellow crew members, she’s determined to understand and better relate to humans. Philex-B is a continual annoyance to Veronika who determines that she's suffering from errant programming due to a lack of focus toward her responsibilities. Ultimately, the revelation about who she is makes her a perfect ally and trusted friend to Veronika.
PROF. I'JAZ NEHEM (35), is professor of anthropology at the Alexandria Muslim Caliphate of Islamic States. Specially recruited by his friend Dr. Niles Morgan, I'jaz brings a unique perspective to the team. His father, now deceased, was a Muslim and his mother is a Christian. I'jaz believes that there is an ancient connection between the celestial beings found in Antarctica and the disease delirium. Having studied the sacred literature of many disciplines, I'jaz is convinced that the giants of old that ruled the earth, appearing in almost every culture, were somehow connected to the disease that now threatens mankind's existence.
SABINA TESLA (20s), is a gifted pilot. With a broad understanding of Assurity, she is able to compensate for the two deceased crew members. Italian/Brazilian, her parents are successful industrialists living in Brazil, part of the League of American States. Sabina, the youngest of the crew, is nicknamed ''beauty''. She’s little and pretty. She is the kindest girl you will ever meet, but she will throw you an insult faster than a shooting star. She doesn’t want anyone else to captain the ship except Veronika and sides with Veronika when things go snarky. Compassionate, she makes fast friends with Xiao Xing when no one else will. Sabina wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen busily inspecting her cheekbones for pimples in the wall mirror. She's a great friend, and you can always depend on her, but if you cross her she'll tell you to ''take a leap out the airlock''— as long as you're not the captain.
ZEKE ALEXANDER (20s), is trained in astrophysics and advanced navigation. Commander Zeke Alexander is the son of Rhea Alexander, British Columbia's League of American States senator. His father is L.A.S. Brigadier General Cyril Alexander. A brilliant and capable pilot, now in his first active command position—waking from cryosleep he finds the "robots" have failed to save two crew members from death. He’s outraged, distrustful of the androids and of Veronika's leadership due to her lack of training as a Captain, combined with her risky decision-making. Doubtful that this mission can succeed, during the difficult journey, Zeke observes Veronika's brilliance and integrity and gradually becomes her close ally in the face of a mutiny by some of the other crew members.
TATIANA KOROLEV (20s), from the Russian Federation, she is Chief Engineer, and a pilot, Tatiana is an energetic, vivacious, Russian beauty. Greatest desire: Reconfigure the antimatter system to increase near-light speed. Her great, great Uncle Sergei Pavlovich Korolev is considered by many as the father of practical astronautics. A minor character, she is easily manipulated and changes alliances quickly. She is slow to make critical decisions, which puts her at odds with Veronika, and in a critical situation, her delay almost leads to the demise of the crew.
XIAO XING (28, pronounced “Shou Shing”) is Chindian professor of ancient languages at Chindian Legacy University. The crew is resentful about her joining them late—untrained and a citizen of the sometimes adversarial country of Chindia. The result is that it causes her, at first, to be reserved and quiet. Studying under Prof. Grostok at Russian Federation Institute of Ethnography and Anthropology, Xiao Xing is a brilliant linguist as well as a highly trained anthropologist. An ally of Veronika, she is a bit of a loner and distraught when her only friend Sabina is forced to leave. Of course, that all changes when they reach the planet Nemesis and her fascination, confidence and fearless drive shines.
Monday} From: Dr. Neumann R. Stand, Head of Epidemiology, World Health Continuum to: Dr. Niles Morgan, Principal Head Disease Control, PharmaLife Sciences.ay, June 14, 2106 (GMT+1)] Bulletin 2206; 87:406-406 of the World Health Continuum.
Dr. Morgan, I write to you out of a real sense of urgency. Is your team taking the assured steps needed for a cure to delirium? At current rates of infection it is assured that within 11.5 months the mean average age of contracting delirium will drop below 30 years of age. The only drug presently having any success in its treatment is ClearThought™, now produced by a select number of drug manufactures, and overseen by our World Health Continuum. However, recent life threatening and disastrous side effects, including organ failure and brain swelling, deem it necessary for us to immediately withdraw ClearThought™ from the marketplace over safety concerns. I'm sure that you understand. I am forced to remind you that we now have no effective treatment for this delirium pandemic. Please review the full Bulletin and respond at your first opportunity.
Best to you, Neumann
* The included report combines an expert assessment of global health, including statistics relating to all countries, with a focus on delirium and our coordinated efforts to slow this pandemic.
[Thursday, July 18, 2106 (GMT+1)]
To: Dr. Neumann R. Strand from Dr. Niles Morgan
The Brief History of Delirium and our difficulty in uncovering a cure.
Dr. Neumann. As far as our research has allowed, eons ago, the Nephilim (a species of giants that lived throughout the Earth) acquired a deadly neurological disease that initiated the rapid decline of their lifespan. Why, we don't know. It was, by all known factors, a death sentence. Unexplainably, it appears, that by modifying their DNA they produced a protein that counteracted the effect of the disease. Following the dispersion of mankind across wider geographical regions the Nephilim again mated with humans. Giant were born and through that pairing the human race acquired the neurological disease from the Nephilim but the cure in the Nephilim DNA did not work as a cure in humans. We know now the reason: There is an extra base pair in their DNA sequence which humans simply do not possess. As a result, humans acquired the disease but not the natural cure. Records indicate that the lifespan of homo sapien, which scientists now agree was much longer than today, also began falling rapidly, halting finally, after scientific advancements, and depending on global locality, lifestyle and hereditary factors, the average lifespan across the Earth 67.685 years of age by the year 2000.
Present day - the disease has mutated and grown worse in humans such that everything I have described previously is happening. We now know that a cure most probably exists if we can capture “viable” DNA samples. Unfortunately, the miniscule DNA we recovered in Antarctica has degraded and can't be deciphered to determine the exact protein that would be a cure for the disease. The number of possible permutations in the DNA is so large that there is no hope of finding it by trial and error—we must find a sample of the protein sequence. Thus—the search is on and off we go.
EARTH IN THE YEAR 2107
L.A.S. League of American States: The United States, South & Central America, Mexico & Canada
European Caliphate of the Islamic States (Excludes Italy)
Chindia (China and India are one combined country)
Russian Confederation of Soviets
Asian Pacific Empire (Includes Asian Countries as well as Australia)
Commonwealth of Britannia (Great Britain)
COMMERCE IN OUR SOLAR SYSTEM
L.A.S. Interstellar Deep Space Tracking Station in Pico de Neblina, Brazil
Commencement Bay, Mars Settlement
Neil Armstrong International Moon Base
Cassini Sol Space Station, Orbiting Saturn’s Moon Mimas
Chindian Space Station Tiapong, Orbiting Ganymede
Alexey Leonov Federation Space Station
Final Realm Military Depot Location: (L.A.S. Depository & Emergency Supply)
Rhema (Antimatter Mining Sector)
Interstellar Geological Survey and Astrogeology Science Ctr. on Neptune’s moon Triton
Nemesis - The 9th Planet
Nazi Bases in Antarctica?
ANTARCTICA PLAYS A MAJOR PART IN THE UNFOLDING STORYLINE OF ASSURITY. Are there ancient spaceships buried in secret locations under the ice in Antarctica? Why have dignitaries such as John Kerry, Vladimir Putin, Buzz Aldrin, and the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill visited the icy continent?
In 1947, Admiral Richard E. Byrd led 4,000 military troops from the U.S., Britain, and Australia in an invasion of Antarctica called “Operation Highjump.” Operation “High Jump,” which was, basically an invasion of the Antarctic, consisted of three naval battle groups, which departed Norfolk, VA, on 2 December 1946. They were led by Admiral Richard E. Byrd’s command ship, the ice-breaker Northwind, and consisted of the catapult ship Pine Island, the destroyer Brownsen, the aircraft-carrier Philippines Sea, the U.S. submarine Sennet, two support vessels Yankee and Merrick, and two tankers Canisted and Capacan, the destroyer Henderson and a floatplane ship Currituck.
That the invasion took place is undeniable. But the part of the story that is seldom told, at least in “official” circles, is that Byrd and his forces encountered heavy resistance to their Antarctic venture from “flying saucers.” Numerous ships were heavily damaged or destroyed, and the expedition or invasion had to be called off.
OUR STORY BEGS THE QUESTION: WHY WAS AN ARMADA OF NAVAL SHIPS AND MILITARY TROOPS SENT TO ANTARCTICA, L BY U.S. ADMIRAL WILLIAM BYRD, IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING WWII.
"Adm. Byrd declared today that it was imperative for the United States to initiate immediate defense measures against hostile regions. Furthermore, Byrd stated that he “didn’t want to frighten anyone unduly” but that it was “a bitter reality that in case of a new war the continental United States would be attacked by flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds.”
IN 1938, THE NAZIS SENT A LARGE TEAM OF EXPLORERS—including scientists, military units and building crews on warships and submarines—to the Queen Maud Land region of Antarctica. Documented, it's undisputed. It's been rumored that while mapping the area, they discovered a vast network of underground warm-water rivers and caves. One of these caves extended for miles and contained a large geothermal lake. Construction teams were sent in to build a city-sized base, dubbed Base 211 or New Berlin, that hosted the SS, the Thule Society, “serpent cults,” various Nazi occultists, the Illuminati, and other shadowy groups. He “didn’t want to frighten anyone unduly” but that it was “a bitter reality that in case of a new war the continental United States would be attacked by flying objects which could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds.”
An extraordinary 2006 Russian documentary was recently translated into English revealing new information about the US Navy Antarctica expedition in 1946/47. Originally scheduled for six months, the “scientific” expedition was officially called “The United States Navy Antarctic Development Program,” and given the operational name Highjump. The naval component of Operation Highjump was known as Task Force 68 and comprised 4700 military personnel, one aircraft carrier (the USS Philippine Sea among the largest of all carriers of the time), and a number of naval support ships and aircraft. The Naval expedition was headed by famed polar explorer Admiral Richard Byrd, who was ordered to: “to consolidate and extend American sovereignty over the largest practical area of the Antarctic continent.” Byrd’s expedition ended after only eight weeks with “many fatalities” according to initial news reports based on interviews with crew members who spoke to the press while passing through Chilean ports. Rather than deny the heavy casualty reports, Admiral Byrd revealed in a press interview that Task Force 68 had encountered a new enemy that “could fly from pole to pole at incredible speeds.”
Admiral Byrd’s statements were published in the Chilean Press but never publicly confirmed by US authorities. Indeed Byrd did not speak again to the Press about Operation Highjump, leaving it for researchers to speculate for decades over what really happened, and why Byrd was silenced.
DID THE GERMANS DISCOVER ABANDONED ALIEN TECHNOLOGY OR POSSIBLY EVEN MAKE CONTACT WITH EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL EXPLORERS AND DID THE ALIENS CONTRIBUTE TO THE NAZI'S TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS?
It is a historical fact that Nazi Germany devoted significant resources to the exploration of Antarctica, and established a pre-war presence there with its first mission in the Antarctic summer of 1938/1939. According to a statement by Grand Admiral Donitz in 1943, “the German submarine fleet is proud of having built for the Führer, in another part of the world, a Shangri-La land, an impregnable fortress." If the fortress was in Antarctica, was it built by the Nazis, or discovered there? After the defeat of Nazi Germany, according to various sources, elite Nazi scientists and leaders escaped to this impregnable fortress by U-boats, two of which experienced difficulties and surrendered in Argentina. In the Soviet intelligence report, never before known testimony by two US Navy servicemen with Operation Highjump was revealed. John P. Szehwach, a radioman stationed on the USS Brownson, gave testimony of how UFOs appeared dramatically out of the ocean depths.
On January 17, 1947, at 0700 hours, Szehwach said: “I and my shipmates in the pilothouse port side observed for several minutes the bright lights that ascended about 45 degrees into the sky very quickly. We couldn’t identify the lights, because our radar was limited to 250 miles in a straight line.”
Over the next several weeks, according to the Soviet report, the UFOs flew close over the US naval flotilla which fired on the UFOs which did retaliate with deadly effects. According to Lieutenant John Sayerson, a flying boat pilot: “The thing shot vertically out of the water at tremendous velocity, as though pursued by the devil, and flew between the masts [of the ship] at such a high speed that the radio antenna oscillated back and forth in its turbulence. A Martin flying-boat from the Currituck that took off just a few moments later was struck with an unknown type of ray from the object, and almost instantly crashed into the sea near our vessel. About ten miles away, the torpedo-boat Maddox burst into flames and began to sink… Having personally witnessed this attack by the object that flew out of the sea, all I can say is, it was frightening.”
So who was the enemy that owned or flew these flying objects? Germany was defeated, and there was no evidence that the new emerging enemy, Russia, had such superior technologies. They were, like the United States, only on the verge of the “rocket age,” and dependent upon technology, and expertise captured from Germany at the end of the War. There was no other known threat that could account for the United States’ invasion of Antarctica nor for the development of any craft that could fly “fly from Pole to pole with incredible speeds.
So we will investigate the phenomena throughout Assurity to see if we can piece together the answer our viewers are searching for: Did aliens or celestial beings from another world build secret bases in Antarctica and assist the Nazis in building advanced technological weapons? Is there something there that they're hiding from us?
Hunt for the Nephilim
IN OUR STORY THE Nephilim are the offspring of celestial beings, that as it unfolds, first appeared upon the earth sometime before the great deluge. Noticing that the women of men were beautiful, celestial beings took wives, at will, and mated with them. The result of the coupling produced the Nephilim, giants of old—violent superhuman offspring. The hybrids born from this unnatural union were no ordinary children. Leaving behind a legacy of ferocity and fear; the Nephilim were giant bullies, tyrants who filled the earth with violence.
Nephilim, the violent superhuman offspring produced when celestial beings mated with human women.Fast-forward to 2107. The Nephilim are marooned, or perhaps imprisoned, on a planet deep in our solar system. Led by their shape-shifting leader Azazel, they need a way to return to Earth. As a means of enticing the humans to their planet, hoping for transportation back to Earth, they promise to provide the cure for the disease delirium that was meant to kill them off but is now thrusting humanity into near extinction. Far from being fringe characters in a “bizarre” chapter, the Nephilim, led by their celestial leader Azazel, are on a mission to corrupt the human gene pool, get back to Earth and regain their dominion of the Earth.
Throughout recorded history, there have been legends about giants among cultures worldwide, including Japan, Indonesia, Australian Aborigines, India, Islam, Greece, Rome, Britain, Norse, and other European countries, as well as the U.S. — especially among Native Americans. Even today, Archeological evidence of giants, however, is still a subject of spirited debate among scientists, theologians, and others.
At the turn of the 19th century, there were hundreds of reports from reputable sources of giant skeletons unearthed from ancient burial mounds across America.
Countless newspaper articles in the 1800s and early 1900s tell of human skeletons being found throughout the world — some even in Idaho and Ohio. And curiously among many of those reports is the recurring claim that the giant skeletons were sent to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., and mysteriously disappeared. Why have thousands of bones of the Giant Nephilim disappeared from the archives of the Smithsonian Institute? From coast to coast, north and south in the U.S., there are remnants of burial mounds, some as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza. The Cahokia mound in Illinois is 100 feet tall with a 14-acre base, almost an entire acre larger than the pyramid at Giza. Monk’s Mound in Missouri is just as tall with a 1000 foot wide base. But what makes these and other mounds of their kind even more intriguing is what has been found buried inside of them. The State of Ohio has more than 70 Indian mounds, burial sites of the Hopewell tribes—the "mound builders"—who inhabited central and southern Ohio from roughly 3,000 BCE until the 16th century.
Discoveries of giant skeletons were found all over the northeast, from Martha’s Vineyard and Deerfield Valley Massachusetts, to Vermont and upstate New York. In the Ohio River Valley, a report from a local paper that was backed up by Scientific American found bodies of several giants buried under a 10-foot tall mound. Other skeletons up to ten feet tall were unearthed in the same area, all with similar burial
Within the ethnology reports of the museum, there are 17 cases of the Smithsonian uncovering giant skeletons over 7 feet tall.
There are also supposed reports of the Smithsonian purchasing giant skeletons excavated by citizens, which then disappeared, never to be found or mentioned again. The Smithsonian even had a division for exploring mounds of which there is a written record. Was this a cover-up by the famed museum or did they simply dispose of a debunked myth?
Nemesis The Planet
NOT LONG AGO, CALTECH ASTRONOMERS MIKE BROWN AND KONSTANTIN BATYGIN made an explosive claim: based on the orbital motion of objects in the Kuiper Belt—a region beyond Neptune that is home to Pluto and other icy bodies—they theorized that there must be a very big planet—something—much farther out, hidden from our powerful telescopes. They believe it's there based upon its gravitational tugging and pushing upon the rest of our solar system.
Brief History of Delirium & Our Difficulty In Uncovering a Cure.
Eons ago, the Nephilim (a species of giants that lived throughout the Earth) acquired a deadly neurological disease that initiated the rapid decline of their lifespan. Why, we don't know. It was, by all known factors, a death sentence. Unexplainably, it appears, that by modifying their DNA they produced a protein that counteracted the effect of the disease. Following the dispersion of mankind across wider geographical regions the Nephilim again mated with humans.
Giant were born and through that pairing the human race acquired the neurological disease from the Nephilim but the cure in the Nephilim DNA did not work as a cure in humans. We know now the reason: There is an extra base pair in their DNA sequence which humans simply do not possess. As a result, humans acquired the disease but not the natural cure. Records indicate that the lifespan of homo sapien, which scientists now agree was much longer than today, also began falling rapidly, halting finally, after scientific advancements, and depending on global locality, lifestyle and hereditary factors, the average lifespan across the Earth 67.685 years of age by the year 2000.
Present day - the disease has mutated and grown worse in humans such that everything I have described previously is happening. We now know that a cure most probably exists if we can capture “viable” DNA samples. Unfortunately, the miniscule DNA we recovered in Antarctica has degraded and can't be deciphered to determine the exact protein that would be a cure for the disease. The number of possible permutations in the DNA is so large that there is no hope of finding it by trial and error—we must find a viable sample of the protein sequence.
About the Author of Assurity
Anthony Barbera is the creator of Assurity. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition from North Carolina School of the Arts University. Later, he worked on his Masters in Music Composition at the University of Massachusetts where he earned a teaching fellowship and won numerous composition awards, including a first place in the BMI Young Composers Award competition for voice and orchestra. After being asked to direct and help a collection of ambitious teenagers write and act in their first film for the Sonoma Film Festival—that was it. He was hooked. Anthony Barbera's novels, in order of publication: Catching Baby Moses, The First Rains of October, and Jonah In the Time of the Kings. His screenplays include, An American Psalm as well as an adaptation of his novel Catching Baby Moses and his newest work Assurity.
Science & Space Advisor
Jim Bickford (Space & Science Advisor) is currently a principal member of the technical staff at Draper in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has led more than a dozen government, commercial, and internally funded programs, ranging from very early stage development to fielding hardware systems. He designed and led a program funded by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) that looked at the natural production and mining of antiparticles (antimatter) for space missions.