Science-Fiction / Fantasy
Date Published: 06/29/23
On launch day of NASA's long-awaited expedition to explore Jupiter's moon Europa, neuropsychiatrist Amanda wakes up from a coma after months battling acute meningitis. Along with two patients, they discover they are part of a growing puzzle involving an underground geopolitical corporation called The Firm, which plans to sabotage the mission, taking advantage of a new technology to hijack the ship and set a course to a habitable planet located seventeen light-years away from Earth.
About the Author
A love for space operas with controversial and adult themes along with a hint of lovecraftian horror are F. P. Trotta's specialty - born in Rio de Janeiro in the Early 90s, Intergalactica was originally published in Brazil in 2016. The Intergalactica book series went on to move tens of thousands of physical copies in Portuguese and is currently the only ongoing space opera franchise published in Brazil.
Excerpt from "Intergalactica"
Just a few seconds later, Amanda, Lina, Stryker and
Ripley were led into a round chamber, considerably smaller when compared to
other Firm departments. The walls had five seven-feet tall white porcelain pods
attached vertically to each side, marked in black from A to J and a central
mainframe system on the center. Two men sat on the desk in front of it, typing
away on the panel.
“Arlo, four for immediate!” yelled
the man who held Ripley, bringing her out of the shaft.
“We got the order a minute ago!” said
the man on the left who typed on the panel. Amanda and Lina recognized him to
“B, C, D, E are a go!” said the man
by his side. Arlo turned around and walked towards the group. The respective
pods opened up like a coffin.
“NO!” screamed Amanda, still refusing
to give in to the man’s grip. Arlo picked up a white gun from his belt and shot
Ripley on the chest with a tranquilizer.
“This should make it easier.” said
Arlo. He aimed at Stryker’s chest and fired. As Ripley became drowsy the guard started
to drag her towards the pod, where he proceeded with unstrapping and
positioning an increasingly sleepier Ripley inside.
“NO! Don’t do it, Arlo!” screamed
Amanda. Lina also tried to put up a mild struggle but she was no match for the
man’s size. Stryker then also was taken to the pod next to Ripley as Arlo shot
Lina and Amanda in one breath. Amanda looked at the small needle in her chest
as she trembled with panic and rage.
As she saw Stryker close his eyes she
looked at Lina, who had seemed to have made her peace with it and looked at the
floor apathetically. When she noticed Amanda was looking at her, she smiled
peacefully at her and sighed. Amanda felt tears streaming down from her face as
the grip the man held on her arms seemed to go numb and her balance was
She breathed in and out trying to
calm herself the most before fading out, and looked ahead as the man placed her
in the pod and strapped her in. She then heard the entire engine start to
vibrate and a cold smoke poured from little openings that filled the entire
pod’s interior. Amanda felt cold as she continued to try and control her
breathing and looked ahead to see the door close in. Her vision started to turn
black from the exteriors, as the darkness grew into her central focus. She
looked outside from a small rectangular window on the pod into the lab as the
workers turned to the panel. She inhaled and exhaled one last time as the
darkness reached the center of her line of vision.