The Pattern Ship
by Tobias Roote
You have to feel sorry for an alien who wakes up on Earth after hibernating for millennia only to find his own race gone – destroyed centuries earlier by a ruthless hive of artificial intelligence. All that remains are humans, who have yet to evolve sufficiently to bypass their own selfish greed.
Nonetheless, Zirkos, as if sensing in them the potential they might one day aspire, chooses to befriend a US Vet named Zeke who possesses a rare component he needs to complete his spaceship’s revival – a meteor fragment currently buried in the human’s head.
Events quickly take on a life of their own as the duo battle to bring humanity to an advanced state of readiness where they can defend themselves from the coming threat of the alien’s nemesis – the Nubl.