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   Crystals, by Dennis L. Smith  
  Novel, first publication in August 2001
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      An imaginative new "believable" science fiction novel that starts in the modern realm and blossoms into a fantastic possible future of mankind.

    Franklin, his face a horrible mask of hanging flesh, blood, and wounds, looked at the other agents. "Any of you want to die?" They were scared immobile. Franklin turned and finished shooting the children. Soon they were all lying dead with large caliber holes in their young bodies...

    Justin didn't watch any more. He had stood there dumbly watching the video presentation. Now the dam broke inside his head. The raging emotions could be held back no longer.

    "Preston, grab your mover and get into the ship. Right now, before it's too late. Get away from this wretched planet. The time has come for humankind to pay for all of its murders. Do you not hear me, humans? It's Armageddon!!"

    A globe of circling matter gathered around the two men. Preston grabbed his mover but couldn't get out of the globe of spinning matter. Justin was suspending them in the air.

    The globe increased logarithmically in size, encompassing all matter in its path. Preston didn't know what to do. For just a moment he stood there beside Justin and felt his joy. All the pain was being released in one moment of sublime retribution.

    "Preston, it's a good day to die, wouldn't you say?" Justin's voice had taken on a new quality and sounded like thunder against the storm of circulating matter. Preston watched in awe as the globe grew bigger and bigger. He could see that it was going to destroy the whole earth.

    Preston felt the emotions surging inside him, and suddenly he welcomed death. The thought of being released from all the pain he had suffered for the last weeks was like a narcotic to him. He was seduced by the glorious spectacle!

    "People of Earth, you have been put on trial; and found guilty! Justin boomed. The sentence is death to you all!"

    Suddenly Preston thought, "What are we doing? We don't have the right to judge mankind!" He hit Justin on the back of his head with the mover bar. Justin and the five-mile diameter sphere collapsed.

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