For millennia humanity has fought against the notion of magic. Superstition and irrational fear have slowly been replaced with reason and logic. Our species entered the twenty-first century with only the slightest trappings of our former, peasant selves. This was our downfall. For science and magic are merely transitory fluctuations our planet has experienced a thousand times in its history. As has happened in the past, so must happen again. As the Phase sweeps over the earth, America is lost in chaos. Electricity and gunpowder become useless, and anarchy rules. From amongst this pandemonium strikes forth one man, an ancient from the dark past, who realizes the plight of humanity and strives to create order in the bedlam of the present. Professor Avedesh gathers those he knows to have the magical strength of the ancients; those whose very genes carry power. Fighting off starvation and shadowy cults that pursue them, the Professor must teach his followers to use their latent powers, not only to save themselves, but civilization.
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Ryan Okerlund lives in the northwoods of Minnesota, near the headwaters of the Mississippi. He currently is part owner in a pharmacy in Bemidji, MN. His interests include curling, brewing, and any random thing he happens to stumble upon. He lives with his wife and three children, and an alarmingly growing population of assorted pets.
The concept of The Rise of the Gray Order series came to him while working in Athlone, Ireland. The main concept, that the laws of physics are not necessarily stable, but fluctuate, is based loosely on some ideas presented in Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time’. Guinness was also involved.