The Seventh Aspect

A compassionate alien scientist races to prove to his people that humanity deserves to learn the truth about God  – before he’s forced to exterminate us.
A science-fiction draft
Leader of Critshares, the critique and feedback group for Inkshares authors on Scribophile. Sci-fi writer and genre devotee. Chillin’ in the Windy City. 
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Chapter One - Roses
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“It is not known precisely where angels dwell—whether in the air, the void, or the planets. It has not been God’s pleasure that we should be informed of their abode.” —Voltaire

The Drac had grown weary in its new human body. Taking it had been somewhat challenging.

As he drove, the human consciousness within professed its newly found loyalty.

Truth resides in the Shadow of the Seventh Aspect.

The human’s mind had fully succumbed to his corruption, accepted his embrace.

“Yes, my love,” the Drac said.

As he turned the car onto the suburban street, a clichéd scene welcomed him into yet another fragile human sanctuary. Neat rows of squared lawns with darting sprinklers and pruned trees faded into the distance. Even with their opulent variety, the well-kept homes still managed to all look the same. It unsettled him that adult humans insisted on creating such a childish fantasy of a life. It was a tableau of dishonest happiness, a façade shrouding collective delusions of safety. We’ll enlighten them all soon enough, he thought.

A couple with a stroller came down the sidewalk toward the oncoming car and waved. Their bleached smiles flashed like gleaming beacons of their superficial acknowledgement. The Drac turned to avoid the salutation, leaving them to enjoy their offense at the snub.

They’ll wonder why I didn’t wave back. We’re going to dinner at their house next week.

“You needn’t worry about that, my love. We have more important things to do right now."

He pulled the car into the driveway, his fingers clenching the steering wheel to steady his trembling hands. The home dwarfed those around it. A cobblestone walkway and columned porch invited visitors into the gratuitous symbol of wealth. A typical display of unjustified, upper middle class hubris, he thought.

Why are we home? I’m not supposed to be back until tomorrow.

“I told you. We’re here to surprise your wife and children.”

A glance at the rearview mirror revealed his shifting appearance. As predicted, his presence had begun to distort the man’s body at a much faster rate than normal. The area around his eyes had darkened, and his skin had lost its flush. A small patch of black had already started to emerge on his cheek. He was quickly depleting the sustenance the man’s essence supplied.

"I wish you could see how finally beautiful we would become, my love. Such a beautiful creature we would be together. Pity. Now where are the flowers?” He stretched toward the backseat to retrieve a bundle of fresh roses.

Cathy loves roses.

“She does, my love," the Drac said. "Now remember what we discussed. Killing your family today will bring you The Shadow’s love. Ignore their screams.”

* * *

As Sam reached for the bell, the door gave way with a light breeze. Cassie searched his face for instruction. He lifted his finger to his lips in response, squinting as he stepped forward and peered through the crack. A reflexive surge in glutamate rushed through his body—fear. He closed his eyes and mentally submitted his...

Chapter Two - Black Tears
a 5 minute read

Caleb Stevens, four years old, stood at the bottom of the staircase with tears wetting his ruddy cheeks. His polo shirt and cargo pants bore evidence of a recent snack. One of his miniature Converse sneakers was untied. His tiny fist clenched the...

About The Seventh Aspect

The Seventh Aspect weaves a narrative around some of the more common alien conspiracy theories, and the mythology of alien/human interactions. This is the first novel of a trilogy that traces our interactions with extraterrestrials in the past, present, and future.


The Arcturians hold the answers to the mysteries of God, death, and the universe itself. They search the galaxy for species with whom they can share their knowledge—but only those that their research deems worthy.

As the Arcturian Curator of Earth, Sam is responsible for the evaluation of the human species. His findings will determine if the Arcturians will share their wisdom, and purge humanity of all its problems. Having lived among us in human form for thousands of years, proving our worth to the Arcturians has been his life’s work. But the Arcturians aren’t here alone…

The Draconis, a race of demonic alien entities, have battled the Arcturians for control of the human race since man first walked. They don’t want to simply dominate or eliminate us. They want to do something much worse.

So far, the Arcturians have been able to prevent the Draconis’ attempts to seize our world. But when the Draconis succeed in killing one of his human subjects, Sam discovers his adversaries have developed a horrifying new way to control all of humanity. Sam must find a way to stop the Draconis’ shocking new plan, and identify the emergence of the Seventh Aspect in humans before it’s too late. If he fails, the Arcturians will have no choice but to abandon the Earth—forcing him to exterminate his beloved humans to protect the rest of the galaxy.

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Lots of great news! 

The Seventh Aspect is now an Inkshares staff pick! It’s also received a recommendation from none other than our fearless leader, and Inkshares CEO Jeremy Thomas! (I certainly didn’t see that one coming). To say I am humbled and grateful is an understatement. 

I’d just finished another big round of edits on the posted chapters right before he sent his recommendation. So keeping your drafts updated and improved pays, folks. You never know who is lurking. 

In honor of this fun occasion: 

1. I have a long professional history in showbiz, so I’m a sucker for dream casts. I’ve decided to share my dream cast for the main characters in chapters 1 and 2. Here’s the kicker: I’m not posting their character names. So that means you’ll have to read to figure out who’s who. 

2. There’s a reference to an infamous 70’s horror film in chapter 1. Our main extraterrestrial character has a thing for human sci-fi and horror media. So bonus points if you catch it and know what it is. It’s funny, I promise. Similar funky references will be sprinkled throughout the story. 

Two more chapters are on the way.  You’ll get to meet more of our alien researchers, and maybe even travel to another dimension. Mmmm....dimensions....

As always, if you like what you read, please leave a comment or review. Thanks so much again for your interest. It means a lot.  

Stay tuned… 


Hey Everybody!

I’ve revised the first two available chapters!  I’ve added some details and passages that provide a little more context for what is going on, and tweaked several things.  I was fortunate enough to get some wonderfully constructive feedback from both DraftShares and some offline readers that have really helped.  Please take a look and share your thoughts if you feel so inclined.  I highly value all of your opinions and impressions – good or bad. 

The Seventh Aspect is at almost 100 followers!  If you like what you read, please share, recommend, or leave a review.  I’ll be posting the next two chapters soon.  Thanks so much for your interest.  I really appreciate it. 



Howdy Again All! 

I hate to be pushy, but there’s an Inkshares event going on right now, and you can win prizes, so bear with me.  This will be my last harassment message.   

If you’re not yet participating in DraftShares, you still have two days to get into the raffle for over a dozen fabulous free prizes.  You can find the list of submitted drafts at the bottom of this message.  Support the Inkshares community!  Get following, recommending, commenting, and reviewing! 

And while you’re at it, please check out The Seventh Aspect and share your valuable feedback.  Good or bad, lemme have it!  I have pie. 

The Seventh Aspect:


Holy Crap!  I got my first review - and it’s a good one!  I’ve revised the synopsis and ‘About the Book’ sections.  And the first two chapters are up for critique as a part of DraftShares.  So please have a look and share your thoughts.  If you don’t, the Men in Black might show up at your door… with pie.  But is the pie a lie? 


Thank you so much for your interest in my book.  The wait is over!  I’ve posted the first two chapters!  The Seventh Aspect is being reviewed as a part of DraftShares.  So when you have the time, please have a read and let me know what you think.  I would really appreciate it.  Leaving feedback for authors on their Inkshares drafts can get you entered into a raffle for all kinds of fun prizes.  I’m looking forward to hearing all of your thoughts - good or bad.  Don’t worry.  I’m a big boy.  I can take it...I think.  Thanks again for your interest.

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Ken Lindsey · Author · added 8 months ago
So much great info here, and you haven’t even posted a chapter yet!  Can’t wait to see what you’ve got in store for us.
Karen Hooper · Author · added 9 months ago
Love it! Thank you for your quick response

Karen Hooper · Author · added 9 months ago
You have piqued my curiosity, that’s for certain. What perspective will this book be written? Human, Arcturian? Or will it be a mix of perspectives?


Thank you so much for taking an interest in my idea. I have posted a synopsis! I’m in the process of writing, and will be sharing the first chapter soon. This is the first time I’m sharing details about the book with the “outside world.” I would love to get your feedback and first impressions. So, if you feel so inclined, please take a moment and share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks again.  

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Thad Woodman · Inksharesian · added 9 months ago
@P.H. James This sounds great. Would love to see a draft!
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