Octagla 2: Rematch

Octagla 2: Rematch

by Donald S. Hall, Judi Suni Hall

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Overview

Tamara is going for the near impossible, a three-peat of the Galactic Octagla championship. That was before the game with arch rivals Pendrae United that hospitalized Hall of Fame center Daron and ended his career. Now his teammates are looking for the rematch.

But that isn’t all. Daron’s family works for notorious drug lord Ghen Kulgalu, and they don’t think his “accident” was an accident. They’re determined to find the truth.

Octagla is a rough, fast-paced zero gravity hockey-lacrosse hybrid. It is played in a transparent eight sided court. The aim of the game is to score by shooting a ball into a goal protected by a goalkeeper. The rules are designed to keep the play going at a fast pace, and to maximize the shots on goal. All eight surfaces enclosing the zero gravity court are active play zones, as is all of the space in between. The players bounce off the walls as freely as the ball, or if it suits them, run on the surfaces with adhesive shoes. They wear compressed air jet packs for maneuvering in the open court space. It requires exceptional spatial coordination to not get disoriented when the other players are just as likely to be upside down or sideways coming at you. Catching a pass in zero gravity then smoothly converting the resulting angular momentum into what you want is much more difficult than in a planetside game where your feet are rooted to the ground.

Readers will find a lot of the characters they enjoyed in the Gingezel series carried forward.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152600759
Publisher: Gingezel Inc
Publication date: 01/28/2016
Series: Octagla
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 362 KB

About the Author

Donald S Hall, PhD. and co-author Judi Suni Hall, PhD. have shared their lives and careers since marrying as undergrads.They both did PhDs in theoretical physics, then moved into industry and worked at AECL, Canada’s nuclear research lab. Don’s PhD. is in theoretical physics modeling liquids. He started out at AECL doing research in the design of self-powered neutron detectors, then moved to tomography, and finally Artificial Intelligence. In that role he had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s leading experts in Artificial Intelligence. Judi’s PhD. is in theoretical nuclear physics, the kind of modeling used to do stellar interiors. Judi started her career designing safety systems for Candu reactors. She shifted to industrial risk analysis, ending up Technical Manager of AECL’s RARE (Risk and Reliability Evaluation) Consultancy. In that capacity she worked with a number of industries, including the Canadian Space Agency at the time when the Canadian involvement in International Space Station was first being defined. That lead to the permanent love of the idea of humanity spreading into space. En-route to represent Canada at a NASA conference Judi caught a severe virus that changed both of their lives. She shared the infection and the next 10 years were a write off as they struggled to rebuild their lives. Don now runs Apps & More Software Design. It has recently expanded into psychiatric testing on the iPad and iPhone in collaboration with a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist. In his youth Don played Junior A hockey, winning MVP for his team in their 1969 playoff run to the national semi-finals, and was invited to the Los Angeles Kings training camp. At graduate school he played goal for one year for the varsity team. He was also an avid box lacrosse player, playing goal at both the Junior and Senior levels. His love of both games and physics background naturally lead to the idea of inventing a similar game played on space stations in a weightless environment and in three dimensions. In addition to writing science fiction, Don and Judi are internationally published haiga poets.


I am sharing this author page with my husband and co-author Donald S. Hall. Co-authors Judi Suni Hall, PhD. and Donald S. Hall, PhD. have shared their lives and careers since marrying as undergrads.They both did PhD’s in theoretical physics, then moved into industry and worked at AECL, Canada’s nuclear research lab. Judi’s PhD. is in theoretical nuclear physics, the kind of modeling used to do stellar interiors. Judi started out designing safety systems for Candu reactors. She shifted to industrial risk analysis, ending up Technical Manager of AECL’s RARE (Risk and Reliability Evaluation) Consultancy. In that capacity she worked with a number of industries, including the Canadian Space Agency at the time when the Canadian involvement in International Space Station was first being defined. That lead to the permanent love of the idea of humanity spreading into space. Don’s PhD. is in theoretical physics modeling liquids. Don started out doing research in the design of self-powered neutron detectors, then moved to tomography, and finally Artificial Intelligence. In that role he had the opportunity to work with some of Canada’s leading experts in Artificial Intelligence. En-route to represent Canada at a NASA conference Judi caught a severe virus that changed both of their lives. She shared the infection and the next 10 years were a write off as they struggled to rebuild their lives. Don now runs Apps & More Software Design. It has recently expanded into psychiatric testing on the iPad and iPhone in collaboration with a Johns Hopkins trained psychiatrist. He also has the caregiver role since Judi spends almost half of her time in bed unable to even read. In addition to writing science fiction, Judi and Don are internationally published haiga poets.

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