The emerging science fiction futuristic story, 200 odd years from now, of life based on the trajectory of the current madness.
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March 21, 2021

Time is a gift. A gift that is precious and beautiful. A gift that must be opened immediately as it comes by once only. Missing the opportunity of that gift is a travesty. Lacking in or having the absence of hope is one sure way to miss that opportunity.

I chose years ago, to use this gift to help others make the most of it too. In the space between, I love, learn and write. I do this all in the hope that we return to our truth.

My writing is futuristic, honest and brutal at times. I hope to bring focus to that which matters most: Love, choice, and truth.

The story that I am labelling ‘Rule of Twelve’, told over three books, presents a story of hope and love, built on traditional values in a world where even the needed linguistics have been erased. The books are based in the future. Roughly two hundred years ahead. The books present the outcomes of a world driven to the brink by the followers of the Identitarian, New Puritan, and Utopian related ideology.

The books are written from the perspective of the two main characters, Marr and Dukk. Marr is a keeper. Someone who helps produce fine foods and wines for the elites. Her day job is just a cover. She is a trained warrior and part of the resistance. Dukk is a haulier, the new captain of a ‘rig’, a small intergalactic freight spaceship. His job is to haul the fresh produce to the furthest reaches of the galaxy, to the compounds and settlements of the elites. He is street smart and aware of the unfairness of the world, but he is not part of the resistance. They are brought together by forces unseen. Grander plans are afoot to restore balance. Others have put them at the centre of that plan. They learn pieces of that plan as the story unfolds. However, at the core of the story is relationship building. Dukk and Marr build a relationship over the course of the books as they venture into the galaxy to solve a mystery and combat the worst types of evil. Their relationship draws on traditional values, even though that fact isn’t known to them. Their story is overlayed with other core characters, primarily the rig’s crew. I use these other characters to present concepts that are both in contrast and aligned with traditional values.

The books include a splattering of my professional knowledge of relationship building. I build it into the story as the characters get to know each other and fight to keep their emotions and urges in check. In doing so, I am trying to answer in my own mind several questions. These questions include: Can hope be brought back as the dominant mindset? Can belief in courage, self-restraint, fairness, and wisdom be restored as corner stones of one’s approach to life? Can belief in the importance of family be restored in today's young adults? What will help turn the tide on hedonism as the primary driving factor in the goals and ambitions of today's youth? What will help society return to recognition of individual strengths rather than immutable characteristics as the primary factor in recruitment and promotion? What will help bring the youth back to belief in the higher power, that something that is greater than themselves, the one that they must, above all else, hold themselves accountable to?

I am publishing what I write, one passage at a time via subscriber posts within my Locals community. You simply need to join the community, take up a subscription and you’ll get book chapters delivered directly to you as they are published. You can get the books at

My writing is influenced by the likes of Gregg Hurwitz, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, J. K. Rowling, J. R. R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov amongst others. I am also a big fan of Dr. Jordan B Peterson’s approach to engaging effectively in life, William Whitecloud’s approach to opening the mind and Fred Kofman’s approach to cutting through the B.S..

There is still hope and I look forward to sharing my works with you.

Use the Content, Articles, Playlists to catchup and below is the prologue to enjoy.

BJ Allen

Rule of Twelve, Double Take, Prologue

While he could check everything from the controls around him, old habits die hard. To the annoyance of some of the newer members of his crew, he still insisted on someone visually double checking everything.
Those habits were formed over fifteen years of hauling. He knew it was less about safety now days and more about strengthening the discipline, the team needed when the shit hit the fan, which it often did.
He sensed Marr returning to the cockpit.
“Reactors two and three are running hot and fast,” she announced triumphantly as if she personally turned the massive crank needed to spin them up.
Another one of Dukk’s potential unnecessary precautions was to run all three reactors for the descent, even when one alone had sufficient power to guide them successfully into port.
He had been through too many situations when evasive action meant the difference between life and death. Which he also knew, wasn’t relevant.
It was true that he, Marr, and the rest of his crew were high on this place’s most wanted list. However, the rig he currently captained had more than it needed. They would easily slip in unnoticed by the EOs and their devoted followers.
Having a rig with these capabilities or being so highly sort after, hadn’t always been the case.
As the autopilot announced it was about to break orbit, Dukk reflected to his first descent at the helm into his home planet. A time when he knew little of the truth about the world, he called home. While it felt like a lifetime ago, it was less than two months since.

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Rule of Twelve books to be narrated with the help of A.I.

I am investing in A.I. driven narration to bring the Rule of Twelve books to life.

It will be more than just narration in the traditional audio book sense. The A.I. will enable me to bring dialogue to life with character specific voices. This will create a rich and engaging narration.

Over the coming months I will be in catch-up mode, building the narration for already published material. Eventually, the aim will be to concurrently release chapters in both written and rich narrative form.

The narration will eventually make it to audiobook form for platforms like Audible and Spotify. However, to get it sooner, you will need a Locals subscription. The Locals App works just like your favourite audiobook app. So, you can listen on the go. Becoming a subscriber also helps keep this whole show on the road.

I look forward to sharing the journey with you.


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September 22, 2022
Rule of Twelve, Book 2, Convergence

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September 22, 2022
Rule of Twelve, Book 1, Double Take

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October 26, 2023
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Rule of Twelve, Book 3, Chapter 10
Regeneration - Reconnecting




With everyone through the doors and gathered on the balcony inside the main atrium, Jeeves turned and spoke to them as a group.

   “Your IDs have been activated within the complex. You will know where you have permission based on doors that do and do not open. All parts of the complex are accessed via this atrium. You can see the stairways before you and there are elevator lifts behind you. There are also service stairs, service elevator lifts, secondary passageways, and evacuation tunnels. You shouldn’t need to use them.

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October 05, 2023
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Rule of Twelve, Book 3, Chapter 9
Regeneration - Unearthing




“I have it!” Marr announced as she looked over at Dukk.

   Marr and Dukk were in the cockpit. She had been staring at Earth. She still wasn’t used to seeing her home planet from space. It held such awe for her.

   A little earlier the rig had arrived out of traverse on the last leg on their return. Dukk was interacting with the navigation, radar, and communications systems.

   “Have what?” he asked.

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Forgiveness is the best choice, in most cases, but not all.

Marr looked up. Someone was approaching.

   Marr was at the console in the crew mess. She and Dukk had moved the conn there after Marr’s first walk-around. Dukk was doing the same now.

   It wasn’t Dukk. It was Tieanna.

   Marr turned in her seat. Tieanna came over and sat on the sofa.

   They smiled at each other. It was the first moment they had been alone together.

   It felt awkward.

   “How are you feeling?” Tieanna asked after a moment of silence between them.

   “Much better than last night.”

   “That is good.”

   “Did you rest?”

   “Yes, thank you, I did. The bed in the guest room is far more comfortable than the prison cell bunk I’ve endured for the past twelve weeks.”

   “I bet it was. How did you manage being alone for all that time?”

   “It wasn’t easy, but I’ve been through worse.”

   “Do you mean the time after the initiation when you were sixteen?”


   “You seem rather jovial about it all. Even when you told the story, I sensed it was hard, but there wasn’t anger.”

   “I have learnt how to get past the anger and resentment.”

   “But you still went ahead with the retribution.”

   “By that do you mean the assassination?”


   “I may have got past the anger and resentment, but I never forgave him.”

   “That sounds to be at odds.”

   “Forgiveness is the best choice, in most cases, but not all. However, there are times when turning your back, or even striking them down, might be the better response. Even when someone comes looking for your forgiveness."

   “That sounds a little harsh.”

   “To forgive there needs to be an apology. An acceptance of wrongdoing. An acceptance of culpability. Let me explain that with an example. Let’s say Kim decides the Earth is flat and shares this belief with Jordan without giving any real explanation. Jordan adopts this belief without question. Then Riley comes along and tells Jordan that the earth is not flat. Jordan berates Riley for sharing a contrary view. Jordan suggests that Riley is an ignorant idiot. Jordan accuses Riley of being a conspiracy theorist. Jorden then tells others, and they do the same. Riley is ostracised and suffers for this contrary view. Then Kim uncovers something new and comes to the believe that the Earth is not flat. Kim then shares this new view with Jordan. This puts Jordan in a difficult place. Jordan decides an apology is in order and goes to Riley. Jordan says sorry for causing all the pain. Should Riley accept the apology or not?”

   “Of course, why not?”

   “The question I would be asking here is what has Jordan learnt from this experience? If Jordan can't answer that question promptly and articulate clearly that the mistake was in trusting Kim without question, then Jordan hasn't learnt anything. If there isn’t this understanding, Jordan’s apology is false. It has no substance. It doesn't deserve acceptance. It doesn't deserve forgiveness. If we want to apologise for mistakes, we must be ready to acknowledge where we failed. We must be willing to openly acknowledge where we failed in ourselves and what we learnt from it. Without that, it is not an apology. It is just virtue signalling. So, if someone wants to make amends with me for their mistake, I ask them what they have learnt and what they will do differently next time. If their answer isn’t sufficient, I consider their apology is false. In this case forgiveness isn't the right approach.”

   “So, you didn’t get an adequate answer from Craig’s father?”

   “No, I didn’t.”


“What about Magnum Reginae and her daughter. They imprisoned you for three months.”

   “I have no feelings for them either way at this stage. I am yet to understand if they have remorse for it.”


Excerpt from Rule of Twelve, Book 3 - Regeneration, Chapter 3

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