The Outer Sphere

by Macronomicon

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi LitRPG Magic Male Lead Strategy
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Garth Daniels is down on his luck, running from his life in a quiet little town in the middle of America when our universe is co-opted into a war between an unstoppable race of reality-hopping monsters that feeds on the flesh of living creatures, and a conglomeration of thousands of realities, nested inside each other like a matroska doll.

We're the new layer.

These monsters, the Kipling, can only be defeated in a reality with very specific physics, otherwise they are unstoppable, and so Earth's universe has been assimilated to give us a fighting chance.

Garth must set aside everything that he knows, and think fast to adapt to the new laws of nature if he wants to survive.

Cover by Asera, a cool, helpful dude, who doesn't get enough props. Go check him out!

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Welcome to the War ago
Chapter 2: Leanne ago
Chapter 3: Abstinance and the other thing ago
Chapter 4: Sphere Postal Service ago
Chapter 5: Takin' 'em back to School ago
Chapter 6: Confrontation ago
Chapter 7: Gunfight at the Library ago
Chapter 8: Obligatory Grinding and Harold's day. ago
Chapter 9: Peas and Carrots ago
Chapter 10: Nubile Warrior Princess ago
Chapter 11: Wet Dreams may Come ago
Chapter 12: Asshole Tiger ago
Chapter 13: Seedling Lockpicking ago
Chapter 14: Overdose ago
Chapter 15: Butter Race ago
Chapter 16: Have Some Class ago
Chapter 17: A Date With Sandi ago
Chapter 18: Good God Greg ago
Chapter 19: Venture Capital ago
Chapter 20: Familiar Treats ago
Chapter 21: Round Two ago
Chapter 22: The birds and the Succubees ago
Chapter 23: insults and Injuries ago
Chapter 24: Plant Drill Sergeant ago
Chapter 25: Performance Review ago
Chapter 26: Succubi in Foxholes ago
Chapter 27: For Safekeeping ago
Chapter 28: Slap-Chop ago
Chapter 29: Culture Shock ago
Chapter 30: Fire Solves Problems ago
Chapter 31: Never Interrupt me When I'm Rich! ago
Chapter 32: Opera makes Pot Fancy and Expensive ago
Chapter 33: Working hard at Looking Chill ago
Chapter 34: Spell Theory ago
Chapter 35: Under Siege Too ago
Chapter 36: Purple Heart ago
The Road so Far ago
Chapter 37: A Real Bad Guy ago
Chapter 38: Throw the Wizard a Bone ago
Chapter 39: Bad Business Partners ago
Chapter 40: The Speech ago
Chapter 41: Letters ago
Chapter 42: Orders ago
Chapter 43: The Home Field Advantage ago
Chapter 44: A Victimless Crime ago
Chapter 45: That'll wake you up in the Morning! ago
Chapter 46: Powdered Courage ago
Chapter 47: A Real Bad Vacation ago
Chapter 48: The hero of Outpost 8901 ago
Chapter 49: Consequences ago
Chapter 50: Appearances can be Deceiving ago
Chapter 51: When the Student is Ready, the Master Appears ago
Chapter 52: Personal Hygene ago
Chapter 53: The Heist ago
Chapter 54: Homecoming ago
Chapter 55: Give me a Hand ago
Chapter 56: The First Lesson ago
Chapter 57: A real bad First Impression ago
Chapter 58: Keep your Friends Close ago
Chapter 59: And your Enemies Crucified ago
Chapter 60: Getting Ready for a Visit ago
Chapter 61: The In-Laws ago
Chapter 62: Gate Tag ago
Chapter 63: The Other Shoe ago
Chapter 64: Mad Scientist's Anonymous ago
Chapter 65: Clear Smarter, not Harder ago
Chapter 66: Punching Up ago
Chapter 67: Aggressive Cuddles ago
Chapter 68: Look Toward the Future ago
Chapter 69: A real bad Day ago
Chapter 70: Bell's Breed and Feed ago
Chapter 71: Obligatory Quest ago
Chapter 72: Run, Forest, Run! ago
Chapter 73: I don't Recall the Rest. ago
Chapter 74: Next Tier ago
Chapter 75: A Moment's Peace ago
Chapter 76: A long Day ago
Chapter 77: Hold My Baby ago
Chapter 78: What WOULD your Mother Say? ago
Chapter 79: Ms. Banyan (AKA the gang solves the baby Problem) ago
Chapter 80: A Tangled Web ago
Chapter 81: Experiments ago
Chapter 82: Queen ago
Chapter 83: Date Night ago
Chapter 84: Job Interview ago
Chapter 85: Stay Classy ago
Chapter 86: Twelve heads are better than six ago
Chapter 87: Rubbing his nose in It ago
Chapter 88: A New Breed ago
Chapter 89: Fleshweaver ago
Chapter 90: Offshoots ago
Chapter 91: He Started It ago
Chapter 92: Molesting a Dragon ago
Chapter 93: Looking as Dangerous as possible ago
Chapter 94: Doppleganger Faux Pas ago
Chapter 95: Intermission #1: Outskirts with Jamal ago
Chapter 96: Intermission #2: Bad Behavior ago
Chapter 97: Shit hits the Fan ago
Chapter 98: Thy list of Crimes ago
Chapter 99: Eight Thousand Tons of Muscle. ago
Chapter 100: Best laid Plants ago
Chapter 101: Garthspawn ago
The Road so Far ago
Chapter 102: Fugitives ago
Chapter 103: Car Troubles ago
Chapter 104: Chairman Mao ago
Chapter 105: Children's Fables ago
Chapter 106: Sibling Rivalry ago
Chapter 107: Collision Course ago
Chapter 108: Slugmatch in the Alley ago
Chapter 109: Cat and Mouse ago
Chapter 110: New day, new Opportunities. ago
Chapter 111: Hardball ago
Chapter 112: Disastrous Second Impression ago
Chapter 113: Playing with the Rules ago
Chapter 114: Stepping on Landmines ago
Chapter 115: Throwing the fight. ago
Chapter 116: Secret’s out ago
Chapter 117: Putting it all out There ago
Chapter 118: Dangers of Pissing in the Dark ago
Chapter 119: Overdose Pt. 2 ago
Chapter 120: A whole new world ago
Chapter 121 : Treasure Hunt ago
Chapter 122: Sleep Talking ago
Chapter 123: The Fire ago
Chapter 124: The Exodus ago
Chapter 125: No Excuse for Ignorance ago
Chapter 126: Negotiations Break Down ago
Chapter 127: Priorities ago
Chapter 128: Now Hiring! ago
Chapter 129: Taking care of Business (and working overtime) ago
Chapter 130: Doodles & Plans ago
Chapter 131: Meeting the Competition ago
Chapter 132: Eskapeh Mushroom ago
Chapter 133: Gold Digger ago
Chapter 134: Old Acquaintances ago
Chapter 135: Complete with Treasure ago
Chapter 136: Laser Spiders ago
Chapter 137: Bucket List ago
Chapter 138: Exit Stratege-r-y ago
Chapter 139: First Volley ago
Chapter 140: Never Start a war of Attrition Against a lich ago
Chapter 141: Wingman ago
Chapter 142: Downtime ago
Chapter 143: Wrestling’s fake ago
Chapter 144: Von Neumann Probing ago
Chapter 145: Denial is not a river in Egypt ago
Chapter 146: Sorting shit Out ago
Chapter 147: Working Hard, or Hardly Working ago
Chapter 148: Dry-humping a Fossil ago
Chapter 149: Dirty Operating System ago
Chapter 150: What is your type, Anyway? ago
Chapter 151: Secrets ago
Chapter 152: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Ethical Kidnapping ago
Chapter 153: Hold my Liver ago
Chapter 154: The last Morning ago
Chapter 155: You Break her, you buy Her ago
Chapter 156: Exponential Growth ago
Chapter 157: Dirty Deeds ago
Chapter 158: Done dirt Cheap! ago
Chapter 159: Soul sumo Wrestling ago
Chapter 160: Jelly Bean, The Goblin Queen ago
Chapter 161: Soda & Mascara ago
Chapter 162: It’s got Electrolytes ago
Chapter 163: The safe word Is Pequod ago
Chapter 164: drop a loaf ago
Chapter 165: Old Friends ago
Chapter 166: Tell me About the Bad Guy ago
Chapter 167: Paul's Night Out ago
Chapter 168: BBQ ago
Chapter 169: Something Hardass this way comes ago
Chapter 170: Pit-Stop ago
Chapter 171: The day after Tomorrow ago
Chapter 172: Operational Security ago
Chapter 173: Hypocrisy, Schmipocrisy ago
Chapter 174: The Wheel Turns. ago
Chapter 175: Everybody loves the Parade ago
Chapter 176: The Enemy has Landed. ago
Chapter 177: So you want to Start Touching Yourself ago
Chapter 178: Died with his Pants On ago
Chapter 179: The Double fake out ago
Chapter 180: Surveillance ago
Chapter 181: The Training he was Talking About. ago
Chapter 182: Eye of the Tiger ago
Chapter 183: Mommy Mode ago
Chapter 184: Munasei, Leave me Be ago
Chapter 185: Omnipresent Supergalactic Oneness! ago
Chapter 186: Thoughts on Body Modification ago
Chapter 187: Midlife Crisis ago
Chapter 188: Motivation ago

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Firstly, I want to say this story is extremely well written and that I highly recommend you give it a try.

Style 5/5 : Smoothly written, great world-building. The earth is taken over by the ‘system’ and all hell breaks loose. Garth our MC is an older fella who happens to love magic. Watch the budding arch-mage wreak shit.


Grammar 5/5 :  Excellent, especially by RR standards. Usually, only one or two errors per chapter which are quickly fixed when pointed out.


Story 4/5 : This one has been a sticking point for quite a few people. At / around chapter 100 the story abruptly shifts (Macron said that was the plan all along). Although I personally don’t mind the new direction, I know many people were quite taken aback by this.


Character 4/5 : Again this one suffers post chapter 100, at least in my personal opinion. Although the reason for our MC changing is clearly explained and does somewhat make sense. Id like to stress that the OTHER characters are all fleshed out and fully believable, which can be rare amoungst some of the RR novels. It’s just this change in the MC isn’t to my personal taste that I’ve rated 4 instead of 5 here.


tl;dr Story is excellent, with a twist at chapter 100 that polarised the readership. Enjoy!

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So far, I have enjoyed this story way more than the majority of others on Royal Road. The characters are fun and interesting and the MC is pretty hilarious. When chapter 100 hit, I almost dropped, but I'm so glad I didn't. The story starts progressing faster from then on and the MCs personality really pops in contrast with all the medieval style humans. Great read, if you can get past the major shift of Chapter 100.

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The timeskip makes sense, quit whining

This is one of my top five favorite internet stories (or whatever the term for stories released by chapters online is), on this site or any other. Here are some of the things you can expect in this story.

  • System Apocalypse - magic stuff starts happening on earth, and humans gain special powers. It's a very light system, more cultivation with named skills. People have stats and skills, but rather than levels they have tiers and skill proficiencies. It's a fairly seemless integration of the two styles, with power progression without the characters seeming to be puppets of skills, everything is earned (or at least imaginatively BSd).
  • Engaging Characters - all the characters are fun to read. The MC is a funny guy, using creative magic to pull of some crazy stunts. He's fairly amoral, but uses his "the ends justify the means" mentality for the side of, not good exactly, but at least humanity. He thinks through situations, current and future, and often comes up with a plan, but he can and does still lose. He has a vapid and sweet love interest, not in the way that she's a cardboard cut out of a character with boobs, but rather she was intended and written to be that way. There is an alien woman, who is actually written using a non human mindset as her baseline, which shows clearly through her actions and dialogue. There are a host of side characters, each written uniquely and without there individual motivations explicitly stated, yet still easy to understand.
  • Massive Universe - magic hits Earth, and with magic comes monsters, but perhaps even worse is the bureaucratic Galaxy spanning government. In addition to surviving bloodthirsty monsters, humanity also needs to deal with a horde of new cultures and officials and clans and businesses, most intent on exploiting the newest land grab. The government isn't a cartoonishly evil faceless behemoth, instead it's a collection of different groups acting with recognizable and sometimes unrecognizable motivations.
  • Cool Magic - the magic is cool. The MC is a wizard who's main source of power is being more creative than other people, constantly pushing the envelope of what he can and can't accomplish within his fairly narrow skill set. Related to this and the above, all the aliens/monsters are neat and have believable cultures.
  • Plot - with such a massive overarching in story universe, the author still finds time to throw in handfuls of ground level antagonists or situations that the MC needs to overcome. This is done through either the previously mentioned clever magic, or using equally clever substitutions (like commercial enterprises or social maneuverings).
  • Fair Warning - there is a fairly massive timeskip, a lot of people in other reviews seem to dislike it. I like it a lot, without giving too much away the MC has been punching above his weight since day 1, and when sh*t hits the fan it has repercussions.

The main reason I fell in love with this story was the quick thinking main character and the authors sense of humor. The reason I kept reading this story was I realized that if I whined at the author enough, he'd change stuff, an instant 5/5 star quality. I encourage everyone who reads this review to yell at Macronomicon, requesting your own very individual alterations to the story.

Wen Adams
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Magic That Seems Magical

It's a really good book. I haven't felt excited for one ever since The World Seed came out, as druids are badass. While the system isn't the same, the seemingly endless possibilities that magic can do is how it's supposed to be. 

Every update puts a smile on my face (no homo) and has great characters that seem to react like people who would live in the situations, hard asses and smart people. 

Read it and see for yourself. It gets better after a couple chapters, so read it at least until chapter 10 to see if you don't like it. 

Good job author man, keep it up!

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Comedy......... Fucking....... Gold.........


Edit: Couple months later and this shits still fucking good, no lie. Came here to write a review on this baby only to find I already wrote one, so it is the good times two!

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Its a good novel, wierd? yes! Still a good novel though. The writer has a good hand for narration and his use of dialogue is on point. 

The book started of realitively mild with an MC that who get's smarter(??) over time to fulfill his dream of creating an INTERESTING business empire(no spoilers here).

Overall I would the only real downer is that sometimes the narrations though the authors aforementioned talent for narration thus make up for it (a bit), but the info dump does get old fast.

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Two different stories but both are great

Reviewed at: Chapter 158: Done dirt Cheap!

Very well written, the story is great, the mc is great, the author has some great ideas and implements them well.

like others have said everything changes at chapter 100. It’s honestly a completely different story. I can see why the author did it and I can understand why people are mad about it. 

Personally, I don’t mind it. It could have been executed better, maybe giving a bit more closure to what was essentially the end of one story but I can also see why you would want it to stay open ended, it let’s then readers feel the frustration of the MC to some extent. 

I still enjoy the story and I look forward to continue reading it, even if it is a very different one to the one I started reading. Keep up the good work! 

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This is a fun story that I am enjoying immensely.  I was recommended it with the warning of a story change at chapter 100.  It's what is complained about a lot in the reviews.  It is just a time skip.  A rather large time skip.  I beleive the story was good before the change and better after it.  Before the skip it was getting a bit stale with a plateau of power and lack of story progression.  The change fixes this and makes it more interesting.  Highly recommended.

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Should have read reviews dumbest shit ever at chapter 100

Reviewed at: Chapter 103: Car Troubles

should have read reviews was a great story for 100 chapters, then authors just went fuck it at chapter 100 and reset evrything and started a new story. It's like the author just got tired of the story or had no clue what to do so he just started over.

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A Spiritual Successor to the Great Tower

The first chapter or two start off a bit shaky in terms of style, but gets going pretty quick afterwards.

The gibbering insanity, entrenched economic powers and pleasant interactions with natives strongly remind me of the Great Tower, which is a very good comparison.  One of my new favorites, and the update speed is looking good.


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