QSFer Terry Gene has a new queer sci fi book out: Matryoschka.
When a quantum energy experiment goes horribly wrong, it accidentally shatters the future allowing alternative pasts to co-exist.
As Alexandria Jane Merk passes through the nexus of the effect, she splits into two identities-each with full histories of their own-merged into one body.
One identity, Army veteran Alex James Monroe, remembers a life full of failure and loss. The second identity, freshman college coed Sarah Beth Merk, remembers a difficult childhood in a suburban upbringing. Both sense each other but neither believes the other really exists.
To survive, they must accept their shared fates and find the person responsible for the fission before time runs out. Because if they fail, they will not only die, but they will also take everyone they have ever known with them.
A mind-bending journey into existentialism and the interconnectedness of the human race.
I’m engaged to a wonderful man, who is kind, giving, and well established in his profession. My problem is his family and if I should tell my parents about them before the wedding day.
His father is serving 10 years for embezzlement, and his mother makes ends meet via having many male friends. His sister has been arrested for horse theft. His younger brother has a master’s degree in engineering. You can see my problem. Do I tell my parents about the engineer?
–DREADING IN TX
I’m that engineer, now retired from over thirty years of working in nuclear power plants, on anti-aircraft missiles, and third, fourth and fifth generation wireless communications systems, and various esoteric sensor networks. Obviously, after all that, one should retire to Texas to farm and ranch. It was the biggest fail of my life. I still have the fifty acres but now I’m a certified Texas Master Naturalist busy restoring the native Tall-Grass prairie.
Before and since my retirement, I’ve helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity, worked directly with veterans at the VA, served as a Big Brother, mentored elementary students, ensuring that every day was a success, mentored adult literacy/GED students, filled shopping carts for the clients of the local food bank, and ran meals to clients for Meals on Wheels.
The richness of interacting with diverse people, especially the most important diversity, that of thought, lead me to put ideas down on paper and ultimately to my four-novel Matryoschka Heritage novel arc: Matryoschka, Matryoschka’s Daughters, Matryoschka’s Effect, and Matryoschka’s Time. I hope you enjoy Sarah, Alex, Sarah Beth, Katie, and Quentin as much as I have.