Thursday, July 17, 2014
A Survivor's Tale
Authored by Dave Hoing
By the mid-twenty-first century time travel had become possible via energy "umbilicals" that tie one
era to another. However, due to social factors and over-specialization, science begins a slow decline,
and, by 2148, technology is at a standstill and there are only a handful of people left who know how to operate the time chambers.
Against a backdrop of regressing civilization, a new and terrible disease arises with a nearly one hundred percent mortality rate. Medicines developed to treat the disease have only made it more virulent. When brilliant but troublesome biologist Janis FitzHaven notices a connection between the current plague and the Black Death of the fourteenth century, she and her lover, Stone, abscond with one of London's few remaining time chambers. Janis claims the answer lies in medieval England. But is she really looking for a cure, or does she have something else in mind?
And does it matter? The idealistic Stone has rescued a peasant girl from degradation and death, an act of altruism that could render Janis's plans moot ... and have devastating repercussions for the entire future of humanity.
A Survivor's Tale is a small book about big choices. About confronting the evil consequences of a force that is not evil. About love, and a hope that survives the end of the world.
About the author:
Dave Hoing is the co-author, with Roger Hileman, of the historical novel Hammon Falls and a collection of short fantasy stories, Voices of Arra. He also has a solo collection of short fiction called Tales of Earth. All three books were published by All Things That Matter Press.
In real life, his tenure as a Library Associate at the University of Northern Iowa can be measured on a geologic time scale. He lives in Waterloo, Iowa, with his wife Joni, his mother-in-law Dorothy, a Toto-like dog named Doodle, and a cat he calls, well, Cat. His adult stepchildren Jon and Jovan have emigrated to the fantasy land known as California.
In his other life, Dave is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America who pokes his fingers into a lot of creative pies. In addition to writing, he dabbles in composing, drawing, painting, and sculpting. Music is his first love, but he concedes that he's better at stringing words together than notes, so there are times he must tear himself away from one kind of keyboard to work at another.
Dave's website can be found at www.hoingandhileman.net.