Cris was born with rare telekinetic gifts—abilities outlawed by the governing Priesthood. Determined to be true to himself and explore the potential of his abilities, Cris leaves Tararia to begin a new life touring the stars.
When Cris unexpectedly receives an invitation to join the Tararian Selective Service (TSS), the only organization to offer an official telekinesis training program, a new future awaits. It’s his dream opportunity to be among people like himself, free from the Priesthood and political objectives. Except, Cris’ path was designed, and he’s right where the Priesthood wants him.
Targeted Age Group:: 13+
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What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had a world growing inside my head for many years, and it needed to be let out. I have always seen inspiration in everything around me—from personal life experiences to the worlds crafted by others—and those things have all become a part of my own creation. After years of taking in little ideas here and there, I felt the world in my head was finally ready to be experienced by others. I write now to share that vision. It is the culmination of all that has inspired me throughout my life.
How is writing SciFi different from other genres?
Science fiction introduces a “what if?” that is outside our everyday reality. In many cases, these scenarios result in explorations of space or other worlds using technology that does not yet exist. Good science fiction presents these technologies and concepts in a believable, internally consistent way. Great science fiction uses that backdrop to tell a compelling story that comments on the human experience (political, social, economic). In that way, science fiction is one of the most powerful genres—reflecting not only who we are as a species, but who we can become.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
The characters evolved over many years, incorporating little elements characters in other books, TV shows, and movies. But, Cris and Kate were initially inspired by Quinn and Wade from the ‘90s-tastic show “Sliders.” Yes, I have been a nerd since elementary school.
I use italics extensively to denote internal dialogue, which will not render well in this plaintext format. For a sample of the book’s opening chapters, please refer to ebook retailers’ websites.
Below in a short excerpt from the middle of the book:
The square door in the center of the back wall opened automatically. Cris peered into the next room with wonder. The entire room was black, illuminated only by pinpricks of light that looked like stars across all the surfaces. There was no sense of up or down, and Cris had difficulty judging the size of the space.
“This is one of our spatial awareness training chambers,” Poltar explained. “We’ll also work on your telekinetic skills, once we’ve covered some of the basics. This setting is ideal for honing your sense of what’s around you and learning how to manipulate your environment.”
Cris took an unsteady breath. “Tell me what to do.”
Poltar pushed himself
into the chamber. It was eerie to watch him glide without his overcoat
fluttering. He moved deftly, a master of his surroundings. He stretched out a
hand and stopped himself in the middle of open space.
Cris stared at him in
wonder. How did he do that?
“Come here,” Poltar
Cris let go of the handhold and pushed off the door frame with his feet. As soon as he was out of contact with the wall, he realized he had pushed far too hard. His aim was true in the direction of Poltar. Too true. He panicked, seeing he was on a collision course with his teacher. Poltar calmly lifted his hand, palm outward toward Cris. Cris felt the air congeal around him, a buzz of energy filled his ears. He slowed and came to rest a meter in front of the Agent.
“How did you…?” Cris took a deep breath, feeling exposed floating in the middle of the dark room.
“In time, I’ll teach you,” Poltar replied. “The multiverse is filled with energy. Those of us who can feel the presence of the electromagnetism that surrounds us can learn to manipulate it. This allows us to perform incredible feats, such as levitating objects or focusing the energy around us into a concentrated sphere you can hold in the palm of your hand. Even thought is energy at its most basic level, which is where telepathy comes in. But the awareness goes beyond the physical world. For a rare few, we can detect—or even touch—subspace.
“The greater your connection to the unseen energy that surrounds you, the more control you will gain. There is a limit, of course, to how much energy a person can physically handle. We have tuned objects that can help us focus more, and we can work in teams. But alone, each person has a finite limit. This limit is a principle factor when determining an Agent’s Course Rank. As part of the Course Test graduation exam, each Junior Agent is placed in a room with a single sphere made of a rare element that behaves like a quantum particle, simultaneously existing in this physical dimension and subspace. The Junior Agent is instructed to focus all the energy they can handle into the sphere, and we measure the input to determine the person’s capacity. By the time most Junior Agents graduate, their abilities will be as fully developed as they will ever be in life. Though it can fluctuate for some, it’s very uncommon. My responsibility is to teach you to focus the energy around you and control the maximum amount you can physically handle. Safely. Pushing too far or too fast can destroy a person. So we’ll start small and work up from there.”
Cris grinned. “Let’s get started.”
About the Author:
Amy has always loved science fiction–books, movies, shows and games. After devouring some of the classics like Dune and Ender’s Game in her tween years, she began writing short stories. In the ensuing years, Amy attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics in Vancouver, Washington, where she studied creative writing. She eventually became a Psychology major at Portland State University, but also pursued a minor in Professional Writing. After graduating, she stumbled into a career as a proposal manager. Amy currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband. When she’s not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games.