The Brane-Skip device designed in the twenty-second century is intended to move a spaceship between the membranes of reality in order to get around the universal speed limit: ‘Thou shall not go faster than light’. The theory behind the device is unproven, the technology experimental, but if there are side paths through the universe of normal space, there should be short cuts where speed limits simply don’t apply.
The unmanned tests of the Brane Skip are inconclusive. The probes wink out and then back into existence, but all they record in between is a mysterious gray haze. No one knows where they go, but they must go somewhere. The automated systems can’t say. It’s time to send volunteers.
The Brane Skip seems like magic to Lisa Chang, the young engineer in command the first crewed test flight, and Chang doesn’t believe in magic. But she does believe in the mission. Humanity must explore space in order to survive and prosper, and she feels honored to be among the first to go where no one has gone before. She does not know what will happen when the Brane Skip device engages. She thinks it will do nothing. She fears it will explode. What she does not expect is popping out adrift in space and on a collision course with a fantasy version of Earth, complete with dragons, orcs, and wizards.
Unfortunately, this is exactly what happens.
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Questions and Answers about this book:
How does this book relate to your previous books?
In the immortal words of Monty Python, it’s ‘something completely different’. Well, okay, maybe not completely different. I am still the author and it falls firmly in the same ‘counter-fantasy’ subgenre of science fiction that my other books do, but the setting and characters are new and (I think) original. It is positive science fiction—upbeat, hopeful, and often funny—with a smidgeon of cultural satire. My goal for this book was to combine science, philosophy, fantasy, and humor into a satisfying story about stories.
When will it be available?
Brane Child was released on 21 December 2014 and is now available at…
Kindle (US): http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PIPTRIS
Kindle (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brane-Child-Science-Fiction-Counter-Fantasy-ebook/dp/B00PIPTRIS/
Banes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/brane-child-david-morrese/1120748130?ean=2940046403398
Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/brane-child/id941451426
Paperback (Amazon): https://www.amazon.com/Brane-Child-Sci-Fi-Counter-Fantasy-Novel/dp/1502866315/
Paperback (CreateSpace): https://www.createspace.com/5054815