Dive into the second entry in Mike Kelley’s spellbinding trilogy, with freethinking literature professor Sean Byron McQueen returning for another high-stakes adventure in the near future of chat bots, supercomputers and brain computer interface.
It’s been nine years since Sean Byron McQueen and quantum physics professor Emily Edens?aka M?discovered his murdered best friend’s Theory of Everything. Now, Sean and M live a near-idyllic life on the campus of a college they’ve established for young women. M’s teaching of the new paradigm-shifting theory of constant creation has made her a rock-star scientist.
When Sean’s missing spiritual guide, Juno?believed to have been abducted by aliens that are targeting enlightened beings?sends him a telepathic message that his beloved and illuminated M is also in danger, Sean becomes hypervigilant in order to protect her.
Meanwhile, troubling AI-produced literature begins arriving in Sean’s inbox, and the culprit may be an ex-CIA operative with the code name Guru who is intent on revenge. Sean presumes the Guru is also the mastermind behind Genesis, a super-intelligent Russian computer that will connect humans via a network of direct brain-to-brain links. Genesis is seen as the next evolutionary step by the wired-in nation (WiN), a group determined to create a New Society. Are the Guru and WiN after M, who is determined to ensure the ethical rollout of the dangerous “hive-mind” technology, or are the threats figments of Sean’s vivid imagination?his superpower and curse?
WINNER Visionary Fiction 2023 American Fiction Awards
Following their dreams of authorship, six fictional women converged in Upstate New York for a writing workshop. No amount of foreshadowing could have painted the twists and turns of their journey.
Built on sisterhood, a quintet of real-life writers known as “The Inkslingers” penned this novel in a spirit of collaboration and perseverance. They dreamed up characters with distinctive voices and over the course of many moons interwove their writings into a single book, a tribute to their friendship. Often humorous, at times haunting, this captivating literary work of magical realism is testimony to the power of the written word to inspire people—in fiction and in real life—to navigate life’s curves and transcend challenges of small and pandemic proportions.
WINNER Fiction: Visionary 2023 International Book Awards
Pamela Colman Smith, newly arrived from New York to her birthplace of London, is received as an oddball in Victorian society. Her second sight helps her in her new job: illustrating tarot cards for the Golden Dawn, a newly formed occult group. But when Pamela refuses to share her creations with Aleister Crowley, a controversial magician, he issues a threat: give up the cards’ power, or he’ll harm her muses.
In the midst of this battle, two of Pamela’s idols, the actors Henry Irving and William Terriss, take her under their wing. Henry, who tutors her as the leader of the Lyceum Theatre, becomes the muse for her Magician card. William Terriss, teaching her by examples of instinct and courage, becomes the muse for her Fool card. As Pamela begins to create the tarot deck, she is almost overwhelmed by the race to possess the magical power of her cards. In order to defeat Aleister, Henry and William will have to transform into living incarnations of the Magician and the Fool—and Pamela will have to learn how to conjure her own magic.