Matthew Adams (whiporee on QT) has signed with agent Allison Hunter of Janklow & Nesbit Associates.
I wrote it because I was curious as to what would happen if presented with that scenario –how would you live your life. I wanted to find out. I’m always reminded of a Garrison Keilor story from Lake Woebegone, where he explains why he’s an author (I think he uses the term liar, but the point is the same). He said that he thinks if he can create the world and get all the details just right, he’ll get to go there. That’s what I did with this book and anything I’ve written – I wanted to see what that world/life would be like, so I tried to create it.
Was there ever a time you felt like giving up, and what helped you to stay on course? I’ve given up on a lot of books. This book is written in three parts, and once I finished the first part, I knew I’d finish the whole thing.
It has to be a joke, right? Or at least a mistake. That’s what student editor Martin Jeffries thinks as he reads the last paragraph of his first-time stringer’s story, the one that predicts a devastating asteroid strike in 20 years.
But then his reporter disappears. The astronomer she interviewed is killed in a car crash, his notes missing. Monica Gables, his unexpected new girlfriend, knows a lot about astronomy. And before he knows it, the next two decades of Martin’s life are defined by a story he’s read but can never prove.
With a focus on realism that rivals Carl Sagan’s CONTACT, THE ATTRACTION OF DISTANT OBJECTS explores the logistic and political realities that such a discovery would require and addresses the inevitable questions that would follow: what kind of life do you carve when you’ve got a long wait for unproveable disaster, how do you manage relationships when the most important part of your life must remain secret? And, most importantly, what do you do about a mountain headed towards you at 30,000 miles an hour?
Complete at 146,000 words, THE ATTRACTION OF DISTANT OBJECTS follows Martin and Monica as they independently and jointly try to answer those questions. In 1994, Martin works to unravel the mystery of the missing reporter; ten years later Monica manages the top-secret government program to deflect the asteroid. Finally, as the rock gets close to impact 20 years after its discovery, both Monica and Martin see the plans they’ve independently made come to fruition. Or not.
I’ve attached (whatever the website asks for) of THE ATTRACTION OF DISTANT OBJECTS below.
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