On a world he doesn’t yet know is doomed, Lije, an astrophysicist, sits at a radar tracking station, tracking boring space junk. One night, he notices a satellite veering off course before disappearing into the darkness. Curious, he investigates and discovers a small black hole—and it’s getting closer. The Earth has maybe two weeks before it is swallowed.
Years before, Lije’s life took a dark turn when Laura Bess, the love of his life, was lost in a plane crash. Little does he know, but this seemingly random discovery in the night sky holds the key to a happiness he never dared to dream he could know again.
After his shift, as he’s grabbing a bite in a coffee shop, his lost love walks up and says hello.
Laura Bess, it turns out, is alive—and living in an alternate reality. After Lije gets over his shock, Laura Bess explains that, using a skill she’s had since childhood, she was able to “step aside” from the crashing plane into one of the alternate universes she calls elsewhens—but she was trapped. In her new life, she finds work at a top-secret teleportation program, hoping to make her way back to Lije. When she is seen vanishing to connect with Lije, the authorities think that she has stolen the secret to teleportation.
Now, Lije must rescue Laura from a sadistic security agent from her alternate universe. With the black hole closing in on his world, can they find a way to cross over to a third elsewhen before it’s too late?
KIRKUS BOOK REVIEWIn Bullock’s sci-fi romance, a man who thought he’d lost the love of his life in a plane crash discovers that she’s not only alive but she has the ability to move between alternate universes. Astrophysicist Lije’s life took a turn for the worse years ago when his soul mate and girlfriend, Laura Bess, was killed in a plane crash. Now, he leads a minimal existence tracking space debris at an observatory. One day, though, Laura Bess reappears to him. She’s not dead, and she has the ability to move between alternate universes—she’s currently living in one—although she can’t control the ability. The remainder of the book deals with the couple’s desperate attempt to find a safe haven for them both as an approaching black hole threatens to obliterate Lije’s world—the current Earth—and Folter, a sadistic government agent, tries to destroy Laura Bess. Bullock’s intriguing story combines elements of science fiction, romance and suspense. The idea that time and existence are like rivers that flow may be a sci-fi staple, but the author wisely doesn’t waste time trying to put a terribly unique spin on the concept; rather, he presents it as fact and quickly moves on, so that the narrative transports the reader rather than stalling with drawn-out attempts at developing a pseudo-science. The believable cast of characters is well-drawn, particularly Lije’s boss, who mourns for the lost days of his youth and the woman he shared it with. While the book encompasses two versions of reality, the author doesn’t get bogged down in describing how the worlds differ, which could have hijacked the story’s momentum. The last portion of the book introduces an additional touch of anxiety in the form of Folter, the nasty government agent. Although a stereotypical cardboard villain consumed by evil, his presence infuses the end of the story with white-knuckle suspense. A focused, fast-paced journey between alternate universes.
Originally from eastern Tennessee, Gary Bullock is an actor and writer. In past lives, he has been a software engineer, radar operator, Hollywood apartment manager, and DJ. One of his passions is building and flying model airplanes. He lives in western North Carolina with his soul mate, Mil Nicholson.
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