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The Black Hole Project

The Black Hole Project:

by G. David Nordley and C. Sanford Lowe

Black Hole Project

  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Variations on a Theme (February 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984955879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984955879
  • Book Size: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Book Type: Trade paperback
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Cover Price: none
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.95 to $17.95

Cover Blurb:

Schemes may unfold in an instant, and be communicated in minutes. But when such schemes involve the rearrangement of the heavens, some time is required.

What if you could warp spacetime, experiment with quantum gravity, and convert mass into energy with unprecedented efficiency? You could, if you made a micro-black hole, a black hole which could be used as a power source, or as a weapon. Whoever had the black hole would be invincible. To create such power you'd need mass and energy from four star systems, coordinated over light years and decades. You'd need to overcome fear mongers, and the politicians who feed on them, and battle saboteurs every step of the way. But if you're Dr. Hilda Kremer, you'll fight anyone, even your own father, to make it happen.

The Black Hole Project is a high-tech, hard science fiction adventure covering light years in the quest to build the ultimate source of power.

Excerpt:

The light echo racing across the rings and body of Shiva was, indeed, a wonder to behold. The rings and few high clouds on the planet changed color as the flash faded from violet to deep red. The bulk of the planet was momentarily a brilliant blue which darkened and darkened until it seemed a few ruddy-gold clouds floated in the darkness of the void itself.

Tse Wen allowed himself the slightest frown. He had conceived the project and managed it across four star systems and this lone planet. But the game was not over yet. There were hidden strategies, moves placed in advance to stand guard against an unknown. A step here and a gesture there, and everything could change. But he would have to wait his turn..



About the Authors:

G. David Nordley is a well-known science and science fiction author. He attends space science and science fiction conventions around the world on a regular basis, so may be available for signings in your city. Contact orders@variationspublishing.com to be put in touch with the author.

C. Sanford Lowe (pen name of Candace S. Lowe) is a science fiction writer who co-authored a series of novelettes about the making of a black hole with G. David Nordley. Formerly a newspaper reporter in Boston, a deputy sheriff in Arizona, and an airline pilot in New Mexico, Lowe currently works in IT at Stanford University. She is a winner of the best short story for the New England Science Fiction Association. When not writing, she collaborates on experimental music with her husband, and tutors students studying English as a second language.


To Climb a Flat Mountain

To Climb a Flat Mountain:

by G. David Nordley

To Climb a Flat Mountain

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Variations on a Theme (August 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984955852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984955855
  • Book Size: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Book Type: Trade paperback
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Cover Price: none
  • Suggested Retail Price: $8.99 to $10.99

Cover Blurb:

Trapped on an unknown world, alien beyond all imagining, Jacques Song works to survive, first alone, then rescuing others of his destroyed ship. Their tiny colony faces the harsh environment, their own ideological conflicts, and the ever-looming issue of how they came to be stranded. Was it an accident? Or sabotage?

Excerpt:

Needing some closure, he tore out an empty page of Ascendant's diary after her last entry. Some of the cells of her body would be on that, along with her fingerprints. Also, it represented her future, the unwritten pages of a life that might have extended to the end of time itself. Gone now. He took the page and lit it afire from his charcoal lamp. Its brilliance filled his small cave for a few seconds, then flickered out.

He sang Heinlein's Green Hills of Earth softly and went to sleep with tears in his eyes and an unanswered question in his mind.

Sabotage required a saboteur. Who? It would have been a suicide mission... or maybe not. He was alive, after all.

About the Author:

G. David Nordley is a well-known science and science fiction author. He attends space science and science fiction conventions around the world on a regular basis, so may be available for signings in your city. Contact orders@variationspublishing.com to be put in touch with the author.
WHO Won

WHO Won?!?: An Irreverent Look at the Oscars: 1927-1943 (Volume 1)

by Robert James, Ph.D.

WHO Won?!? Volume 1

  • Paperback: 614 pages
  • Publisher: Variations on a Theme LLC (November 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984955860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984955862
  • Book Size: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
  • Book Type: Trade paperback
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Cover Price: $24.95
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95 to $24.95

Cover blurb:

If you've ever wondered why the Oscars seem to go to the wrong movies, WHO Won?!? is the book for you. Beginning with the first Oscar ceremony, Robert James looks at all the major categories, slashing and burning his way through the bad, praising the good, and offering the best for your consideration. A comic, biting analysis of hundreds of films, WHO Won?!? is a guide to the wonderful movies you missed - and a warning against the ones you should never have seen in the first place. Volume One, 1927-1943 covers the Golden Age of Hollywood, from the death of the silent picture to the heights of studio Hollywood. Year by year, the author considers and discusses the Academy's choices, as well as those which should have been nominated, finishing each category with those which should have won. He often includes some of the history behind the making of the films, as well as how the movies reflect on America. More than just an examination of the choices the Academy made (or should have made), WHO Won?!? provides a yearbook of American cinema, both glorious and disastrous. Deftly switching from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again, WHO Won?!? will leave you both laughing and thinking.

About the Author:

Robert James, Ph.D. is a skilled and dynamic public speaker. He has appeared at conventions, and in television documentaries. As well as being a film and film history expert, Dr. James is a leading researcher in science fiction focusing on author Robert A. Heinlein. Dr. James may be available for signings and appearances in the Los Angeles and southern California area. Please contact the author directly at: rjameswhowon@gmail.com