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Product Details

  • Series: Catalyst Chronicles
  • Paperback: 134 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475056230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475056235
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,282,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading at the age of three and only stops when absolutely required to. Although she hasn't been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school. Her science fiction novella Move Over Ms. L. (an early version of Lyon's Legacy) earned an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards, and her short story "A Reptile at the Reunion" was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons. She is a founding member of BroadUniverse and a long-time member of the Online Writing Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror. Her undergraduate degree is in molecular biology/English, and she has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree. Her current day job is in the laboratory of an enzyme company; she's also been a technical writer and a part-time copyeditor for a local newspaper. Some of her other accomplishments are losing on Jeopardy! and taking a stuffed orca to three continents. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene; and son, Alex. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock (particularly the Beatles), and watching improv comedy.

More About the Author

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading at the age of three and only stops when absolutely required to. Although she hasn't been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school. Her science fiction novella Move Over Ms. L. (an early version of Lyon's Legacy) earned an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards, and her short story "A Reptile at the Reunion" was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons. She is a founding member of BroadUniverse and a long-time member of the Online Writing Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror. Her undergraduate degree is in molecular biology/English, and she has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree. Her current day job is in the laboratory of an enzyme company; she's also been a technical writer and a part-time copyeditor for a local newspaper. Some of her other accomplishments are losing on Jeopardy! and taking a stuffed orca to three continents. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene; and son, Alex. In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock (particularly the Beatles), and watching improv comedy.

Sandra can be found online at her website, blog, and Twitter. Future projects from Sandra include a standalone fantasy story called "The Fighting Roses of Sharon"; Twinned Universes, the second book in the science fiction Catalyst Chronicles series; and Scattered Seasons, the first book in the fantasy Season Lords series.

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Well written characters drive the story and Joanna's turmoil over her choices is palpable.
bookblogger
Sean is an extremely talented musician,a young man, and someone whom his great granddaughter has been sequestered to obtain DNA from so that they can clone him.
Michael Offutt
With a clever and refreshing plot, Lyon's Legacy blends intriguing characters, science fiction, and pop culture, into a fun, quirky read.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CelticMongrel on November 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Lyon's Legacy is the story of Joanna Lyon, aka a descendant of the great rock musician Sean Lyon, a figure that she grew up being compared to at every turn. Living in the shadow of this long-dead demigod has both made Joanna run from her family's expected tradition of making music and the idea of the man himself. But it's not until she's coerced into traveling back in time for devious reasons that she begins to discover the truth about Sean, about a few other people she meets along the way, and about herself.

Lyon's Legacy is a fun, fast-paced ride through a scientifically and socially advanced alternate universe and the 1960's Earth of our own. The narration never lags, the background details give an immediate sense of place, and the words and actions of each character reveal them to be every bit as loyal, confused, selfish, funny, and loving as we are - in short, human. I recommend this book to anyone who's ever wanted to take a trip somewhere far away and find out who they are on the way.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bookblogger on February 13, 2012
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Lyon's Legacy by Sandar Ulbrich Almazan follow the life of Joanna Lyon. As the great granddaughter of the most influential musician ever her life has been strongly directed towards music. Unfortunately she is not interested in pursuing that life and at time almost hates her ancestor for forcing her info a life of semi-celebrity just because of who her family is.

Joanna just wants to be a scientist and work peacefully in a lab. Her uncle has other plans for her however, as well as controlling the majority of the family money that she should be entitled to. He makes a deal that is she travels through a wormhole to get DNA from her great grandfather he will give her the money she needs to go to school and remove himself from her life forever. Things never really seem to go as planned...

While being a relatively short read Lyon's Legacy was extremely entertaining. Sandra is a big fan of science herself and it shows through in her writing. The society that Joanna lives in confused me a bit as music seemed to play an immense role, but that could have just been the way it affected her due to her family. Well written characters drive the story and Joanna's turmoil over her choices is palpable. I'm not sure I have read anything quite like this, but I am eager to see more from the author.

A very well done novella debut from Sandra Ulbrich Almazan brings another indie author to keep an eye on into the picture.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By BJ Fraser VINE VOICE on January 5, 2012
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As I've said before in reviews, there are some books that are much too long and there are others that are much too short. This falls into the latter category. While I enjoyed reading the book, I wished it had been longer, to give more time for the story and characters to grow.

The story takes place in the late 21st Century, in a future world that isn't apocalyptic, but not a utopia either. Getting into a PhD program is difficult because of government regulations, but Joanna Lyon still yearns to be a geneticist anyway.

Her rich uncle offers her a way to get the money for enrolling in grad school. All Joanna has to do is get on a spaceship, go through a wormhole, and find her famous ancestor, music legend Sean Lyon.

That's a problem for Joanna because she's grown up in Sean's shadow her entire life. Her uncle even tried to make her go on tour as a tribute act, but Joanna refused, creating bad blood between them. Still, if it means making her dreams come true, maybe she can do what her uncle wants and meet the man who inadvertently ruined her life.

That's just the tip of the iceberg. For a novella, there is quite a bit happening. I really wanted more interaction between Sean and Joanna. Though maybe that will happen in the sequels. Certainly everything is set up for a sequel.

As I said at the beginning, the only real complaint I have is that I wish there had been more. Everything, especially her relationship with George, seems to move so quickly. A full novel would have given the story a little more time to breathe.

Still highly recommended.

That is all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Heidi_g on November 4, 2011
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In a future where cloning and a twinned earth offer a calculating music executive the opportunity to do more than just "recreate the music" author Sandra Ulbrich Almazan introduces the Lyon family.

Joanna Lyon is a scientist, not a musician. But her wealthy Uncle Jack is obsessed with the musical talent--and money making capacity--carried in their family's DNA. Sean Lyon, their mutual ancestor, was a rock and roll superstar.

When Uncle Jack backs Joanna into a financial corner, she's determined he'll never get his hands on the DNA he's sent her to the alternate earth to retrieve.

With a clever and refreshing plot, Lyon's Legacy blends intriguing characters, science fiction, and pop culture, into a fun, quirky read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Briane F. Pagel Jr. on November 1, 2011
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I recently read Lyon's Legacy and loved it. Almazan's mixture of real (seeming?) science, science-fiction, and family dynamics plays out extremely well, and the story remains relatable while never becoming predictable, which is to say that every time I thought "Oh, I bet this happens," it didn't and something even better happened. The characters are believable and well-written and the story manages that delicate balance of description and action; it's neither Vonnegut-esquely sparse nor John Irving-ishly overwhelming in detail.

I don't read quickly, but the book isn't a long one and it drew me back to it each night to find out what happened next.

Among the most interesting things Almazan does in this book is the character of Sean Lyon himself; for the first 1/3 of the book or so, Sean is simply someone everyone mentions, with varying degrees of reverence or anger, and he becomes and outsized notion, so when Almazan actually brings Sean into the story, it could have been disastrous, but Sean was one of my favorite characters in the book, which speaks of the skill Almazan displays.

Lyon's Legacy is a must-read for anyone who wants a brisk but compelling story that manages to center a family story amidst the wonder of science.

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