From the Author
Sonata: A Fantasy in One Movement punches a hole in conventional story-telling as the main characters punch holes in space-time. Nic Parrott, abandoned by his parents at birth, just wants to play guitar and work out his relationship with his lovers, the half-siblings, Colim Bayan and Anna Dyne. Unfortunately, his parents happen to be elemental forces of nature, Father Time and The Ice Queen, who met on opposing sides of a battle in Vietnam. Nic's not the only child with a problematic past, as Harvey Quince escapes his quarreling parents in a spacecraft, the 'Harlequin One!'
If the names sound a little familiar, they are the updated tropes of some of the oldest stock characters in drama, the Commedia dell'Arte. But this particular post-human re-incarnation of Pierrot at one point turns out to be 'The Man in the Sun,' a living sunspot whose neural functions are re-created in the roiling plasma of the solar furnace. And instead of the traditional three acts of drama, the structure of the novel follows the sonata form of classical music. Themes are presented in an exposition, the daily lives of the characters are explored in the development, but the recapitulation takes place on an alien planet where a hive of alien warriors and their Queen-Empress must battle a race of demons ruled by a living wall of flame. Nic must fight to fulfill the prophecies of love's evolution, and Harvey makes the ultimate sacrifice in order to find out who he is, and what he might become.
The author is a programmer who specializes in data visualization, and was formerly a college instructor. His first play was written in graduate school and has written off and on ever since. Sonata: A Fantasy in One Movement is his first novel.