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Strange Attractors: A Story About Roswell Paperback – October 1, 2012
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"Strange Attractors reminds me of what made some of the early pulps so good - a well-developed plot that interweaves with the characters and the science in an engaging, unique way. An enjoyable read sure to find an audience."
- Russell Davis, past president of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and author of 40 novels
"Mark Todd's Strange Attractors was one devil of a job for a fledgling science fiction writer to set himself; it's the most difficult type of time-travel story, the single world of braided causality. The good news is, he's done it. Strange Attractors works its infinite magic in a wonderfully finite space in a manner both fully dimensioned and utterly fractal. Bravo, Mark, and keep them coming."
- John Barnes, Hugo-nominated and three-time Nebula-nominated SF author of Orbital Resonance, A Million Open Doors, Mother of Storms, and Tales of the Madman Underground.
"Todd combines a complex plot with equally complex characters who just make you want to read more. This novel is rich in both ideas and personalities, promising a twisty turny ride through a world that is both surprising, and frighteningly familiar."
- Barbara Chepaitis, author of six SF novels, including Something Unpredictable and A Lunatic Fear
Nominated for the COLORADO BOOK AWARD in genre fiction
From the Author
If you like the novel, I hope you'll consider reviewing it. And don't overlook my "Book Extras" in Shelfari, including a Glossary of specialized terms invented for the novel. Go to shelfari.com/books/31596578/Strange-Attractors-A-Story-About-Roswell. What really happened at Roswell in July 1947? The true events have passed irrevocably from history into myth, and my novel explores one possible scenario that accounts for the presence of entities that do not belong in the Cold War-era New Mexico desert. On a narrative tapestry that braids three timelines -- the late 1940s, the early 2000s, and the 2060s -- I've offered an explanation that pulls together threads I think are as likely as any other proposed E.T. visitation.
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Why is Strange Attractors five-star good?
Let's do it list-style. You will like this book if you like: a difficult-to-pull-off, time-spanning narrative that's nonetheless executed both flawlessly and dramatically; three totally awesome (and plausible (and terrifying)) apocalyptic scenarios; well-intentioned, likable characters who are nonetheless damaged goods; theoretical science distilled so it's easy to understand (seriously: Google "strange attractors." That's a real science-y thing and it's layered into the novel to make time travel seem probable. Todd could've BS'ed the whole thing, but he didn't.); romance and thrills (it's all pretty PG; buy a copy for your kid; he/she might learn something); a page-turner (I burned through the last 70% of the book in one sitting because I HAD TO); a well drawn female protagonist (Todd writes strong women who aren't groan-inducing hookers-with-swords; protag Morgan Johanssen is someone who could actually exist); a pull-no-punches, what-happens-next narrative; sci-fi; a good time.
Who doesn't like a good time?
It's a much better tale. The depth of imagination, combined with scientific research, takes the reader right into the world of genetic engineering, fractals, nano-plagues, time travel, Jungian psychology, and a storyteller with an incredible responsibility. All this and more...kept me up reading till dawn waiting to find out if the "storyteller" could indeed change the course of history. Incredible writing! We need to hear more from this "storyteller," Mark Todd.