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The Telefax Box Paperback – March 31, 2008
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Toni Seger has been a professional writer for over 40 years. Her many interests are evident in her fiction, theater, film work and other writing. Toni Seger has been a professional writer more than 40 years. Her many interests are evident in her novels, plays, film work and other writing. Her plays receive raves whenever they’re performed and have been staged in Portland, Maine, New York City, London and cable television. For the last decade, Seger has been a multi-media artist recording professional interpretations of poetry by Timothy Victor Richardson and interpreted by Jeff Flint as well as producing films on DVD inspired by Richardson’s work. An award winning film maker, her film ‘The Force of Poetry’, is a reading and lecture on the meaning, mechanics and significance of poetry. In its endorsement, Maine Public Broadcasting wrote: “The effect is to inject life and heartbeat into what is often thought of as an inert, hard-to-read art form, and the result is educational and entertaining.” A former art dealer and proponent of the arts in all forms, Seger is the founder of the Western Maine Cultural Alliance using her extensive background in cultural marketing to open opportunities for artists in the rural scenic landscape she loves. 'The Telefax Box' is the first in a series of three novels satirizing the pros and cons of our modern mechanized world. People's numerical identification defines their capability, gene pools determine career placement, research laboratories offer the most prestigious professions and with ubiquitous spy technology, privacy is virtually non-existent. The consequences of creating a modern Frankenstein are explored in the last two books of the trilogy.
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Atla II, the sixth planet in the Drexia System, known as Central Command Laboratory, is home to the Machine, a God like computer that controls and documents everything that goes on. Druscan, a Tertian from Central Command, is vacationing on a gambling asteroid. He meets Llona, a Samerac, who convinces him to be her gaming partner. They are playing against Mishta, a Zanton and Toja, a Scroge, who sports scaly, flakey skin. When Toja's dead body is discovered, Druscan is questioned. Meanwhile a second death occurs at a well-secured lab at Central Command. Sudbury, a Borck scientist, who is developing functional machinery, is murdered but the Machine has no record of it. Some believe the Machine made a mistake but that amounts to blasphemy. The mystery deepens and the various species must overcome their culturally biased attitudes to solve it.
Those looking for action scenes will be disappointed. This story is all about the mystery and intrigue. The plot is propelled Seger's well-written dialogue. Her strengths lie in world building and character creation. Her galaxy is populated with many different races that adhere to a strict social hierarchy that is rife with prejudice. Their deeply ingrained and established attitudes influence their behavior. There are Zantons, creatures with elongated limbs who hold powerful positions, aquatic Taborites who live in tanks and Sameracs, blue and beautiful, but at the bottom of society because they are anti-machine. Not to mention the Quamats, Tostians, Gulms, Storts and Borcks. With so many bizarre species to track, it's tough to find a protagonist to empathize with, although chief investigator, Eola, is probably the most sympathetic. The Telefax Trilogy is an ambitious undertaking, a provocative story that sometimes plods along, but is ultimately an entertaining and worthwhile read. There's a satisfying conclusion that sets things up nicely for future books. It's a promising beginning and I look forward to reading more.
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From the imagination of Toni Seger comes the first book in a Trilogy of futuristic satirical distinction.Read more