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Worldjumpers: An amazing Journey to Parallel Worlds Paperback – August 23, 2011
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From the Author
Inspired in part by the Science-Fiction TV series Sliders, I wrote this adventure during my earliest months of telemarketing work in 2009 from a short story idea I never finished years earlier. I made the main adventure's characters all teenagers to create a young adult audience appeal, but made them more mature due to being raised in an orphanage without parents. I also made them all mutants born on their home Earth just after the Third World War in 1997 that killed all life on that parallel universe's world, apart from anything under the energy dome protecting the small town of Hope Valley, Ohio and its 5,000 odd inhabitants. I began the story on July 4th, 2012 as a reflection of how the American nuclear war survivors clinging to old traditions, introducing retired professor Thaddeus Woodcock (inventor of the energy shield when working on SDI research at Ohio University) and his (daughter's son) grandson Alon E. Strange Chance, on of the town's 47 teenage mutant children born post war. I also placed the December 21, 2012 doomsday date as the date when the shield would begin failing to protect Hope Valley. Woodcock calculates the date and devises a plan to send scouts to parallel Earths to find somewhere for the survivors' evacuation. I could have stretched out the search across many more depicted alternate Earths than featured, but that could be explored more in some other medium (such as a TV series or miniseries), and sometimes glossed over some of the places where the seven teenage scouts (including Alon) visit.
Having the scouts cut off from Woodcock's technology that sent them out the first time, they learn Alon Chance can travel between parallel Earths randomly and take anyone in proximity to him along for the trip. He possesses this power (in addition to his telepathic/telekinetic mutant abilities) due to being the son of a missing father reunited with him during the story from an Earth where humans develop parallel universe travel - the Worldjumper service. After finding unsuitable Earths and losing two of the other scouts on their travels, Alon and his fellow mutants find a perfect world after discerning their Earth has died too late to save other survivors in Hope Valley. Unfortunately, the teenagers learn they must make a great change and take one last journey of faith to have that paradise.
From the Back Cover
Seven teenagers - outcast mutants in their own world, a planet Earth dying from the results of World War III fifteen years earlier - must undertake an amazing and perilous journey to other Earths seeking a new home for survivors trapped inside Hope Valley, Ohio. Using technology developed by the town's eminent scientist Dr. Thaddeus S. Woodcock, and then the power of mutant teenager Alon E. Strange Chance, the scouts from Hope Valley explomutantvarious parallel Earths with only months remaining to find the correct one before every survivor under 2012 Hope Valley's protective force field dies.
Author John X. Grey takes the reader with these seven youths on their journey into danger, dystopia and even an unexpected paradise with its own price.