To be sure, using an animated book trailer has a hint of controversy to it since it is in an opposite medium of artistic impression. (Or so the New Yorker would have us think! ) The song on the book trailer was co written with Fermionic and is the opening cut on his CD "Witnessing Time." With certain, circuitous logic the lyrics in the song mention "Nash's Equilibrium"
Hard science fiction is supposed to work from the established laws of Physics and then either gradually distort them or bend one out of shape while still in principle holding to some kind of discipline. The plot of this novel doesn't neatly fit into the genre, since it takes graceful liberties with many Newtonian and Quantum concepts. There are also generous amounts of Game Theory playfully used throughout the book.
The story centers on and is written from the point of view of the lead protagonist, Dr. Dawson Curgalff. As a world renowned virologist Dr. Dawson Curgalff (one of the winners of the coveted Conway Awards) finds herself on the fringe of a life overwhelmed. In addition to searching the world for the animal hosts of zoonotic lethal viruses she has steadily collected war orphans and extracted them from combat zones. Unknown to her public admirers, she is also a formidable opponent on the battlefield. After a lifetime of struggling to rescue war orphans from the clutches of insurgent generals she has accumulated enemies and left a long trail of rotting corpses. In certain circles the mere mention of her name brings on a certainty of fear. She hasn't survived by just getting through experiences. She has survived by damaging those who have opposed her without conscience or remorse.
The Conway Award was supposed to provide extreme funding for people who might be brilliant enough to stop the extinction of mankind. She hadn't done that and knew her efforts had been fought to a standstill. On her way to receive more money from the Conway Foundation she learns that the first love of her life, Bradford Ramsden, was recently found shot. After the award dinner in New York Mr. Conway asks her to go an identify the body which is being held in a morgue in Newark. Ramsden had disappeared suddenly from her life, and the world, just after getting his award over thirty years ago.
She is accompanied on this quest by Liam Stephens, her fellow award winner who also had also been friends with Ramsden decades ago. When they see the body they both realize that it is not Brad but a body double. Agreeing to identify the corpse as Brad they begin to investigate why there is a body double. Apparently Ramsden had created a decades long, deep cover identity. Shortly thereafter events begin to spiral dramatically out of control.
Liam Stephens is killed, shot right through the head by the same caliber bullet that killed the Brad double. She is now being investigated for her connections to both murders and three others committed by the same assassin. She becomes fatally ill from an unknown dehydrating disease and goes blind as well. Awaking in the hospital late in the night she realizes that Brad is sitting on the floor in her hospital room. He is very much alive and has achieved the Conway Award goal, after a fashion.
He is going to implement a plan that will force governments around the world to decrease the sizes of their standing armies and destroy all of their weapons of mass destruction. Dawson isn't sure what to do. Instantly she is drawn back to this man, the first real love of her life- like a lemming to the edge of a very high cliff - she is compelled. He wants her to be part of his plan. He cures her blindness and the dehydration and convinces her what he has is real. How does she know the plan has power? Brad is the one who struck her down and made her blind and now has healed her. She is furious but seduced by the reality, ruthlessness and audacity of his action. He wants her to be the spokesperson to the world and announce his plan and vision for humanity. The leaders of the world must step back immediately from the edge of the extinction abyss they have lead us to. There can be no compromise no negotiation-
Within the story there is mention of a number of very current scientific findings and authentic materials freely brought up in the story to keep the the sense of science perking along. Quite unlike most novels in this genre the style and pacing of the telling of the story is broken up with game theory deliberations as well as a rasher of international aphorisms and several neologisms. It is expected that the readership of such a tale might be limited, but enthusiastic.
With respect to dressing out the on-line concept of the book the main characters and author have their own Twitter sites (@whentoquit, @RingletsOfLogan, and @Curgalff) The Facebook reader page is www.facebook.com/
Several eBookseller to have the link up but the link for purchasing WHEN TO QUIT on Amazon is- http://www.amazon.com/
There are numeric codes at the back of the book which will come into play at certain dates in the future should a fan base emerge. There will be prizes and gifts offered for people who have actually purchased and read the book and wish to remain in touch either with the author, or the characters.
WHEN TO QUIT is now or will shortly be available for sale on most major eBookseller sites and reviews and criticisms- especially from hard science fiction readers- are most welcome.