New Sci-Fi Anthology Offers Quest for Self-Truth and Redemption

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Roland Allnach’s new speculative science fiction anthology, “Remnant,” provides an other-worldy atmosphere where characters explore their own truths and moral centers in their quests for meaning, a sense of belonging, inner peace, and redemption.

Roland Allnach has penned three powerful psychological tales of self-exploration by placing his characters in other-worldly situations that cause them to question their past decisions, their future hope for inner peace, and who they truly are in his new speculative science fiction anthology “Remnant” (ISBN 9780984629701, All Things That Matter Press, 2010).

“Remnant” is a one author anthology of three powerful stories linked together by theme. With their other-worldly atmosphere, the stories work as behavior studies that explore difficult situations that could easily happen in the real world given the right conditions. In each novella, the character questions himself as he seeks to discover the truth about who he is, what he has done, where his moral center lies, and how he might redeem himself to make peace with his past.

Within this gripping anthology, readers will find themselves caught up in the characters’ moral quandaries as they question issues of right and wrong and how to redeem themselves from the wrong they have often inflicted. In the first novella, “All the Fallen Angels,” a convicted war criminal attempts to make peace with his past; in “Enemy, I Know You Not,” a captured and tortured military officer tries to find his loyalty in an abyss of suspected betrayals; and in “Remnant,” the survivor of a global pandemic is confronted with the prospect of making peace with his memories when other survivors attempt to bring him back from self-imposed isolation.

Allnach’s writing is speculative in its questioning of the human condition and the decisions people make. As a science-fiction author, he is more interested in drawing upon classical and universal themes than focusing on technology. In a recent interview with Reader Views, Allnach discussed his affinity for asking “What if?” questions in his work, by saying, “They are not meant to be easy questions, but I think that’s what makes them interesting. Is it wrong to commit murder to preserve yourself in an inhospitable situation? What if physical survival is not enough, or more importantly, what is physical survival worth if the price is a blighted conscience?”

Reviewers are responding with five star praise for Allnach’s talent. Reader Views states that Allnach’s writing is “haunting, begging for an interactive response from the reader in an honest self appraisal….Allnach is destined to become recognized for his contributions in whatever genre of writing he may choose.” The San Francisco Book Review states, “Allnach’s writing style can be described as smart, elegant, and addicting.” And Feathered Quill declares, “With each story offered, the author gets better and better. He also makes solid points about faith; trust; hope; and the horrible things that can happen to a person’s mind when they feel desperate and alone.” With such praise, Allnach may well become the Alfred Hitchcock of speculative fiction.

About the Author

Roland Allnach has been writing since his early teens. He is an avid reader, with his main interests residing in history, mythology, and literary classics, along with some fantasy and science fiction in his earlier years. By nature a do-it-yourself type of personality, his creative inclinations started with art and evolved to the written word. After deciding to approach writing as a profession and not a hobby, he secured publication for a number of short stories, received a nomination for inclusion in the Pushcart Anthology, built his own website, and in November 2010, realized publication for an anthology of three novellas, titled “Remnant,” from All Things That Matter Press. “Remnant” was also recognized as a ‘Finalist’ in the Science Fiction category of the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards.

“Remnant” (ISBN 9780984629701, All Things That Matter Press, 2010) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact: Review copies available upon request.


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