Brooklyn Author Hudson Owen's New Novel Strikes Right Digital vs. Paper Balance

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A 21st Century astronaut writes love letters from deep space to his former wife on Earth.

The debate rages today: What happens to books? Traditional publishing is rocked by the onslaught from e-publishing. Writing in 2045, as the story begins, Max knows the answer.

Max once lived the literary life with his wife Cynthia, on Earth, in the 20th Century. Now, regenerated mid-21st Century, he is a humble librarian aboard the Starship Solar Queen, probing toward the far ends of the universe.

When he is not being harassed by his supervisor, Vandora, he gets off a letter to Cynthia, back home, first penned in ink, for his pleasure, then transmitted at hyperlight speed. Max prints up hardcopy as needed and watches eyelid movies.

Of books, Max writes: “I think of them in Morocco, buckram, tortoise shell, velvet, sturdy and solid in a row on walnut shelves, or sprawled open on a table by the window or beneath a tree in summer…From double-elephant to the size of a nutshell, they ruled the world.”

Dear Cynthia is a literary novel with sci fi touches. It speaks to Baby Boomers who watched Star Trek and also read major authors. It flashes novelty and demonstrates the things that endure. Max’s romance with Cynthia begins in the 1960s.

To Cynthia: “You had a magical quality to you. Things you touched worked; people you touched turned on and said the right things in your presence. Light was kind to you, as if you had the power to embarrass it. No, you weren’t perfect. How could I love someone who was?”

A gorgeous stowaway will complicate Max’s life. After a warp accident, strife divides the starship crew into those who want to continue the mission and those who want to return home. Through it all, Max writes to the love of his life. Will he ever see Cynthia again?

Dear Cynthia is available on Amazon Kindle. I can email review copies.

Hudson Owen is a published poet and essayist, and produced playwright in NYC, where he has also acted professionally.

CONTACT: Hudson Owen
hudcity(at)msn(dot)com
347-393-5118

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