As many of you know, the past year was rife with personal challenges for me, including being told I had a brain tumor (turns out I don’t) and some kind of whacky chemical imbalance. You can read about it here. I started writing Infinite during my decline. During the worst of it, I wasn’t writing at all, for a period of nearly three months. Then, while my mind sorted itself out and I processed some weirdly intense and out of control emotions, I finished writing the book.
The result is a story that, in some ways, parallels my own journey through despair. As a result it’s a little more character driven and explores deeper themes. That doesn’t mean there aren’t monsters, craziness, and mayhem starting in Chapter 1, just that there is more to it. Probably most comparable to The Distance.
Have you ever wondered what’s at the edge of everything? What if you could travel there? What would you find? These are the questions that inspired Infinite. William Chanohk never asked or even wondered these questions, but his ancestor did, so now I’m taking him on a trip without end. That last sentence will make sense…later.
Despite the circumstances of this book’s writing, I had a lot of fun exploring the infinite. The book anchored me, and now I’m thrilled to be sharing it with the world. Since it’s a more personal book than my others, I’m a little nervous about what the response will be (you can reassure me by posting reviews on Amazon…which will also help sales!), but anyone who enjoyed Apocalypse Machine and The Distance will feel right at home with Infinite. On to the story!
SEARCHING FOR A NEW HOME…
The Galahad, a faster-than-light spacecraft, carries fifty scientists and engineers on a mission to prepare Kepler 452b, Earth’s nearest habitable neighbor at 1400 light years away. With Earth no longer habitable and the Mars colony slowly failing, they are humanity’s best hope.
After ten years in a failed cryogenic bed—body asleep, mind awake—William Chanokh’s torture comes to an end as the fog clears, the hatch opens, and his friend and fellow hacker, Tom, greets him…by stabbing a screwdriver into his heart. This is the first time William dies.
It is not the last.
When he wakes from death, William discovers that all but one crew member—Capria Dixon—is either dead at Tom’s hands, or escaped to the surface of Kepler 452b. This dire situation is made worse when Tom attacks again—and is killed. Driven mad by a rare reaction to extended cryo-sleep, Tom hacked the Galahad’s navigation system and locked the ship on a faster-than-light journey through the universe, destination: nowhere. Ever.
Mysteriously immortal, William is taken on a journey with no end, where he encounters solitary desperation, strange and violent lifeforms, a forbidden love, and the nature of reality itself.
…HE DISCOVERS THE INFINITE.
During some of the first days of my emotional rebound, I hosted the annual RobinsonFest (a weekend of awesomeness with fans, collaborators, and myself). During the worst of it, I debated cancelling the event. I could barely handle the grocery store, how could I hang out with 30 people and be ‘on’ the whole time?
I’ve been saying it for years, but this year I was proved correct as RobinsonFest attendees buoyed and encouraged me. It wasn’t long after the event that I was back to writing and completing Infinite. That’s just a little context as I once again say THANK YOU for supporting me (whether you came to RobinsonFest or not), for reading the books, for posting reviews, and spreading the word. You guys are awesome, and I hope you enjoy Infinite!
PS: RobinsonFest information and registration for 2017 will be available soon. While we are likely expanding again this year, we will still have a cap on attendance, so keep your eyes open and sign up early.
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I typically am not one to comment but as a huge fan of your work and a voracious reader I wanted to stop and say thank you. I just finished reading Infinite and after seeing the note from you I felt compelled to stop by and express my gratitude. Having read nearly all of your works after discovering the Jack Sigler series several years ago you have become likely my favorite author. I sincerely hope you find yourself well and continue to put out amazing works of fiction.
Thanks Ray! Happy to hear it. If you have time, would you mind posting a quick review on Amazon? Doesn’t have to be long or complicated, but they all help a lot, with Infinite being a bit different from my other novels, it could use some bonus support. 🙂
It’s always enjoyable when one of my favorite authors takes a different track. I read Infinity 8 in 2 days and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the ending which really never ended. Your note at the end was indeed important to me as a reader, and I’m glad you’ve come through it all. Feel free to continue to write about anything at all!
Thank you! The stories are going to get weirder and better from here…I hope. 🙂 Though, Infinite is pretty weird…
If you have a moment, could you post a review on Amazon? They help more than people realize. Thanks!
I finished the book in a day and a half and loved it! I would love to see a sequel to this book if that is something you’d consider!
I’m working on puttin up an Amazon review!
Only partly through Infinite, but I thought I’d point out a small error – you mixed up the activate/deactivate words for the great escape given on page 97. The activate word is used to deactivate on page 118 and again on 119 (that’s as far as I’ve gotten so I can’t say if those are the last of the mix-ups). Interesting read so far though 🙂