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  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Science Fiction / High Tech
  • Language:English
  • Pages:192
  • Format:Paperback
  • eBook ISBN:9781543926736
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543926729

The Lost Petal of the White Rose

by Grant Winston

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Overview
The Lost Petal of The White Rose is science fiction blended into the background of a dysfunctional American government that has been taken over by the multi-national corporations and powerful elite. The novel is told from the voices of two strong female characters--astronomers and astro-physicists Melibea Paz and her mentor Dr. Trailing Arbutus Banks. Melibea discovers a supernova, but then the supernova mysteriously disappears. The world's scientists discover that the SN and part of the White Rose Galaxy have been consumed by another universe that is expanding toward Earth. They attempt to procure funding to find a way to stop the other universe from devouring our own, only to confront a stubbornly resistant congress beholden to corporate powers. As the other universe approaches Earth at a speed faster than light, Melibea faces her own personal conflicts in her relation with the man she loves and her growing feelings for a fellow astronomer. Earth is eventually saved by an unexpected source from deep in space. The novel is told in the voice of two strong female characters who never say quit. And amid all the SF and political drama with a government that has become the enemy of truth, appear a number of quirky characters and loads of humor.
Description
The Lost Petal of The White Rose is the tale of Melibea Paz. The novel is set in America in the near future. Melibea, or Mel, is a post-graduate student of astronomy searching for an undiscovered supernova in The White Rose Galaxy. There she finds what appears to be a supernova, only to have it mysteriously disappear. The astronomers and astro-physicists across the world determine that the supernova, and a large portion of The White Rose Galaxy, have been consumed by the birthing of an entirely different universe than our own. What's more, the other universe's faster-than-light Big Bang expansion is discovered to be moving directly toward Earth. A scientific consensus grows espousing that research and development must be done to find a way to prevent the encroachment of the foreign universe before its too late. But that will cost money-- lots and lots of money. Melibea and her mentor, Dr. Trailing Arbutus Banks, take their case for appropriations to the U. S. Congress. But the multi-national corporations and powerful elite forces have completed their co-opting of American government, and money spent to avoid a coming catastrophe to Earth's very existence would divert funds from and further damage their own self-interest--profits. So congress and the monied interests stubbornly resist giving help to save Earth, even in the face of scientific consensus that something must be done, and quickly. Meanwhile, Melibea finds herself torn between her problematic relationship with the man she loves, and her growing affection for her fellow astronomy grad student, giving her conflicts to resolve on Earth, as well as the conflicts in battling the menace approaching Earth from more than 300 million light years away. Earth is eventually saved, but in a plot twist, from an entirely unexpected source arriving from deep in our own universe. The novel's heroes, Melibea and Dr. Banks, are the two main protagonists, both strong females who never say quit. The Lost Petal of The White Rose bends the genre of science fiction into the background of a dysfunctional American government that has become the enemy of truth. And amid all the SF and political drama and love interests, appear a number of quirky characters and loads of humor.
About the author
Grant Winston was born and raised in Kentucky. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a J.D., and began practicing law in Kentucky in 1981. In 1996 he moved to Arizona, and continued practicing law there. He retired in 2015 to spend more time with his wife and their newborn daughter. Grant has always been a voracious reader of history, philosophy, and literature, and upon retirement felt free at last to try his hand at writing his own fiction. The Lost Petal of The White Rose is Grant's first novel, and he is currently completing his second novel, Life on Ampelus. Grant and his wife reside near Tucson, Arizona, with their two young daughters.
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