The Riddle (Children of Two Futures 1)

The Riddle (Children of Two Futures 1)

by G. J. Winters
     
 

From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Chains of Darkness, Song of Teeth, Soulyte, The Magaram Legends, Requiem for a Dream,and Children of Time, now brings you, Children of Two Futures....

THE CAUSES OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HUMAN BEINGS FROM THE WORLD STARTED FROM THE YEAR 7245 AD
AND IN THE DISTANT YEAR OF 7500 AD, THE HUMAN RACE

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From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Chains of Darkness, Song of Teeth, Soulyte, The Magaram Legends, Requiem for a Dream,and Children of Time, now brings you, Children of Two Futures....

THE CAUSES OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HUMAN BEINGS FROM THE WORLD STARTED FROM THE YEAR 7245 AD
AND IN THE DISTANT YEAR OF 7500 AD, THE HUMAN RACE WILL CEASE TO EXIST

In the year 6421 AD, reasons for humanity’s extinction remain unknown to the government and future historians alike. In an era where time travel is possible, historians and journeymen have been forbidden from exploring that time period for any purpose whatsoever.

Nobody knows what will cause human extinction, and nobody has a clue.

But with only a thousand years left to humanity’s existence, an frenetic kind of curiosity spurred the constabulary's highest officials to agree that the future has to be known. No matter how proven it is that nothing in the events of the past can change the future, historians cling onto the fact that a theoretical Zeta Disruption may exist.

The Zeta Disruption, according to temporal theory, is a person—or animal—capable of changing the future. The Zeta Disruption can change the entire course of humanity.

Savannah Proehl and Kenneth Yardrow are pulled forward into the year 7245 to do exactly just that. They are given the rare chance to make a positive change to the world by discovering the causes of human destruction and answering a mysterious riddle.

But as young as they are, even they themselves are unsure if they can fulfill this gargantuan task. Still, the fate of humanity lies in their hands and it is up to them to save humanity from its demise.

Will they be able to unearth the truth? Will they be able to save the humans from obliteration?

Only one way to find out….

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EXCERPT
Even after hearing the riddle, Savannah Proehl hadn't been able to make much sense of it, other than to figure out the number fourteen was important to her mission to save the world. After getting the Soonseen's Lonnan Nation to cease firing at a ship from their Kinnan Nation, President Kunan Slaan had asked her to stick around in the future for a while.

The problem of the human race dying out as a result of Hinjo Junta's actions had remained. Though the immediate danger from deflected energy beams striking the planet had passed, Savannah found that she could not return home as soon as she wanted.

She sat in the president's mansion in Jakarta. President Slaan had placed her in a room with three walls and several panes of glass connected to each other to form one great transparent wall. The evening sun streamed in through the glass, shining upon her braided hair which lay over one shoulder.

An empty white can lie before her on a glass table. The can had once contained the same kind of gray nutrients she had eaten in Alexandria. She wouldn't call it food, not since she had come to regard it as little better than puppy chow.

President Slaan had promised to bring her food from the Temporal Constabulary. The nearest constabulary base lay in Okinawa, which was further away from Jakarta....

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940045262583
Publisher:
Sandra Ross
Publication date:
09/05/2013
Series:
Children of Two Futures , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
143,373
File size:
189 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

G.J. Winters “fell into” writing when a well-meaning teacher of his submitted his Creative Writing assignment for publication in the school paper. The local paper picked up the article and asked G.J. for publishing rights, to which the young G.J. agreed with some hesitation, as he felt “that wasn’t one of my best writings at the time.” The reality was that this article was written when G.J. was a junior in high school.
The article, which was a fictionalized version of a local myth surrounding a famous abandoned house near a swamp, was an assignment turned in as part of a mid-term exam. The teacher, Miss Mendez, thought G.J.’s writing was “exemplary” and showed “natural, raw writing talent for a person his age." The assignment called for “providing details to a local urban myth – provide background, using a local resident’s POV, and close with a vague hint of authenticity and realism."
The story, entitled “The Old Mansion by the Swamp,” appeared in the high school paper as a short story, but was later serialized in the local paper in 6 parts. G.J. added more characters and even a sub-story (which later became a story of its own, “I Was Shirley Massey” – a story which centered on a member of the fictional family who resided in the Massey Mansion in the late 70s and disappeared without a trace).
With the success of both of his original series, G.J. thought to venture into writing longer stories, this time with futuristic themes, as he has always been fascinated with travelling through time, future crimes, apocalyptic themes, and stories set in civilizations from the future.
G.J. identifies with sci-fi writers such as Isaac Asimov (“Kept me awake through most evenings in college.”) and Margaret Peterson Haddix (“My girlfriend at the time had fits of jealousy over my fanatical tendencies towards this author.”).
G.J. holds a degree in Chemistry, is an intern at the R&D division of a pharmaceutical manufacturing company, and lives with girlfriend Deidre, a magazine editor.

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