Joanna Lyon is the great-granddaughter of the legendary TwenCen musician Sean Lyon. Joanna may have inherited some of her ancestor's musical talent, but her parents' bitter divorce and her Uncle Jack's attempts to remake her into another Sean have left her hostile toward her family and music. Her passion is for science, but since she has no access to the family funds, she struggles to earn enough credits for graduate school. Then her uncle sets up a business deal with her employer to make Joanna go on a mission for him: travel via the spaceship Sagan to an alternate TwenCen universe where Sean is still alive. Joanna must collect a DNA sample from Sean so her uncle can create a clone of him. She refuses at first, but finally agrees to go. Secretly, however, Joanna believes her uncle will exploit the clone, and she plans to sabotage the project to stop him. But when she falls in love with one of the scientists in the Sagan's genetics lab, clashes with other time travelers who fear she'll change how history develops on the alternative TwenCen Earth, and receives devastating personal news, Joanna will find herself pushed to her limit even before she comes face-to-face with her hated ancestor. Their encounter will leave her changed forever. Will she still be able to thwart her uncle's plan, and what will she have to sacrifice to do so?
Approximately 36,000 words.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Sandra's book. I'm a fan of hard science fiction, and this is the genre in which this tale belongs. The author is clearly versed in many aspects of science, including quantum mechanics and genetics, and spun an interesting almost "Back to the Future"-ish kind of story. Instead of time travel, the main character goes to an alternate universe on board a ship called "The Sagan" (I really liked this name). In the alternate universe in the time when "The Four Seasons" were climbing up the charts, we meet Sean Lyon. Sean is an extremely talented musician,a young man, and someone whom his great granddaughter has been sequestered to obtain DNA from so that they can clone him. Even though she's committed his whole life to memory, there's no replacing the human connection she garners from just a few days spent in his company. And upon returning to the Sagan and her own dimension, she decides to be the mother of the cloned baby. This had me shaking my head wondering how awkward that is. If you enjoy hard science fiction, I encourage you to buy this book. It's a great quick read with solid emotional content and an incredibly intelligent and independent female voice.