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In 1969, geology student René yearns to climb the world’s highest peaks. He joins an expedition to Mt.McKinley (Denali) in Alaska — but what he discovers on the mountain is beyond anything he imagined.
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Excerpt from Chapter 3
“Okay,” said his grandfather, interrupting him. “Counting up all your mountaineering trips, have you summited every time?”
“No, of course not,” said René. “No one does!”
“What stops you?” asked Tom. “You’re alive. Why do you turn around and come back down? You’ve done it quite a few times.”
“Don’t mess with me, Grandpa.”
“Why? Why turn around?”
“You know why!” said René. “Smart choices. There’s avalanche risk, weather risk, terrain risk.”
“So the mountain controls the outcome.”
“No!” said René. “I do. I decide based on what I see and what I know. My decisions drive the outcome.”
“Nonsense! You can’t predict every hazard. Rockfall, sudden storms, hidden crevasses, and suck-ass terrain are all forces beyond your control. You can’t see into the future, now, can you?”
“Of course not — no one can!” retorted René. “But I still choose. Whatever the mountain throws at me, it’s my decision to go farther, chose a new path, or turn around.” This is getting old, he thought. Tom’s lessons on life always began this way, but René wanted to get to the point, since they’d had this conversation before. He refused to yield. “It’s my free will.”
“René, I worry that some of that vinyl you listen to is stuck in the same groove,” said Tom and stood. “You don’t get to pick your fate. It’s already written.”
“I don’t believe that.”
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SAVING SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT
In the 25th century, deep under the Earth’s shattered surface, the dying remnants of humankind live in a dwindling Colony devoid of Nature and only one can travel to the past to save humanity from its dark fate.
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SAVING SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT
Excerpt from Act II, Chapter 25
He needed help with the reports, and Conrad was the only one he could trust. It will be tricky, though. Conrad didn’t know the science like Proteus did, and he certainly didn’t know the future. But if Proteus was careful, he could present topics to Conrad and explain that some of them were secrets, and not to be discussed.
Proteus decided the simplest approach was to give Conrad a written list of words, and let him ask any questions he wished, which Proteus would answer directly or indirectly. There was a good chance the questions wouldn’t involve enough depth to risk Proteus inadvertently revealing the future, or trapping him in a circular web of lies.
His mind made up, he spent fifteen minutes composing the list of words and phrases, and then summoned Conrad — who’d returned from Cambridge last week — into his office. After he’d finished explaining, he asked Conrad if he had any questions.
Klickitat and other stories (K.A.O.S) features four thriller tales about ordinary mountaineers in the Pacific Northwest thrust into extraordinary circumstances.
This debut collection from author Mark Jenkins folds modern day mountain climbing into the speculative wilderness of fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction.
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Excerpt from the Novelette, Heavywater
A concussive wave blasted through Archimedes and jarred him awake. He was underwater. Desperately kicking upwards, lungs screaming for air, he burst through the surface, and heaved and choked in the dark.
The warm water pushed him gently downstream. Where the hell am I? What happened?
His brain replayed everything as he tried to understand why he was still alive. Or perhaps he wasn’t, and these were the last moments of an anoxic, dying brain, imagining a miraculous rescue in warm water, beaches, white sand, sun, and drinks with little umbrellas. Maybe my brain is supplying me with soothing images as my neurons die. Bye-bye.
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“But as long as it remained unopened and the words inside unread, there remained hope.”
Hope, the whole world has needed such a general concept recently, I believe we as humans forgot that there is such a thing, and with it, you come out the other side completely and utterly refreshed.
I feel as though this may be a distant reflection of Mark Jenkins (the author’s life) or his greatest memories and regrets he encountered as a young man, both endearing and substitute.
Mark Jenkins’ chapters are short and succinct, but they never lack authority or engagement. If you want to be part of a true adventure read Verglas! For most hearts are forever searching for a new peak.
“An extraordinary, brilliant book that held me captivated to the last page. I read a lot of books, most I will rate, some I’ll review, but very, very few scream to be reviewed, and pull at my soul to do so. Saving Schrödinger’s Cat is one of those very, very few books that have created that reaction in me. It is quite simply an extraordinary, brilliant book that demands to be read... The twisting, interconnecting plot lines with all the characters in play is fabulous, and held me captivated from beginning to end. Saving Schrödinger’s Cat is a read I cannot recommend high enough. Just read it and marvel at the genius that is Mr Jenkins.”
“Protectors” has the feel of being written by someone who cares deeply about the natural world and who knows the wilds of the Pacific Northwest in particular. It also happens to be a thrilling adventure with one foot in Japanese history (both recent and ancient). Jenkins knocks this one out of the park.
“This was great fun, a wonderful premise. I loved the time travel concept and have recommended to people.”
“Fast paced. I read this book much faster than I thought I would. Great short stories that grab your interest and don’t let go. A little bit of science fiction and a little of fast mystery and action. I highly recommend this book to all.”
"...Any avid Sci-Fi Readers who live for time travel and intrigue will fall for this upbeat page turner that teleports you straight back to 1920’s England... This is a glimpse at some very innovative and thought-provoking, alternative historical fiction. Lovers of adventure will be quite captivated. Schrodinger’s Cat is a story that tangles together espionage, science, the human experience and personal discovery into one epic work of historical fiction.”
"4 enjoyable stories, that are well written. My favorite would be the “Heavywater”.
“In the distant future, humanity lives underground because the surface has been devastated by a series of nuclear wars. A man, suffering from a rare disease that makes him dream of nature, is sent into the past, to Victorian London, to try to stop Rutherford from completing his experiments on the atom, experiments that have opened the door to the use of nuclear energy in warfare. The assumption is that, by delaying these discoveries for a few years, they would be delivered to a more mature and responsible humanity, thus producing a virtuous butterfly effect that would prevent the tragedies of the future.
There is nothing more I can say about the plot, which I found very entertaining, otherwise I would risk spoiling it...”
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