Breathing Space: My Book…Our Cause

Author: Ian Fydell

How many of you have ever looked up at the stars and wondered what’s out there? I bet many of you have. When I was seven years old my parents took me to see a movie some of you may know. It was a “little” film called Star Wars…and that’s where it all started.

Breathing Space: Book one of the Exodus Trilogy takes place in the year 2095, and the Earth is in severe ecological decline. Pollutants, wars, deep mantle mining, and everyday disregard for our planet have finally taken their toll, and now earthquakes, droughts, volcanic eruptions, and plagues are regular occurrences.  Within a few decades, a century at most, Earth will no longer be habitable.

The novel’s action focuses on veteran Air Force Captain John Lewis, commander of Triton Station, an American space habitat dedicated to sending out probes to nearby stars in an attempt to find habitable new worlds.

It takes 17 years, but the quest to find a new Earth pays off: a probe locates a habitable planet eight light years away. The Exodus probe transmits a video-feed back to Triton. The new world is teeming with life, including a primitive species of aliens who appear to be the builders of a series of amazing pyramidal structures. After weeks of debate, the President and his advisors decide to put together a small advance team to explore the new world and to forge an alliance with its natives. 

The team heads for the new planet, Exodus, in a cutting-edge faster-than-light vessel that appears to have been reverse-engineered from alien technology.  After a six-month flight, they arrive to find much more than they’d bargained for. 

I was nominated as a finalist in the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards & I’m a proud member of the Long Island Authors Group. I also signed over 200 copies of my book at Book Expo America NYC and made several guest appearances on Sci-fi talk shows.

I am not a fan of “predictable endings.” Why should the guy ALWAYS get the girl…why does the good guy ALWAYS have to win? When reading my trilogy I tell my readers to expect the unexpected. My book deals with a dying Earth. In addition to entertaining readers, I hope to raise awareness to the importance of our planet’s environment.

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