Rising from Karuk

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About the author:
Born in Amarillo, Texas in 1946, Nils R. Bull Young has been writing since his childhood in Indianapolis. He graduated with a BA in linguistics from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, after serving as a radioman in the U.S. Navy. He is a three time winner of the American Amateur Press Association's Laureate Award and proprietor of The Tagalong Press, founded in 1946 by Nils' father, George Bull Young.
Carnival Leaves, a chapbook of Nils' poems, was published in 1986. Intersection, a collection of Nils' short stories, dedicated to William S. Burroughs, Jr., was published in 1990. His fiction and commentary has appeared in The Village Idiot, Nexus and The Mandatory Sentence. Nils and his wife, Cindy, live in Ohio, where they care for a gang of itinerant cats.

Rising from Karuk

Authored by Nils R. Bull Young

D.S. Wilson accumulates a fortune, which he uses to bombard Earth with rocks, attacking religious centers and precipitating global chaos. He escapes, thinking that soon enough he will be a dead body sputtering through the outer edges of the galaxy, a thought that doesn't bother him at all. His plan goes wrong when his vehicle is intercepted by the Community, a singular entity/multiple intellect life form inhabiting a collection of colony planets. The Community sends him back to Earth and back in time to the late Pleistocene, where is duped into a set of genetic experiments that take the Earth from early humans and gives the planet to a race of feline bipedals, the Nivenids. Then D.S. Wilson discovers that not only has he been replicated as a nivenid but that the nivenids have discovered religion, something that D.S. thought he had eliminated from feline cognitive architecture.

All along, D.S. is aware of the Community and its connection to the nivenids and his own presence on the planet. What he doesn't understand is why a pair of time-travelers keep showing up to move him around the time track with vague historical figures as events swing wildly out of control.

In the ensuing struggle, D.S. realizes that there are now multiple copies of himself, each trying to follow his original plan of bombarding the Earth with asteroids to attack religious centers. Facing a wave of chaos greater than what he almost remembers having originally done, he confronts himself as nivenid at the site of a raging battle between a confused humanity, the Community, the time-travelers and a nivenid pregnant with his child. At the moment of his death, D.S. Wilson recognizes the unborn child.

Publication Date:
145055170X / 9781450551700
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Science Fiction / Adventure

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