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About the author:
Wyken Seagrave is a scientist, software engineer, teacher, lecturer, inventor, science communicator, publisher and entrepreneur.

The history of the Universe (sometimes called “Big History”) is his lifelong obsession. He is the author of the History of the Universe website at

Time Crystal retells this story as an engaging work of fiction which will appeal to those who would not normally read what is usually called science-fiction. Wyken has gone to extraordinary lengths to make his novel as accurate as possible within the constraints of writing a superb story.

Obviously, a story which covers the whole history of the universe is going to be fairly long, so there will be many volumes in the series. At present, nobody knows how many, but he expects the work to keep him busy for at least the next ten years. Follow and support him in this great adventure.

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Illustrated Cosmic Monopole

Time Crystal Volume One

Authored by Mr Wyken Seagrave
Edition: 1

Reviews on Amazon of 1st Edition

Truly bizarre, utterly unique
I've never read a novel quite like this before. The author takes you on an exciting adventure full of unforgettable and vivid imagery. Solidly written with each character's personality shining through. If you find physics fascinating you will not be disappointed by the author's keen intellect and clear understanding of this most challenging (for me anyway) scientific subject. This is not a novel I will forget anytime soon, I would highly recommend it. Andrewly

Very imaginative tale
Anybody interested in a very imaginative and engrossing sci fi story needs to check this one out. I have been reading sci fi for decades and this story has elements that surprise me which is very unusual considering the number of novels and stories I have over the years. ric freeman

Summary of the story
The cosmic monopole has been wandering the Universe since it was created in the Big Bang. Its existence is fundamental to the way the Universe works. It is finally trapped by the powerful magnetic fields inside the ATLAS detector at CERN, Geneva, and begins to absorb protons from the LHC.

Irish school-girl Catriona O’Brien knows nothing about this, of course. She has persuaded her adoring step-father Sam to bring her to Geneva on the pretext of visiting her mother Brigit who is the Irish Ambassador to the UN. But actually Catriona is trying to solve the mystery of how and why her scientist-father was killed in his Dublin laboratory six years ago, a murder to which she was the only witness. When they visit CERN, she meets the secretive little Chinese-Irish scientist Michael Zhang who not only worked with her father but has some knowledge about his death. But he is too busy to tell her the details. He is trying to solve a problem with ATLAS.

The giant detector is being overwhelmed by an unusual amount of data. Everyone except Michael suspects a fault, but he knows that the monopole has been captured. However he keeps it secret and deliberately wastes time, waiting for the monopole to be transformed into a black hole, which he believes will be short-lived and harmless but fundamental for research.

But the black hole persists and emerges from the detector. Sam and Michael battle to prevent it absorbing the whole world but are themselves absorbed. Moments later fragments of mysterious blue crystal emerge from the black hole and time stops everywhere in the Universe except near these crystals.

Catriona can talk to Sam through her fragment, and he tells her she must collect all the others and bring them down a tunnel so Michael will be able to restart time and save the Universe. The only man who can help her is a womanising Hungarian entrepreneur Alex, with whom she has fallen in love but who seems completely unreliable. The Cosmic Monopole is the first volume in the Time Crystal series from Penny Press, a scifi-fantasy-romance on an epic scale whose setting is nothing less than the whole history of the Universe.

This volume ends as Catriona finds and enters the tunnel. In future volumes she will embark upon an adventure that will take her back through time to the Big Bang and beyond. Catriona, Sam and others will struggle with particles and galaxies, with the very smallest and largest things in the Universe, as well as everything in between.

But as she travels back in time, little does she know that other things, terrible and dangerous beings from beyond the Universe, are coming up that same tunnel trying to reach the Earth for a sinister and diabolical purpose.

Publication Date:
1517206960 / 9781517206963
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.5" x 8.5"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Fiction / Science Fiction / High Tech

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