site author: Anthony Wheeler email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steppes to Empyrea takes place at the top the World Trade Center during the week prior to 9/11. There they interrogate a former nuclear weapons specialist seeking the whereabouts of a missing nuclear warhead. The questioning reveals something stranger - and more sinister - than missing nuclear weapons: a future tightly linked to the present, one that includes the threat of human extinction. The enigmatic phrase 'Flashdance Nevermore' seems to be key.
In the early 70's, a thirteen-year-old boy injures himself on a skateboard, and while in a coma, lives two extraordinary lives.
Two people roam a lost, desolate world. He a stranger in a stranger land, she a well-armed Guardian.
A mid-level bureaucrat in the Defense Nuclear Agency is called upon to investigate a nuclear explosion that destroys a private, underground research facility.
All three strands combine to answer the most important questions of humankind.
Jack Freeman tangles his consciousness with Algeciras, a primitive tribesman who lives a thousand years in the future. The event leaves Algeciras with intimate knowledge of the past, and the keys to founding the rebirth of civilization.
To succeed, Algeciras must defeat a skilled fighter from the Statilian Monastery; overcome the powerful leader of his own tribe; ultimately wage bloody war against the Matriarch, until confronting at days end, the Final Secret administered by the Grand Elder.
A thousand years in the future Kili Centerrial travels to the mountains in search of a legendary city. What he finds instead is a population of strange creatures that seem very intelligent yet quite primitive. While humanoid, they differ in significant ways from humans, both in appearance, nature, and how they communicate. Most surprising is Kili’s discovery of another man who lives among these strange creatures, who seems somehow related to their existence. His name is Christopher Larkin.
Christopher relates his quest for the Secret of Life, and through stories of the past, slowly reveals what he means by this. The secret is closely related to the existence of the Sol—the name of the strange creatures—and in the end, to the meaning of human existence.
The novel begins and ends the same day: Lysa Tender, Zaragoza and their escort hike to the summit of San Miguel to meet Mara Chen – a woman who intends to undertake ritual suicide. Lysa carries with her Christine, her six-month-old daughter.
In the foreground of Beached Whales, four women:
Lysa : after revealing her pregnancy, loses her lover to a man she considers unworthy. Regains her lovers’s companionship only to bury her in just so many weeks.
Mara: brilliant, driven, lost – and bent on ritual self-destruction after suffering questionable epiphanies. She will draw the others to her living tomb.
Zaragoza: warrior-woman who leaves one society to lead another. She must discover a new place for her people to dwell, if they are to live in peace.
Sahara: beautiful, fragile, and loved by Lysa. She will perish pursuing what she most desires.
In the background, unseen forces struggle to chart humanity’s future; a tragic collision between violent men and benign alien beings; universal resolution achieved within blistering nuclear fire.