Pittsburg, CA, December 13, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- What happens when all that remains of the world is fear, distrust and desperation? Timothy N. Stelly, Sr. attempts to answer this question in his gritty and frightening sci-fi novel, Human Trial (All Things That Matter Press). Stelly calls the book his, “Apocalyptic tale that focuses on group dynamics, human frailty, and the difficulty they might cause even as man is being threatened with extinction.”
This story focuses on a small band of humans who have survived a thermal attack waged by intergalactic invaders. The results leave the earth scorched and devoid of nearly all human and animal life. Under the fierce leadership of Daron Turner and his pregnant co-worker Regina Jackson, this eclectic mix of humanity struggles to find essentials such as food, shelter and electrical power. The group includes Dan, a construction worker willing to do everything asked of him; gangbanger Melvin Hicks; Rocks and Ray Earl--escaped prison inmates; husband and wife Christian evangelists; and a widow as tough as any of the men. The group must defend against marauders and rabid animals while at the same time overcome their personal fears and prejudices.
The group discovers that they are test subjects in an alien experiment and realize that a final confrontation is inevitable. They must decide between surrendering, or fighting to protect earth’s future: Regina’s unborn child.
TC Matthews, author of What A Web We Weave, calls the imagery in Human Trial, “…superb. It's as if I'm one of the 10 going through the same trials they are. I can hardly wait to read the next installment.” Said Evelyn Palfrey, who wrote Dangerous Dilemma and The Price Of Passion: “[This] story has been haunting me…reminds me of Octavia Butler's ‘Parable of the Sower.’”
For Stelly, this is a break from his typical fare, which he calls “hip-hop poli-sat” (hip-hop political satire). “The inspiration for the book derived from my belief that there is a dearth of African-American sci-fi writers,” he said. “Second, I always wanted to write a tale of good versus evil, and decided to make it a trilogy on the advice of members in the writers’ group I belong to.”
Says Stelly, “I liken it to a blend of the TV show Survivor and the film, War of the Worlds.”
The release date for Human Trial is January 2009. It can be ordered online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the All Things That Matter.