Friday, October 30, 2015

YOURS TRULY, 2095 by Brian Paone

by Brian Paone

Jeff Blue-the victim of a time-travel conspiracy-wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0; a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted?

J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff's journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming-something human.

During Jeff's perilous journey through the future, he will have to discover the truth about J0's origins, and solve the mystery behind how he wound up in 2095, in order to uncover the reality of his own destiny.

Armed with a one-way ticket to the moon, Jeff must race against the clock to seize what might be his last chance to return home to his time. A time without hover cars, Justice Computers, or TeleSkins-a time over one hundred years ago.

The Xanadu moonliner taxied to the launch pad. I didn’t realize how terrified I was until that moment. This was really happening. I was gripping the arm-rests so tightly that my knuckles had gone ghost-white. I tried to loosen my grip, but my palms would not let go.

“How long is takeoff?” I asked in a whisper.

“About eight minutes.”

“All right. I think I can handle eight minutes.”

The Xanadu moonliner propelled us heavenward toward a frontier I could have never, in my wildest dreams, imagined I would be visiting. Takeoff was smooth and effortless. I had experienced worse turbulence when I would let Julie drive the Thunderbird back in 1981 than I did from blasting through the Earth’s atmosphere in the moonliner. During the time it took for us to get from the ground to outer space, passengers were going about their normal business just like any other commute. I slowly allowed my knuckles to regain some of their natural color.

As smooth as liftoff was, I could still tell when we broke through the exosphere. Outer space! Even though I was strapped in by my five-point harness, I immediately felt the weightlessness of my body hover slightly in my seat. Bruce made eye contact with me just long enough for him to smile. This was it. We were really going to the moon.

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-What inspired you to become a writer?

I think that is a dual answer. It would have been a handful of teachers starting as early as 7th grade up through senior year in high school who encouraged me to write short stories. But it wasn’t until I read my first Stephen King novel, The Dark Half, when I started thinking about long form writing. I tried to write a novel in high school in 1991, which even though I finished at 350 pages, it was terrible, and I went back to strictly short stories again. That’s where I’d stay until 2006, when I wrote what would actually be my first published novel.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Oh man. I would drive a hovercar for a few hours before catching a flight to the moon. Then I would party in the Shangri-La nightclub on the moon like there was no tomorrow.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

All of my time travel theory is steeped in quantum mechanics, or more specifically, quantum entanglement. I spent about 4 months before I started writing researching entanglement, entropy, and the Lorentz seven-fold time dilation theory (which is the theory used in the film Interstellar). The fun fact I found, is that if written correctly, the theory of quantum entanglement can be easy to understand and pretty sexy. The easiest way to describe entanglement is if you cut a particle in half, you can keep one half in your pocket, and mail the other half to Antarctica. Now, if you take the half that’s in your pocket and spin it clockwise, the half you mailed to Antarctica will automatically start spinning counter-clockwise. They are forever in sync with each other. Even if you put that other half on the New Horizon’s space probe and sent it to Pluto. It would still do the exact opposite the other half I doing. No matter the distance between them. That blows my mind. How does it know? What keeps it linked together?

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Bruce. He is the co-researcher who invented time-travel and is the only one in the book who really knows what’s going on with everyone and the truth behind all the time travel conspiracies. But on top of being an incredible genius, he is the “partyer.” He enjoys being in the lab just as much as he enjoys getting drunk at a concert. Bruce is kind of like a living version of a mullet haircut: business in the front and all party in the back.

-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Hire a different first round editor. It's only going to cause more editing and delay the release down the road.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Erotica. I mean, like straight up, Anne Rice The Chronicles of Sleeping Beauty erotica. I could write a single scene that was erotic, or even smutty, but I just couldn’t bring myself to write 90K words of erotica, and not make it sound like I was a 14-year-old kid watching porn for the first time. Nobody would want to read that. Trust me. Nobody wants that.


Brian Paone was born and raised in the Salem, Massachusetts area. An award winning author, his love of writing began through the medium of short stories at the young age of twelve. After almost 20 years of consistently writing short stories for only his friends and family to read, Brian’s first full-length novel, a personal memoir about his friendship with a rock-star drug addict entitled, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts,” was published in 2007. Brian’s second novel, “Welcome to Parkview,” was published in 2010 and is a macabre journey through a cerebral-horror landscape. Brian’s latest novel, “Yours Truly, 2095,” was published in 2015 and follows a man who wakes up one morning, trapped in the future, to discover he’s been the victim of a time-travel conspiracy. Brian is married and has 3 children. Brian’s wife is an Officer in the US Navy. He is also a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, and his favorite color is burnt-orange.

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  1. If you were ruler of your own country what would be the first law you would introduce?

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    1. Thank you! The artist lived near me in Japan while I was writing the book.

  3. enjoyed the excerpt and interview, sounds like an intriguing book, thanks for sharing!

    1. You're welcome! I hope that the people who read it enjoy it... and find the entire novel intriguing. *one can only hope*

  4. I enjoyed the interview and the excerpt. Thank you!