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My name is Cheryl Currie, pen name C. L. Currie. I’m so glad you dropped by.
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Do you like Science Fiction? My latest novel, “The Supernatural Prodigy” is a science fiction mystery. If you like trying to figure out what’s going on and how it will end, this is a story for you.
My love of sci-fi didn’t start well. When I was seven years old, my eleven-year-old sister took me to a double feature movie: “Them” and “Tarantula.” One could argue those are horror movies, but they’re based on science-gone-wrong. “Them” is about nuclear testing creating ten-story high ants, and “Tarantula” is about a chemical accident creating a ten-story tall poisonous spider. The poor scientist was only trying to end world hunger.
Too scary for me then, but the “what if” seed had been planted, and I’ve always had a runaway imagination.
When I was eight, I almost got an acting part in “The Blob.” We were living in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, where Irvin “Shorty” Yeaworth had been directing religious movies. In an attempt to bring some attention to his directing abilities, he decided on a science fiction movie. The movie starred Steve McQueen and Aneta Corseaut and became a drive-in theater favorite for decades. I met a lot of actors, took a train to New York City and had a grand ole time with Aneta Corseaut. I didn’t get the part, by the way, but it began my love of artists of all kinds. I’d found “my people.”
As a preteen, I read tons of science fiction novels. If I haven’t dated myself already, this should do it. The top sci-fi novels of the day were the Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert, “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert A. Heinlein, “Planet of the Apes” by Pierre Boulle, and dozens more that this generation wouldn’t recognize. I was an avid fan of Isaac Asimov and E.E. Doc Smith who rallied for the Hugo Award in 1966. Doc won with the Lensman series, but I loved Asimov’s Foundation series best. I subscribed to his magazine, eating up every short story by a myriad of authors. “Writers of the Future” is today’s version of that experience.
On September 6, 1968, Star Trek aired and a new breed was born–Trekkies–and Gene Rodenberry was our hero. For the first time, a TV show was as good as my imagination. I laugh at the low quality special effects now, but it was the stories that were amazing. Then, May 25, 1977, Star Wars took everyone by surprise. Suddenly we looked to the past and a galaxy far, far away for a new science fiction horizon.
The 80’s were jam-packed with science fiction greats: “The Terminator,” “Ghostbusters,” “Bladerunner,” “ET,” “Back to the Future,” “Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome,” and, of course, “The Empire Strikes Back” to name a few.
In the 90’s, when movie technology made a huge leap forward, we got a mercury man chasing Arnold Schwarzenegger, dinosaurs running all over the place, Schwarzenegger on Mars, aliens of all types, and a whole world of machines using humans as batteries in The Matrix.
We hit a dry spell until 2009, when one of my all-time favorites, “Avatar” hit the screens and blew our minds. Then “Inception” was released in 2010 and Mad Max returned and Matt Damon took us to Mars. It was worth the wait. More Star Trek and Star Wars and a whole new breed of superhero movies and post-apocalyptic factions and games made the Trekkies happy. I’m leaving out a lot of good books and movies, including and especially Harry Potter. Feel free to mention those I’ve missed in the comments below.
Since 1987, I’ve written three novels. I was a little busy with three kids, work… y’know, the life of a woman. The first novel I wrote I titled “Under the Hills,” a story about a world gone mad and the people who were smart enough to prepare for it. The second one is “Mara Jensen: Betrayed,” a story about a woman who beat the odds and became one of the highest trained soldiers in U.S. history. I hope to publish that one by the end of 2017. Mara gave up everything for her career. Now someone wants her dead. The latest one, “The Supernatural Prodigy,” is a sci-fi mystery and my first publication. It should be on Amazon by the end of August.
“The Supernatural Prodigy” was born from a mind filled with a thousand stories. It’s a mash of science and pseudoscience, normal and paranormal and a big “what if?” So far, no one has guessed the ending. Maybe you’ll be the first.
My policy for my readers: I have read many genres, from Charles Dickens to Anne Rice. I think what makes a good book is visiting something different than the norm, where unique people get into strange situations and go on adventures the reader will probably never enjoy otherwise. Some people will say it’s not pure science fiction because there’s no spaceship. That’s okay.
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