A short story centered around a writer contemplating the ending to his novel and an alien mirroring artificial intelligence that is shaped like a silver sphere both work together to stop the destruction of Earth. Given its length, the story jumps straight in without providing extensive world-building but still delivers the details needed for a reader to be engrossed with this spellbinding science fiction story. It is a perfect mixture to provide a potent sci-fi novella, which can be difficult to do successfully. In a short span, we are given insight into a world where a multidimensional Earth has a “superhuman” race after it. Arcon, the silver sphere that Jacob encounters on the beach begins as this AI with a mission but as the story goes on it gains more emotion and even picks up on the slang. The banter between Arcon and Jacob is enjoyable to read but the plot of whether or not they will make it to the World Trade Center takes the spotlight.
Given that this is a short story, I’m left with a desire for more detail and explanation but only in the best way. David Gittlin is able to present a provocative science fiction version of our world that gives us a glimpse of what an interesting story this could truly be if only the story was longer. That being said, the story being short and ending on a cliffhanger works in Gittlin’s favor as I can’t help but want to know more about Arcon, its mothership, and the superhuman race still after Earth’s destruction. This short story is also accompanied by photos that go along with where the story is set. We see a glimpse of what Arcon looks like, its mothership, and the second Earth within Earth. They really tie the story together well.
The Silver Sphere is a captivating science fiction novella that does a lot in only a few pages.
Pages: 48 | ASIN: B098BK3ZW6
I liked the idea in Scarlet Ambrosia that there was a workable cure for vampirism. How did you come across this idea and why was it important in the story?
I wanted Devon to have the possibility of reversing his condition because he didn’t choose to become a vampire. He has three major conflicts to resolve in the story. One of these conflicts involves his relationship to his parents and his business partner and friend, Nadine Van Zandt. If he fails to find a cure, these relationships will be seriously compromised or worse; lost entirely. The stakes keep getting higher as the story unfolds. If Devon fails in his struggle against Egon Schiller, Devon has a lot more to lose than his small circle of friends and remaining family members.
Devon is an accountant in the book. How does this play into his characters’ development and your writing for his character?
When the story begins, Devon is attempting to take more control of his life by becoming an independent entrepreneur. Accounting was not his first choice as a profession. He went to law school and then spiraled into a self-destructive habit of cocaine addiction. In psychotherapy, he discovered that his behavior stemmed from an unconscious desire to avoid the shadow of his highly successful father, a prominent defense attorney. With no desire to practice medicine, Devon chooses the third most popular profession for upwardly mobile Jewish men. Devon’s conventional background makes his transition into vampire hood even more shocking, stark, and frightening.
In Scarlet Ambrosia, there is a ruby that magnifies the vampire’s powers along with other mystical things. Where did you get the idea for this? Was it through research or a flash of inspiration?
It was the result of both research and imagination.
Devon goes through some dark and difficult emotional turmoil in the story as he grapples with being a vampire. Are there any parallels to your own life in the story or is his character purely fictional?
A year after writing Scarlet Ambrosia, I see the story through a different pair of eyes. At the core of the novel is a young man’s struggle with darkness and light. The vampire archetype, I now realize, is a metaphor for my heart’s dream to realize its divine nature. The supernatural powers and ramped up energy level Devon acquires as a vampire make him half-human and half-god, something like the mythological Greek gods. He can choose to use his new powers for good or evil purposes. I believe everyone has the potential to become a divinely human being. I’ve been a spiritual seeker for most of my adult life. Awakening isn’t easy, but I’ve found it’s worth the effort.
In the book Devon must choose between being a vampire and being human, which would you choose? Devon also has to choose between Mathilde and Nadine, which would you choose?
That’s a great question. I’d have a tough time as a vampire, but on the other hand, I think Mathilde would be too good of an option to pass up.
Are there any other books that you’re coming out with that your fans should be on the lookout for?
Yes. For fans who like speculative fiction and an imaginative premise, check out my first novel, Three Days to Darkness.
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