Like most people not born in a distant hypertech future, I was hatched the old-fashioned way. Over the years I've had the good fortune of doing plenty of things I found interesting (some I still do for clients). These include working as an advertising copywriter, a writer of novels and diverse nonfiction, an editor, an art director/designer, a brandologist, a photographer, a planner, a futurist, an evoluter, an entrepreneur, a websmith, a portal publisher, a columnist, a counter role model for my children, a communitarian and a permaculturist. As a business consultant during more innocent timezone of my life, I even found it illuminating to work with multinationals whose names begin with the letter "M" and many smaller firms whose names do not. But making stuff up and putting it in stories? Well, there just ain't nothin' quite that much fun.
Still, my current work with the Institute for Perplexive Amusement, where I serve as Chief Unscientist, can be almost that much fun. Sometimes. On a good day. What I call home is a pigeon-friendly barn west of the Cascades. My wife, Womana, and many of the usual barnish subjects also call it home.
The Luck of Madonna 13
Science fiction, fantasy, slipstream
The Luck of Madonna 13 is set in a remote part of northern New Mexico in the year 2534. Its population decimated by the Nirvana Exodus, Earth is a shadow of its former self. The irrepressible Madonna 13 (the 13th clone of Original Madonna) has long since Elevated but her spirit lingers in the venerable IsoTown of St. Coriander.
As the tale begins, the reluctant heroine, 16-year-old Glendyl Fenderwell, has just been declared the town's 250th Luckiest, a dubious honor that banishes her from the only place she has known to seek the fabled Last Nevergate accompanied only by her wits and a smart-alecky backpack. Will she succeed where 249 previous Luckiests have failed…never to return?
The Luck of Madonna 13 is a "sprawling epic of a tale that gleams with ideas on every page," says Gabriel Chouinard (January Magazine), who sees Ellison as "a writer of amazing talent, able to weave lucid prose around ideas that are so profoundly bizarre, Jack Vance would scratch his head in awe."
The book-of-the-year winning "rip-roaring" first volume in the Last Nevergate Chronicles has been also hailed as "sci-fi at its best," "highly imaginative" and "original enough to deserve its own genre."
Glix Leroux is THE RISING STAR
Science fiction, fantasy, NA, YA
Glix Leroux has a very nice, normal life in a small-but-nice planetoid. But when Hallah’s first skyfall rains flaming destruction, her nice life begins to unravel. And running away only brings worse problems, thanks to a strange new speech affliction. When a rant thrusts her into the limelight as Fogwit City’s latest Rising Star, her hopes for a normal, nice life are dashed. But she has talent…and as a new supercelebrity she makes powerful new friends…and powerful new enemies.
As her planet spirals toward self-destruction, Glix fights the growing realization that she may be something special. When she makes an enemy of the mysterious sky goddess, she is forced into a dangerous choice: ignore her budding powers and let her planet die…or embrace them and join the secret battle to save Hallah. Help is hidden in her bizarre dreams…if she can find it.
In the first installment of The Hallah Saga, award-winning author E.T. Ellison gives us another out-of-the-box young heroine and a story stuffed to the brim with mysteries, suspense, twists, heart-stopping action…and even romance. And Ellison’s fertile imagination has stocked the world of Hallah with amazing creatures that will have your eyeballs itching for the movie.
Glix Leroux is THE ACOLYTE
Science fiction, fantasy, NA, YA
In the world above, the bombardment by Hallah’s sky is getting worse by the day. But in the help fairy grottoes, the once-heroic Glix Leroux is unable to help. Recovering from massive injuries, she is forced into a dreary new life as a help fairy acolyte. Her once-glamorous, exciting life is now an endless string of drab days. Only her dreams offer a shred of hope. Then a chance for a harrowing escape appears.
Outside the grottoes, danger dogs Glix’s every breath: she has accidentally escaped with something the help fairy Grand Mother wants back. When capture leads to a face-to-face duel with the “Old Demon,” Glix wins a small victory…and also a death sentence; all she has left are agonies and weird dreams. Help arrives from a strange quarter, but almost too late; now Glix must decide just how much she really wants to live.
In the second installment of The Hallah Saga, award-winning author E.T. Ellison delivers another thrill ride of mysteries, suspense, twists, heart-pounding action…and, yes, romance. Ellison’s fertile imagination introduces a new batch of outrageous characters and bizarre situations that will leave you perched on the edge of your seat for Book 3.