A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification.
Book name: The Abduction of Joshua Bloom by Michael Thal
Tell me a little about yourself?
Ms Rusinoff, first, I’d like to say how much I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. I spent three years of my life with Oceanian girls who don’t listen to the guys very much. Oceania is light years from Earth. I really learned a lot from the experience, too, but I sure missed home.
Where do you live?
I live on the starship Explorer.
Who is the most important person in your life?
That’s easy. Anita. She’s my dream girl come true.
What was your childhood like?
I grew up in the shadow of my twin brother, Moshe. It was kind of tough playing second fiddle to this guy. But all things changed when the Oceanians saved me from a lion attack.
Of all the people you've met, who would you LEAST like to be stuck in an elevator with?
That’s easy, Lela. She’s the Captain of the Explorer and was on my case from day one. I did have some fun playing mind games with her, but Anita didn’t like it. If I was in an elevator with Lela, she’d probably have me do 100 pushups.
What is the most important thing in your life? What do you value most?
Keeping up with the daily regimen of starship travel is demanding. I thought my track coach was tough. Lela makes us exercise three hours a day, arrive to work on time, and the food rations are meager at best. I guess I value a nice steak meal with baked potato and a fresh salad the most. Won’t happen here, though.
What is your biggest fear?
The Palash. They are a pack of ugly alien dudes that get their jollies destroying worlds.
What is the most important thing that ever happened to you? Why?
Lela saved my life from that man-eating lion. Then she abducted and absorbed me into her starship crew. She taught me self-discipline and guided me toward maturity. I just don’t like her attitude.
Do you have any special talents or abilities?
Anita says I have the potential of being an excellent diplomat. I can also program the sanitation bots like a pro.
How do you see your future?
That all depends on the Palash. As I write these words, rumor has it that their invasion forces are headed this way.
If you could spend the day with someone you admire (living or dead or imaginary), who would you pick?
I really miss my twin brother, Moshe. Anita says he’s aged thirty years since I left Earth. The Oceanian scientists say it has something to do with the space/time conundrum.
If you had a free day with no responsibilities, how would you spend it?
I’d love to go back to that water world Anita and I visited early in our exploits. It was so much fun scuba diving and meeting intelligent life under the seas of Sirus-4.
Where can we find out more about you?
Michael Thal wrote my biography, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom. That tells it all. The book is listed as Science Fiction, but don’t believe that. It’s 100% true.
Michael L. Thal, an accomplished freelancer, is the author of The Koolura Series, Goodbye Tchaikovsky, and The Abduction of Joshua Bloom. He has written and published over eighty articles for magazines and newspapers including Highlights for Children, The Los Angeles Times, and San Diego Family Magazine. You can learn more about him at www.michaelthal.com.
Excerpt from The Abduction of Joshua Bloom
I had a fantasy girlfriend I met in a dream. She had orange hair and dark skin.
In the dream, I jogged along a bike path with the sun to my back. Cottages kissed the hot sand. A long pebbly beach reached the ocean’s lapping waters. A girl streaked past me, turned and smiled. She seemed to be about my age, sixteen. Details of her face were obscured by shadows and dreamy murkiness.
“Can you catch up?” the dream girl asked.
Want to know the weird part? She didn’t speak. Her words were injected into my brain. Then dream girl darted down the path and through a dark tunnel.
I followed. The tunnel narrowed into a slit, waking me with claustrophobic shakes.
The dream recurred every few nights until that fateful day when I had enough of my twin brother, Moshe.
Other novels by Michael Thal:
Goodbye Tchaikovsky is the story of a teen violinist prodigy who wakes up deaf.
The Legend of Koolura tells the story of a sixth grade Armenian girl and how she obtained the cool powers. She has the ability to dematerialize at will and reappear where she chooses. She can move objects with her mind and she can even defy gravity! But will these powers be of any use in stopping a stalker intent on her destruction?
Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback- Koolura has the ability to teleport, levitate, heal, and even fly. But at Camp Saddleback, she wakes up drained and powerless. Who or what has stolen her psychic powers?
The Koolura Series, Goodbye Tchaikovsky, and The Abduction of Joshua Bloom are available at http://solsticepublishing.com and Amazon.com
A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification. The Abduction of Joshua Bloom tells the story of a teen abduction by an alien race who justifies their act in an attempt to save their people. Joshua finds himself in a world dominated by women, and men are subjugated to their whims. He travels to a dinosaur world, visits a water planet, and the alien home world doomed by a star about to nova.