A new Universe. A new Time.
Tina Pulivok is thrust into an unknown universe, a reality that exists hundreds of years ahead of her own time, the 1980s on Earth. Raised in a Maya village and before moving to an East L.A. barrio in California, she knows no one in this new universe--
A starfighter pilot from the future, Althor ended up in the wrong universe when someone--he has no idea who--sabotaged his fighter with the intent of killing him. Instead, the faulty stardrive threw him into Tina's universe. Both Tina and Althor are empaths, even telepaths, traits that draws them together. They return to Author's universe in his sentient ship, where they face dangers known and unknown. From the vicious empire of the Trader slave lords to the ancient marvels of desert ruins holding the secrets of a long vanished past, they must survive an onslaught of danger. They face the future with only their courage and their love--but will it be enough to keep them alive?
on the SKOLIAN EMPIRE series:
"One of the major series in the genre."
- SF Chronicle
"Asaro's Skolian saga is now nearly as long and in many ways as compelling as DUNE, if not more so."
"Catherine Asaro brings the feel of science back into science fiction."
- Donald M. Kingsbury, author of COURTSHIP RITE and PSYCHOHISTORICAL CRISES
"Known for her brilliance at combining science, adventure and riveting characterization, Catherine Asaro breaks new territory..."
- Mary Jo Putney, New York Times bestselling author of THE WILD CHILD and THE RAKE
On CATHERINE ASARO:
"Physicist Asaro combines hard speculative science and first-rate storytelling."
"Readers seeking the harmonious meld of hard SF's rigor and human chemistry's heat should read Catherine Asaro's fiction."
- SciFi Weekly
"Asaro's portrait of interstellar intrigue, weird socio-political customs and galactic history has come to approach the neighborhood of such classics as Frank Herbert's DUNE series."
Catherine Asaro has authored about thirty books, including science fiction, thrillers, and fantasy. Her works The Quantum Rose and “The Spacetime Pool” both won the Nebula® Award, and she is a multiple Hugo nominee. Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine. Her upcoming books are The Vanished Seas (Baen, July 2020), and the eBook Lightning Strike Book II. Taken together, Lightning Strike Book I and Book II form a revised and expanded version of Catch the Lightning.
Catherine has a doctorate in chemical physics and masters in physics, both from Harvard, and a BS in chemistry from UCLA. Her paper “Complex Speeds and Special Relativity” (The American Journal of Physics, April 1996) forms the basis for some of the science in her fiction. She directed the Chesapeake Math Program for many years, serving as a teacher and coach in math, physics, and chemistry. Her students distinguished themselves in many national programs, including the USA Mathematical Olympiad, MathCounts, the USA Physics Olympiad, and the Harvard-MIT Math Contest.
Catherine has appeared as a speaker at many institutions, including Harvard, the National Academy of Sciences, and the US Naval Academy, and she has appeared as a Guest of Honor at science fiction cons across the US and abroad, including the National Science Fiction Conventions of both Denmark and New Zealand. She served two terms as president for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and is a member of SIGMA, a think tank that advises the government as to future trends affecting national security. She also appears as a vocalist at clubs and conventions. Her most recent piece is the Celtic-themed song Ancient Ages, written by science fiction author Arlan Andrews. She danced for about 35 years in ballet and jazz. She and her husband, John Kendall Cannizzo, were married thirty-three years until he passed. They have one daughter, a mathematician and ballet dancer.