Publisher: Pelican Group
Publishing Date: August 2014
Publishers Description: Severely abused as a child, Dr. Grant Chapman is a multi-phobic computer genius who believes in NASA’s mission to far space, but is too afraid to make the trip. His best friend—NASA rogue, con artist, and trouble-shooter, Billy Jepler—drugs Grant and launches him into space.
Review: To say Grant is too afraid to go into space is underselling the character. The dude walked 1,000 miles to go to a new job because he won’t ride in cars, trains or planes due to phobias stemming from childhood trauma. If he even thinks about doing any of those things he blacks out. And will keep on blacking out upon waking. This guy is fupped up beyond belief. So when he is shanghaied into space to replace a computer whiz that got sick, he is suddenly in the worst place he can be for his type of phobia…nothing under his feet but empty space. Or is it empty?
When Grant awakens he finds all the crew members dead and must overcome a constant urge to blackout in order to maintain life support systems. What follows is a wonderful discovery of inner-strength and spirituality that transforms a once maudlin character into a kind of hero whom finds his place amongst the stars.