Hope

“Well,” said Tallis, “I guess hope is a funny thing. It only exists in a hopeful world.”

This excerpt from Falling Down the Galaxy details a concept that I struggle with when I think about loss; suicide in particular. The novel follows an existential journey through a dystopian future to find strength in hope. In it, there are characters who have hope, those who do not, and those who have experienced both. But what is different about each of them – what makes us hopeful? 

Tallis Zug and Cassidy Decker, the hero and heroine of Falling Down the Galaxy, maintain that your environment must provide opportunity in order for hope to exist. I disagree. I would argue that one creates the environment in his or her head. Take 9/11 for instance. There were those who jumped out of windows knowing they faced certain death, but unable to see themselves alive. Then there were those who stayed inside, able to see possibility in improbability. 

These were not based upon circumstance since the environment was the same for all. So the question remains, what makes a person hopeful?

Falling Down the Galaxy is available in digital format for Kindle and in print.

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Falling Down the Galaxy available for free for Kindle

Today begins a 2 day promotion where you can download and read Falling Down the Galaxy for free on your Kindle.

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From the Back Cover: Scientist Cassidy Decker stares over the side of the cold, gray asteroid and dives off with the grace of a dying swan. She never imagines she’ll land on the Starlight Express, a Jazz Age-themed train traveling the galaxy. Or that she’ll fall in love with its handsome conductor. Suddenly, she has everything she ever wished for: friendship, a blossoming romance, and the promise of a future on Earth. But Cassidy has always been her own worst enemy, and she soon finds herself tumbling through a series of inexplicable disasters that threaten to take away everything she gained.

Will Cassidy be able to mend her broken spirit and begin a life with the only man she’s ever loved? Or will they collapse under the weight of a galaxy steeped in corruption and greed?

Surreal, nostalgic, and dusted with the magic in the stars, Falling Down the Galaxy follows an existential journey through a dystopian future to find strength in hope.

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About Falling Down the Galaxy

Scientist Cassidy Decker stares over the side of the cold, gray asteroid and dives off with the grace of a dying swan. She never imagines she’ll land on the Starlight Express, a Jazz Age-themed train traveling the galaxy. Or that she’ll fall in love with its handsome conductor. Suddenly, she has everything she ever wished for: friendship, a blossoming romance, and the promise of a future on Earth. But Cassidy has always been her own worst enemy, and she soon finds herself tumbling through a series of inexplicable disasters that threaten to take away everything she gained.

Will Cassidy be able to mend her broken spirit and begin a life with the only man she’s ever loved? Or will they collapse under the weight of a galaxy steeped in corruption and greed?

Surreal, nostalgic, and dusted with the magic in the stars, Falling Down the Galaxy follows an existential journey through a dystopian future to find strength in hope.

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About the Author

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E.M. Kiernan is a writer, research scientist, and adventurer: from whimsical daydreams to molecular pathways to quantum physics in the stars. Under a pseudonym, she has been published for scientific research in Nature, the Journal of Immunology, Genes & Development, and Thomson Reuters. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida with her husband and son.