About EINA

EARTH IS NOT ALONE, the story…

…Response to reading the first draft…

“Love, romance, tragedy, and responsibility after…Earth’s modern technology collapses. This tale has enough mystery to inspire readers—young and old—to discuss ‘theories of truth and being’ long into the night! Be prepared to travel to other worlds.”

— Gladys Hunt, author of Honey for a Teen’s Heart

“As a Fortune 500 software engineer who grew up in what becomes…‘the Susquehanna Territory,’… [this is] a riveting read that will keep you guessing with each twist. One note of caution: don’t pick this up if you need to be well rested in the morning.”

— Eric Wood (whose old home is quite near “Big Bend”)

In the novel EINA, written in a SCI-FO format, the framework story is set in northeastern Pennsylvania. In a mountain town there, two complete “folklore-sounding” fairy tales, Death in a Tavern and The Secret of Zareba, which report events 15 years apart, turn up in a most unusual way and hold secrets that threaten to ruin the lives of two bright high school seniors approaching graduation, one a local boy, the other a mysterious girl new to the area.

What’s totally different here is that these stories appear 318 days after all Earth, it seems, has been suddenly devastated by a series of atmospheric nuclear explosions that were harmless to buildings, plants, animals, and people, but that have completely destroyed everything electronic, including electric power plants and transformers that render transmission lines useless. Vacuum-tube appliances, older generators, and batteries are unaffected. In the newly formed Susquehanna Territory, a barter economy develops, and fences are built to surround and protect the land from invasion from nearby urban areas more horribly affected. The Territory establishes an army of “minutemen” to defend its comparative prosperity, and life readjusts and limps on.

What’s more bizarre, however, is that within this tense atmosphere, the two “new” fairy tales seem to present themselves as actual histories of real people on another planet. But even more than that, is the preposterous possibility that there might be a “royal connection” between a character in one story and one of the two students.

And that’s still not all. The specter of cheating has raised its ugly head, and the highly-moral-at-all-costs atheistic English teacher, also a folklore expert with his own secrets, isn’t about to let these students, who openly profess to be Christians, get away with it.

This leads to the strangest parent-teacher-student confrontation that ever took place, where four people, each puzzled and wondering about what the other three know, put everything they believe in on the line.

LENGTH: approx 500 pp.

ILLUSTRATOR: Cover and inside drawings by Dominic Catalano. Catalano has illustrated numerous magazine articles (including work for Cricket), done paintings and large murals. He has illustrated 26 published picture books, his first of which was John Knapp’s THE BURGOMASTER’S RAIN. Dr. Catalano is an Assistant Professor of Art and Graphic Design at Bowling Green Univerity.