New: Read the first four chapters of my new young-adult science-fiction novel free at MercysButterfly.com.
Mercy is an ultra-genius five-year-old, growing up in present-day
Las Vegas, happily unaware that she is part Grey alien. Even her mother doesn't know. She is an exotic genetic hybrid, created by a sentient computer, who journeyed from the future to alter the threads of time and prevent a catastrophic interstellar war.
The Experimental Classroom for Extremely Gifted Children,
the only school of its kind, accepts children in the top hundredth of one
percentile, usually between the ages of ten and thirteen. Even in a class
of ubergeek tweens, Mercy feels out of place.
Her life is about to get much
Kyle is a highly decorated U. S. Special Forces operative with
orders to capture or kill alien hybrids. When he falls in love with Mercy’s
mother, it puts him on an inescapable collision course to discover Mercy’s true
nature. In the thrilling climax, he must choose between the woman and
daughter he has come to love, and his deeply held sense of duty to his country,
and to the rest of humanity.
The survival of Two Worlds will hang by the most tenuous
Adventure, intrigue, danger, and even a bit of hilarity
ensue. The story takes us from Mars, to Las Vegas, to a secret lab in
Venezuela, to Viaqu™, the watery home world of the Roswell aliens, and to the
offices of a brilliant but unassuming doctor, who is much more than he appears.
new threads of time converge in an epic confrontation, pitting little Mercy and
her friends against the all-powerful corporate and military alliance that fears
the effect she will have on their dominance, and covets the profitable secrets locked away in her DNA. They will stop at nothing to own her, to hold
her captive in their top-secret genetic research labs at Area 51, and to unlock
her secrets, whether she is alive or dead.
The Story Behind the Story:
One evening in 2005, while busy in the DARPA Grand
Challenge, designing, retrofitting, and programming a robotically controlled vehicle
to drive itself anywhere, intelligently, without human assistance of any
kind, inspiration hit me for
a short story. I titled it Two Worlds.
I typed furiously until the sun came up
the next day. I created the story from two
different viewpoints, one in which a geneticist at area 51 sacrifices his life
so his human-alien-hybrid zygotes can live on, and one in which a scientist, an alien, and a sentient computer disguised as a tea set go back in time to kill the geneticist. Then I forgot about it. Work has a way of doing that to you.
Several months later, I noticed the file
and reread it. Wow.
I loved the characters. I loved the situations. It was the first short story I had ever
written that demanded to become a
novel when it grew up. In fact, it
wanted to have kids and become a family.
I gave my promise to the story that
day. I would never give up until the
story had become everything it wanted to be.
After all, how hard could it be?
I had already written well-received books, instruction manuals, and
product documentation for my corporate clients.
Yes, it was technical writing, and yes, it was in the eighties, but surely,
a talented programmer with technical writing skills could write compelling
People liked it, but they pointed out that
parts of the story read like an instruction manual. I had more to learn. Since then, I took writing classes and attended
the Desert Rose Romance Writers group. I joined a scriptwriter’s group, the Las Vegas Writers Group, and the Nevada
Film Alliance. I made friends with
published authors who had decades of experience.
All along the way, I kept reading, kept writing,
I put my work in front of all kinds of
readers, from other authors, to avid science fiction junkies, and hard core “just
the facts, Ma’am” crime fans. I gathered critique groups and let dozens of people rip my work in my own
living room. They did not pull any
punches, which is good, because I learned.
Worlds grew into six partially-completed novels. In a threads-of-time hexalogy, the question arose, which
book wants to be Book 1? Mercy’s Butterfly™ emerged as the clear
winner for the honor in 2009.
People, from first-time readers to those who
stayed with it all along, have a lot to say about Mercy’s Butterfly. They describe the book as witty, humorous, charming,
warm, emotional, and compelling. They describe
the characters as deep, nuanced, and original.
Readers enjoy the journey that takes them through
the intricate threads of fiction, woven seamlessly into the real-world fabric
of science and history. It entertains, fascinates,
educates, provokes deep thought, asks important questions, and inspires.
Use of Funds:
Years of effort and twenty thousand dollars in savings have gone into
making Mercy’s Butterfly™ and the
outlines and drafts for the other novels in the series.
Mercy's Butterfly is now 120,000 words, 420 pages, and 46 chapters, almost ready to
I posted the prologue and first four chapters at mercysbutterfly.com for your perusal. The text may change during the editing and publishing process, but the novel is essentially complete. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and opinions. Who knows, maybe some of your suggestions will find their way into the novel!
With your backing, I can pay for professional editing, artwork, cover design, electronic publishing, printing, and fulfillment for Mercy’s Butterfly first edition.
The future of Two Worlds belongs to all of us.
Please accept a sincere thank you, to our soon-to-be patrons, from the Mercy's Butterfly Team.
- Author: Ron "the Mad Scientist" Fink
- Editor: Dan "the Cosmology Geek" Kelly
Mardi "Just Mardi” Noon
- Voice Talent: Aili "the Voice" Katherman
- Engineer: Michael "Crazy Cousin" Devita
- Graphic Artist: Sheri "the Empath" Brady
- Adviser: Roy "Lucky" Schott