Xelrod Spiral Constellation

Xelrod Spiral Constellation

Spiral Galaxy

Spiral Galaxy, photo by NASA.

Deep in the Zaphor galaxy is a beautiful spiral constellation that is heavily speckled with celestial bodies: the Xelrod spiral. Ancient scientists classified them all as stars, since the distance and technology at that time prevented indication to their true nature. As time and technology advanced, an explorer called Dambel discovered that there were ten small planets within this constellation, inhabited by primitive yet intelligent life forms that were unaware of each other’s existence. These planets had been ejected by a supernova and later found orbits within the constellation. They were classified as third-class planets.

In Dambel’s continuing quest for fame and fortune, he convinced the Intergalactic Support Group (ISG) to render assistance to these planets with communication, technology, space travel, and economic viability. Chyspah was ranked the least developed because there was no provision for nighttime lighting, which the native biclopses never had the need for since their genetic composition enabled them to see in the dark. Their economic status changed drastically with the discovery of chrylirium, however, and Chyspah quickly became the crown jewel of the constellation.

Exposure to this new lifestyle opened the doors to superiority and competition amongst the planets, resulting in long standing feuds and hostility. The ISG organized an assembly to draft an agreement for these planets to coexist. While all ten planets spoke strongly about bringing peace, they did not agree to the ISG’s recommendation of appointing a head to lead the constellation members. Intense discussions and debates that followed produced a truce in the warfare, but no sustainable resolution was agreed upon.

Many decades later, the first-class planets imposed trade restrictions to third-class planets in the galaxy, resulting in increased prices to acquire goods and services. During this time Elomar Effilldar, Flondumar’s forefather and a candidate for Supreme Leader of Chyspah, presented the idea at an inter-constellation conference to form a single market where the ten planets could trade collectively as one body and each planet would appoint a representative to a committee.

After much deliberation a treaty was signed enabling the ten planets to trade as one body. The treaty also improved interplanetary trade and enabled easier access to travel within the constellation. Elomar was the first Effilldar to become Supreme Leader.

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The Time Manipulator's Son

The Time Manipulator’s Son

About The Time Manipulator’s Sonnow available for pre-order fromSomething or Other Publishing: Powerful aliens hide on an asteroid floating above the planet Chyspah. Fearing for her child’s life, a widow breaks the laws of her people and makes contact with the leader of the planet. Her actions kick off a long series of strange occurrences and unexpected discoveries that lead three boys to solve their parents’ mysteries as they’re caught in the midst of the royal family’s fall from power. Daniel experiences bizarre episodes of time travel, while Anomar learns he was adopted—and that his real parents belong to a species of aliens with supernatural powers.

With the reluctant help of their timid friend Benardo, the boys dig deeper to find the truths hidden in their own lives. What they learn will change everything they thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

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Rohini Singh

About Rohini Singh: Rohini is an author of young adult science fiction from the small Caribbean island of Trinidad. Her debut book, The Time Manipulator’s Son, is available for pre-order fromSomething or Other Publishing now!

 

The Origin of The Time Manipulator’s Son

The Origin of The Time Manipulator’s Son

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Gaby reading a gallery version of the book.

I began writing The Time Manipulator’s Son about nine years ago. My sister Ramona is a high school teacher, and at that time I attended and assisted her with events at her school. I enjoyed watching how the children interacted with each other, especially the younger ones. This was when the idea struck to write a story about children engaging in activities like these in an alternate reality.

Looking at children whose ancestors came from Europe, the United States, Latin America, Asia, India and Africa, I thought that different alien species could create a similarly rich multicultural society as that of Trinidad and Tobago. The diverse nationalities could be expressed through different alien species.

I was really excited about writing this story. I kept an “idea book” with me all the time and wrote down anything useful that came to mind. Creating names was not a big deal because I come from a family that can give a name or adjective to anything and anyone. I had my main plot, and all the subplots were mostly formulated while writing.

My imagination was in overdrive, and I wrote six chapters. Soon after, my niece Gaby was born, and my interest in the book began diminishing as my love for and attention to Gaby grew. I continued adding thoughts to my idea book, but the writing ceased. Then I changed jobs and got into a very hectic work schedule, and eventually writing the book went into hibernation. My sister constantly reminded me to finish the book because she felt it had potential.

Some years later, I was on extended sick leave, and returning to work on a computer felt like a task I could not perform again. To assist with getting in the habit once again, I decided to read what I had written so far with story. Gaby was six at the time; she saw me reading the manuscript and asked me what I was doing. My sister said that I was reading a book I started writing and did not complete. Then Gaby said, “You wrote a book? Can we go to the bookstore and get one?” That melted my heart, and I knew I had to finish it for her.

Next week, I’ll discuss the challenges of finding a publisher.

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About The Time Manipulator’s Son, now available for pre-order from Something or Other Publishing: Powerful aliens hide on an asteroid floating above the planet Chyspah. Fearing for her child’s life, a widow breaks the laws of her people and makes contact with the leader of the planet. Her actions kick off a long series of strange occurrences and unexpected discoveries that lead three boys to solve their parents’ mysteries as they’re caught in the midst of the royal family’s fall from power. Daniel experiences bizarre episodes of time travel, while Anomar learns he was adopted—and that his real parents belong to a species of aliens with supernatural powers. With the reluctant help of their timid friend Benardo, the boys dig deeper to find the truths hidden in their own lives. What they learn will change everything they thought they knew about themselves—and each other.

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About Rohini Singh: Rohini is an author of young adult science fiction from the small Caribbean island of Trinidad. Her debut book, The Time Manipulator’s Son, is available for pre-order from Something or Other Publishing now!

The Time Manipulator’s Son

The Time Manipulator’s Son

Author ilovesoop_goldRohini Singh’s “The Time Manipulator’s Son” has become a winner of the first annual “I Heart SOOP Authors Contest”.  The anxious fan base awaiting the tale of Anomar Efflidar, will be pleased to know that Something or Other Publishing and Rohini Singh are currently in process of crafting the final manuscript.  Stay tuned!