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T. Newyear

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For T. Newyear, the past and the future are two pages in the same book. A native of the Midwestern US, Newyear grew up in small towns and fading cities, inspired by nature and culture, tradition and radicalism in equal measure. She lived extensively in Russia, traveled alone across Siberia and Mongolia, and learned how the other side of the world related to her home turf. With a doctorate in history and area studies, she has a profound interest in exploring the details and lived experiences of the past, and imagining how those lost moments speak to our collective future.

She is the author of The Tomb and the Stone, a historical fantasy about the search for the tomb of Genghis Khan, and Starfall, a sci-fi-meets-historical-fiction novel centered on the utopian town of New Harmony, IN. She has written numerous articles about music tech and Siberian history, as well as translated several scholarly books into English.

Starfall: Book 1

Starfall: Book 1

There are pools in the forests all fear and avoid. There, something strange is happening.

This curious fact lies at the heart of Starfall, a sweeping tale told in the same place, the utopian town of New Harmony, Indiana, but in two eras–1820s America and the not-so-distant, post-climate change future. In each era, a woman stumbles into a community built to change humanity’s course, founded by eccentrics and scientists, and begins to learn the secrets of what is unfolding in those mysterious pools in the woods.

Exploring American history and our coming adaptation to climate change, folklore and technology, Starfall incorporates elements of romance and sci-fi, horror and natural beauty. It leads readers through a forgotten but vital moment in American progressive experimentation and suggests what might remain valuable to us, as we face one of humanity’s greatest challenges.

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