If you can hear me then you must be alive. You’re alive, right? That’s good. Good. Good for me. There aren’t many of us left. The water is looking at me again.
The blue in the sky burnt away and now it’s all brown, everything is brown, past, present, and future. I don’t know what I’m going to do. If only Grandpa were here to help. I think I could get along better with a friend. You’ll be my friend, right? Just us, in this whole big world. We can do it together.
A wonderful and surprising novella, “Radio Sphere” reveals a shy, maladjusted girl into the leader she must become amidst the dying, surreal landscape of Earth modified by a deranged alien.
Meanwhile, a mysterious alien race observes the ruins of humanity and tries to make sense of what it sees.
Like others of their generation, Elizabeth, resourceful and determined, and George, dreamy and kind, struggle to find meaning in the madness around them. Together they will leave the relative safety of Boston, seeking answers. Something has waited for 200 years to provide those answers. Will Elizabeth and George survive their journey into the forgotten past? Or are some questions better left unasked?
Blending humor, science, and philosophy, Radio Sphere is a unique and compelling journey into the nature of humanity, in the grand tradition of Vonnegut.
“Don’t you what I know regret toast?” Grandpa muttered to his own photograph from ninety years before. He giggled to himself, took a sip of water that dribbled down his shirt, and flicked the photo across the room with a tear in his eye.
In his younger elderly years, he was often harsh and cold because he wanted more from people and they rarely lived up to his expectations. He didn’t care about how you did something, but rather why you did it- if you messed up constantly for the right reasons he came close to giving you a pass.
“I do like toast, don’t you miss it Lizzie?” I wasn’t sure what toast was I just placated him and he rocked back and forth with a grin. I picked up his photograph and he asked me what I had in my hand.
“It’s a kind of bird, Grandpa, have you’ve seen these kind before?”
“Oh yes, long ago we had a bird bath in our yard and those and all kinds of birds hopped on all fours… they bathed and dad shot them with pellets. I thought them all extinct, didn’t you Iola?”
We were alone so I knew he forgot I wasn’t my mother, but it wasn’t the first time so I knew not to fight back. Things got bad when I didn’t play along.
“Well Grandpa, if these birds are so rare maybe we can follow them home- maybe there are more there and we can go on an adventure.”
“I’m too old for adventure.”
“One last adventure!”
“You’re too young to leave the house.”
“That’s the thing you remember?”
“Where is your mother? Sarah? Sarah?!”
“Sarah’s not my mom. Who is Sarah?”
The spittle flew from his mouth because he knew Sarah was dead, but he also thought she was in the next room. My mother heard his shouts and joined us.
“Papa, it’s me- Iola.”
“I know that. You’re right over there,” he pointed at me.
“That’s Liz, your granddaughter, Papa,”
“Yes, little Lizzie. That’s right.” He leaned in and whispered “Lizzie and I are going on an adventure. She thinks the photo is a bird.”
“This novella was an imaginative thrill ride! I loved the fascinating characters and how the vivid descriptions made the author’s world come to life. Without question, however, the best part of this novella was the author’s sense of humor. Overall, I Highly recommend this one–especially for fans of Vonnegut.” – Amazon customer.
“Radio Sphere is an imaginative, humorous, and thought-provoking novella. I opened the pages and quickly found myself immersed in a futuristic world so unique and different that I was taken aback.” – Frank Scozzari, author of From Afar.
“I really liked how the narration changed from alien to human throughout the story and you get to piece together what actually happened to everyone. Not a lot of authors can do that well, build a world and let the reader come to understand it piece by piece instead of just telling them everything that’s gone wrong recently.” – Victor Espinosa, author of Greyheart.
“Author Devin TerSteeg brings together this world through his humor, catchy storyline, and brilliant storytelling. For only being a novella, I was left wanting more from it. Hopefully, he will continue to write about this new Earth and we can discover more. If you are looking for a new Sci-fi read, check this one out! You won’t be disappointed!” – Amazon reviewer.
About the Author
Devin terSteeg is a man of finite, but altitudinous, stature. He is usually found in Minnesota hoping for radioactive spider bites or the end of winter; whichever comes first. Devin can often be found wondering where he is and wandering that where. He has cited influenced as Ray Bradbury, George Saunders, Miranda July, Feodor Dostoevsky and the incredible Orson Welles. Devin graduated with degrees in Writing and Humanities from Minnesota State University, Mankato and now works in the uplifting and creative world of corporations.
Not including the above-mentioned authors, his favorite books are Siddhartha, Good Omens, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. Non-fiction favorites include the Book of Five Rings, Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension, and A Brief History of Time.