#BlogTour #RachelsRandomResources @rararesources / #GuestPost : My Travels With a Dead Man – Steven Searls @StevenDBT @brwpublisher

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Today I’m on the ‘My Travels With a Dead Man’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but before I let you read it first some ‘basic’ information.

About the Author :

AOsaZq-sSteve Searls retired from the practice of law in 2002 due to a rare chronic autoimmune disorder (Tumor Necrosis Factor Receptor Cell Associated Periodic Syndrome). He began writing poetry in 2001 and, using the pseudonym, Tara Birch, was the featured poet of Tryst Poetry Journal’s Premiere Issue. He’s also published numerous poems as Tara Birch in print and online, including the poetry chapbook, Carrots and Bleu Cheese Dip, in 2004. Steve was also active as a blogger posting under the name, Steven D, at Daily Kos (2005-2017), Booman Tribune (2005-2017) and caucus99percent (2016–present). Steve’s published essays on Medium include “Clara’s Miracle,” about his wife’s cancer and resulting traumatic brain injury from chemotherapy, and “My Rape Story.” Raised in Colorado, he now lives with his adult son in Western NY. My Travels With a Dead Man is his first novel.

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Synopsis :

r8wql32IJane Takako Wolfsheim learns she can alter time and space after meeting a charismatic stranger named Jorge Luis Borges.
Inextricably she falls for Borges. Soon, however Borges’ lies and emotional abuse, and nightmares about a demonic figure, “the man in black,” nearly drive Jane mad. After her parents are murdered, Jane flees with Borges. Both the ghost of haiku master, Basho, and the Daibutsu of Kamakura, a statue of Buddha that appears in her dreams, offer her cryptic advice. Unable to trust anyone, Jane must find the strength to save herself, her unborn child, and possibly the future of humanity.

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Guest Post :

A Brief History of Time Travel and Alternate Realties in Literature

One of the major plot points in My Travels With a Dead Man occurs when Jane Takako Wolfsheim, the novel’s narrator and protagonist, learns she has the ability to alter time and space to create alternate world to which she and others can travel.
In 2020, time travel and alternate reality/multiverse fictional setting are ubiquitous in popular TV series such as Dr.Who, The Man in the High Castle, The Umbrella Academy and HBO’s The Watchmen. A plethora of novels in these sub-genres are currently available in various iterations, from traditional “hard science” time travel novels, to alternate reality/history novels. Arguably, the most popular books in these categories are Time Travel Romance novels such as The Outlander series.
H.G. Wells is often credited with creating the modern time travel novel in his classic 1895 work, The Time Machine, but similar works of note from the 19th Century include Mark Twain’s A Connecticut in King Arthur’s Court (1889), or Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (1843), where Ebenezer Scrooge is transported both backwards and forwards in time by The Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future, respectively. Older still is Washington Irving’s 1819 story, Rip Van Winkle, where the protagonist falls asleep in the Catskills, awakening to find that twenty years have passed and he missed the American Revolution. However, the trope of time travel and time distortion reaches back to antiquity.
One of the oldest is the tale of King Riavata Kadkumi in the Hindu epic, the Mahābhārata, believed to have been composed between 400 BCE and 300 CE. The King and his daughter, Revati , travel to where Brahma , the God of creation, resides, to ask his advice regarding who Revati should marry. When they meet Brahma, however, he laughs, and tells them that time passes differently in different planes of existence. In the brief time they spent with him, 27 chatur-yugas (each equals a cycle of four million years) have passed in their own world. When Kadkumi and Revati return home, they find it unrecognizable. There’s also the 8th century Japanese folktale, Urashima Taro, where a fisherman travels to a mythical underwater kingdom as a reward from saving the life of a turtle. He spends three days there, until he remembers the duty he owes his aging parents. However, upon his return, no one remembers him, for 300 years have passed and everyone he once knew is dead.
In the oldest Judeo-Christian scriptures, Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, intervenes several times to alter time. In Joshua 10 (composed circa 1200 B.C. E), God stops the movement of the sun to give the Israelites an additional day to slaughter their enemies, the Amorites. And in 2 Kings 20 (written roughly between the 9th and 7th centuries B.C.E), Yahweh reverses time as a sign to King Hezekiah, near death, that his prayers to be healed will be answered. Then there is the early Christian legend of the Seven Sleepers (earliest source: 5th Century C.E), where seven young Christians fled to caves outside the city of Ephesus around 250 C.E. to escape persecution. They awaken 300 years later, after the Roman Empire converted to Christianity. Their deliverance is considered a miracle.
In the 20th century, stories of time travel and alternate history exploded. Many writers tackled these genres, from science fiction luminaries as Asimov, Heinlein, Philip K. Dick and Connie Willis to famous and bestselling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five) and Stephen King with his Dark Tower series. Time travel/alternate reality/multiverse tropes are a wonderful means to explore human nature under unexpected and unfamiliar circumstances. They provide a unique backdrop against which you can observe a character’s development, for good or ill. It’s not that different from narrative devices employed in” realistic” fiction. All ask the same question: “What if …?”
Which is why, in My Travels With a Dead Man, I used these tropes to write a story that asked that very question about my protagonist, Jane Takako Wolfsheim. I wanted to know what would happen to a naïve and privileged young woman if she was suddenly gifted with the extraordinary power to shape reality. What challenges would she face, both psychologically and in her interactions with others, as she learned to master it? And how would it change her essential humanity? I hope you’ll give it a look to learn the answer to Jane’s big “what if…” story.

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