Thodes is a research station in far-off interstellar space, isolated by intention, so its population of six scientists can work independent of outside influences. Their mission, to create intelligent androids capable of behaving and feeling like humans, was to have been the salvation of a galaxy-spanning economic Depression. But no one has heard from Thodes for thirty years and the station has been written off…
… until it is accidentally re-discovered intact but missing its complement of scientists, by a passing starship. When the ship departs, the Captain happily leaves Eli Rudman, his least favorite crew member behind to study the androids that now populate the station. A social scientist with a failed career in a dying profession, Eli views Thodes as his one chance for fame and glory.
But all is not as it seems. One of the androids who was built in the image of a beautiful young woman is different from the others. Thus begins Eli’s obsession with Karryn.
Alan Zendell spent more than thirty years as a scientist, aerospace engineer, software consultant, database developer, and government analyst, writing really boring stuff like proposals, technical papers, reports, business letters, and policy memoranda. But trapped inside him all that time were stories that needed telling and ideas that needed expression, so with encouragement and cajoling from a loving baby sister he plunged into fiction.
Since then, he has written mostly science and extrapolative fiction, the genre he loved since he was nine. But his stories are about more than aliens and technical marvels. He creates strong, three-dimensional characters a reader can care about, because it's people and the way they live and love that are important. It's the things they believe in and how much they're willing to invest to preserve them that make a story worth telling. It's convincing interactions and well-researched credible plots that make a story worth reading.
And, of course, like any writer, Alan loves having an audience.