You're James Noland, a 22nd century pilot making cargo runs to space stations. Your latest run: deliver a small dog for medical experimentation. The mission is bogus; an excuse to get you into space and blown up by a nuclear blast. Your wife and your superior have conspired against you. You also discover the ship's hold is full of canisters of lethal nerve gas, rigged to be released if you survive the explosion and crash land. Your only possible savior, if he could talk: the dog, who was present when the conspirators discussed their plans. Unbeknownst to anyone, he CAN talk, flabbergasting you by revealing the ruse. You escape the explosion, but the shock waves cause you to time travel to present day semi-wilderness Minnesota. Managing to ditch the ship in a lake, you avoid releasing the nerve gas. Now you must blend into a 100 year-old culture, biding time until the military discovers and recovers your ship and you can somehow neutralize the deadly gas before its accidental release. Meantime, you fall in love with the woman that helped you when you landed, and mess with the heads of local never-do-wells.
"Renouncing the Future" is the humorous, suspenseful, romantic adventures of James Noland and his smart-aleck talking-dog sidekick, Newton.
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Published May 19, 2011
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction.