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 Feenix Mission by Fred Wolf 

The eBook is available now on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Playster Scribd and 24 Symbols. For more information or to contact the author, visit facebook.com/eclecticium. 




Future world
Scientist turned author publishes first dystopian novel

04/26/18



 By Angie Sykeny 

asykeny@hippopress.com
 
As a biotech research scientist for more than 30 years, Fred Wolf of Hudson did a considerablet amount of scientific and technical writing. It wasn’t until he retired, however, that he decided to pursue his interest in creative writing, and specifically in writing a dystopian novel. 
“I wanted to take it on sort of as a bucket list challenge,” Wolf said. “As a scientist you’re constrained by facts, but I wanted to do something that would allow me to exercise my imagination and create my own epic adventure in my own fantasy world.”  
In March, a digital version of his completed book, Feenix Mission, was made available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other digital book purveyors. 
The story takes place 300 years in the future after a series of pandemics wipes out much of the world’s population. Washington, D.C., or what’s left of it, anyway, relies on dated technology as it struggles to defend itself against barbarian invaders. Two scouts, Zefir Hawkes and his mentor Flint Coalwood, and a scholar, Sid Toth, embark on a journey to locate an elusive enclave known as “The Complex,” which is rumored to have sophisticated technology that could help the city. Through an ironic twist of fate, they reach their destination, only to find themselves caught in the middle of a biological war that could determine the fate of humanity. 
“There’s the overarching theme of what constitutes progress. What price are we willing to pay for progress?” Wolf said. “I’m still asking myself that same question, in view of technological developments and their potential consequences for the future.” 
Wolf always had an affinity for the science fiction, fantasy and dystopian genres and was inspired by books and films such as Metropolis, Dr. Strangelove, Mad Max, On the Beach, Homer’s Odyssey and The Lord of the Rings. He often contemplated what the world would look like after an apocalyptic event. 
“If our civilization was obliterated, what would evolve from the remnants? It could be something quite different from what we have now,” he said. “It’s all open to the imagination, and that is a large part of what intrigues me about post-apocalyptic and dystopian scenarios.” 
It took Wolf about a year to finish the book. He would write sporadically; inspiration came in waves, he said, sometimes during mundane tasks like shaving, making oatmeal or sitting in traffic. 
“I didn’t try to force it,” he said. “I found that, to some extent, I had to wait for ideas to emerge. A lot happened at the subconscious level. Some of the plot components were completely revelatory, and I could not have anticipated them.” 
Wolf had the book reviewed by two professional editors before self-publishing through a service called Draft2Digital, which formats and distributes books on a digital platform. If there is enough public interest in the book, he said, he may have paper copies printed in the future. He left the story open-ended for the possibility of a sequel, and at the encouragement of his readers he decided that he will write one. He’s currently working on the story outline. 





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