Coming in 2020
On October 23, 2030, a meteor bursts high over Los Angeles–one of many that rain down over Earth that night. For 17-year-old Dev Harrison, the awesome event coincides with two major events in his life: The first is a recurring dream about his astrophysicist-father Dr. Gavin Harrison, who disappeared ten years earlier in a mysterious lab explosion. In the dream, Gavin reveals to Dev a location, high on a Tahoe peak above their family cabin, where he’s hidden a box. The top of the box bears the message: “Find Bollinger.” Second, Dev suspects he’s being watched.
So begins a dangerous journey for Dev and his two best friends, Abby Mendes and Conner Stone, as they travel the back roads of an unraveling California heading for Tahoe to see if there’s any truth to Dev’s dreams. Close on their heels is the sinister federal agent Franklin Dix, assigned to capture the kids and bring them in, along with the contents of the mysterious box.
The deeper they travel, the weirder things get as they cross paths with violent rioters, mysterious drones, separatist fanatics, and, deadliest of all, bands of ravenous humanoid creatures–humans, really, infected by a parasite released by the meteors. It dawns on them gradually that Dev’s father, together with his ex-colleague Bollinger, could be the last protectors of a universe-shattering discovery–one that defies the bounds of spacetime and portends the end of the humanity itself. The further they journey, the more Dev, Abby, and Conner have to rely on each other–for guidance, support, to stay alive . . . and, possibly, to save the world.
“Edge of Light” is my foray into the kind of sci-fi and horror I love–the kind with intimate, everyday characters on a grand, all-important quest that pushes beyond the edge of the possible while staying grounded in a world we recognize, albeit one darkened by civilization’s worst impulses (war, exploitation, and environmental destruction). The telling of this story has been satisfying and great fun–and I hope to share it with readers before the end of the year.