Marc Neuffer, author
Paradox Twins – Synopsis Paradox Twins is a science fiction adventure The book begins as an interview with a Ph.D. in the year 2165. He doesn’t believe her story but has been tasked to make an evaluation. As she tells her story he learns that it began on Labor Day weekend 2019. Riley is a young professional woman working in the publishing world. She comes home to her tiny apartment to find she has already arrived; an EXACT COPY of herself, same memories, same life. Each is equally unsure of what has happened. Each wants answers. That search takes them through time, space, and other dimensions, with a few murders along the way. New York, Tibet, Mexico, Russia, and beyond. Either she's both nuts, or it's really happening. Over four billion years ago, beings in another dimension started an experiment that resulted in the extermination of intelligent life in our universe every two billion years or so. That had been an unintended result of their experiment; they had been unaware of life outside their dimension. The extermination is beginning again. Each new wave creates a rising peak of ‘twinning,’ the creation of exact copies of intelligent beings. Riley is one of the first affected. She and her twin Haley turn to two older Twins. Physicists who have been trying to unravel the ‘twinning’ phenomenon for decades. Riley and the other twins have unique abilities as a result of their quantum-splitting. They can enter the ‘Zone’; a place that is exactly like the real world. Whatever they do there has no effect on the ‘real’ ... it’s a practice area ... they return to the same moment they left. Members of the team travel to find evidence of other twining and artifacts to understand the paradox. In Tibet, Riley is gifted a staff by an aging and dying monk. He passes on additional skills; Riley can now instantaneously geographically jump from place to place, AND jump ahead in time and return. Two billion years ago, the Surrons, a preeminent race of their times, had tried to stop it. They failed. They had left behind sequestered AIs on uninhabitable library planets. One of those had used the last remaining Surron spaceship to create a station in our solar system’s Oort cloud. Riley and her team learn how to contact the AI. Together they find a means, after many false starts, to terminate the coming extinction wave. Later in the story, Haley (Riley’s twin) is kidnapped in Russia. A rescue is made using space vehicles from the Oort cloud station. The appropriate people (kidnappers) are ‘reprimanded.’ The story ends with the interview ending, Riley has not convinced the Ph.D. She provides him a final explanation, then disappears before his eyes, leaving him a short note, a book. He then destroys the recording of his interview. Nothing to report.