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Longtime Los Alamos resident Cary Neeper’s second novel, “The Webs of Varok” launched Dec. 4.
A new independent press, California micropublisher Penscript Publishing House, released the book to online booksellers in hardcopy, paperback and e-book formats.
The second book in “The Archives of Varok” series, this young-adult/crossover science fiction title follows the human and alien cast from Neeper’s 1975 first-contact novel, “A Place Beyond Man,” as they leave a troubled 21st century Earth for the promise of stability on another world.
What will it take to secure that promise, after a talented traitor sets her eye on the world’s wealth — and their fragile new family?
Weaving real issues into the fabric of the story, Neeper illustrates sustainability and ecological economics though example.
She explores trade-offs in planetary stewardship through the adventures of her amiable aliens on a veiled moon of Jupiter.
Neeper is an avid student of sustainability, steady-state economics and the impact of cosmology on issues of science and religion.
In addition to the “Archives of Varok” novels, she has written two musical science fiction comedies and book reviews for The Christian Science Monitor.
She studied zoology, chemistry and religion at Pomona College and earned her doctorate in medical microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before moving with her husband to Los Alamos to raise their family.
The Neepers live in Northern New Mexico with a menagerie of dogs, fish and fowl.
She paints landscapes in acrylics, including the cover art for “The Webs of Varok” and blogs at CaryNeeper.com/blog.htm.