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Highland grad continues sci-fi trilogy with “Remanence”

Jennifer Foehner Wells
Jennifer Foehner Wells

Sci-fi enthusiasts have another book to lose themselves in from novelist Jennifer Foehner Wells.

The work, titled Remanence, was published March 11 and is the second in Foehner Wells’ three-part Confluence science fiction trilogy. Fluency — published June 18, 2014 — was the first.

And fans can expect another pulse-pounding galactic adventure.

“I love inventing new cultures and new worlds, extrapolating from things that are known and combining disparate ideas,” said Foehner Wells, a 1990 Highland High School graduate. “That was the best part of writing this book. Exploring all the possibilities. Second books in trilogies are notoriously difficult to write, and I had a lot to live up to.”

Fluency was self-published domestically, but has been translated and published by traditional publishers in Germany, Japan, and Russia.

“My first book had been virally successful, and readers were begging for another book,” said the 43-year-old mother of two boys who now lives in Indiana. “It was a lot of pressure. Facing my fears that I wouldn’t be able to live up to their expectations was the hardest challenge in writing this book. I’m happy to say that readers seem to be very pleased with it.”

In Fluency, readers follow the adventure of Dr. Jane Holloway, who NASA dispatched to explore drifting UFO. After months crammed together in a small spaceship, Holloway and the rest of the crew are unprepared to find something alive. Suddenly, simply surviving seems impossible, and the alien may be Holloway’s best ally.

Remanence picks up where Fluency left off.

Becoming a novelist was my lifelong dream. It affords me the opportunity to be home with my children and work on my own schedule. It allows me to be creative for a living. It’s hard, but enjoyable work. Since the moment I could read, I’ve been a voracious reader. I have wanted to be a novelist for as long as I can remember. I have enjoyed hobby writing for most of my life —poetry, short stories, and novel writing. As my children got a bit older and more independent, I began to have more time to myself. I filled that with my favorite hobby. It all just fell into place.

Jennifer Foehner Wells, sci-fi novelist and Highland High School graduate

“I set all of this up when I wrote the first book,” she said. “I always knew where it was going. I knew the reader would be ready to see Jane outside the claustrophobic setting of the ship and exploring exciting new worlds. Jane Holloway is on a mission to return a derelict alien spaceship, and its abandoned navigator, Ei’Brai, to their home world to find out who was behind the plague that killed off that ship’s original crew and to seek out other stranded navigators throughout the galaxy.”

People interesting in purchasing Remanence have two options — the ebook version for $4.99 or the paperback for $16.99. An audio version of the book currently is in production and will be available by the end of June. The ebook is available exclusively through amazon.com, while people can order the paperback from Amazon, as well as from any local bookseller. When the audiobook is ready, it will be available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

Foehner Wells said cherishes being a novelist, noting she has been “writing seriously” since 2011.

“As my children got a bit older and more independent, I began to have more time to myself. I filled that with my favorite hobby. It all just fell into place,” she said.

Besides her two novels, Foehner Wells has had four short stories published in various science fiction anthologies.

“Becoming a novelist was my lifelong dream,” said Foehner Wells, who graduated from Monmouth (Ill.) College in 1995 with a biology degree. “It affords me the opportunity to be home with my children and work on my own schedule. It allows me to be creative for a living. It’s hard, but enjoyable work. Since the moment I could read, I’ve been a voracious reader. I have wanted to be a novelist for as long as I can remember. I have enjoyed hobby writing for most of my life —poetry, short stories, and novel writing.

Remanence was also is self-published under a company Foehner Wells formed in 2014, Blue Bedlam Science Fiction.

Foehner Wells said she currently is working on two other novel projects — the third book in the Confluence trilogy, called Valence, and another book with a working title of Druid, which is set in the same universe but with different characters and different challenges.

“What I write is entertainment, pure and simple,” said Foehner Wells, the daughter of Betty Schreckengast of Aviston and Jack Foehner of Wood River. “It’s meant to be a fun escape. However, I do delve into some interesting gender issues throughout this book, as well as the meaning of personal freedom. I do this in a light way that I hope is thought provoking.”

About The Book

The plot: In defiance of NASA, Jane Holloway, the linguist of the Providence expedition, commandeers the alien ship that crew explored. She sets off to return that ship’s marooned navigator to his home world, determined to discover who was behind the genocide that destroyed his original crew.

But when she gets there, she finds his world devastated by the same plague. The remaining members of his race, uniquely gifted at navigating the stars, are stranded across the galaxy. And someone, it seems, doesn’t want those lost navigators to be found.

As Jane unravels the mystery of the plague and works to ensure the survival of Ei’Brai’s race, she discovers that the life of every sentient being in the galaxy may be in jeopardy… and the clock is ticking.

Where to buy it: People interesting in purchasing “Remanence” have two options — the ebook version for $4.99 or the paperback for $16.99. An audio version of the book currently is in production and should be available by the end of June.

The ebook is available exclusively through amazon.com, while people can order the paperback from Amazon as well as from any local bookseller. When the audiobook is ready for release, it will be available on Audible, iTunes and Amazon.

Website: For more information about Foehner Wells’ work, visit her website, jenniferfoehnerwells.com.

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