I began writing “Element 42”  thirteen years ago.  In the intervening years I’ve revised it, boiled it, chopped and fried it, but I never changed the basic story, which was the one I always wanted to tell.  It’s still long, but it’s lean and meaty.  All the fat’s gone.  It’s still enough to fill a trilogy, almost 900 pages, but Trestle Press convinced me that I should join the current trend of serialization.  So instead of three novels, it’s being released as 25-30 episodic ebooks.  The first one appeared on August 20, 2012.

“Element 42” is about Earth’s first encounter with extraterrestrial intelligence.  It’s about beings who think and communicate very differently from us.  You’ll meet the Guardians, a highly ethical species who view themselves as Masters of the Galaxy, though they are senescent and genetically trapped in a downward spiral of racial paranoia.   You’ll also meet the Luugs, who are just humanoid enough to remind us of ourselves, and who embody many human-like qualities, only exaggerated.  And finally you’ll meet the lovable, introspective Kraalig-Veys who,  having evolved on a planet perpetually shrouded in dense clouds and had no idea there was an entire universe up there,  were forced to turn inward

“Element 42” is also about the ultimate search for the meaning of life and the reason humans exist on Earth.  Are we the prized creation of an omnipotent deity?  Do we have a special destiny?  Maybe.

The first volume, The Stranger, is available for Kindle, http://www.amazon.com/Element-42-Volume-Stranger-ebook/dp/B008ZUT3TG/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1345489376&sr=1-7&keywords=zendell, and Nook, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/element-42-volume-1-the-stranger-alan-zendell/1112558789?ean=2940014886987,