ThresholdPatricia J. Anderson
Publisher: Common Deer Press
Date of Publication: March 27, 2018
ISBN Digital: 978-1-988761-17-6
ISBN Print: 978-1-988761-16-9
Number of pages: 240
Word Count: 66,000
Cover Artist: Carl Weins
Tagline: Fantastic Mr. Fox meets The Tao of Physics
The population of Ooolandia (a world much like our own but with an extra "O") is hypnotized by the culture of MORE. Citizens of all kinds and colors go about their lives unaware that hidden in the fog of everydayness a great calamity is approaching.
Banshooo, an amazingly mindful monkey, works for the Ooolandian Department of Nature with his colleague a mathlete mouse. Together they have amassed data proving, beyond any doubt, that the natural world is losing the stability necessary to sustain life. Unfortunately, their warnings are ignored by the authorities who are planning to phase out nature altogether.
Freaky winds, icy earthquakes, and mutant anemones plague the landscape. After a wildly devastating storm, Banshooo has a vision revealing the connection between Ooolandia and the Unseen World -- a connection that lies deep within and far beyond all that is seen. This connection is vital to Ooolandia's survival, and it is fraying. He realizes he must take radical action. Along with his quirky sidekick (a one-off of unique appearance whose primary interest is snacking), he sets out on a journey beyond the surface of the Seen to bring back proof of the true nature of nature.
Threshold Excerpt 3
The monkey sighs a big one. “Okay, I saw an opening in the midst of a swirling foggy haze. I believe it is the gateway to the Unseen World. But when I tried to go toward it, it was like I was moving through layers of something, and then …”
“Then I felt like I was about to break apart.”
Morie leans back. “Hmmm. That would indicate you might have been approaching another realm.”
Ambrose’s eyes grow even wider than usual. “Can you do that?”
“I knew a guy who tried.”
“He’s no longer with us.”
“There’s a molecular dispersion problem involved.”
“Supposedly there are ways to do it without splintering, but it’s complicated. It has to do with perception.” He looks at Banshooo. “For instance, you saw something that was happening in another space, like space travel but in your mind. If you could access that perception, if you could go into it, so to speak, you might be able to travel there without dematerializing.” Morie speaks slowly as he thinks out loud. “Time and space and perception. They’re joined, allied in some fundamental way. Exactly how and in what manner … that is the question.” He rocks back and forth slowly. “Are light-years a measure of the distance to enlightenment? I wonder …”
About the Author:
Patricia J Anderson’s essays and short stories have appeared in numerous periodicals including The Sun, Tricycle, Chronogram, Ars Medica, Glamour Magazine and Rewire Me.com. Her books include All of Us, a critically acclaimed investigation of cultural attitudes and beliefs, and Affairs In Order, named best reference book of the year by Library Journal. She is the recipient of The Communicator Award for online excellence and has produced exhibition, kiosk and website copy for such institutions as the American Museum of Natural History and the Capital Museum. She is the editor of Craig Barber’s Vietnam journal, Ghosts in the Landscape. She lives with her family in New York’s Hudson Valley.