Author: Terry Geo
Genre: Science-Fiction / Fantasy
Most stories start at the beginning; this one begins at the end. At least for Maria. Her sudden death sends shockwaves through her family and pushes her grieving mother to the very brink of insanity. After exhausting every avenue conventional medicine has to offer, Maria’s father, Henry, brings together the world’s greatest minds in the hope of carving out a new path. Months pass, and as Henry watches his beloved Elena slowly drift away, he begins to lose faith. It is only then that a solution presents itself. A discovery so momentous, it saves Elena and reveals the most important scientific and technological breakthrough in modern history.
Silicate is founded; a privately funded facility which delves deeper into the human mind, able to discover answers to questions we are yet to ask. Securing Silicate’s secrets becomes of utmost importance; even after treating hundreds of patients, the public are still unaware of the wonders and terrifying reality Silicate has unearthed . . .
The world you know is only half the story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Derbyshire, raised in Yorkshire, resides in London, Terry learned from a young age that he was different from his peers. He preferred the company of girls over boys, didn’t like sports and would write at every opportunity. He was bullied throughout his school life both physically and verbally and had to deal with the cruelty of others from an early age.
Terry Geo wrote and directed his first play at age eleven. At sixteen, he started work in television, writing scripts and becoming the youngest director in the country. Terry applied for a job while taking his final exams and started work in television the week after he finished school. For the first time in his life, he found a world where he could shine and be accepted for who he was. He came out as gay to his parents the following week and never again hid his sexuality from anyone. At seventeen he became the youngest director in the country, producing a light entertainment show for Yorkshire Television. After a short stint in a boyband, Terry went back to writing, editing two national publications. He toured the world as an actor, moved to London and in 2017, wrote and directed a musical for the London stage. A year later, Terry married Ken, the love of his life, in London. After their honeymoon in Thailand, he returned to a book he had started some years before. In January 2019, his cat Megara sadly passed away. This hit Terry hard and in memorial to her, he wrote her into the book he was writing. She is now a part of Terry’s debut published novel, Refraction.
Terrell groaned. Without opening his eyes, he reached over to silence the irritating buzz of his alarm clock. Searching with his hand, he accidentally knocked over the glass of water which was placed precariously on his bedside table. At the sound of the smash, he bolted out of bed still half-asleep, staring at the shattered remains of the tumbler.
“Terrell? What was that?”
“Nothing, Mum, it was just a glass, I’ll clean it up now . . . Don’t come in — I’m naked!” He scrambled for his boxer shorts as his mother entered the room. “Mum!”
“Stop it! It’s nothing I haven’t seen before. I was just cleaning the bathroom so I can clear this up in no time.” She knelt down and swept the pieces of glass off the floor with a dustpan and brush and mopped up the remaining water with a fresh cloth. “What are you doing up so early? Did you forget it’s Saturday?”
“I forgot to turn my alarm off last night. Believe me, I’ll be going back to bed in a minute.”
“Teenagers! You’ll miss the whole day if you go back to sleep now.” Beth finished cleaning the floor. “There, all done. Just watch your feet in case I’ve missed any bits of glass.”
“Thanks, Mum. Please could you wait next time? I don’t want you seeing me without clothes on.”
“Got it. Next time I hear smashing sounds coming from your room, I’ll just stand behind the door and wait, shall I? Even if I’m wondering if my son is hurt or not? Yes, of course I will, Terrell.” Mrs Prince’s words dripped with sarcasm as she left the room. He knew privacy wouldn’t be awarded to him any time soon.
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