Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Case Study No. 1249: Abigail Boyd Lei

Stargazer's Trailer for Other Systems (novel) 2012
Trailer for Other Systems
a science fiction novel written by Elizabeth Guizzetti and published by 48Fourteen

Set in the far future, the novel follows Abigail Boyd Lei, a librarian, whose life changes when the Kiposi, long lost descendants of Earth; arrive and speak of a paradise ninety-four light years away. Kipos is a land of plenty where there has never been hunger, murder, or war. However, they need more healthy young immigrants for the colony to thrive. After assessment, Abigail is among the chosen. She leaves the protection of her family with dreams of higher education, a good job, and a kind-hearted spouse. Abigail will discover the cost of utopia as she assimilates to their way of life.

Other Systems will be available on e-book
April 1st from or at Amazon or Barnes&Noble
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Abby liked the night.

Colors seemed to brighten against the darkness
and she had friends in the stars.

She could make out the Dragon,
the Lynx,
the Big Bear,
and Little Bear.

To the southwest, she could see the Dancing Virgin
and to the east: Pegasus.

Even if she could not see them
she knew there were other constellations,
other systems.

Other Systems
written by Elizabeth Guizzetti
Available April 1, 2012
http://48fourteen dot com

Abby played by Jessica Brown



Other Systems
Elizabeth Guizzetti
Publication Date: April 1, 2012

Would you go to a planet that has never known war, hunger, or even a single murder?

This daring new novel explores the difficulties of space travel, planetary colonization, and the loss of friends, family, and identity due to time dilation and the distance between stars.
Humans established a utopian colony on Kipos, an Earth-like planet orbiting a Sol twin. Unfortunately, the birth rate continues to plummet and without an influx of human DNA, Kipos has eleven generations before it reaches failure. With Earth over ninety light-years away, time is short.
On the over-crowded Earth, many see opportunity in Kipos's need. After medical, intelligence, and physiological testing, Abby and her younger siblings, Jin and Orchid, are offered transportation. Along with 750,000 other strong young immigrants, they leave the safety of their family with the expectation of good jobs and the opportunity for higher education.
While these second-generation colonists travel to the new planet in stasis, the Kiposi, terrified that Earthlings will taint their paradise, pass a series of indenture and adoption laws in order to assimilate the savages.
When Abby wakes up on Kipos, Jin cannot be found. Orchid is ripped from her arms as Abby is sold to a dull-eyed man with a sterilized wife. Indentured to breed, she is drugged and systematically coerced. To survive, Abby learns the differences in culture and language using the only thing that is truly hers on this new world: her analytical mind. Haunted by the agony of her loss, but determined to make a better life for herself, she joins a planetary survey team where she will discover yet another way of life.



"Brothers and sisters, we come in peace and in need."

These words are repeated in Tonga, English, Spanish, Greek, Japanese, Hindi among other languages as satellites show 10 large ships heading towards Earth. Even though it is thought that the ships hold the decedents of former Earthlings, the fear of a coming invasion begin the worldwide riots of 3062.

However not everyone fears the new comers. Especially when they offer transport to the distant Garden in the Heavens where there has never been a murder or a war. After testing, Abby Boyd Lei and her younger siblings leave the protection of their family with dreams of higher education, good jobs, kind spouses.

Will Kipos be everything they imagined? Is Abby willing to pay the cost of assimilation when her assumptions of morality are challenged?

If given the chance to live on another colonized planet, would you go?



Abby (Abigail Boyd Lei)

Ancestral Background: Half Scottish/half Chinese. Mother's family from Seattle Area worked in factories for as long as anyone could remember, Father's family expected more from Cameron. Parents married, Abby born seven months later. (You do the math)

Father: Cameron Boyd (Factory Foreman)

Mother: Lei Sun Lei (Also works in Factory)

Siblings: Raymond, (Commune Farm) Jin, (Factory) Joseph (deceased at age 2) Orchid (age 11, she spends most days with Abby at Library)

Other family members mentioned : Grandmother and Tara (Family Pet/ guard dog.)

Born in the city state of Seattle on planet Earth, Has never been outside Seattle until the Kiposi come.

Physical Appearance: Straight black hair, black eyes with gold flecks, pale tan skin

Employment: Assistant Librarian. Works with Mr. Alexander Johnson. All of the Boyd Lei offspring came to the library when they were little. Mr. Johnson feeling Abby's intellect would be wasted on the factory assembly line, hired her. Since he is an old man without children, she reads to him.

Age in Book 17-19

Virtues: Intelligent

Vices: She can be manipulative. Prior to her trauma, she is fearless. After her trauma, she has trouble dealing with her fear, especially fear of the dark. Sweet-tooth.

Other: Loves to read and is a stargazer

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