The Tinker and The Fold - Part 1: The Problem with Solaris 3

Evan Gordon & Scott Gordon

Book Cover

GENRE

ACTION ADVENTURE YOUNG ADULT SCI-FI FANTASY

    Core Theme

    LOVE, MORALITY, KINDNESS, UNIVERSAL RESPONSIBILITY

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s,Contemporary,Future

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    ZATHURA, SPACE BUDDIES, WALL-E

    CHARACTER LIST

    • JETT: EIGHTH GRADER, LEAD, SMART, BRAVE, HEROIC

    • TII-ELDII: FRIENDLY, HELPFUL, JETT’S NEWFOUND FRIEND

    • NUKII: BUSH BUNNY, TII-ELDII’S PET AND JETT’S COMPANION

    • CHI-COL: DETERMINED, KEEPER OF THE FOLD’S LAWS

    • LE-WA: KEEPER OF THE FOLD’S LAWS, COMPANION OF CHI-COL

    • PRESIDENT MONTOYA: ACCESSIBLE, HONORABLE, PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES

    Logline

    They have been watching… Because of him, they are coming… Jett Javelin's 'quantum swapper' puts Earth in the cross-hairs of The Fold, whose Neutralization Protocol threatens Armageddon and catapults Jett on a journey across the galaxy to save humanity from his own extraordinary invention.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 7-12,13-17,18-34

    Target Gender: Male Leaning,Universal

    Setting

    San Jose, CA, Aaptuu 4, Lanedaar 3, Washington D.C., Boona, Eelshak

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Laguna Lantern Publishing Company

    Year Published: 2016

    Starting Description

    The story opens in the Eelshak system where The Fold is implementing its Neutralization Protocol to contain the Eelshakian scourge and it's doomsday weapon - a black hole generator. It then transitions to Earth where Jett performs the final ill fated test of his quantum swapper.

    Ending Description

    The book ends with Earth being granted a reprieve from neutralization due to an ill fated deal Jett makes with The Fold that results in the abduction of millions of people, including his own father to a reeducation colony on Pluto.

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    0996357432

    Mature Audience Themes

    Information not completed

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

    Plot - Premise

    Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One',Voyage and Return

    Main Character Details

    Name: Jett Javelin

    Age: 14

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Aspiring,Clumsy,Complex,Honorable,Naive,Underdog,Lone Wolf,Sophisticated,Visionary,Skillful,Selfless,Modest,Empathetic,Faithful,Flexible,Gracious,Heroic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Tii-Eldii

    Age: 200

    Gender: Male

    Role: Mentor

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Complex,Confident,Engaging,Heroic,Educated,Patriotic,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Secretive,Sophisticated,Unapologetic

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Hazbog

    Age: 3750

    Gender: Male

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Masculine,Villainous,Narcisstic,Blunt,Power Hungry,Desperate,Greedy,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf,Secretive

    Additional Character Details

    The author has not yet written this

    Development Pitch

    Seven years ago a father and son collaborated on a fun project to write a science fiction story; an effort that was to blossom into something more than a one-time partnership. The Tinker and the Fold: The Problem with Solaris 3, sees their effort brought to full fruition in this first book of a trilogy, but if readers anticipate a genre read replete with conventional devices, they will immediately realize there's far more happening here than a predictable story line. Many sci-fi reads for young adults revolve around events and characters which don't stand out from the crowd. Not so with The Problem with Solaris 3, which opens with sassy young Jett's increasing defiance of the status quo. From an invention that tests his mother's quantum theories and opens the door to strange new worlds to Jett's place not just on Earth, but in the universe, The Problem with Solaris 3 succeeds in going where few other young adult science fiction reads can follow, transporting its readers to a unique universe. Each chapter adds a dose of humor and wry observation that defies normal sci-fi approaches. The difference between a one-dimensional, predictable sci-fi read for young adults and one which is a standout in its genre often lies in a combination of author approach and fresh, original details; and the father-son team of Evan & Scott Gordon succeed in going where few writers (much less family authors) have gone before.

    Brief

    An eighth grader invents a teleportation device that sends him into space where he is abducted by aliens and sent on dangerous and exciting journey to save his planet from neutralization.

    What We Liked

    - A young brainy kid having to save the world is a universally liked theme.
    - There is a sweetness to the story and the characters are wholesome.
    - It offers thought provoking social commentary as well.
    - The story has potential to be adapted in a popular feature film series. So many opportunities to feature deep space locales as well as exotic alien creatures dovetail nicely into a film setting. The charming aliens lend themselves to merchandising and the positive theme presented in the story would be terrific for a family focused film.
    - A series could be built upon Jett’s journeys throughout the universe spreading the Ten Laws of Civilized Living.
    - Key points: Space premise; Family friendly; Promotes a positive message; Merchandising opportunities; Franchise potential.

    Synopsis

    In the year 2028, eight grader, Jett Javelin, creates a Quantum Swapper that allows him to teleport. He is accidentally sent into space where he is captured by two little grey aliens called Le-Wa and Chi-Col from the planet of Aaptuu. They impart to him that his invention has put his planet at risk of neutralization by the Fold, an intergalactic federation. They also teach him about the Ten Laws of Civilized Living that all planets are supposed to abide by. If Jett doesn’t get back to Earth and set things right, his world will be neutralized.

    Using the Quantum Swapper, Jett finds himself on another planet where he is about to be eaten by strange alien creatures. He is rescued by Tii-Eldii, a friendly tentacled alien refugee from a previous neutralization. Tii-Eldii, his pet bush bunny, Nukkii, and his watcher crab, Craabic, travel to his spaceship. Craabic stays behind to find off the Aaptuuans who are surly coming for Jett, but Tii-Eldii, Jett and Nukii travel to Tii-Eldii’s planet where he learns that his society has survived. Tii-Eldii is reunited with his wife before Jett and Nukii travel to back to Earth to warn them of coming doom.

    Jett quickly reunites with his family before materializing at the White House to warn President Montoya of the impending neutralization if Earth does not change its ways. Nukii’s quickly multiplying offspring complicate things when they start running all over the White House. Jett is kidnapped by the aliens and taken back to Aaptuu where he meets with the high council to ask for a pardon for Earth. It is granted as long as Earth abides by the Ten Laws and sends away to the planet Pluto all of the its citizens who have killed. Jett agrees, but is horrified when his own father, who was forced to kill during the war in Iraq, is relocated to Pluto. The story is left open for a sequel.

    About The Author

    Evan Gordon was born in Orange County, CA. The Tinker and The Fold is his first book (co-written with Scott Gordon, his father). Evan enjoys the shows Doctor Who, Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, Sherlock, and Psych and is also is a huge fan of Star Wars, The Lord of The Rings, and The Hunger Games. He likes to go out dressed as characters that inspire him including Castiel, The Doctor, and Dean Winchester. Evan says that, "Life is short, so always take advantage of free lemonade." Scott Gordon enjoys playing the ukulele, cartooning, blogging, keeping a vegetable garden, and attending Comic Cons with his three kids. He also has helped thousands of consumers and businesses switch to clean renewable solar energy. His writing influences include: J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Benjamin Hoff, and Daniel Quinn.