ISHMAEL A. SOLEDAD
Temple Dark Books are delighted to announce the signing of Ishmael A. Soledad to our label with his cerebral, emotional and mesmerizing Sci-Fi Drama, Sha'Kert: End of Night. Both The Gatekeeper and our Silent Reader were captivated by this book from the beginning.
Ishmael's writing is genuine and heartfelt, insightful and raw. He weaves a tale of desperation, isolation, separation and - ultimately - discovery that manages to comment on the ills and obligations of modern society while screaming at us to find our own reason for living. We are indeed privileged to have such a gem for our debut publication. (Q1, 2021)
Ishmael lives with his wife in Brisbane, Australia, and has been writing since 1996. He has published two collections of Science Fiction shorts - Hawking Radiation and Sex and the Single Cosmonaut - as well as more than 50 other Science Fiction stories in such volumes as Aphelion, Antipodean SF, Far Cry Magazine, Planet Magazine, Schlock! Webzine, and Unrealpolitik.
End of Night
This wonderful cover art, which will feature on the Q1 2021 paperback and hardback release, was produced by our Creator Creature, Gaia.
Provided with concept sketches and descriptions by Ishmael, Gaia interpreted the author's vision beautifully: You can see a mystery figure on the left at a row of deckchairs. In the rippling water to the right, the 'threeship' and silhouettes of central characters (Menno, Lou, and Pen) are reflected. Above this entrancing scene, the enigmatic 'pearl' hangs in the dark sky.
You can see the development process on her dedicated TDStudios page by clicking the button below.
SHA'KERT: END OF NIGHT
A Heartfelt and Mesmerizing Sci-Fi Drama
Greg and Lou learn that their daughter has a terminal illness. In their desperation, they make a deal from which there is no return. When their crimes are exposed, their world is turned upside down.
Henry wants nothing more than to leave his Amish community behind, even as their land is under threat; their traditions under fire; and their faith faces its greatest test. But his mother is his world - where she goes, so too will he.
Circumstances bring these two worlds together - a family banished to the edge of the galaxy; a community praying for a new life and the re-orientation of their destiny.
But when fate abandons them to an uncharted, inhospitable planet, some struggle for survival while others embrace the opportunity to explore this strange new world. Relationships are tested, beliefs are tried and emotions are pushed to the limit.
Yet Sha'Kert has a place for all.