|About the Book|
Welcome to the second book in the IterFynders Explorers Saga. This one begins just days after the first book leaves off, as Jack Frost Day ushers in the Winter season. Once again, Tess Gensemer is called upon by Professor Herkimer to help with aMoreWelcome to the second book in the IterFynders Explorers Saga. This one begins just days after the first book leaves off, as Jack Frost Day ushers in the Winter season. Once again, Tess Gensemer is called upon by Professor Herkimer to help with a problem, but this time she has the help of Iters and the band Gensemer.The problem is the collapse of the distinguished scholar of Civilization, a Nuncius or high-level professor by the name of Andre Omega. He is suffering from a continuing debility visited upon him by Kakubetsus Jenoesen many years ago. Hes in a coma of sorts.Tess job is to learn all she can about Andre and help in seeing him get well again. Once more, she has no idea how she can help, but she will try.Meanwhile, her life goes on as usual, though things are almost completely different from what shes known before. She has never been through an Outways Winter and it is something to behold, even before it begins. Wintertime here is brought in on winds that are fleet and brisk, finishing off Autumn with a leaf-ending flurry, with the snows right behind.And yet, Wintertime here is anything but dead- no, the season teems with life: life in the Outways trees, or Byjurrs- life buried in leaves under the thick layers of snow- and life that plies the frozen rivers and lakes in the guise of large IcePookers, half-machine, half-sentient beast. There is life in the very ices that cover the land and the enormous snowflakes that adorn the air- these are the Schneebyls that gather the snow and help control the weather.Iters will be very busy. Tyanita begins by taking them into one of Newdicle Parks mysterious ORFs to greet the Akifin Winds that will begin Winter. Iters is still learning how to work together- soon they will specialize. They will have a sound team, and a visual team led by 3J, who is a whiz with a camera- she is going to get an Outways camera, a Pookamera, a Pooker intelligence living inside the camera body. They will study the IcePookers and try to find out how Schneebyls in the river ices help to make those IcePookers move quickly and elegantly.Jurgen is seeking help in the design of his new airplane, the one that will replace the fallen Sparrow that was torn out of the air by the mysterious Cwoosties. He will help Iters find more aliens to help them in their explorations. He will need help in building a successful airplane, one that can withstand the rigors and not incur the wrath of whatever runs the Outways planet.Meanwhile, the bands story-tellers, Niki and Rolie, are already finishing another tale, this one a tale of Christmas, to regale Gensemer in the evenings at Nox Promyss, the telling of the tale in parts each night before bedtime.This tale of Christmas is a longer version, the original version, of the story published as All the 27 Nights of Christmas. It is about 48,000 words longer, and includes a good deal of semi-technical detail, things I thought a science fiction reader might like, but a general reader might not. The tale is told here in 28 optional chapters placed within the general story.The Introduction and Explanation provide more details on how the book is laid out, including an overview of the other optional chapters. Amazons Look Inside feature will allow you to access this Introduction, as well as parts of the book itself.