New Sci-Fi Thriller Explores “Entity Travel” for Exceeding the Speed of Light in Teen Novel “Josh and the Cargan” by Air Force/Space Program Officer M.L. Hollinger
The raging hormones of youth and far-out theories about non-physical intergalactic travel make an explosive combo in the new teen sci-fi thriller "Josh and the Cargan" by retired Air Force Lt. Col. M.L. Hollinger.
With a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue, 11 years' work on the U.S. military's "Star Wars" defense initiative and other programs, and coordination with NASA on the Space Shuttle, Hollinger (pen name) says fantasizing about how humans can travel effortlessly though space comes naturally. He brings together his knowledge and imagination in this tale of perhaps the ultimate young man's fantasy a planet created especially for vicarious sex and reachable only by "Entity Travel."
Since retiring in 2001, Hollinger has written more than 10 sci-fi thrillers, short stories, and magazine articles, some winning awards and honorable mentions in various sci-fi writing contests. In this new intergalactic thriller, the young protagonist is Josh Smith, an older teen with the typical raging hormones.
Josh also wants to be a famous rock star and has an amateur band of his own. One evening, he comes home from band practice to learn that his rich, eccentric great grandfather, "Charley" Evans Bastin, is dead. When the will is read, Josh inherits one of Charley's ugly sculptures while his father inherits the rest of them.
Back home, Josh accidentally discovers his sculpture is actually a Cargan, a device used for interplanetary travel in the form of a ghostly presence called an "entity." Josh uses the Cargan to travel to the planet Mythos and finds it a very exotic place a planet created especially for vicarious sexual activity. He meets a girl named Oriana, who teaches him Giran, the language of Entity Travel, and explains the operations of the Grand Council for Entity Travel. Josh decides to keep all of this a secret from his parents.
Meanwhile, another person is very interested in Charley's sculpture collection. Mark Wycham and his ghostly partner Manjahba know that the ugly sculptures are Cargans and have a special plan for them. They're secretly operating an entity replacement scheme allowing them to place their co-conspirators in important government and business positions on other planets. Wycham presents Josh's father with a scheme to build the Charles Bastin Museum of Modern Art to gain control of the sculpture collection and all its secret powers.