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I am a writer and artist. A 1991 graduate of Temple University with a BFA, I have lived in or near Philadelphia for most of my adult life. I love words and images. I read every day, and I am inspired by it. Writing Science fiction for many years, I love everything involved in the writing process, from imagining the story, and characters, constructing the narrative to editing and reediting.
The purpose of this web site is to help increase visibility, interest, and readership of my writing. These works are important to me. However, in this highly competitive publishing market, it has become increasingly difficult to find agents and publishers willing to take chances. Despite these challenges, I am currently seeking literary representation for these works.
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Things That Aren't There
A Dystopian Science Fiction short story
In this alternate future world, Jaden, an area 51 alien, must try to make peace with his past as a captive of humanity and a present within an off-kilter power structure of wealth and privilege. In doing so, he finds that he has made some powerful enemies. They will go to great lengths to stop him. This, however, was not his first rodeo.
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The Swan and the Whirlwind
My name is John Faherty. I have recently completed editing my two-part Science Fiction novel series, 'The Swan and the Whirlwind'. I am currently seeking to publish the first title in this series, 'The Swan and the Whirlwind –Gateway in the Sky'. The first title The Swan and the Whirlwind, Gateway in the Sky, is a manageable 108000 words. The second title: The Swan and the Whirlwind, Project, 105,000 words.
The Swan and the Whirlwind are not your average high concept novels. But rather they are a slow-building, story-driven, narrative filled from start to finish with a host of well-crafted elements. The cast of characters includes many strong female protagonists and exist in a variety of diverse settings. The characters are well fleshed out, possess emotional depth, and exist in fully realized worlds. The pace of the slowly escalating action and emotional tension is steady throughout.
The Office of Theoretical Strategic Intelligence had revealed a strange and dangerous secret. Hidden within a decades-old data set was evidence of an incursion by a masked gravitational anomaly of extraterrestrial origin. Stranger still was that Sara Burton was more intimately familiar with this enemy than she was prepared to realize.
Within the background noise of a fifty-year-old dataset, the ethereal shadow of a gravitational anomaly lay hidden. Following this thread of investigation Project Whirlwind would discover a façade illusion, masking the colossal mass of an alien craft. Having made landfall on Earth the dark and dangerous elements buried deep in this alien history would struggle to regain the light.
The plot of the novel unfolds in a parallel future. Sara Burton, Director of the office of Theoretical strategic Intelligence, over the course of her career had one regret. The circumstances of which, at long last, she was now determined to reexamine. For this purpose, she recruits Paul, a time-sensitive agent. Together they discover the signs of an interdimensional intrusion of an alien vessel hiding in plain sight. The Arox, an ancient alien race, who had once been masters of time and space, had in time been brought low by decay from within. Murine, the last representative of her priestly order must walk a tightrope to control the vast powers projected by the ship. If left unleashed they could at once destroy this planet and the legacy of her ancient world. The Earth, however, would succumb to the same festering secret that had laid hidden deep in the Arox past. Paul, the only one who possesses the memories of a different kind of Earth, again joins forces with a Sara, who by the strange circumstance of the temporal anomaly was lost. He discovers her again locked within the confines of a game fighting an insurrection against the forces of a rogue shapeshifting artificial intelligence known as Lurker.