Genre: Science Fiction
“While investigating a nearby entropic zone, Professor Henry Kelvin stumbles upon Grinder's Switch, a small, idyllic town which only appears for three days every ten years. But life in Grinder's Switch is not as tranquil as it first seems. The townsfolk are forced to participate in a lottery as a means of population control, and Kelvin's budding romance with the town's mayor, Pearl Jessup, sets off a chain of events that ultimately forces him to choose between staying with the woman he loves or returning to his life.”
“Trevor Judd grew up in rural Tennessee but moved to Colorado after serving six years in the U.S. Air Force where he was an exceptional golf caddy for various generals and his coffee making skills became the stuff of legend. He was raised on a steady diet of comic books, violent cartoons, science fiction novels and action movies, so it wasn't very surprising when he started writing his own stories at the age of 8. He continues to write in his spare time, between classes or when the boss isn't looking.”
The premise, a town which is largely trapped in the past and exists in what I’ll describe as another dimension most of the time, is an interesting one. Their limited resources mean they have to control the population, which they do by means of a lottery. If a baby is born, the lottery “winner” gets to die. Throw in a protagonist who stumbles on the town during the short period it is accessible to those from our dimension, have him and the town’s mayor fall in love, and you’ve got the makings of a short, entertaining read. What would you do?
A small number of proofing misses.
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 15-20,000 words