The Kronos Interference, by Edward Miller & J. B. Manas, Receives Kirkus Star
Pop Culture Zoo Press, the new publishing arm of Pop Culture Zoo, has partnered with authors Edward Miller and J. B. Manas to bring readers a captivating sci-fi thriller, The Kronos Interference, which received a coveted starred review in Kirkus Reviews.
“I really felt the authors crafted an extraordinary adventure that captures the essence of classic science-fiction while weaving an original story that is immersive and full of twists,” said Joseph Dilworth, Jr., publisher. “The fact that it got the Kirkus star just validated what I knew as soon as I read it. It was a perfect book to launch our new model with.”
Rather than a traditional publishing model, Dilworth decided to try something different. With Pop Culture Zoo, he already had a platform in the sci-fi arena. He needed a publishing model that built on that strength; and yet would give authors unprecedented freedom and the bulk of the profits while he focused on promotion and marketing. But he didn’t want it to be a vanity press, where authors pay to have their work published and there’s little to no quality control or any type of selective process.
“In today’s publishing market, this seemed a good decision for us,” said Edward Miller, co-author of The Kronos Interference. “It’s a true partnership, and gives us more visibility to the readers who we know would love our book. Also, we retain all the rights, so it’s an unusually flexible model.”
Miller’s co-author J.B.Manas, who’s had non-fiction books published by traditional presses, agreed. “We felt we had a really original spin on a classic time travel riff,” said Manas, “and we invested a lot of time in character development, research, and studying the masters. In the end, we knew we had something special. But traditional publishers are rarely offering strong deals to new authors in the speculative fiction space, so to partner with a publisher that already has that audience seemed ideal.”
In the book, when physicist Jacob Newman is pulled from his family, his job, and his whole life to investigate a strange vessel discovered at the bottom of the South Pacific, he finds evidence of time travel, along with implications that a judgment day against mankind is imminent. But it isn’t until he cracks the time travel technology and uncovers a startling link to his own family history that he undertakes a dangerous mission back to 1924 to kill Adolf Hitler and undo a horrific episode of Earth’s violent past. The results are catastrophic, and soon he discovers much darker forces working against him—forces he must overcome if he hopes to save humanity and see his family again.