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Colorimetry is pleased to welcome back Kenechi Udogu. I first met her last summer when she stopped by for an interview on her book, The Other Slipper. She has a new book out... and she's offering 2 eCopies to a Colorimetry readers...
by Kenechi Udogu
Published December 1st 2012
For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tanner doesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
Meet the Author:
Kenechi Udogu lives in London and enjoys writing fantasy fiction and short stories (some of which she posts on her blog). She also hates the cold and hopes to one day figure out how to hibernate in winter.
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The Power of One
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to have superpowers. Right from childhood when I had to drag myself out of bed early in the morning to get ready for school, I knew exactly what power I wanted to possess – the ability to control time. It is one of the reasons I loved the character Hiro Nakamura (from the TV series Heroes) so much. Think about it, the power to freeze or slow down time to suit your daily needs - only in emergencies, of course. What could be better than that? Slowing down the bus on the day you’re running a few seconds late (we all know bus drivers don’t stop if they see you sprinting in their rear view mirror); stopping the clock close to an all-important deadline so that you can finish off the half hour work that still needs to be done; stretching out a good night’s sleep so that you actually feel refreshed and not half jaded in the morning. The possibilities are endless. One thing I probably wouldn’t do is time hop to change things in the past (acts of the past should remain intact to preserve the future), but sometimes even that thought is tempting. How many times have you had a heated conversation and afterwards reflected on all the apt things you could have said to foster your point? Very tempting indeed.
Strangely enough, “time manipulation” does not feature in the top ten abilities other people would like to possess. According to a little bit of online research, the most popular abilities are strength, flight, invulnerability, speed, invisibility and energy projection. You might have noticed that all of these are physical abilities - I do wonder what that tells us about our human expectations of superpower. Are we really all more eager to command the physical than the psychological? If time bending wasn’t my thing, I’d much prefer a choice from the telepathic range of abilities – telekinesis sounds like it could be fun; although that’s also still a form of controlling the physical. Perhaps I’m not so different from everyone else as I’d thought.
Gemma Green, our young protagonist in Aversion, has the ability to sense her assignee’s future acts and try to prevent them from carrying them out. Her unusual powers are clearly a reflection of my fascination with telepathic abilities. Personally, I’m not sure I would like a power that was so dependent on other people’s willpower. I’d probably get really frustrated if my mind bending tricks didn’t work out and I had to suss a way to fix my mess. But Gemma doesn’t really have a choice in the matter as she knows no other form of existence. On top of that, she soon discovers that her abilities don’t quite work the way she thought they would. Yes, that doubly sucks, but hopefully it makes for an interesting read.
Whatever superpower you daydream about, if you are ever granted the good (or bad) fortune to possess it in a scientifically advanced future where such things are possible, please use it wisely and remember to wave at me if you fly past the elusive 9.05am bus I finally manage to catch following the manifestation of my wonderful time slowing powers . Ah, bliss!
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