What do a quintet of fascinating women, the warm coastal waters of Southeast Florida, and special relativity have in common? Ron Maddock is trapped in the confusion provided by all three.
Although light can travel across the cover of this book in half a nanosecond, Ron ignores speed limits as he is propelled to Palo Seco, Vienna, Albuquerque and the Iberian Peninsula in search of some very unusual items. He discovers that some of the most vivid promises of a new world may be found in the artifacts of an older one.
"Mr. Nachron’s List" is an offbeat twist on what is expected of historical fiction. Romance, adventure, science and fantasy all play a significant role as the protagonist careens through a rat’s maze of challenges for the sake of love and enlightenment.
His formal education and graduate degree may not have prepared him for life as a writer, but the hours of supplementary experience in nightclubs from Fort Lauderdale to Prague have helped him find his voice. The transformation of bits of reality into entertaining sequences of words is all the challenge a person who has lived his life like a pinball needs. He justified decades of travel by competing somewhat successfully in games like backgammon, scrabble and poker. Insight is born in the company of stimulating people in extraordinary situations and varying the range of stimuli as much as is safely possible has served him well. Corbett is fascinated by the wavering border between reality and fantasy, and he accompanies his observation with a suitably inappropriate sense of humor.
It's as if you're attending a party with your new neighbors. Fitting in may be challenging since they all come from extraordinarily far away. Or is it the other way around?
Mr. Nachron's List
The Habsburg genes were not distributed widely enough to give evolution a fair chance, but what might seem a deformity in the twenty-first century was a symbol of family pride in the seventeenth. There were dozens of people strutting proudly around the Imperial estate with vaguely porcine features, and a great many others who made themselves up that way as an homage. The tall girl needed no makeup however, as I was able to determine during a playful evening in which we danced cheek to snout and drank champagne (imported).