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Author Q&A ft @OlgaWerby | HARVEST Book Tour and Digital Book #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Promotions Presents #ScienceFiction

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for HARVEST by Olga Werby. The science fiction is available...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for HARVEST by Olga Werby. The science fiction is available now from Pipsqueak Productions LLC.

Olga Werby will be awarding 2 books to a randomly drawn commenter (LIZARD GIRL AND GHOST and SUDDENLY, PARIS) via rafflecopter during the tour.

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by Olga Werby


GENRE:   Science Fiction



Almost a century after Keres Triplets asteroid impact and subsequent nuclear exchange almost ended all human life on Earth, a strange artifact is discovered on one of the moons of Saturn. Who should be sent to the outer reaches of the solar system to initiate the first contact with an alien culture? Dr. Varsaad Volhard, an evolutionary-socio-historian, is chosen to help the world understand the alien civilization that left an artifact some thirty thousand years ago, before humans even learned to farm, at the time when other human species still walked the earth. While Vars prepares for the mission, her father, Dr. Matteo Volhard, discovers nanobots among the microplastics he studies. The bots are everywhere and seem to have been created to bond with human cyber implants. Why? Matteo is made to keep his discovery a well as his and his daughter's true origins. Both were donated to a Human DNA Vault as babies. Matteo was raised as a Seed before leaving with his young daughter to study ecology around the world. Who knows what? Who is in control? How does one communicate with non-human intelligence? People seem to die in gruesome ways as their cyberhumatics go haywire on Earth and on Luna and Mars colonies. Is Earth under attack or is it all just a cosmic misunderstanding? Vars needs to use all she knows to solve the mystery of the ancient civilization on Mimas, as her dad battles the alien nanobots at home.



Vars slept on the plane…or tried to. She was too confused, too keyed up to really sleep. That coffee might have been a mistake. Ian said that he couldn’t tell her anything until they arrived at his EPSA office in Seattle, which was conveniently her own hometown where she lived with her dad. The man just smiled a lot and talked about how much he had enjoyed reading Vars’s new book.

There was a strange edge to their interaction. If Vars hadn’t believed Ian’s credentials, she would have bailed on him a long time ago. Even so, she felt like she was being kidnapped. And, in a way, she was. She’d had to cancel the last two lectures of her book tour and apologize to her agent over and over again. Ian had promised that EPSA would send an official excuse letter, but Vars still felt like she let her agent and publisher down.

They landed at a general aviation airport, and another black car whisked them to EPSA’s

headquarters, just outside of Seattle’s city limits. She was taken to a conference room on the top floor of the EPSA science building, which Ian called the “tree house.” She immediately understood why–it was surrounded on all sides by a balcony planted with a row of trees and some shrubbery. It was quite nice, but Vars couldn’t enjoy it; she was simultaneously exhausted and adrenalized. It was just a matter of time before she crashed.

She must have looked it, too, because someone handed her a very big, very steamy cup of coffee. She sipped it gratefully, completely oblivious to how she came to be holding it. It was still very early in the morning, way before Vars even liked to get up, much less attend a meeting.

About a dozen EPSA people joined her and Ian around the conference table. Vars noticed that several paper copies of her book were laid out; some even looked read, with cracked spines and dog-eared pages.

“So,” she said to Ian. “Is now a good time and place for you to tell me what this is all about?”

“Now is perfect,” Ian said with a big smile. “We are very grateful to have you with us today, Dr. Volhard. This is my exobiology team.” He pointed one by one to the people on one side of the table. “Dr. Alice Bear. Dr. Greg Tungsten. Dr. Bob Shapiro. Dr. Saydi Obara. Dr. Evelyn Shar. And Dr. Izzy Rubka.”

Vars had heard of some of these people by reputation, of course, but never met any of them personally. EPSA people were a reclusive bunch, tending to mix with their own to the exclusion of others, even with the same research interests. It was one of the reasons Vars always wanted to join the organization–to get access to the best and the brightest minds and a chance to discuss the origins of life over coffee… But the introductions were happening so fast, there was no chance that she would remember how any of these names linked up with faces. Vars doubted she would even recognize these people walking down the street.
But Ian just continued. “And this group,” he gestured to two men and a woman, “is on loan from JPL–Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Trish Cars, Dr. Ron Silverman, and Dr. Benjamin Kouta.” Vars gave up on remembering who was who. “And these two,” Ian said, nodding to a pair of identical twins sitting next to him, “are Ibe and Ebi Zimov, our computer science wunderkinds from EISS, European Institute of Space Science.”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Olga Werby, Ed.D., has a Doctorate from U.C. Berkeley with a focus on designing online learning experiences. She has a Master's degree from U.C. Berkeley in Education of Math, Science, and Technology. She has been creating computer-based projects since 1981 with organizations such as NASA (where she worked on the Pioneer Venus project), Addison-Wesley, and the Princeton Review. Olga has a B.A. degree in Mathematics and Astrophysics from Columbia University. She became an accidental science fiction indie writer about a decade ago, with her first book, "Suddenly Paris," which was based on then fairly novel idea of virtual universes. Her next story, "The FATOFF Conspiracy," was a horror story about fat, government bureaucracy, and body image. She writes about characters that rarely get represented in science fiction stories -- homeless kids, refugees, handicapped, autistic individuals -- the social underdogs of our world. Her stories are based in real science, which is admittedly stretched to the very limit of possible. She has published almost a dozen fiction books to date and has won many awards for her writings. Her short fiction has been featured in several issues of "Alien Dimensions Magazine," "600 second saga," "Graveyard Girls," "Kyanite Press' Fables and Fairy Tales," "The Carmen Online Theater Group's Chronicles of Terror," with many more stories freely available on her blog,


Selected Book Links on Amazon:
“The FATOFF Conspiracy”:
“Lizard Girl & Ghost: The Chronicles of DaDA Immortals”:


AUTHOR Interview:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
“Harvest” is what one would classify as “hard science fiction.” “Hard” doesn’t mean it is hard to read or understand, just that it has a lot of fun (and accurate) science in addition to a great story.

I think lots of people read as a form of escapism—they want to be completely enveloped into a magical story full of wonderful people, living exciting lives. The movie that best captures that dynamic is “Romancing the Stone” in which a young Kathleen Turner plays a romance novelist who has to go and rescue her sister from evil people in far away lands with a help of a handsome rogue, Michael Douglas. But in addition to escape, I think people also read to experience something new, to learn something outside of their daily lives, to feel something different. I embed real science into all of my stories (sometimes more, sometimes less). I find that the easiest way to learn something new is through fiction, by forming emotional connections to characters and their dilemmas. Those dilemmas don’t have to be written at the first-grade level. Readers get complex ideas; they want to understand the world around them. I do; I’m a reader too. I value books that not only tell a good story but also give me something new and juicy to chew on. I love that! I write for readers who love those kinds of books too.

“Harvest” in particular is written for people who are interested in human origins and the births of civilizations. I wanted to answer the question of “why”—why did some peoples succeed and some didn’t? Why did some civilizations flourished for many centuries while others burned out in but a short flash in history? What is that makes the difference? Is it simply comes down to luck?

“Harvest” starts with a discovery on a very old alien artifact buried in ice on one of the moons of Saturn. Scientists and the military have to quickly make an assessment: what do these aliens want? Are they dangerous? If so, how could humans protect themselves? But how can we tell when something wants us harm? Some of the biggest cultural mistakes on Earth came about from simple failure to communicate, to understand the alien other. When the other side is overwhelming in power and knowledge, making a diplomatic mistake can end human civilization. It’s a fun premise and a good story.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
For over two years, the story had a running title of “Gardeners.” I liked the title, but everyone continuously pointed out that it didn’t really capture what the story was about. Finally, last April, my cousin came back to me with “Harvest” as a proposed title. I liked it.

I find titles are difficult. Mine change during the course of writing the book multiple times. But sometimes, I get it right away. “Suddenly, Paris” was always that. It’s THE perfect title for that story! You can read the first few chapters here and see what I mean:

If you sign up for my monthly newsletter, I will send a complete ebook as a thank you.

Below is a small collection of images from the book.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
I’ve always thought that if FBI ever had to go through my Internet search history, they would be totally freaked out:
“How does a broken arm look like?”
“What’s a Swahili word for ‘seed’?”
“How much does it rain in Wisconsin in November?”
“How many teeth does a three-year-old have on average?”
“How big of an explosion would a thousand cubic feet habitat filled with Earth composition air cause on a Martian surface?”
“What is the fastest speed of wind on Mars?”
“How long could a healthy person survive without air?”
“What is a location in Northern Russia that matches geologically the rock formations around San Francisco?”
“How long could a person survive in Siberia, in winter, without appropriate clothing?”
“What are some cool Buddhist temples in Tokyo?”’
“Do pigs freak out?”

I can go on and on and I won’t even mention some of the words I Google… But you can get a taste for a vocabulary I had to develop for one of my novels, “Lizard Girl and Ghost”:

I’m sure I look very scary to a person lurking on my search history… But that’s the life of a science fiction writer. Sure I start with a lot of information, but that just gives me more and better and weirder questions to ask, right?

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Author’s Website:

What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m currently finishing up “God of Small Affairs.” In some ways, this is the opposite story from “Harvest.” While “Harvest” focused on real science and extrapolated it as far as possible, “God of Small Affairs” is about mythology, about gods who walk the earth and help shape the human race into what it has become. It is a more intimate story. It focuses on a small town in Wisconsin and it’s aging population that is in the process of becoming irrelevant due the pressures of civilization and progress. During a murder investigation, a god tries to find the best path into the future for this community. It’s a human drama with a mythical twist.

You can read the first few chapters of “God of Small Affairs” here:

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Read more. Review more books. As readers, we have an incredible power to shape the societal discourse. By shining light on ideas and characters, we can change the direction of the world. There are books that changed my life…again and again. It is incredible that a story can make such an impact. I feel grateful every time I find another amazing book. And as soon as I do, I tell everyone about it. Perhaps they will be just as taken and fall just as much in love with it as I did. It is an incredible power.

So please, if you enjoy a book, review it. The review doesn’t have to be an essay, just a few words and a rating is all it takes: “I liked. 5 stars!” Write reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, or any other place that allows you to share your views about a book with the world. Books that are reviewed do better…and get even more reviews! It’s an amazing emotional feedback loop between readers and writers. How else will the indie writers ever get a chance while competing with the big boys (with huge marketing budgets)?

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I've always hoped to live long enough to see the day when humans fully dedicate themselves to space exploration…at least to exploring our Solar System. I've studied math and astrophysics in college...went on to get a doctorate... But I’ve realized that one of the best ways that I can "push" for space exploration in particular and science, in general, is by writing science fiction! So I write what-if scenarios and embed as much real science as I can into a story that is gripping enough to get the attention of just the right type of audience. My latest book, “Harvest,” deals with first contact. I use this setup to discuss conditions necessary not only for life to develop, but for advanced civilizations to rise and colonize space.



Olga Werby will be awarding 2 books to a randomly drawn commenter (LIZARD GIRL AND GHOST and SUDDENLY, PARIS) via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing my stories...and a bit of my search history!

    1. It's my pleasure. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I included the tour in the Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2019 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader:


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