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  • Writer's pictureFrederick Gero Heimbach

Something Rarer than the Triple Eclipse of Nigel IV

Every 1.2 billion years, the sentient beings of the planet Nigel IV rush to Noogle* to ask, "What is happening to the suns and why do my eyes now hurt?" This coincides with the spectacularly rare event known as the triple eclipse, or "Triclipse" in the lingo of the 80-year-olds of that planet.**

Nigel IV has two moons and two suns, one of which is a small, cold neutrino star.*** These four bodies are locked in an incredibly complex pattern of orbits and counter-orbits that result, once every 1.2 billion years, in the triple eclipse you can see above.

Something even more rare happened a few days ago right here on planet Earth. Something that won't be repeated even once in the next 1.2 billion years.

I refer, of course, to the release date of my novel, called Best.

Best tells the story of Mason Best, ambitious farm boy who lies--oops, I mean, charmed--his way into Baneberry Hall Academy, the nation's most exclusive boarding school. Mason aspires to become the Machiavelli of the school. Turns out, everyone's a Machiavelli.

Baneberry Hall: a place of pale purple helicopters. Korean girls playing banjo in Gothic Towers. School politics more cutthroat than a de Medici court. Will Mason survive with his soul intact?

*Noogle is the name of the most popular search engine on Nigel IV.

**Nigelians are extremely long-lived. The 80s are their adolescence.

***Of course the smaller, closer "sun" is not a neutrino star. The Nigelians only think it's a neutrino star. Even a small neutrino star would be too massive to come between Nigel IV and one of its moons without destroying the planet. In fact, that "sun" is another planet--Nigel V--illuminated to intense brightness by a civilization so advanced, its light pollution can cast shadows on Nigel IV.

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