Science Fiction

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December 2013

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“The story is brilliantly conceived and executed – readers of any age who pick up this gem will find it impossible to put down.” – Publishers Weekly

What would you do if someone you trusted asked you to believe what you thought was impossible?

When high school science teacher and pragmatic realist Mark is inexplicably drawn to renting a cheesy alien-abduction flick, it sets in motion a chain of events that makes him rethink everything he has ever believed. After a hysterical breakdown while watching the movie, he reveals to Sue, his longtime girlfriend, that he suddenly remembers being abducted as a child… by aliens. He becomes obsessed with alien-abduction chat rooms and stops leaving the house.

As Mark becomes more heavily immersed in his inner world, their relationship slowly disintegrates. All he wants is for her to believe him. But how can she believe him, when it’s just science fiction after all?

Joe Ollmann, winner of a Doug Wright Award, has created another page-turner of a graphic novel – a book that is not science fiction, but at the same time asks us to believe.

Praise for Ollmann’s previous book,
Mid-Life:
Mid-Life is bracingly (and occasionally cringingly) smart and funny about men, women, marriage and singlehood and it’s told with humor, specificity and style.” – NPR

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Publishers Weekly

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“Whether readers can accept the premise or not, this once again shows Ollmann’s uncanny ability to expose the reality of contemporary relationships—not just how couples relate to one another but how they talk, how they stop talking, how they fight, and how they make up. It’s almost more impressive here than in Mid-Life [also by Ollman] given that the story’s premise is so out of the realm of the ordinary.”

The Comics Journal

•American comics magazine

“Andy Brown's Conundrum Press has quietly become a major force in alt-comics publishing.”