Books by Brights
Author: Ray Melnik
To Purchase: The Room is available, worldwide, from most any online bookstore. For more information visit http://www.emergentnovels.com
From the time Harry began choosing his own books from the library, he chose science. Harry, a warm-hearted, hard-working wiring technician with a talent for all things electronic, believes without exception that for everything that happens, there is a natural reason. Harry is an atheist, but deeper than that, he believes that when we're born, we're given only existence. Everything we do from there, what we learn and what we encounter, gives us value or not.
The room of the title is a place of cosmic convergence, a repository of memory, and a place where pain and sadness resides and their memories linger. Harry’s mother is dying, and in her last days, she's delusional and living in a painful past.
Into all this remembered anxiety and sadness walks Lacie, the daughter of the local pub-keeper. She's everything Harry always wanted the love of his life to be: compassionate, generous and lovely. He finally meets a woman who understands and truly loves him, but the cosmos takes a different path. He's left to wonder if love can transcend a universe, and discovers that what goes wrong in life sometimes matters as much as what goes right.
This novel is intended as a work of imagination, but is not intended as a work of science fiction. In Harry's belief system, science is a reality of the most all-encompassing kind, where the cosmos is far more bizarre and interesting than any pseudo-science could ever offer.
About the Author:
Just before college, Ray won first place in the "National Pen Women Competition" for his fictional short story, Distinction, as well as winning second place in the New York "Best of City - The Written Word". While attending his local community college in Staten Island, New York, he majored in literature and studied existential writers such as Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus.
When he left college, he pursued a music career, as a singer and lyricist writing lyrics to dozens of original compositions. As a musician and then audio engineer, Ray wrote a monthly column on professional audio for “American Liverpool”, a local music magazine in Staten Island, New York.
Later moving into the field of technology as a network engineer, he wrote as a member of the technology panel for the Times Herald Record, a regional newspaper in the lower Hudson Valley , New York . For eight years he was the primary writer of home technology features for the website “New Technology Home”.
Ray has always been an advocate for science and reason. He enjoys books on quantum physics, astrophysics, evolution and earth sciences. The influences of existentialism and science are evident in his premier novel, “The Room”.