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    I write about alternative realities. My micro-published novel, Fallen Lake, tells the story of a powerful attraction between two couples and how their group marriage affected their children. It won second place from the California Press Women in 2013. My poetry has appeared in Chinquapin and Catamaran. I got my start as a writer at Asian Week newspaper in San Francisco's Chinatown, then progressed to daily newspapers and national magazines. My byline has appeared in national magazines (TIME, Audubon, Discover, Men’s Fitness, Health) and newspapers (San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press), and on Web sites (Salon, Reuters, MSNBC, CNN.com). I have produced video for Web sites including Smithsonianmag.com and audio for KQED and WUNC public media stations.
    I have taught writing at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley Extension and Mediabistro. I grew up in Berkeley, California, and studied creative writing and politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I live in Oakland, California.

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  1. Name: Laird Harrison Titles: Only the Millennia Will Cure Her Messing with the Multiverse Exotic Matter Genre: Upmarket Science Fiction Comparables : The Midnight Library by Matt Haig The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu Hook Line: Deprived of funding because of his awkwardness, physicist Pascal gets money from an unscrupulous time traveler who wants his help returning to the future. Short Pitch: On the verge of a pathbreaking discovery, brilliant physicist Pascal Rahali has neglected to p
  2. This sounds like a great read! I love stories set in ancient Rome.
  3. FIRST ASSIGNMENT: write your story statement. Help a time traveler return to the future without altering the timeline of the universe. SECOND ASSIGNMENT: in 200 words or less, sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story. Keep in mind their goals, their background, and the ways they react to the world about them. Zipporah Goldblum has traveled back in time from 5012 CE on a scouting mission. The people of her time, faced with calamity, want to know if they can escape to the 21st century. Her time machine self-destructs in the process, so she recruits physicist Pasc
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