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Author’s name: Ron Townsen
Title of book and/or series: Watcher in the Fall (Connections, Conversions, Evolution and under development, Trans-Link)
Brief summary of the story:
Three Major Plot lines
1)    An ancient civilization (known as the Old Ones) on the edge of visible universe, learn how to create a multi-dimensional connection across the universe with unique life forms known as Watchers.  On earth, George is a watcher and becomes involved with an advanced secret science team that only the President of the United States is aware of.  Later the team finds a young watcher in Switzerland who eventually joins the team.
2)    There is a cold war between the U.S, Russia and China dealing with advanced String Theory development driving spies and attacks with the U.S. leading the way.
3)    A new universe is born just on the edge of our universe.  The new universe expansion destroys the galaxy of the Old Ones and others in the area.  The Old Ones developed ships just in time capable of Trans-Swap (swapping areas of 11 dimensional space to transport faster than light) able to reach adjacent galaxies and take some of their civilizations in time to survive.  The move is now on to transport civilizations deeper into the current galaxy to preserve life.

Book 1 – Connections
When an ancient race living on the edge of the universe energizes a unique pattern, an advanced super secret U.S. Defense team suddenly becomes the focal point of one of the greatest events in human history.   Action erupts from the collision of two universes driving the ancient race to flee, scattering races deeper into our universe with the destruction of galaxies; while an intrigue based game of chess pits the U.S. with the Russians and Chinese in a deadly underground war to protect the greatest secret in human history.  While the U.S. BELLOWS team is tapping into communications across the universe gathering the answers to long held questions; new technology is being  derived from highly advanced M-Theory as the team attempts to protect the United States from deadly attacks ranging from Al Qaeda to the Russian Mafia and the Chinese Triad.  This First book in a series covers our multiverse in a thrilling SciFi Spy adventure.
Book 2 – Conversions
A complex game of spies and military conflicts evolves both on earth and across the universe.  The roller coaster ride explodes across the world where the highly classified deep black DARPA BELLOWS team with its M+ theory derived tools deal with terrorists, Russian infiltrators and war.  A variety of races escaping their destroyed galaxies begin dealing with civilizations across galaxies in an attempt to organize and start a massive migration to escape from the advancing force of the newly born universe collision pushing into our older universe.   With the unique watcher communications network connecting rare “Watcher” life forms across our cosmos, advanced aliens discover the extraordinary abilities of a young planets population in the Milky Way galaxy including unexpected abilities that only the most powerful the most powerful math provides hints of.    The ancients moving across space battling with a killing machine intelligence attempting to annihilate life where ever it exists.
Book 3 – Evolutions
Action continues to flow from the edges of the universe to Earth as linkages between Earth’s Watchers to Watchers in Andromeda galaxy, brings risks and rewards, love and hatred, life and death and the birth of a star.  The roller coaster ride on Earth drives a cat and mouse game between the Humanity First organization as they exploit nuclear threats of destruction and the highly classified DARPA BELLOWS team with its M+ theory derived tools attempting to protect lives.  As the migration at the edge of the universe is organized in the distant galaxies to begin its drive deeper into the older universe, the new universe continues its destructive but unstoppable movement forward while a frantic search for missing ancients brings forth new questions and exposes new powers of a special Watcher.
Brief description of the world or location you created for this story:
There are multiple worlds created and destroyed.  In the third book, there is focus on a world known as Xlamu located in the Andromeda galaxy.  It contains a race called Xmual which is split into two societies, the Rete and the Manxe.   The main society living on the singular mainland is the Rete, run by a corrupt but advanced government.  The Manxe is an island society where boys raid the coastal areas of the Rete to prove their right to be men.
If we were to visit Xlamu as tourists, what would you recommend that we see or do there?

Mainly their beaches with homes built on cliffs.
What dangers should we avoid?  
Being on the beach when the Manxe raid (if you are female, you will be captured, if you a man, you will be killed).
What types of weaponry or fighting styles are common in Xlamu?  
They use explosives and kinetic based weapons.  Of special note is a hand pistol loaded with poison darts.  But through the captured information from the Watcher girl, Jxry (girl friend of the young earth boy watcher, Nicky) they develop laser handguns and larger weapons.
What types of vehicles, animals, technology, etc. are used to travel in or to Xlamu?  
The Rete have flying transports of all sizes and ground transports.  The Manxe mainly use a submarine transport.
What types of plants, animals, or sentient races might we encounter in Xlamu that we don’t see on Earth?  
While similar, the Xmual are humanoid in design, but have a blue tint to their skin.
What role, if any, does magic or the supernatural play in the lives of people in Xlamu?  If there is magic, please give some examples of what it involves or how it’s used.  
None, all my stories are based on String Theory version known as M+ Theory, an extension of current M Theory being studied.
Is there any advanced or unusual technology in Xlamu?  If you haven’t described it already, please give some examples.  
The Xlamu are slightly backwards compared to earth.  They have never been to space and have not developed laser technology.
Are the days of the week and months of the year the same in Xlamu as on Earth? What holidays or special events are celebrated regularly there?  
When a young girl approaches the marrying age “Utel”, they spend a year where her parents and older men are to only approach if she agrees.
What is the political or government structure in Xlamu?  Who is in charge there at the moment, and what kind of leader is he/she?  
The Rete are run by a group of ministers in charge of different parts of the government (security, science…).   The Maxmul are led by a single ruthless leader.
Are there any other unique cultural practices that we should be aware of if we visit Xlamu?  
The Rete people are on the verge of revolution and in book 3 the revolution starts.
What, if any, “hot-button” or controversial topics do you touch on in your books? 
1)    In the second book, the Old Ones arrive at earth.  Just prior to arrival, the decision is made to expose the information to key governments and religious leaders around the earth.  The religious leaders call a meeting in Israel at key religious monuments to receive a briefing by the U.S. scientific team.
2)    Death for Watchers means a mental transition to a new universe.
3)    Nuclear blackmail occurs by a terrorist group formed around a violent Muslim sect with help by disinfected Russian leaders.
4)    World War III happens but not in the way you might think.

Author Autobiography:

Ron Townsen
This ongoing series of stories draws from the breadth of the intriguing ideas presented in a growing body of military and scientific ideas and concepts.  From a story about first contact to colliding universes, destruction of galaxies, to back street spies, gun battles, ships dying in combat to transports jumping across the universe through dimensional shifts; stories take the reader on a ride resulting in reactions of some people to ask if it could actually be happening in their lives now. 
Having worked on studies from the depths of the oceans to scientific platforms in space, from major weapon systems to sophisticated communications concepts, from advanced supercomputers to highly developed signal processing algorithms implemented in micro computer code, my life has covered a unique spectrum of science and engineering.  Along with my life knowledge, calling upon my years of field experience blended with the study of advanced physics I have been able pulled together an ongoing tale covering the spectrum of the wonders and dangers of the universe along with the human experience; a tale which will take the rest of my life to tell.
From my years of traveling the world from Japan to Europe, from Singapore to working ships in the center of the Indian, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, from a life in San Diego, CA to years of living and working in the Washington D.C. area.  The story line is designed to take the user around the world and across a universe of planets and galaxies as the stories of aliens and humans alike evolve in unique ways. From artists to warriors, from an alien farmer to senior engineers; from deadly spies to a boy who definitely is not what he appears to be from the outside; races of aliens that destroy worlds to others that build worlds along with structures that encapsulates stars.
I write these stories as an offer providing my readers a chance to imagine, to ask the questions of “What If” to think about who we are in this wondrous universe; question what they think they know as a fact; and to examine the subject of “Are we alone?”.  
I hope you enjoy.
Where, and in what formats, can we purchase your book(s)?  Please include links.
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I hope you all enjoyed the trip to Xlamu.  Questions about the world or the book?  Ask them in the comments and the author will get back to you!  

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Please join us again next Monday for a trip to the fantasy world of Forra, in Realm Explorers Part XXXXIX!
-Annie Douglass Lima