Two young scientists are thrown into an alien world of contradictions: the people include almost-normal humans and two other non-human species, but some laws of physics are so strange they can’t possibly exist in our universe. They struggle to survive (working as dishwashers in a diner), learn the language (starting with the menu in the diner) and figure out where they are. Along the way they learn a secret that is literally world-shattering, and no one else can save them or the planet.
When I put this book up on Kindle , I got a very nice review from a stranger [verbatim]: “this book takes an old idea and does it the way it should have been done in the first place. the original stories were from the 20s and 30s … but this is a story about people, society and people. the story-line is interesting and does not get bogged down in infinite detail. it has people you care about and a plot-line that is within the suspension-of-disbelief range. all in all, a very good book from someone who knows how to write.” He understood what I was attempting. I’ve taken one of the hoariest old ideas in science fiction and re-worked it with modern physics and, I hope, a compelling story. Another reader said: “The Floor of the World was a fast, fun to read, and very well-written story that superbly puts the science into science fiction.” That’s what I wanted more than any other goal: to write a book that would be fun to read.
I started out with a 5×8″ edition on Amazon, but then I discovered that Ingram would let me print it at mass-market size, 4.25 x 7″, which in God’s and my opinion is the only correct size for science fiction. (Nothing has changed in the story.)
The best way to get my book is to order it from your local bookstore, which gives me a little money, keeps them in business, shows that you are a cultured and perspicacious person and improves your chances of Heaven. (Of course, it’s expensive: my book doesn’t cost any more, but you’ll be irresistibly compelled to buy other books once you enter the bookstore, if you’re anything like me.)
You can order The Floor of the World from:
Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-floor-of-the-world-charles-ott/1115804792?ean=9781737496748
Amazon print or Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.com/Floor-World-Charles-Ott-ebook/dp/B07ZBNZT95/ref=sr_1_1
Smashwords (ebook in any format, including .mobi for Kindle): https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/341687