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FHSU graduate pens book

12/24/2013

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

A Fort Hays State University graduate has penned a science fiction novel with a conscience.

"The Chronicles of John Grant -- Volume One: Tip of the Spear" by Roger Fry, Holyrood, is the story of a world whose survival rests on the shoulders of a fighter pilot. The saga will stretch through three books.

"It's a modern-day myth," Fry said. "This is a larger-than-life character like a Hercules or Atlas."

Despite the book's fantasy setting, many people might relate to Grant's trials and tribulations. The protagonist faces setbacks as he battles his enemies.

"The reader will find that there's a lot of allegory in it about inner struggle and being able to work through whatever they're going through," Fry said.

The book draws on more influences than the typical sci-fi novel. Philosophy, morality and martial arts shape its themes and plot. Although real problems inspire certain events, the book is not as inappropriate as other media, he said.

"There's no overt sex or graphic violence in it," Fry said. "There are some things that are disturbing. They come out of the real world."

The state of the world spurred Fry to write.

"I see the condition of the world. I'm a historian, a history buff," he said. "I see the deterioration of our society and how things are just going crazy. It really inspires me to try and bring some sanity back."

The author focuses on the war that rages between good and evil.

"I want to do something to demonstrate that there is moral principle left in the world," he said.

The book recalls the genre's classic roots. The author compared it to E.E. Smith's "Lensman" series published from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Fry will have a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at Mokas, 1230 E. 27th.

The book will be released by February and will be available in bookstores and online.