Title: SECOND COMING
Author: D. B. Borton
Publisher: Boomerang Books
About the Book
In SECOND COMING, Hank Jones isn’t kidnapped by aliens. He goes voluntarily. What does he have to lose? It’s spring break. His freshman comp students have taken their bad grammar and bad attitudes to Florida. His dissertation, a semiotic study of package labeling in the 40s and 50s, is going nowhere. And his ex is sleeping with his dissertation director. So when two aliens walk into a bar in Bloomington, Indiana, looking for directions, he’s their man.
And they need help, that’s clear. It’s 2007, and they haven’t visited Earth since the 1950s, so their cultural information, like their clothing and their language, is sadly outdated. The android who’s had an Elvis makeover doesn’t even know that his idol is dead.
Hank finds himself riding shotgun to Washington and acting as consultant on a mission to save the Earth from annihilation. Underqualified, he persuades his new friends to hire an entourage of political consultants, security guards, and stylists to help them deliver their warning against nuclear deployment in space. The good news is that the spacemen soon acquire a long list of Facebook friends and blog followers, and a hotel suite full of gifts, from home-baked chocolate chip cookies and promotional tee shirts to Elvis memorabilia. They score an invitation to the presidential ranch and appearances on Oprah and The Tonight Show. The bad news is that Americans would rather hear an off-key rendition of “Hound Dog” than a message about global destruction.
SECOND COMING is a comic novel not so much about space aliens but about celebrity in 21st-century America, the seductiveness of consumer culture, the self-destructiveness of the human race, and the very human pleasures of friendship, dogs, and rock ‘n roll.
About the Author
D. B. Borton lives in a small Midwestern college town, where she teaches writing, film, and literature at Ohio Wesleyan University. She has published eleven mystery novels in two series, the Cat Caliban series (Berkley, Hilliard and Harris) and the Gilda Liberty series (Fawcett). As an academic writer, she has published work on film, women’s literature, and the supernatural; she is co-author of Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women and Ghost Stories by British and American Women. She has also written for Ms. magazine.
A native Texan, Borton became an ardent admirer of Nancy Drew at a young age. At the age of fourteen, she acquired her own blue roadster, trained on the freeways of Houston and the broad stretches of oil-endowed Texas highway, and began her travels. She also began a lifetime of political activism, working only for political candidates who lost. She left Texas at about the time everyone else arrived.
In graduate school, Borton converted a lifetime of passionate reading and late-night movie-watching into a doctorate in English. She discovered that people would pay her to discuss literature and writing, although not much. But because she found young people interesting and entertaining and challenging, she became a college teacher, and has so far survived many generations of college students. Later, during a career crisis, she discovered that people would pay her to tell stories, although even less than they would pay her to discuss stories written by someone else.
Borton has lived in the Southwest and Midwest, and on the West Coast, where she has planted roses and collected three degrees in English without relinquishing her affection for and reliance on nonstandard dialects. In her spare time, she gardens, practices aikido, studies languages other than English, and, of course, watches movies and reads.
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