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Ransom Stephens

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In my novels, I put interesting, fun, intense characters in a story built on a scientific premise. My first novel, The God Patent, came out in 2009 and was acquired and re-released by 47North in 2013. My second novel, The Sensory Deception, came out in August-2013.

The God Patent is built on quantum physics and The Sensory Deception is built on the relationship between the senses and the mind.

My books are shelved in science fiction, but my science is accurate, cutting edge, and I work hard to make it accessible and fascinating without taking up so many pages that it slows down the story. I like the kind of novels that make you feel like you’ve been survived something with the characters so that when you put down the book you feel exhilarate
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Ransom Stephens The idea for The Sensory Deception came from a newspaper article: "A polar bear that swam more than 200 miles in near-freezing waters to reach Iceland…moreThe idea for The Sensory Deception came from a newspaper article: "A polar bear that swam more than 200 miles in near-freezing waters to reach Iceland was shot on arrival."
I started wondering: what if people could experience the struggles of endangered animals? Would it alter their perspective? Change their politics?
Then I got the idea for "sensory saturation." The concept of sensory saturation comes from something we've all experienced: panic. When you're in an emergency situation, your awareness focuses on right now; no more than a second ahead or behind. If we could keep the here and now but remove the panic, you'd find yourself in the state of mind of intelligent nonlinguistic animals. Mammals and birds make decisions based on past experience, but they don't have the processing power to contemplate or reflect on those experiences. Sensory saturation is a threshold beyond which the brain is so overwhelmed by sensory data that it switches gears from reflective thinking to the immediate process-and-response that animals experience.
Once my research confirmed the validity of sensory saturation, sensory deception was kind of obvious. From there, it was just daydreaming up a Farley Mowat-like protagonist and a Heath Ledger's Joker-like antagonist and the plot sort of took on its own.(less)
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Answer resolution combines the intense focus needed to find nuance in the very similar with the intense defocus needed to find relationships among the very dissimilar.
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“Love is a verb. When it becomes a noun, it's over."

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