TITLE: Ultraviolet Catastrophe
GENRE: YA SF
When 16-year-old science prodigy Lexie uncovers a mistake in the equation to create a Wormhole, she thinks the resulting ultraviolet catastrophe is an accident - until the lead scientist turns up as a Popsicle in the cryo chamber. If she can't discover who planted the error and stop them, she and her classmates could be next.
My whole life changed with one news story.
Mom and I were having our typical Thursday night dinner. Lasagna sat steaming on the table. I chopped the last tomato for the salad, while Mom poured two glasses of milk. The soft murmur of voices on the TV on in the background filled the house.
The six o’clock news anchor started the story with, “Bad news from government facility Los Alamos today. Hackers broke into a classified server and downloaded a terabyte of top secret military plans. An explosion rocked the facility…”
One of the glasses shattered on the floor, but Mom stared at the television, her face as white as the spilled milk.
“Mom?” I set the knife down on the cutting board with a frown. “What’s wrong?”
She shook her head and held up a finger. My skin prickled at her strange behavior and I watched with her as smoke billowed from a squat, non-descript building in the middle of the desert.
“Until the culprits are found and the records retrieved, the government is treating this as a matter of national security.” The news anchor turned the next story over to his co-host and Mom stepped around the milk and turned the TV off.
Her hand trembled.
“What’s going on?” I asked again, grabbing a handful of paper towels to clean up the mess.
“Will you take care of that, Lexie? I need to call your father.” She was already moving toward the kitchen door.
My jaw dropped open.