Dr. Ann Lucas, former NASA scientist and now a drugged and helpless mental patient, in a reality almost but not quite our own.
Mad Jack, one eyed gunwoman and lover of women, in a ruined and lawless wasteland world.
Jay Younger, living in the here and now, known to her readers simply as Jay -- a science fiction writer whose literary career is on the brink of disaster, an alcoholic and emotional wreck.
When the impossible becomes real and boundaries between worlds start to dissolve, the fates of these three tormented, brave and intense women come together in a remarkable and daring story that examines the basic nature of reality and of human identity.
William Sanders was born in Arkansas in 1942 and served with the US Army Security Agency during the Vietnam War. He is the author of more than 20 published books and many stories and articles; his short fiction has been nominated for major awards, including the Hugo and Nebula, and has twice won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. He lives in Oklahoma with his motorcycle and his dog.
"Girl meets girl meets girl, and she is them. J. is a high-energy sprint across parallel realities. Did I mention that I'm in love with Mad Jack?" -- Susan R. Matthews, author of PRISONER OF CONSCIENCE and COLONY FLEET
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Norilana Books
ISBN 1934169889 ISBN13 9781934169889
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William B. Sanders has been developing software for the last 25 years, ranging from Basic to assembly language and everything in between. In 2001 he began developing back end applications using asp and then when it became available, ASP.NET 1.0. He is a founding faculty member of the Multimedia Web Design and Development major at the University of Hartford where he teaches ASP.NET, C#, SQL and ADO.NET to upper division students, among other Internet languages and applications. He has consulted and developed software for major software companies as well other business clients.
I own a copy of the original edition of _J_, and I have re-read it with pleasure several times since it first came out. The author, William Sanders, has indicated that the text of the Norilana edition has been changed to omit some material inserted by the original publisher, and I look forward to the new edition - and not only because, as an inveterate book-tweak, I love to compare textual differences between editions, but because this time I'll be reading the author's preferred text.
Well, that, and it's a handsome looking book that will fit nicely with the other Sanders titles on my shelf.
That being said for the physical book, I will hasten to add that _J_ is a terrific story of alternate realities and the meeting of an Unholy Three: Dr. Ann Lucas, Mad Jack, and Jay Younger, three of the most interesting characters in Sanders' works, three utterly different people. And they're all the same woman. It's well-constructed, well-written, and is an excellent example of the kind of intricate characterization that Sanders is best at.
Notice From The Author Oct 3, 2007
This is not a review. I am the author of this book. Be informed that THIS IS THE ONLY AUTHORIZED EDITION. (Along with the companion hardback.) Only Norilana has the legal right to publish and market this book in any format whatever. Please ignore any other listings.
Do Not Order Nov 22, 2005
This book is out of print and has been for quite a long time now. That includes electronic editions. I know because I am the author and I have it in writing from the publisher that all rights have reverted to me. I have not licensed any further editions of the book and will not be doing so. If anyone is selling this book, other than secondhand copies of the paperback edition, they have no right to do so.
A book that makes you think hard about yourself Nov 18, 2002
J. by William Sanders had me laughing, crying, biting my knuckles and cheering all at the same time, while I watched the coming together of the fates of these broken, tortured, brave and intense three women (or should I say three aspects from 3 different possible realities).
What an amazing book, and an amazing premise! Not only does William Sanders show a deep understanding of humanity and of femaleness, but he shows that one person holds the complexity of a whole universe, and we all can be fragmented into familiar yet oh-so-alien aspects of our own selves. We all have dark sides, clear sides, innocent and bitter sides, fathomless and murk-filled aspects.
The three "J" are all yearning for the other aspect of themselves, and when they do meet, the world can never again be the same. Or should I say, the three alternate aspects of the world are all suddenly changed; the range of experience is preternaturally widened.
This is a book that makes you think, and think again. And for that alone, I'd give it 6 stars, if I could. And I'd give it a seventh star because William Sanders is a master of subtle precision and biting wit.
Now, go get your own copy and see what it's like to meet yourself in three different ways all at the same time. It'll blow your mind.
Strap in and hang on. Jan 24, 2002
Sanders, best known for his short stories, proves just as adept with longer tales; the story moves briskly, but not breathlessly, with just enough breaks in the action for the characters to get to know each other, and for you to get to know them. The multiple viewpoints are blended smoothly, and the characters react like real people to the unusual situations they find themselves in. The technical details are all rock solid, right down to the end, when the reason for the strange connection between their worlds is explained.
J. is the work of a master storyteller at the top of his form; just like life it's serious in some places and funny in others, but there's never a dull moment. What more can you ask for?