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Marty Essen's "Time is Irreverent"

A Bitterroot Valley author will read and sign his new book at bookstores in  Hamilton and Missoula this week. 

Marty Essen’s third book, “Time is Irreverent,” has been climbing up the charts in the United States and Canada since its release on Feb. 8.

The science-fiction, political-comedy was Amazon’s number one “Hot New Release” in LGBT Science Fiction and Satire. In Canada, the book was the number one best seller in four categories.

Essen’s first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents,” was published in 2007. That book won six national awards and became an Amazon number one best seller in the wildlife category. His second book, “Endangered Edens: Exploring the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica, the Everglades, and Puerto Rico,” was published in 2016. That book won four national awards and became an Amazon best seller in ecotourism, travel, and Puerto Rico.

This time, Essen switched from writing nonfiction nature-travel books to writing a science-fiction political-comedy.

“The common thread between all my books is a commitment to both human rights and protecting the environment, Essen said. “’Time Is Irreverent’ extends that commitment, but does it in a completely different way. This novel is my way of dealing with the Trump presidency. Rather than being depressed about a president who doesn’t share my values, I hid out in my writing room, creating a story that will be just as cathartic for people to read as it was for me to write.”

The plot goes something like this:  

When alien time travel specialists, the Krichards, learn of President Handley's game of dodge the mushroom cloud, they race to Earth to investigate. For them, the question of whether it's worth it to change history is easy to answer, but they will only proceed if the human they deem best qualified to represent Earth agrees to make the change.

Erasing Handley's nuclear annihilation would require a quick jump to AD 31 to make a simple correction to the past. If the Krichards had selected a brilliant scientist or an elite athlete for the task, earth might be in good hands. Instead they selected Marty Mann, a mildly successful travel writer, whose only superpower is not taking life too seriously. What could possibly go wrong?

Essen will be reading and signing his novel at two western Montana bookstores:

*Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m.: Fact and Fiction, 220 N Higgins Ave, Missoula.

*Thursday, March 15, at 6 p.m.: Chapter One Book Store, 252 Main Street, Hamilton.