Curt and Robin Faraldi are adoptive siblings. Robin is from another city, but Curt is from another planet. As a teen, despondent Curt vows to find his real home. His wishes come true when the Faraldi house begins exchanging with a building on Curt’s original world. Trapped between planets, Curt and Robin must find a path to normalcy or the final exchange will be their life for the afterlife.
The planetary exchange begins when Curt’s mother finds cocaine in his room, and Curt ostracizes himself from his family. Because Curt feels he lives in a prison, his parents’ property begins exchanging with a prison on Curt’s original world. The exchange begins with common objects in the Faraldi house turning into alien equivalents: the lawnmower is an anti-gravity sled , the hair dryer blows snow, the aquarium becomes an alien moat with huge sea creatures.
Then the aliens arrive. Two people who look like Curt come to the Faraldis’ front door only to flee. But with this contact comes a terrible portent: the clothes worn by Robin and the alien woman exchange. When the family dog, Hodgepodge, fights with an alien animal and parts of their brains exchange, it’s clear that the humans will be next.
The Faraldis soon learn the nature of the ongoing planetary exchanging: Any Terran room leads to a vast alien corridor, but the Terran hallway leads to alien chambers full of dangerous science.
Trying to escape, the Faraldis enter their car only to find themselves flying across the alien land, where they crash into the moat. Robin is swallowed by a huge fish, but Hodgepodge saves her. Ned and Christine are captured by the aliens and imprisoned for trespassing. Though the teens and the dog escape, they face a new dilemma: not only do they have to find a way home, they have to rescue their parents first. In their attempts to save their parents, the teens enter a series of visionary escapades filled with danger and warmth and humor, from battling a horde of alien plushies to venturing in an interstellar spaceship that can barely make it down the hall.
Just as Curt is the cause of the exchanging, Robin is the emotional core of their success. When she begins exchanging body parts with the alien woman, Robin faces the loss of her identity, and her life.
I’m an artist working in the disciplines of painting, photography, digital art, moving image, literature, and sound. My photographs and digital images have appeared in Camera & Darkroom, Photographer’s Forum, Graphis Annual, Digital Fine Art Magazine, American Photographer, and on many web-sites. I have won the “Creative/Fine Art” category in Popular Photography’s International Contest. My paintings, prints, and photographs have hung in several local and national exhibitions. I also won the Toray Industries Digital Art DCA $10,000 Grand Prize. Villard and Tor have published my print novels, Ether Ore and Black Body. My short fiction has appeared in theNewerYork, LitUP, Weirdyear, The New Bourgeois, Nonlocal Science Fiction, Dirty Chai, Smashed Cat, Linguistic Erosion, Monkey Bicycle, Gadfly, Streetcake, The New Post-Literate, and Farther Stars. The editors of the Chicago Review published two novel excerpts of mine and wrote of their “indisputable literary merit,” “brilliant passages,” and “historical importance.” Reviewers said of Black Body: “Masterful…utterly satisfying.” “Glorious!” “Beautiful…highly original.” “Wonderfully intricate and fascinating…a blood-thumping good story.” “Eerie and hypnotic.” “A mind-blowing masterpiece.” “Stunning and provocative.” “Gorgeously great-humored and lovingly imagined.” “I am amazed at the people who hold up Hemingway and his ilk as the last writers of ‘Literature’ when their tales cannot hold a candle to the writing of Mr. Turk.” “Beautiful phraseology. The writing style is terrific…incredibly rich….” “Exquisitely sensual and unexpected fiction. Absolutely unforgettable.” And so on. Black Body was a Science Fiction Chronicle “Book Of The Year.” Another reviewer wrote of Ether Ore, “This is an amazing piece of inventive plotting and imaginative world-building, with Turk’s totally unique and eccentric syntax adding to its aura. And its ending is as cathartic and poetic as any I have ever read.” The estimable Amazon top Reviewer, Grady Harp, wrote this about my novel, Only The Impassioned: “H. C. Turk…is able to define the possibilities of being truly aware of the significance of man in the universe. …A great novel…to be read again—perhaps several more times.” Over two dozen web-sites, podcasts, film festivals, and/or radio programs have featured my sound and video art.