A new sci-fi novel written by a 13-year-old Castlebar boy is hitting the shelves of local bookshops.
The gripping science fiction work is set in 2026 with America in chaos. It tells the story of Jamie Gray, an astronaut, well at least he was, before the accident that gave him extra ‘abilities’ happened.
“I was going through a bit of a superhero phase at the time I began writing it,” said Muiris.
When the main protagonist falls into a black hole during a disastrous space mission he undergoes a dramatic transformation that gives him superhuman powers, Muiris explained.
The idea for the book developed on a family holiday in Canada.
“We were in Vancouver and I had a comic in my hand as we were driving and I thought ‘I wonder what would happen if an astronaut fell into a black hole’. I was thinking of someone like the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield,” said Muiris.
He undertook scientific research to learn more about black holes with Marvel superheroes also a source of inspiration.
Muiris was encouraged to write by his family, friends and teachers in Scoil Raifteiri where he went to primary school. ‘Implosion’ has been published by [email protected] in Louisburgh. The illustrations were created by Muiris’s friend Tadhg Ó hAodha and the cover of the book was designed by his younger sister Lucia.
A first-year student at St Gerald’s College, Castlebar, Muiris is the son of Frank and Carmel, Rathbawn Drive, Castlebar and grandson of Maurice and Marion Silke, Ballinrobe Road, Castlebar and Padraig and Bridie Cloherty, Crimlin.
‘Implosion’ is being launched in the Castle Bookshop, Castle Street, Castlebar tomorrow (Friday) at 5pm.