Author Karen W. Gallob of Clear Fork will be at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss this Friday from 6-8 p.m. signing copies of her new four-volume science fiction novel, "After the End: The Sumbally Fallacy." You'll have another chance to get a signed copy at the Delta Street Fair on Aug. 10.
She'll have later dates at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts and the Crawford Library.
Locally the novel will be available at Crawford Country Bank, Will's Gallery and Books, The Creamery Arts Center, The Blue Sage for the Arts, The Living Farms Cafe and the Delta Chamber of Commerce. It's also available for download and online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
The story takes place in Colorado. The novel's premise is that the Neanderthal people are still alive in the modern world, but are hidden in plain sight. Those who are not Neanderthal do not know they exist.
"They're everywhere," Gallob said. They refer to those who are not Neanderthal as symbolizers. The Greek root word for "sumbally" means symbol.
Neanderthals can touch you and know what a human is experiencing.
"This is about the fact that none of us look that different," Gallob said. Once one of the protagonists begins to realize something is going on, he starts to see the differences. He is unknowingly married to a Neanderthal woman, which is a taboo among the Neanderthals.
"The Neanderthals see us perfectly well," Gallob said. "We don't see them because we are not focused on that."
The Neanderthal believe humans wiped out their race in a holocaust 30,000 years ago.
Praise has already poured out for "After the End: The Sumbally Fallacy." Kirkus Reviews calls it "an engaging, meaty, sci-fi saga."
A Crawford reader said, "Karen Gallob creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing ... Once you become immersed with the highly entertaining characters, culture and story line, you'll be anxious to find out what will happen when the groups and characters collide."
A Boulder fan wrote, "The flow of the book held my attention so much that I just didn't want to stop reading. I really love how Gallob weaves interesting anthropological and linguistic information throughout the stories."
Gallob is a native of Maher which is just south of Crawford. She's a rancher, a Boettcher Scholar and a Fulbright Scholar with a degree in biological science and a Ph.D. in anthropological linguistics.blog comments powered by Disqus