Press Kit for

Plenum: The First Book of Deo

“A poetic and wondrous SF tale that grapples with gender and faith.” – Kirkus Reviews

Cover Art by Jonathan Proulx Guimond

Title:
Plenum: The First Book of Deo
Series:
The Ido Chronicles
Author:
Geoffreyjen Edwards
Genre:
Fiction, Gender, Religious Communities, Science Fiction
Formats available:
Paperback, Ebook
Price:
$16.99 USD (Paperback)$3.99 USD (Ebook)
# of Pages:
362 (Paperback)
ISBN:
9780971663565 (Paperback)9780971663558 (Ebook)
Publication date:
19 Apr 2022 (Paperback)19 Apr 2022 (Ebook)
Publisher:
Untimely Books
Distributors / Territories sold:
Ingram (Worldwide)
Short Description

Vanu Francoeur is a gender-neutral novice in the Kinship of the Suffering God, whose mandate is to seed new stars within a stellar nursery, where jonahs (living ships descended from the whales of Old Earth) roam wild. An intimate encounter with an exotic outsider stirs up a storm of conflicts within the usually quiet religious order, and triggers a spiritual awakening in Vanu that forever changes hir relationship with hir community and hir sibs. In rebellion against the Kinship’s heavy-handed sanctions, zhe hurtles towards a resolution-touched by a haunting mystery-deep within the fires of a star.

Long Description

Vanu Francoeur is a novice in the Kinship of the Suffering God, a religious community whose mandate is to seed new stars within a stellar nursery. Vanu feels confused about hir neutral gender, and is also conflicted in hir relationships, especially with hir own sibs. An encounter with an exotic outsider stirs up a storm of conflicts within the usually quiet community. Vanu discovers that the authoritarian culture of the Kinship has deeply troubling flaws. In protest, zhe and hir sibs are drawn towards a dramatic resolution deep within the fires of a star, with consequences that could stretch across the decades and centuries to come.

Plenum: the First Book of Deo is the first book in The Ido Chronicles. This “braided quintet” of fifteen novels unfolds half a million years in our future, after humanity has populated billions of planets and other habitats within a region of the Milky Way called the Humanitat. With the help of biological and nanotechnology (collectively, “binach”), humans live in environments that are almost unimaginably extreme.


Geoffreyjen Edwards

Short Bio

Before becoming a science-fiction writer, Geoffreyjen Edwards led a successful career as a full-time scientist. Indeed, he populates his world-building by drawing on experience in fields as diverse as astrophysics, artificial intelligence, geomatics, design, disability studies and the performing arts. Plenum: The First Book of Deo is his first published novel. Dr. Edwards lives and works in Quebec City, Canada, and has published smaller pieces in both English and French. He also is a fashion designer. Look him up at www.geoffreyjenedwards.com.


Untimely Books is an independent publisher of literary works that illumine the mind, question the contemporary, and reimagine horizons of thought, feeling, and action for a planetary age. As an imprint of Cosmos Cooperative (a creative community and member-owned publishing platform) and Metapsychosis (a journal of consciousness, literature, and art), Untimely Books serves as a conduit for diverse forms of writing by Cosmos members, including original works of fiction, poetry, philosophy, essays, and memoir.