A Printer's Choice
The Epic Debut Novel by W. L. Patenaude
In January 2088, life in outer space is rocked with news of its first homicide.
The dead man—a young Dominican priest—had secretly made his way “upside” and lived as a common laborer. His intentions are a mystery and the killer’s identity and motive are questions that the best investigators of the new world cannot answer.
With public order threatened, the reputation of the ruling engineers at stake, and criminal elements seizing the opportunity to gain control, authorities seek help from Earth—itself recovering from decades of war and environmental crises. With assistance from the Vatican, they recruit Father John Francis McClellan, a parish priest from Boston and a retired US Marine Corps expert in “high-defs”—the artificially intelligent three-dimensional printers that built the new world.
A Printer’s Choice tells a story of faith, the future, and the power of free will. It explores questions about sentience, choice, and the necessity of choosing well. Set in locations on Earth and in the orbits, the story takes place in a future extrapolated from today’s geopolitical and ecological turmoil. In this epic debut novel, author W. L. Patenaude illuminates not just the struggles of our world, but also the promises and implications of building a better one, one choice at a time.
W. L. Patenaude is an engineer with a master’s degree in theology, an award-winning environmental regulator and trainer, and a writer. Raised Catholic, Patenaude abandoned the Church in his teens. For two decades, he adopted pagan and agnostic beliefs. He returned to the Church in 1999 and has been writing about the Catholic understanding of ecological protection since 2004, most especially at his blog, CatholicEcology.net. In 2015, Patenaude returned to the great love of his youth—science fiction—to help explore the sweeping realities of life on Earth today.