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WPI Grad Releases First Sci-Fi Novel ‘Through the Black Hole’

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


WPI Graduate and Sutton resident Kristen Smith released her first novel on January 6. The novel, "Through the Black Hole," is a futuristic science-fiction novel geared towards young adults.

Smith, 22-years-old, wrote the novel in just a few months. Smith said, “What inspired me was a writing class that I took in high school. We had to write a short story. This idea just came to me. And at the time is was a basic idea for a simple short story, but since then, the idea for the story has never really left me. For years after that, I always mentally revisited the story in my head, let the plot evolve, and changed and replaced the characters.”

Smith spent the summer before her Senior year writing "Through the Black Hole." “I just decided to sit down one day, open my laptop, and start writing. After all of those years thinking about the story, I found that the writing came very easy to me, the words flowed easily and after a while the characters started developing. I let the story take over for itself, and it did," Smith said.

The introduction of the book describes that in the year 2509 human civilization has dragged itself down to a repulsive level and the world’s population has exceeded 30 billion people and global warming is wreaking havoc on planet Earth. Human interaction is incredibly limited thanks to technological advances that distance individuals even in over-crowded societies. Because of all these things, hatred is plaguing humanity and the nation’s find themselves delving into another World War.

However, this time there is the most advanced nuclear weapons and these weapons manage to destroy 99% of the human population.

The majority of the book takes place 500 years after this war where humans are found to be living in a much better society after learning from their mistakes.

Unfortunately for this new society, scientists find that the Earth is rapidly cooling and if they don’t do something soon and reverse the climate change, the world is going to freeze over.

Smith graduated from Sutton High and studied business at WPI. She is currently working on her MBA online at Southern New Hampshire University. She works for her parents at a preschool in Grafton.

Smith said, “I would love to continue writing in the future. Wherever life takes me, whatever career I end up doing, I absolutely want to continue writing. It has been such a fun experience."

To purchase "Through the Black Hole", check out Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.com


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