A Thousand Days and One Hour

Knowing and Seeing

Fiction - Science Fiction
484 Pages
Reviewed on 03/08/2022
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Author Biography

If it had not been for a sixth grade English teacher, my reading Lord of the Rings at the age of 18, and my professional work in broadcasting and some film, and later teaching English and video/film technology in a high school setting, writing science fiction and fantasy may not have happened. Through hard work and a lot of grace it happened. I’m thankful for that path. I’ll see where the path of grace takes me next.

My current path involves my wife Barb, near and extended family members, volunteering, and of course continuing The Phositron Journals with two more installments. The initial Phositron story idea and development occurred over twenty-five years ago and was refined some years later with its logline (a tool of Hollywood to maintain story focus): An estranged family and some friends find themselves transported to a world where they find themselves fighting for their lives and the Flow Born against the painful tactics of Rex Sindar.

While teaching high school, A Thousand Days and One Hour, stopped only a few feet on the path’s entrance. Teaching, volunteer projects, and many additional responsibilities (that most of us deal with) kept the writing goal from advancing. Once I retired from teaching, I found the time to write in the evenings and on the weekends. After about six years, the first complete draft of Book One was finished. Now, the path is continuing with books two and three. How will they end?

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Lenn Corey’s A Thousand Days And One Hour is a science fiction story with a touch of fantasy. Ceejay and his son, Dave, are at odds with one another when Ceejay cannot sign his son’s driver's license application. Toby, Santos, and Chloe come to Dave’s help in convincing his father to sign the application. In celebration, they meet that evening for dinner. Meanwhile, Aleece and her daughter are moving into their new house. Aleece, Codie, and Aunt Jackie go to dinner to face their past. The following day, Ceejay and his team are outside working on their project when a lightning storm begins. Aleece, Jackie, and Codie arrive at the facility and assist the group. Suddenly, a blinding light flashes and the eight people awaken, separated, in a new world. Everyone’s determination to be reunited shows they are in danger beyond their imagination. Will all eight survive their ordeal?

A Thousand Days and One Hour contains so much suspense, I couldn’t stop reading. I liked the relationship between Chloe and Santos. Their laid-back manner in stressful situations made the story's pace flow easily. The vivid imagery Lenn Corey used made every scene easy to envision. Oddly, an evil character from the start, named Silent One, captivated my interest. His intense turmoil seemed to prevent him from becoming fully sinister. I felt disappointed with Jackie’s apparent disregard for Codie’s warnings, but several changes in the plot eased my mind. While I considered this a science fiction story, I liked the fantasy aspects just as much. The growth of every person was easy to identify. My enjoyment of A Thousand Days and One Hour intensified with the unpredictable twists in the story. I foresee a sequel but this is easily a standalone book.

K.C. Finn

A Thousand Days and One Hour: Knowing and Seeing is a work of fiction in the science fiction, adventure, and intrigue subgenres. It is intended for the general reading audience and was penned by author Lenn Corey as the first book of The Phositron Journals series. In this fascinating sci-fi adventure tale, a group of co-workers on a power facility find themselves (and one of the team member’s families) transported to another world entirely. A world where the Earth Born and the Flow Born found themselves in danger, pursued relentlessly by those who would see them perish. The race for survival in this alternative world begins but will Cejay and his family and friends ever make it home again?

Readers who enjoy a slow-burning plot are certain to gently sink into the rhythm of this engaging novel, and it’s definitely one that patient readers will get totally lost in for days on end. When the action does begin to charge up, the scene work is cinematic and exciting, with plenty of atmospheric description and interesting twists by author Lenn Corey to keep readers on their toes. I also really enjoyed Cejay as a central figure to the action, torn between the intrigue of a brave new world and the imminent danger to his family members that compels him to keep on moving for survival. The dialogue too was especially effective in delivering lots of complex exposition about this inventive new world and how it all worked. For a conceptually fascinating and jam-packed work of science fiction that will really make you think, I’d definitely recommend A Thousand Days and One Hour.

Rabia Tanveer

A Thousand Days and One Hour: Knowing and Seeing is the first book in The Phositron Journals series by Lenn Corey. The solar power generation facility in Texas needed an upgrade immediately. Toby, Santos, and Cejay were working hard to get the upgrade done as quickly as possible. However, a strange weather phenomenon ended with Cejay, his family, Toby, and Santos being sucked into a world where everything was the same yet very different. However, before they were transported, both Cejay and his son Dave saw something strange. They saw a battle, and the father and son were on opposite sides. Before the group knew it, things became far more dangerous than they anticipated. They needed to figure out what was happening, why they were transported to this place, and what they needed to do to get back. Would they survive and succeed?

Smartly written, the story was a delight to read. Surprisingly simple and entertaining, I was expecting to be confused, but my experience was completely different. This was all thanks to the author’s writing style and the fast pace of the narrative. The glossary and map at the end of the novel were a huge help for me to understand the technical terms and the special vocabulary used in the story. The author merged fantasy with science fiction to offer a complex story that was a pleasure. The plot was thick with mystery and intensity. There was a definite tension between Cejay and Dave, and it was obvious from the very beginning that these two were the characters to keep an eye on. The descriptions were breathtaking. Author Lenn Corey created the atmosphere and set the tone of the story from the very beginning. There was hardly a moment when I felt confused. Entertaining till the end, this is a must-read novel for anyone who enjoys mysteries, science fiction, and fantasy.

Vincent Dublado

A Thousand Days and One Hour: Knowing and Seeing by Lenn Corey is a gripping science fiction novel involving creatures that use Thought Slip--a type of light that exists between all known spectrums and others. All Chloe wants is to have a few laughs and eat some pizza; all Santos wants is to talk a little about time or reality travel and eat some pizza; all Dave wants is to drive a little—or a lot—and eat some pizza. What they will get is more than the simple pleasures they ask for as they are transported to the eerie world of the Flow Born—givers and sustainers of life much like the Earth Born. This encounter takes place all thanks to a system error of the power-generating solar facility, Solaron, that is further aggravated by a weather disturbance. An estranged family and their friends will embark on a quest to save their own lives, that of others, and of those they have only been told about.

Lenn Corey has written a story where every scene has a sustained vibrancy from the first chapter to the last. If you find yourself getting lost in the multitude of names for the nonhuman characters and the world and culture they inhabit, you can always refer to the glossary. You will find that the level of conflict in the storyline supports the social and emotional ideas that it is trying to convey, and the technical acumen that Lenn Corey puts into explaining the existence of Kyhedix, a continent on the planet Thailon and home of the Flow Born, is top-notch. The Enzolions’ deconstruction of humankind and their ways works effectively as an integral component of the story’s arc. On the whole, A Thousand Days and One Hour is a haunting and well-written sci-fi tale that will keep you entertained with its immersive quality.