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Tech alum pens first sci-fi thriller

January 15, 2015
Jason Mitchell, a 2001 Tech graduate, is working to release an audiobook edition of his novel.

Jason Mitchell, a 2001 Tech graduate, is working to release an audiobook edition of his novel. – Submitted Photo

 

MICHAEL HOGE

Staff Reporter

 

A Tech alumnus has recently published a science fiction novel as the first book in a series.
Jason Mitchell, a 2001 graduate who majored in Computer Information Systems, wrote “From Here to Nearly There.”

 

“I always wanted to write a book since the eighth grade,” Mitchell said.

 

Mitchell’s novel, written under the pen name Alec Merta, is a sci-fi thriller about an English mapmaker and surveyor who must race across England and escape the police and aliens who are after him.

 

“I attempted a couple novels over the years,” Mitchell said.

 

He decided to change his style when writing “From Here to Nearly There” a few months ago, which is the first book in his series called “A Voyage in the Near Distance.”

“Science fiction allows the most creativity,” Mitchell said.

 

Mitchell thinks that with other genres you are bound to writing to the rules of the universe.

 

“You get to ask ‘what if’ questions,” Mitchell said, “So it offers a great degree of creativity to the writers.”

 

An example of this is that his novel is a tale of two worlds, very similar, that are connected by an ancient mystery. One is a world full of human civilization orbiting a yellow star, the other being Earth.
Travel is a big part of the series, and Mitchell enjoys travel himself.

 

“I’ve been there,” Mitchell said, “I love England.”

 

His love for England is one of the reasons it appears in his novel, though he has not been to the exact locations in it.

 

Even though he graduated 14 years ago and moved out of state to Georgia, Mitchell is still fond of his alma mater.

 

“I love the school, I love the area, said Mitchell. “Some of my happiest memories were at Tech.”

 

The next step for Mitchell is releasing an audiobook edition of his novel.

 

“I decided to reach out to some producers,” Mitchell said, “It took two seconds to decide on the guy.”

 

He decided on Alex Hyde-White, an actor who has appeared in movies and on television shows such as “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and “Dexter.”

 

“He is a very talented guy and I’m thrilled,” Mitchell said.

 

Mitchell said that it has never been easier to get a book out to an audience.

 

“There is no excuse but to take a stab at it,” Mitchell said, “You may not write the great American novel, but you’ll have written your novel.”

 

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