The Lesson: A Novel


Author: Fred R. Rutledge Jr.

Title: The Lesson: A Novel

Genre: Science Fiction/ African American

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 500

Geographical Setting: A new and remote planet

Time Period: Future

Series: NA

Summary: Twenty years after Earth’s devastateing bio-genetic racial war, David Kenyatta, African American ace freighter pilot and space engineer crash lands on a wild an remote planet hidden for centuries by the Altoura Nebula. The deadly secrets he discovers there will ultimately save or destroy the last survivors of humanity forever.

Subject Headings: Science Fiction, African American Fiction, Adult Fiction, African American Science Fiction, Horror, Horror Thriller, Sci-Fi Horror.

Appeal Terms: Fast paced, colorful, engaging, intriguing, details of new world, futuristic, resolved ending, horror,  racial issues, what-if,  issue-orientated, dangerous, science fiction

3 terms that best describe this book: what-if, science fiction, African American

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Name: Elizabeth Towns-Law


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