Franz Herbert suffers from epileptic seizures; are they a curse that takes him away from his wife, family, and friends, or a gift that allows him to explore the depths of the cosmos?
An exploration of a man's struggle with a neurological disease, the nature of reality, and the workings of his own mind, The Astronomer is both a love story and the tale of a man's journey to find his place in the universe.
Brian Biswas has published over sixty short stories in the United States as well as internationally. The Astronomer was published by Whisk(e)y Tit in 2023. A Betrayal and Other Stories, was published by Rogue Star Press in 2018. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for A Betrayal and is listed in the International Writers and Authors Who's Who, Marquis Who's Who, and the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.
Brian writes in a literary style reminiscent of magical realism, irrealism, or fabulism, which attempts to convey a slightly exaggerated but internally consistent sense of reality. He also writes straightforward science fiction, fantasy, and horror (often tinged with fantastic elements).
In Brian Biswas’ new novel, The Astronomer, he has chosen to confound us frequently regarding how he and the main character regard reality, and we are often forced to think about our own ways of looking at the real and the fantastic, about fact and fiction… he also challenges us to think about whether or not the dreams and other mental wanderings of people who don’t have “normal” mental lives constitute another reality as well.- Alice Whittenburg, Cafe Irreal