SPORTS Novel of the Day – THE UN-NATURAL, by Michael Alan Grapin


Written by: Michael Alan Grapin


Genre: Sci-Fi, Sports, Comedy

Logline: The Un-Natural opens with a radio broadcast of a major league baseball game. Eighteen-year-old pitching phenomenon Josh Brady has been brought up from the team’s triple A affiliate to fill in for injured pitchers. It’s only been a few weeks since he showed up as a walk-on at an open tryout, and his farm team pitching coach worries this move could cause more harm than good. Much to everyone’s surprise, Josh pitches a perfect no-hit game and gets three extra base hits, including a grand slam homer in his first major league at bat! After his stellar performance, no one wants to send Josh back to the minors. He’s surrounded by sports writers clamoring for more information. But Josh Brady isn’t who he appears to be. In fact, he was born Raymond Fitzpatrick nearly eight decades before during the great depression. Raised by his single mother in Paterson, New Jersey, Raymond was often left to entertain himself. He became an avid baseball fan, but lacking athletic ability was always picked last. Undaunted, he played enthusiastically whenever he could. Raymond was often the butt of bullying and frequently told he wasn’t very bright. A school assignment led to his second lifelong love of Science fiction so his reaction to alien abduction, an intergalactic university with a campus on the dark side of the moon and an alien graduate study involving cloning and genetic engineering that transformed a world class mediocrity into a superstar was taken right in stride.

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