Lyon's Legacy

Lyon's Legacy

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan / Apr 07, 2020

Lyon s Legacy Sometimes being a geneticist isn t enough to understand your family Joanna Lyon is the great granddaughter of the legendary TwenCen musician Sean Lyon Joanna may have inherited some of her ancestor s

  • Title: Lyon's Legacy
  • Author: Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
  • ISBN: 9781475056235
  • Page: 416
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sometimes being a geneticist isn t enough to understand your family Joanna Lyon is the great granddaughter of the legendary TwenCen musician Sean Lyon Joanna may have inherited some of her ancestor s musical talent, but her parents bitter divorce and her Uncle Jack s attempts to remake her into another Sean have left her hostile toward her family and music Her passiSometimes being a geneticist isn t enough to understand your family Joanna Lyon is the great granddaughter of the legendary TwenCen musician Sean Lyon Joanna may have inherited some of her ancestor s musical talent, but her parents bitter divorce and her Uncle Jack s attempts to remake her into another Sean have left her hostile toward her family and music Her passion is for science, but since she has no access to the family funds, she struggles to earn enough credits for graduate school Then her uncle sets up a business deal with her employer to make Joanna go on a mission for him travel via the spaceship Sagan to an alternate TwenCen universe where Sean is still alive Joanna must collect a DNA sample from Sean so her uncle can create a clone of him She refuses at first, but finally agrees to go Secretly, however, Joanna believes her uncle will exploit the clone, and she plans to sabotage the project to stop him But when she falls in love with one of the scientists in the Sagan s genetics lab, clashes with other time travelers who fear she ll change how history develops on the alternative TwenCen Earth, and receives devastating personal news, Joanna will find herself pushed to her limit even before she comes face to face with her hated ancestor Their encounter will leave her changed forever Will she still be able to thwart her uncle s plan, and what will she have to sacrifice to do so Approximately 36,000 words.

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      • Sandra Ulbrich Almazan

        Sandra Ulbrich Almazan started reading at the age of three and only stops when absolutely required to Although she hasn t been writing quite that long, she did compose a very simple play in German during middle school Her science fiction novella Move Over Ms L an early version of Lyon s Legacy earned an Honorable Mention in the 2001 UPC Science Fiction Awards, and her short story A Reptile at the Reunion was published in the anthology Firestorm of Dragons She is a founding member of BroadUniverse and a long time member of the Online Writing Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Her undergraduate degree is in molecular biology English, and she has a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication degree Her current day job is in the laboratory of an enzyme company she s also been a technical writer and a part time copyeditor for a local newspaper Some of her other accomplishments are losing on Jeopardy and taking a stuffed orca to three continents She lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Eugene and son, Alex In her rare moments of free time, she enjoys crocheting, listening to classic rock particularly the Beatles , and watching improv comedy.


    1. Although this is billed as a time travel story, it is overlayed with a heavy smattering of science fiction, which I thoroughly enjoyed.The heroine lives sometime in the not too distant future. She is pressed into travelling through space and time, via a "wormhole," to visit her great grandfather in a late twentieth century parallel universe, referred to as TwenCen. Her mission is to obtain a sample of his DNA, so that he can be cloned. The transferred unrivalled musical talent of the clone can t [...]

    2. This short book of 36,000 words is a trifle too short to fully expand and explore all the elements of the plot in the detail I would have liked. Almazan's writing is certainly entertaining and has a lively spark of originality about it.This book will suit those who wish to read stories about strong female fantasy/SF characters that maintain their individuality and femininity. Joanna Lyon is a research scientist. How refreshingly normal that is. She is a truly normal female with all that that ent [...]

    3. What a delightful trip! A Spunky Heroine with Lots of AttitudeAlmazan’s quirky voice creates a layered world of music, biotech, smart-ads, wormholes, and parallel universes with the finesse of a supreme world-builder. She’s as original as are her three-dimensional characters—I guess fourth-dimensional in Joanna’s case.Joanna, a biotech worker, is coerced by an evil uncle to travel through a wormhole from her future back to an alternate 1950s to steal some DNA from dear old great-granddad [...]

    4. I thought some of the original ideas and the "science" behind the fiction were interesting. I think that with science fiction, if you have not studied physics and are expecting your readers to suspend belief for the sake of fantasy then you need to make the reader fall in love with your characters--my opinion of course. That didn't happen here. The characters where flat and uninteresting, the plot moved too swiftly and the overall effect resulted in an underdeveloped novel. I thought it had pote [...]

    5. To be honest, this book didn't work for me right from the start. And the sad thing there is that I really wanted it to. I just couldn't get past the premise. The idea here is that sometime late this century there will be born the great-granddaughter of a 1960s pop star. And that's okay except that, evidently, this guy was such a huge star that people still recognize her (all of the family) when she's walking down the street and come up to her all starstruck about her great-grandfather. But, see, [...]

    6. In the strange world of indy fiction, there're two kinds of interaction: Support and, well, jealousy. The first is unquestioning and, frankly, not very critical. If you've ever read the reviews for indy fiction, you can assume the most glowing ones were from this camp.The other kind is why I read Lyon's Legacy. Before I go much further, I need to explain something. As part of the indy fiction scene, I've read a small amount of it. I say small because most of it doesn't seem to be very good. Indy [...]

    7. I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.First Impression: The cover makes this look like a story about a musician – although there are musicians in the story, that’s not actually what’s inside. Synopsis of time travel and meeting you ancestors? Interesting concept, carry on.Characters: Joanna Lyon is the great-granddaughter of famous and long-dead musician Sean Lyon. Right away she is angry and detached from her heritage, but finds her roots and a softer side as [...]

    8. Lyon’s Legacy is a novella written by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan about a woman named Joanna Lyon who goes back in time to steal DNA from her ancestor Sean Lyon, a (fictional) famous rock musician. Joanna’s uncle, and heir to the family fortune, bribes her into signing up for the mission to travel to an alternate Earth which happens to be about a century behind the timeline of Joanna’s own world. During the mission, Joanna must deal with her own feelings of inadequacy and her resentment towards [...]

    9. A great story, well told. At the end of the day that’s all I can ask for in anything I read, and in this case, that’s exactly what I got. Kudos to the author for a marvelous book. Our story’s heroine is Jo Lyon, the great-grand daughter of one of the greatest Rock stars of all time. The family has been shoehorning every child into a career in music for generations, and all is not well. Because Jo wants to be a scientist. With her Uncle, the master of the Lyon empire, pulling the strings of [...]

    10. Lyon's Legacy by Sandar Ulbrich Almazan follow the life of Joanna Lyon. As the great granddaughter of the most influential musician ever her life has been strongly directed towards music. Unfortunately she is not interested in pursuing that life and at time almost hates her ancestor for forcing her info a life of semi-celebrity just because of who her family is. Joanna just wants to be a scientist and work peacefully in a lab. Her uncle has other plans for her however, as well as controlling the [...]

    11. I thoroughly enjoyed Sandra's book. I'm a fan of hard science fiction, and this is the genre in which this tale belongs. The author is clearly versed in many aspects of science, including quantum mechanics and genetics, and spun an interesting almost "Back to the Future"-ish kind of story.Instead of time travel, the main character goes to an alternate universe on board a ship called "The Sagan" (I really liked this name). In the alternate universe in the time when "The Four Seasons" were climbin [...]

    12. I wish this had been longer to give the story more time to grow. It just seemed things happened too fast. I really would have liked more interaction between Joanna and Sean. Maybe that will happen in the sequel, which I'd be interested to read.

    13. Great plot line a little slow at first but all in all I really liked it. Cant wait for the second book to see what happens next. The only thing I didnt like was it never said the actual year but gave a general idea of when this was set.

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