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February 15, 2023

La Roche Professor’s Science Fiction Novel to Publish in May 2023

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 15, 2023 – “Myriad,” a science fiction thriller by La Roche University Professor Joshua David Bellin, Ph.D., will publish on May 23, 2023.  

 “Myriad” is about Agent Miriam Randle, who works for LifeTime, a private law enforcement agency that undertakes short-term time travel to prevent crimes from happening. Though a seasoned time traveler, she is haunted by the death of her twin brother, whose murder remains unsolved years later. When a routine assignment ends in a tragedy by Miriam’s hand, she finds herself mixed up in a conspiracy involving the highest levels of LifeTime. Forced to flee into the past with her partner Vax, Miriam races to unravel the truth before it’s too late. But there are horrors in her past that Miriam would rather forget, including her brother’s killer. 

“I love time travel stories, and I love mysteries,” Dr. Bellin said, “so putting the two of them together and watching all the pieces fall into place was the most fun I’ve ever had as a writer. I hope readers feel the same way!” 

The launch party for “Myriad” will take place at Riverstone Books in Squirrel Hill on Tuesday, May 23 at 7 p.m.  

“Myriad” will be published by Angry Robot, a British-based publishing house dedicated to producing modern adult science fiction and fantasy. Readers can preorder online from Angry Robot, Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Signed copies of the book are available through Riverstone Books. 

Dr. Bellin has published numerous works of fantasy and science fiction with Simon & Schuster, including the two-part “Survival Colony” series and the deep-space adventure “Freefall.” With several young adult dystopian science fiction novels under his belt already, “Myriad will be Dr. Bellin’s adult debut.  

Additionally Dr. Bellin will speak to aspiring fiction writers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Northland Public Library. Preregistration is required for the writing workshop, “Building Worlds with Words.” More information is available on the Northland Public Library website

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About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior architecture & design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.