Books by Brenda W. Clough

Released: May 1, 2000

"Not much more than an extended meditation on the acquisition, use, and disposition of godlike power, but it might be of some interest to fans of the previous book."
Sequel to How Like a God (1997), Clough's oddball debut in which Virginia computer programmer Rob Lewis wrested godlike psychic powers from Gilgamesh, King of ancient Uruk, while Rob's friend, microbiologist Edwin Barbarossa, received the gift of immortality. These days Rob's a carpenter, but when finally he steels himself to tell his wife Julianne about his powers, she—feeling excluded and manipulated—threatens divorce. Meanwhile, Edwin, returning home after a research stint on the Moon, is the only survivor of a calamity aboard the space shuttle. Unfortunately, NASA suspects him of murdering the others. Edwin announces he's immortal; his boss, the devious Burt Rovilatt, believes Edwin and confines him, keeping him drugged and helpless in order to perform experiments. Rob contacts Edwin mentally, and uses his powers to rescue his friend. Julianne, in the meantime, comes around. Edwin decides to go public about his immortality and allow reasonable experimenting on himself; but Rovilatt, having accumulated a damning dossier, threatens blackmail if Edwin doesn't cooperate. Rovilatt even arranges for an assassin to shoot Edwin, but Rob takes most of the bullets, and Edwin has to lend him the pearl of immortality to save his life. Rovilatt finds out, and now knows there're two of them with powers. Read full book review >
HOW LIKE A GOD by Brenda W. Clough
Released: March 1, 1997

Virginia computer programmer Rob Lewis, a devoted house-and- family man, wakes one morning having acquired the power not only to read minds but also to influence them. At first he uses the power playfully, covering absences at work, helping his wife Julianne up the corporate ladder. But Rob's toddler twins, Davey and Angela, soon begin to talk and reason like tiny adults: Evidently the power leaks out from under their father's conscious control. So Rob, terrified by the potential for evil, and facing the destruction of his children's lives, abandons his family and becomes a derelict on the streets of New York. Later, after an accidental meeting, microbiologist Edwin Barbarossa gives Rob hope that he could learn to control the unconscious operation of the power. Then Rob receives a psychic summons to an ancient archeological site in Uzbekistan. And here, unfortunately, science fiction collapses into crackpot fantasy. Rob's summoner is immortal Gilgamesh, the legendary king of ancient Uruk. Yep. He gave Rob the power. Why? Don't ask. Why, of all people, choose Rob? Just don't ask. An imaginative and sometimes intriguing yarn, best when it focuses on family or science, elsewhere increasingly erratic and implausible. Read full book review >