Sequel to Preternatural (1996), Bonanno's playful alien-contact saga wherein midlist science fiction writer Karen Guerrerri
imagines she's being contacted by telepathic group-minded jellyfish called the S.oteri—only to find that it's all true . . . maybe.
This time, fiction and reality become ever more commingled. Karen ponders her review in The New York Times, her
still-impoverished state, and invents (or thinks she does) a rather absurd first contact, a thousand years hence, between humanity
and the S.oteri. The S.oteri, who are developing individualistic tendencies, complain that this wasn't the way it happened. But
then another consciousness, the Third Thing, contacts the S.oteri, offering the gift of telekinesis. Third Thing, however, isn't
entirely sure the S.oteri are ready for this, so the gift goes to just one, Fuchsia, to see what s/he'll do. Fuchsia grabs Karen and
sends her whirling through time into other bodies and personas: in the 11th-century court of Eleanor of England, during the
Crusades; in the first century b.c., as Julius Caesar ravages Gaul; and as the Russians pound 1945 Berlin. Problem is, Fuchsia,
blind to sequential time, somehow manages to change history and doesn't care to remedy matters. And Karen keeps meeting a
wonderful man—he’s in different bodies, but he’s the same man in each historical epoch—who, like her, doesn't belong. Is he,
too, a pawn of the S.oteri, or something even more exotic?
Impressively wrought and wonderfully entertaining, yet not as fraught with significance as some commentators seem to think.