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A young woman and a fugitive scientist gather allies and dodge assassins while they learn harsh truths about their world, where consumerism has invaded every aspect of their lives, and the political system protects itself by making people and information disappear.

Névé is a young woman who rescues things like dogs, sugar beets, and a scientific theory, which is in the possession of a fugitive scientist named Incense Rising. Incense is wanted by the Central Bureau of Intelligence for work she did with her murdered uncle. As Névé and Incense gather allies and dodge assassins, they will learn the harsh truths about their world, where consumerism has invaded every aspect of their lives, and the political system protects itself by making people and information disappear.

Mensa Trial, Round Two

Going It Alone

Incense Rising is N. J. Schrock’s debut novel. As a PhD chemist, Schrock spent twenty-five years in corporate research and development before going back to school to earn her master’s degree in English. Now Schrock writes and teaches classes on chemistry and writing for science majors at the University of West Florida. Schrock has written and published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her exploration of the management of intellectual property was published as a book chapter in Cultures of Copyright.