The Human Race by O.C. Heaton (Rookwood Publishing, 2009, 448pp.)
The year is 2003. Jakob Arnarsson, an Icelandic scientist, spent years developing a form of teleportation technology. It’s an invention that would render all methods of transportation obsolete, effectively ending manmade pollution. Although a devoted conservationist, he never released his findings during his lifetime. His daughter Uma, the sole guardian of this technology, is equally devoted to the green cause. Determined to find a way to market the invention on a global scale, she approaches conscientious billionaire and philanthropist Ethan Rae for help with her scheme. Three thousand miles away, Samuel Reynolds III, the American CEO of an airline teetering on the verge of Chapter 11 bankruptcy, catches wind of their plans, and takes steps to steal the technology from them.
This is a book with an amazing premise. What if teleportation became an everyday occurrence? How would it affect our everyday lives? Heaton covers absolutely every single angle that can be thought of: how it would affect basic transportation, what it would cost to set up this technology, how you would market this service, and the potential attitudes from corporations who have everything to lose - or gain - from this invention. The first book in a new trilogy, The Human Race is an excellent adventure story that will appeal to any fan of science fiction.