September 29, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
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State University alumnus schoolteacher writes Sci-Fi
Shawnee State University alumnus Brian Bays, author of his
first novel, “Righteous Intent,” will be speaking at 5:30
p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6, in SSU’s Advanced Technology
Center, Burke Lecture Hall, Room 134.
Bays attended public schools in New Boston, Ohio, and earned
a bachelor’s degree in English and Humanities at SSU with
certification in elementary education. He earned his
master’s degree in education from the University of Rio
Grande in 2003. He is board certified in exceptional needs
as well as having master teacher status. He has also worked
as an adjunct developmental reading instructor for SSU.
Bays was born with a genetic condition called dominant optic
neuropathy. It is a generic diagnosis, much like saying
"heart disease" but it doesn't specify what is exactly wrong
with him. His daughters suffer from the condition also.
“Nobody really knows how to treat it,” Bays said in a recent
blog. “We suffer from visual acuity loss, loss of visual
contrast, color blindness, and difficulties with lights and
glare. There isn't any treatment. There is no surgery, no
medication and no corrective lenses to help. Having this
disorder has been difficult, and emotionally taxing, not
just because of my own loss of independence and job
security, but because my daughters suffer from it as well.”
His book is set in the year 2015, when an ambitious young
computer engineer revolutionizes wireless communications
systems with the release of the DuoDrite chip implant.
Implanted in the user’s brain and powered by electrical
impulses, the DuoDrite chip quickly replaced personal
computers, cellular phones, global positioning systems and
home entertainment systems.
But there was a simple defect that lay in waiting – a defect
of unimaginable consequences given the right conditions.
When Mitchell Hughes, a divorced and visually impaired
schoolteacher, goes on trial for a murder he didn’t commit,
the stage is set for a courtroom battle of epic proportions
and a conspiracy that could easily send Mitchell to data
storage, the equivalent of a virtual execution.
According to his publisher AuthorHouse, “Bays expertly
crafts a sci-fi thriller that fuses courtroom drama, murder
mystery and a love story into one breathtaking adventure
that will have readers captivated to the very last page.”