BOOKS: James Wells shares his new sci-fi book on May 30 at Village Books

Bellingham author James Wells reads from his recently published book, “The Great Symmetry,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 30, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Set in an asteroid in the Aurora star system in 2304, exoarcheologist Evan McElroy has made a discovery about the Versari, a long-departed alien race. Material, he thinks, for some great research papers. But McElroy’s sponsor, the Affirmatix family of companies, realizes they can make huge gains from the new finding if it is kept secret. Step one of their plan is to kill the research team − starting with McElroy.

As McElroy flees for his life, he finds there is far more at stake than he could have imagined. His trajectory has reawakened the long-buried struggle of the Infoterrorists, who believe all knowledge screams to be free, against those who maintain and defend the True Story that holds civilization together.

Wells, the great-grandson of pioneering science fiction author H.G. Wells, is a lifelong cave explorer and outdoor adventurer. He writes about climate and environmental topics, and volunteers helping people to protect their community and habitat. In his day job, he designs information systems that reduce energy use, saving money and reducing pollution.

More on the book: thegreatsymmetry.com.