Launch of the science fiction novel “When the Earth will be no more” on May 28

A spaceship with refugees from Earth slips into Jupiter’s orbit in a new SF novel (credit: MiblArt).

Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan co-author of “When the Earth is No More”

“When the Earth will be no more” is available in paper and ebook format.

Husband and wife co-writers of a futuristic Northern VA storyline thriller in which the fate of mankind rests with a young environmental scientist on Wallops Island

SALISBURY, MD, USA, May 17, 2022 / — The future of humanity depends on a young environmental science professor and her ability to outsmart a mysterious Wallops Island institute funding his research, in a suspenseful new science fiction novel written by a husband-and-wife writing team from Reston, Virginia.

There’s an increasingly dizzying twist to the futuristic plot. There are two versions of the heroine that exist in parallel timelines. They will have to work together if an ark-like spacecraft carrying a few dozen refugees from Earth is able to escape Jupiter’s deadly gravity well and find refuge elsewhere.

“When Earth Is No More” is garnering rave reviews from advanced readers ahead of its May 28 launch date at Sundial Books, an independent bookstore on Chincoteague Island that provides a key setting in the novel.

New York Times bestselling author Joelle Charbonneau calls the new book “a riveting sci-fi story about survival” and adds, “When Earth Is No More” will keep readers hooked until the very end. “

Mystery writer Sherry Harris says, “‘When Earth Shall Be No More’ touched every emotion as I struggled to figure out who to trust in this deftly handled dual-timeline sci-fi mystery. The characters pulled me into such a realistic and unique world, I had a hard time putting this book down.”

Co-authors Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan are both professors at Northern Virginia Community College. Awad is an independent filmmaker and O’Sullivan is the writer of the Colleen McCabe mystery series set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

This is their first co-written novel, but it won’t be the last. This is the first part of a trilogy.

“When we came up with the idea for the book, I was reading ‘The Fabric of the Cosmos’ by Brian Greene,” says Awad. “I’ve also always been a fan of science fiction. We vacationed in Chincoteague with Kathryn’s family. As we passed NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility en route to the island, the juxtaposition of NASA’s high-tech facility with the charm of Chincoteague struck us as quite unusual. That’s when the idea of ​​’When the Earth is No More’ was born.”

O’Sullivan adds, “I love the beach and always have. I guess my parents vacationing at two beaches that also have horses – Chincoteague Island in Virginia and Corolla in North Carolina – impressed me a lot growing up. My mystery series takes place in Corolla. It’s wonderful now to have a series set in Chincoteague.

The authors will welcome readers and book signings on Saturday, May 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Sundial Books in Chincoteague, located at 4065 Main St. (across from the Island Theater). See


When Earth Shall Be No More is available in hardback ($26.95) and ebook ($9.99) formats at all major retail channels and select independent bookstores. See for more information.


Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan are an award-winning team of husband-and-wife screenwriters and directors. They have collaborated on feature films and documentaries, screenplays and web series. Paul is a film professor and Kathryn is a theater professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Kathryn is also the award-winning writer of the Colleen McCabe mystery series. They live in Reston, Virginia. Visit their websites at and


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