By KYLE Z. BELL Special Writer
Though Science Fiction is not her major interest, Vanna Bonta has always been interested in the world around her, in what makes things work, aware all along that there was more to existence than just what is seen. Her beliefs were confirmed after the last earthquake she lived through in California. ."That the things that last forever are the things within us, the things we can't see. Anything that has a form, it can be counted on that it will change," she said.
In her novel, "Flight," Bonta continues her commitment to her own truth. The story centers aroundMendle J. Orion, a science fiction writer obsessed with the female character in his latest book. A technique that Bonta employs, high-lighting scenes that Orion is writing as though they were on computer paper, works well. The "real world" events are printed normally. When the characters begin to meld, so does the printing. After a while, reality and fantasy merge.Bonta also allows us to believe that we have figured out the plot. Not until the last quarter of the book, however, is the true story revealed, and then the reader is kept turning pages wondering how long it will take for the characters to finally catch on.
Quantum fiction, as developed by Bonta, combines science fiction, philosophy, quantum physics and romance. What is most appealing about this method of storytelling is the author's use of coincidence. Over and over something happens that gives the hero pause. Yet, when the surface is scratched, logic seems to provide an explanation. One example occurs when Aira, the heroine, accidentally leaps off the roof of a 16-story building followed closely by her dog, Onx. Orion finds her on the ground virtually unscathed. Confused, she says she thought she saw the animal transform itself into another creature that was able to break her fall, but then, there was that awning after all. If one chooses to read Flight as purely a work of science fiction, you will be satisfied. Bonta's description of the conventions elicited a smile and a nod and a feeling of warm familiarity. In addition, for those who are "too into" coincidences, who stop and frown and scratch their heads for a moment before they say, "Naw!" this book is highly recommended.
Vanna Bonta has given us reason to think we aren't necessarily imagining it, after all. Scientists say that progress is originally based upon an observation, that man's landing on the moon was predicated on the observation of it by ancient humans. I personally prefer Vanna Bonta's description of how we arrive where we are, that, "Everything practical first served something that was just an idea." Bonta began writing poetry at the age of six. Even her earliest poems dealt with the universals of death,life and birth. In addition to her novel, she has had a story used on three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She related that, "The story is called 'Somewhen' and is based upon quantum theory that for every possible thing that could happen, it actually does in some parallel dimension."
In response to the question of how she got where she is today, Bonta replied that sbe has always been true to herself, serving practical needs without sacrificing artistic pursuit. For example, once when she was low on money, she made lollipops wrapped with poetry and sold them in stores in Beverly Hills. Bonta comes as close as anyone to living the beliefs in the goodness of her own soul and those of others embodied by the heroine of her book, Flight.