Author Marc Corwin’s Science Fiction book recognized as a winner in the 2020 Manhattan Book Awards

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Author Marc Corwin’s Science Fiction book recognized as a winner in the 2020 Manhattan Book Awards

June 11
22:16 2020

The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune’s Dark Side has won an award for the 2020 Manhattan Book Awards. Recognized as the Winner in the Science Fiction category, Corwin’s award-winning book depicts a creature lying dormant beneath the Earth’s crust for over 35,000 years, waiting patiently to transform a dying young boy into a world leader at a time of great need. 

Kirkus Reviews praised the book: “The story’s quick cuts and ever-complicating plotline will keep readers entertained.” 

Readers’ Favorite also hailed the book as “a very good tale” and went on to say that the “characters are sympathetic and represent the best humans have to offer.” 

The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune’s Dark Side has attracted an overall 5-star rating on Amazon. One Amazon reviewer called the book “a thrill ride through space!” 

From the back cover: 

In the year 2140 CE, Planet 9, more commonly known as Vixus, has resurfaced on the edge of the Milky Way… the only known planet that periodically reverses its rotation. Last seen in the middle of the Kuiper Belt in 2066 CE, it mysteriously disappeared after being discovered by a Galactic Corps scout ship. The unknown energy source enabling Vixus to spin in opposite directions represented great power which could help turn the tide in a war Earth was losing.

The Fighting Fury, the Corps’ finest platoon, has been called in to conduct a search and rescue operation for several missing landing parties. Following a fierce battle on the planet surface, Lieutenant Janet “Cat” Miles, leader of this elite group of combat women, was captured. She soon found herself imprisoned with the Corps’ most fabled leader, Commander Jason Cody. His name would forever be linked to the infamous wormhole hidden on Neptune’s dark side; an area of space now cautiously avoided by all due to the menace which lurks within.

Paranoia raced through both leaders’ minds. Could he trust a woman who seemingly had no imperfections? Could she trust a man who had vanished from sight years ago? Earth’s future laid in the balance as they struggled to overcome their mutual distrust and acknowledge what those before them understood: “If you live long enough, the wisdom will come.” 

The Optical Lasso: Beware of Neptune’s Dark Side is available through Amazon,, and other fine retailers where books are sold. 

About the author: 

Marc Corwin, an award-winning author, is a retired entrepreneur and chief financial officer whose imagination has been broadened by a childhood immersed in comic books. 

About Manhattan Book Group: 

Manhattan Book Group (MBG) is a hybrid NYC-based book publisher. MBG operates the annual Manhattan Book Awards book competition. More information can be found at

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