In the not too distant future, Zack Carver, an alcoholic archeologist, discovers a craft, apparently built for flight dating back a million millennia. Carver teams up with Leslee Myles, a gifted attorney, and a stunning alien humanoid to battle the most malevolent forces in the universe including bio-terrorists, shadow-military operatives, a renegade administration and Dax Wolf, a sociopath genius. However, the trio’s most daunting challenge is to outfox the Custodians — supreme beings who were born out of galactic cataclysm and whose sole purpose is to find civilizations that have reached their doom-point and then delete all evidence of their existence so that an entirely new life-form may emerge. As with Earth’s previous 28th Configuration, the current 29th is rushing toward self-annihilation. Can Zack, Leslee and their remarkable otherworldly companion prevent the Nine Custodians from activating The Null Quotient reversion protocol and set the Earth’s back to its stardust beginnings? Is it possible for the three heroes to persuade the Custodians to spare our blue-and-green oasis in space and not set it back to primordial slime?
Tell us something about yourself.
In addition to being a founding member of The Tokens, (The Lion Sleeps Tonight) Philip Margo has worked as a record producer, with eleven gold records to his credit. He is a songwriter, television producer and writer. He is currently writing the sequel to this novel and lives in Beverly Hills, Calif., with his wife of 44 years, Abbie. They are the parents of three and the grandparents of eight.
What inspired you to write this book?
It crossed my mind that it would be interesting if a craft were discovered here on Earth that seemed to be built for flight and dated back nearly a billion years.
How did you choose the title?
Null is a legal term and attorney Leslee Myles must make her case for its survival in front of the Nine Custodians. Quotient is a mathematical term.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
I’m a new writer. I’m in my late sixties. I have learned over the years that most people really know very little. I was constantly told that many of the projects I did were not good enough to be successful. Many of those assessments were wrong in the record industry and the television industry. Persistence is how one overcomes almost anything thrown in their way.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. It came out of necessity.
I had ideas for television and they were put in other writers hands and subsequently died. I finally asked if I could try writing and the got green lighted. I found that I enjoyed it.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Write from 8:00am to noon.
Go to my club to play tennis or workout and get back to office at 3:00pm. Write until 5:30pm.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Sometimes they just zip into my brainpan and other times I use the names of friends and family. On rare occasions actually made some names.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
I learned that agents are impolite, publishers are overrated and the media is quite narrow.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I did write the book and I did get it published. I might have saved more money for PR in the launching.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?
Sci-Fi, the masters, and modern left-leaning works.
I like many of the Sci-fi and Fantasy giants starting with Verne, F. Anstay, H.G. Wells and the more modern from Clark to Bradbury Azimoff and lots more.
As an homage to all the great writers of Sci-Fi in film, television and literature, each of the episodes of The Null Quotient are the titles of famous works that were born in each of those areas.
And each episode title has definite relevance to the chapter it heads.
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
I started fleshing out the Null Quotient 2. It takes place ten years or so after the first one. All I can say is that I will probably use most of the same characters with a few additions and most of the episode titles as in TNQ. Keeping the same relevance of course.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. That’s how you write a book. One page at a time. Don’t think about the 400 or so pages. Keep your mind on the one in front of you.
With Kindle and other ebook outlets and the nature of the web, publishers are becoming less important. JUST WRITE!
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
Sci-Fi fans. Also women, Two of the three main characters are strong females. What can I say? I am still personally affronted that women didn’t even get the vote until 1927 as from all the other travesties.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
I hope my fan page (The PHILIP F. MARGO FAN PAGE) will be back up soon. It was hacked and had some great reviews on it including on by Stan Lee. Also the following: thetokens.com, strategicbookpublishing.com and the work is available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online.