Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts - English



First Advisor

John McDermott

Second Advisor

Andrew Brininstool

Third Advisor

Steve Marsden

Fourth Advisor

Anne Collins Smith


The Portal of Orionis a science fiction novel that centers on Rigel Barnard, a novice inventor who has been in self-isolation for years after a failed college presentation caused his friend and work partner, Jericho Slate, to be transported into another universe. Rigel is currently trying to bring his friend back by recreating the device that went awry and sent Jericho into an unknown dimension. Along the way, Rigel teams up with Archer, a mysterious stranger he finds floating in space, and Lyra, a teenage girl with an interest in magical studies.They aim to help him as much as they possibly can. At the same time, unbeknownst to Rigel, Jericho, still stuck in that alternate dimension, is trying against all odds to return home. It is a story with science fiction elements as well as fantasy and serves as both a cautionary tale and an adventure.

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