Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Stephen G. Jones

Second Advisor

Marcia Douglas

Third Advisor

Eric White


Olivia is a waitress at the Intergalactic Truckstop who left Earth to find a music career and ended up serving spaceship drivers and gross octopus aliens. Bob is a cargo-ship driver and one of Olivia's regulars. He's sixty, gay, and wishing he'd done something more interesting with his life. More than anything, he wants to step off the Edge of the Universe, a place where your atoms get completely rearranged. When Olivia steals the Truckstop's most prized piece of memorabilia and implicates Bob as her getaway driver, it changes the course of their fates, sending them into the dark caves of the Octo planet, and to the Edge of the Universe and back.