The newest high-concept dystopian thriller, by author Réal Laplaine, is a contemporary fiction, bordering on both geopolitical and sci-fi, an epic story in its scope. Earth Escape captures the political, military and ecological issues facing us all, and vaults the reader just over a decade into the future when the first manned mission to an exo-planet, Earth II, is being prepared, and finally, launches. The story is told from the viewpoint of the captain of the star ship, Evolution. Jim Tale is not the typical role-model for an astronaut. He is a misfit, deeply troubled by hauntings of his dead wife, and obsessed with finding out the truth about existence. His background as a NASA engineer, and moreover, his ability to innovate and be self-initiating makes him the optimum choice for a mission that will take 27 years and which has an 87% chance of failure. His only companion, besides the crew who remain in hyper-sleep, is CASS, the most advanced Ai computer in existence. Together, they encounter impossible odds, and with the help of CASS, Jim Tale not only faces alien encounters, raptors and near-death experiences, but the chance to find out the truth about the Universe, how it was created, who created it and WHY. All the while the clock is ticking as Earth verges on the final and ultimate holocaust, global nuclear war. Earth Escape will challenge you to question everything you know about the Big Bang and Divine creation.
By 2023, the super powers in our world, headed by narcissistic leaders, have coalesced most of the global power into three geopolitical zones, and this division of power and mutual opposition, along with the continuing devastation of Earth’s ecological balance, is heading the planet for an inevitable fate. A group of visionaries, scientists and engineers, seeing the obvious disaster looming ahead, launches the most challenging mission ever undertaken by humanity – to reach and colonize a new world in the hopes of giving mankind a unified vision, a new dream to hold onto and not self-destruction.
As Earth edges toward the ultimate nuclear showdown, Jim Tale and his Ai companion, CASS, streak toward Earth II, light years away. Tale, a rebellious-minded man and misfit, encounters and goes up against unbelievable, seemingly impossible odds, as he fights to make the dream a reality for all humanity.
He is not only driven by his mission, but by haunting and nightly visitations of the one woman he loved and lost, and an obsession to find the answers that explain existence and the Universe. EARTH ESCAPE is both a dystopian eye-opener about the path of our world if not altered, and a philosophical sci-fi thriller that will stretch your mind.
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Earth Escape, a sci-fi, geopolitical and philosophical thriller takes the reader from our contemporary times and depicts a near and not too distant future, one where a Trumpian dystopia pushes the world to the edge of ultimate disaster. In a desperate attempt to avoid the inevitable implosion on Earth, where natural resources are rapidly depleting, where environmental destruction is reaching critical-mass, and where the division of global power into three largely opposing geopolitical camps is nearing nuclear war, a small handful of prudent scientists and engineers, backed by NASA, devise the technology necessary to build and launch the largest intergalactic spaceship, the Evolution, and sends it on a mission to the nearest exo-planet, EARTH II, in the hopes that it can become a new home to man, and moreover, change the paradigm on Earth from that of war and self-suicide, to colonizing a whole new world.
Jim Tale, the Captain of the Evolution, wakes up 27 years into his voyage, on the cusp of arriving at Earth II and finds himself facing things he would never have imagined. His closest ally and companion, CASS, the most advanced Ai sentience ever developed, helps Jim navigate the stars as they encounter aliens, raptors and new worlds. Jim Tale is a man who is haunted by his past and who is also driven by an obsession to find the answers to existence. He is a misfit and and a rebel, but his very recalcitrance becomes his greatest strength as they trek to the edge of the Universe while the clock ticks away on Earth and as inevitable and ultimate war breaks out, one which could be the darkest and final hours for all humanity.
If fiction can be considered a statement of possible reality in the near or distant future, then FINDING AGNETHA, a story about one person’s undying passion to get ABBA reunited for a worldwide concert, was certainly at the forefront of that dream.
When I wrote FINDING AGNETHA six years ago, it was with the hope and dream that one day, in spite of all the naysayers, ABBA would come back together again after some 30 years. In this article posted by BBC NEWS, ABBA is indeed coming together again but in a way which will stretch the bounds of technology.
This article appeared in The Algarve Daily News
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