Earth Escape “…this is dystopian sci-fi at its best. Highly recommended.”

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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.

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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.

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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 book review … “Gripping, surprising, and a very thoughtful story. A very memorable read.”

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Book Review of EARTH ESCAPE by author Victoria Ichizli-Bartels

“Gripping, surprising, and a very thoughtful story. A very memorable read.
It is obvious that the author had put all of him into this story. Although the story is fictional, it is extremely close to the current state of events and especially the nature of the conflicts around the world. We see every day how easy it is to be drawn into a narrow-minded thinking. We all want to define everything concretely and once and for all. The ever-surprising life events shake all those beliefs and definitions profoundly and this is very scary. Slipping under the duvet of judging others or other-minded people can be so comfortable. We’ve all been there and probably be drawn into such traps again and again. The clue is to remain open-minded and compassionate, both to ourselves and to others.
And exactly this was the main message I read again and again both between the lines and directly inside “Earth Escape”.
But even the best message would be nothing without strong writing and I definitely can confirm this for this book. The thorough research about the theories of where we all come originally from are cleverly woven together and with author’s imagination, and this makes the story sound very believable. What I also liked very much was the clearly visible intention behind and careful forming of every scene and every element in the book.
I highly recommend reading this book. You might find yourself chuckling at Jim Tale’s language and spicy dialogues and scenes, but you might also discover yourself looking at the world differently during and after reading this story. You might discover that you want to make a positive change in the world.”

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Earth Escape is a thrilling sci-fi and geopolitical book set in a possible future of Trumpian dystopia

 

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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.

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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.

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EARTH ESCAPE – “A thrilling read that takes you on an unusual and captivating adventure”

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Earth Escape is a philosophical sci-fi thriller which takes the reader on an epic journey spanning sixty years. It begins in our very present day when a sister planet to Earth is discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope, and this becomes the target for colonization in the very near future. In the years intervening, as technology catches up with our dream to reach this world, geopolitical divisions and tensions on Earth are reaching the boiling point, as well as explosive population growth and the destruction of the environment and resources of our planet which challenge the sustainability of our survival. Technology eventually comes through and the mission is launched.

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Jim Tale, the Captain of the star ship Evolution, wakes up after twenty seven years of hyper-sleep, on the verge of arriving at Earth II, mankind’s greatest hope for future survival, when suddenly, his already extraordinary mission is pitched into a legendary space odyssey and trek across the galaxies to the very edge of the Universe. Alien encounters and near-death experiences become second-hand to Tale and his Ai sentient computer, CASS, as they journey into the furthest realms of the Universe, following Jim’s growing obsession to know the answers to existence, the truth about who we are, why we exist, how the Universe was made and ultimately, who or what is God. For every cosmic door they open, they discover more doors, leading to the most shocking truth of all.

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EARTH ESCAPE “I absolutely loved this book…”

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“I absolutely loved this book, a sort of mix between red dwarf and star trek.  I found the chats between Jim and Prima quite technical but in no way did that detract from my enjoyment of the book.  I can’t wait for the sequel”. Ali S. (UK)

EARTH ESCAPE is a philosophical sci-fi thriller – taking the reader not only on a thrill ride and space odyssey, but an exploratory trek to the far ends of the Universe in search of the truth about WHO we we are, WHY we are here and HOW the Universe came about. EARTH ESCAPE challenges all the paradigms – the Big Bang, Divine theory and Evolution. Follow Captain Jim Tale and his Ai companion, CASS, as they endure near-death escapes, encounters with new races of beings, man-eating raptors, and finally, Prima!

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EARTH ESCAPE poses the big questions – Was it God, the Big Bang or was it Devolution?

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EARTH ESCAPE, released in September 2016, although a fiction novel, which is only to say that the technological advancements depicted in this story are still on the drawing board, but not far from becoming reality, is so much more than what it appears to be. While it is classifiable as a scifi thriller, it is weaved with a contemporary thread about our current world and the geopolitical and environmental factors and threats which we face today, which will make the reader feel as if this very scenario could be happening.

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It is also a philosophical thriller, because the main character, and his Ai (Artificial Intelligence) companion, in the course of their urgent mission to find a new planet to colonize as home for mankind, are also in search of the answers to existence. How was the Universe created and how did we come about – and moreover, and more importantly, who are we?

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Was it the Big Bang, was it God, or maybe there is another explanation, one which defies reality to such an extent that few, if any, speak of it. Jim Tale, the captain of the star ship Evolution, wants answers. Rock-solid answers to existence. In their search, they encounter amazing and thrilling new horizons, alien races and more, and all the while the puzzle begins to unravel.

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This epic space journey will not only entertain the reader but it opens up doors to fascinating and intriguing concepts which challenge the accepted theories of modern day mediocrity.

“This author has the most inventive imagination ever put into words. I am hooked on his books, as different as can be from each other, like an addict seeking a fix! Once again i will say that i do not read Sci-Fi, not into TREK or such shows….but Real Laplaine wrote EARTH ESCAPE, so of course i jumped at the chance. Others have told the plot outline so i will refrain, but i will say that he makes the futuristic quite realistic…..quite believable. And his characters, in this case, Jim Tale, are as ‘REAL’ as you and I.”  Linda M.E.

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 “An intriguing novel set in the near future with a great deal of reverence to our current world. The story takes you on an interstellar journey searching for a new world for the human race to inhabit as ours is on the verge of destruction. The main character exudes the persona of a street smart guy with unyielding courage enabling him to persevere in mentally taxing, as well as perilous situations. Ingrained in him is also an introspective quality that keeps him searching for answers in regards to life, creation, and purpose that have existed since the beginning of time which seem to be a constant quarry throughout the universe.” Albert H.

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EARTH ESCAPE, a sci-fi space odyssey, an eye-opening book for the misfits inside all of us…

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Having just published EARTH ESCAPE, a relative sci-fi space odyssey, about a crew sent on a 27 year voyage to colonize the first exoplanet – one of the nearest to Earth, and the epic journey that the captain of this starship undergoes in achieving his mission and his unrelenting search for the answers to our existence, I began to ask myself, who will read this book?

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I suppose, like myself, that most authors are eventually forced to cross this threshold – the giant question – WHO are my readers?  I know that many authors determine the answer to this question before they even write their book, but in my case, the developmental road that EARTH ESCAPE took, and the eye-opening revelations which it proposes about existentiality, my own personal journey of over 30 years of research,  I couldn’t honestly answer that question. I’m not even sure that I can right now, and maybe time will be the only witness to finally reveal the answer.  But, that said, and taking license to express my unfettered opinion, and it is just my opinion so please take no offense, I think that EARTH ESCAPE will be read by, and truly appreciated by, the MISFITS and maybe even most people simply because there is a misfit inside most of us.

The Cambridge on-line dictionary defines a misfit as someone who is not suited to a  situation or who is not accepted by other people because their behaviour is strange or unusual.

Rob Siltanen is credited with this quote about misfits… “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Since I was a young boy, when Star Trek hit the tv screen, when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon and when Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001 hit the big screens, I have been certain that we are living inside a very small box, in an intensely infinitesimal speck of the Universe, and that our existence cannot be entirely explained by such theories as the Big Bang or Divine creation. And of course, speaking up openly about these views, suggesting that maybe we didn’t crawl out of the primordial seas and evolve from Johnny the Chimp, or that one God did not create the entire Universe in six days with the wave of his or her hand (just to be gender correct), can be seen as blasphemous or disrespectful of other accepted conventionality, I think that with due respect for the rest of us misfits, who cannot squeeze our brains, let alone out minds or souls, into any of these paradigms, that we deserve a piece of the platform too.

Sci-fi, or SF or science fiction, is still the new kid on the block – largely popularized by the greats, Asimov, Heinlein and Clarke – and now, in the past thirty years or so – sci-fi is starting to show tremendous merit.

In spite of the naysayers, those who claim that NASA never landed a man on the moon, which is pretty much on the order of was Osama Bin Laden really killed – a moot point, the truth is that in a matter of years, the first human beings will be landing on Mars whether the space agencies accomplish that feat, or Elon Musk. Within two years or so, civilians will be taking shuttles into space, and within a decade or less, the International Space Station will not only be a research port, but a landing port for countless Earth shuttles, taking people up into orbit, and then landing them on the other side of the world within a matter of a few hours instead of twelve or fifteen or taking them to the new colony on Mars.

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EARTH ESCAPE was written by a misfit, a mind which cannot help itself but to see a different perspective, a new reality, a questioning mind which refuses to accept the proferred paradigms of existence. I am quite sure that there are many like myself who don’t agree that Johnny the Chimp is their ancestor, and who challenge the divine theory of creation because, with all due respect for anyone’s beliefs, where’s the proof. And in as much as the Big Bang sounds plausible, there are many holes the size of the Grand Canyon in that model too.

EARTH ESCAPE not only takes the reader on a thrilling space odyssey, but in fact, because the Captain of the spaceship Evolution is himself a misfit, someone who has never been able to find the answers to his own existence and who has never felt comfortable in his own skin, the book takes us deep into the realm of the Universe never explored, where Jim Tale and his Ai computer, CASS, discover answers to existence. And all the while, during his trip and their many adventures, circumstances on Earth are on the rapid decline, with enviromental declination, mushrooming population, food shortage, and impending nuclear war. The box.

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One could say that this book is somewhat dystopian in nature, but I rather consider that EARTH ESCAPE is more of a metaphysical and philosophical trip, a story that will resonate with others, people who, like me, have always felt a sliver in their souls, a small dissonance in the depth of their being, who have never quite reconciled the questions about themselves and life.

I believe that no matter one’s background, no matter one’s religious affiliation, whether you are in the Republican or Democratic camp, everyone to one degree or another is still questioning existence. And like Jim Tale, in this story, those questions do not stop no matter how much nonsense or theories are poured on top of them.

EARTH ESCAPE is the book which I wish someone had handed to me when I started asking questions about existence. And while it is a fiction novel, relative sci-fi to be exact, the book will open new doors and new ideas to any mind and soul willing to step through them.

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I do hope you find EARTH ESCAPE not only entertaining, but a compelling reason to keep looking for the truth about existentiality, and that you see it as a reason to embrace the misfit inside you, because in the end, all the money and all the cars and all the STUFF, won’t be worth a nickel when we are fading into oblivion – but truth, that cannot be expunged from our souls and it goes with us wherever we go.

 

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Réal Laplaine authors high-concept thrillers in geopolitical, crime and sci-fi genres. Earth Escape is his ninth published book.  Author website