A Novel of First Contact
ARCHAEOLOGIST ANNA LEWIS extracts coded messages from a pre-Colombian sculpture, disclosing that Earth is the failed colony of an ancient galactic race. Failed colony? Humanity will not be amused.
Imagine the futuristic intrigue of “Snow Crash” mixed with the suspense and high stakes of “Blade Runner.” This is the magic Lee Baldwin works in his latest novel, Savage Genesis Book One – Rescue and Asylum. Intrigue and danger with a strong woman at the center.
Anna rides a wormhole to the other side of the galaxy, struggling to understand she’s been conscripted into an interplanetary rescue project by humanity’s cousins. Feisty, contradictory Anna will not simply accept what she is told. But the knowledge from those ancient beings is so overwhelming she doubts that the societies of Earth will hear what she must tell them. If she keeps quiet, humanity will miss out on life-affirming knowledge.
If she shares what she has discovered, there are men who would gladly see her die. Along with the rest of Earth.
An intriguing and dangerous tale of alien contact: We go to their place.
POWERFULLY INTIMATE AND INVENTIVE, imagination blazes through the pages of this novel which unveils an alien world that’s peaceful on the surface yet which masks a savage past.
THESIS OF THE NOVEL
Because of rapid star aging in the early universe, the organic and metallic compounds necessary to biological life could have first blown across space in a timespan as short as three million years after the universe began. The Milky Way galaxy where our planet spins in darkness is nearly as old as the current universe, which means that intelligent life could have appeared in our galaxy 13 billion years ago, long before Earth’s formation. What would such species be like today? Could they have progressed from a biological form into a post-biological state of existence and then into a non-material one? Could they have departed this universe to seek out a different physics? What if such beings control physics itself, through a hyper-evolved consciousness? What if the consciousness which seems to belong to us personally is merely a local ripple in a field of consciousness which spans the entire universe?
What Early Readers are Saying:
“Baldwin’s prose is punchy and laced with wit, especially in the edgy banter between feisty Anna and antagonists Gonzalo Sandoval and Carl Mumford…language is streamlined… characters hit all of the right notes: Anna is appealingly feisty in her interactions with her male colleagues and appropriately wary of the professed beneficence of the Cuz of Thiele. – Booklife LLC and PWxyz LLC
“…sketches a far future for humanity, a post-biological era of combined cybernetics and biology in a manner that is completely plausible.” – Betty, Amazon Reviewer
“The writing is delicious and fast-paced… women’s fiction, because the plot turns on the values of two lifelong friends at the mercy of the patriarchy… the ‘alien’ species has defeated its own version of patriarchal rule, which is a sign of hope.” – Sherri Z, Amazon Reviewer
“All Life Deserves Its Dignity”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Jack Reed
I first read this book a few months ago, and didn’t know exactly what to do about it, review wise. There was too much going on for me to easily compose a review offhand. I just finished reading it again and feel a little bit better about taking it on, and by that I mean giving it its fair due.
As books go it is actually rather hard to categorize in monolithic form. It has elements of SciFi, fantasy, philosophy, cosmology and maybe even a little mystery and theology… it certainly kept me guessing about what the hell was going on.
Our primary characters, heroines if you will are swept up and/or sucked into an other worldly realm thousands of light years distance across to the other side of the Milky Way galaxy, and while this immediately says Science Fiction the typically gizmo laden artifacts of SciFi are mostly missing. There are no ray guns or transporters or creepy aliens, although within the realm in which our ladies find themselves those things could manifest if they were needed. Confused? I was too until I got into the meat of the novel.
More than anything else this is a study on the subject of mans place in the universe and the manner in which the human race has comported itself to date. Earth is portrayed as a very dystopic place in which most everything that can go wrong has gone wrong, most of it by the hand of man. Normally I dislike dystopic themes in books but in this case it is an important part of the message. The Cuz, a name derived from cousins, is what the aliens call themselves, and they populate a very large portion of the galaxy and are trying to help the woefulness that has become Earth get resolved so that we don’t self destruct.
The other aspect of this book is that it addressing the very nature of reality, borrowing from some of the most recent trends in cosmology along the lines of thinking that our universe exists because it is observed. This is nascent philosophy but it is a very appealing concept which touches on what humans call deity. I’m not trying to explain the authors intent, only to put what I just read in the context of emerging ideas in the scientific and cosmological community. There is a repeated credo in the book that says ‘We are all one’, and while that’s a typically New Age meme and Hippie by-word it is also something primal in our search for meaning and placement in the universe. The Cuz are one, and they include us in that.
In all this is a fascinating book that will entertain but will at the same time require the reader to open their minds and try to squeeze new concepts into their thinking along with the old and familiar. One needs to be willing to shift a few paradigms to follow this one.
About the Author
In my professional career I’ve been a creative copy writer, a software interface designer, a freelance fine artist. I was making music videos in LA before they were a thing.
The key influences that called to me as a writer are Larry Niven, RA Lafferty, James Tiptree Jr., Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, William Shakespeare, Louise Erdrich, Barbara Kingsolver, Jane Smiley, Ann Patchett… There are more, but you get the drift.
I like novels that educate me and make me think, in the midst of a good story, and that is the way I try to write.
Looking back over my work I see one central theme in all my books – WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO MEND THE WORLD? Can science mend it? Can belief mend it? I like to write about the future of humanity through the lens of advanced science.
In the case of my latest novel, Aliens Got My Sally, the question I asked was, can any intelligent species secure its future? In working that out it went to the nature of consciousness, of reality, of physics, of the universe.
For my characters, I like to show people working with the things that make us human, people whose dilemma will be personal to the reader.
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