Saturday, September 10, 2016

BOOK TOUR! - RESURRECTION : AN AMERICAN JOURNEY BY WH "BILL" WISECARVER + GUEST POST


TITLE : RESURRECTION : AN AMERICAN JOURNEY 
AUTHOR : WH "BILL" WISECARVER
PUBLISHER : CREATSPACE
RELEASE DATE : 26TH JUNE 2016
SERIES : -
GENRE : SCI-FI, FANTASY, THRILLER
GOODREADS

"Is there something in the air here in Washington, DC that drives everyone insane?" Leila Freyan thought. The twenty-seven year old math genius knew Kirk Danner was a keeper of secrets. Only now did she realize how dangerous those secrets were. The plan is viable, she thought, but he might be crazy. Could he be trusted with such power? Could anyone? The Order's plan to plunge her world into a new Dark Age was accelerating. But Leila Freyan's generation was unhampered by the ghosts of the past. She realized instantly she'd need the talent of her generation to stop them. Freyan's on her own mission now. An American Journey is the newest in the Resurrection saga. Nothing is as it seems in this political thriller, and now we are taken into the heart of the issues facing all Americans and offered some realistic solutions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR : WH "BIL" WISECARVER


WH Wisecarver has been at the forefront of American history for over three decades. Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, the former U.S. Marine and TOPGUN graduate served as a national security advisor and Counsel for the Senate Armed Services Committee. As an attorney and financier, he has over twenty years experience in international business.


SPECIAL GUEST POST

The Voice of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Why it's needed now more than ever.


---WH Wisecarver---


In eras of political correctness, mass media political agendas, and a corporate controlled society of an unaware, misinformed populace, only one genre of fiction has consistently refused to submit and provide alternative paths for society and the warnings of the consequences of inaction: Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The voice of sci-fi isn't new. When Jules Verne and H.G. Wells were writing, the academic-scientific elite, and politicians of the time scoffed at the thought of space travel, undersea exploration, and the danger of weapons of mass destruction, claiming such things impossible, ridiculing such nonsense while paraphrasing the head of the US Patent Office in the 1890s: "Everything that can be invented, has been invented." Fortunately for us all, the young "geeks" reading this "nonsense" didn't think so. One geek in particular even started thinking about the possibility, coming up with a crazy theory in 1905 that E=MC², forever changing the way the human species understands our reality. The geeks reading the pulp science fiction of the 1930s weren't intimated by the established opinion of their time either. What an enlightening discussion it would have been to hear the politically correct scientists and politicians of those days comment on the destruction of Hiroshima, the nuclear submarine USS Nautilus, submerged travel underneath the North Pole, and watching humans transverse the lunar landscape in vehicles brought from Earth.

But science fiction and fantasy has never been just about technological advancement. That's just the tip of the iceberg the authors delivered. A less obvious, but infinitely more valuable contribution has been their ability to shed light upon, warn of, and offer alternatives to the social mores and political trends of the times. It was in his 1984 that George Orwell warned the world what was happening in Stalin's "worker's paradise" the intellectual elites of the West were crowing about at the time. Herman Hesse wrote his fantasy, Steppenwolf warning of the moral apathy of bourgeois society to totalitarianism in 1929 Germany. One can only speculate the outcome if Germans had read Hesse's fantasy more carefully and took heed.

It would be the generation after World War II that started to get Orwell's and Hesse's messages. But these geeks were again labeled politically incorrect by the intellectual and political elite. They were called ignorant kids, and "beatniks." But the social upheaval of the 1950s released a new generation of sci-fi fantasy authors who would carry the torch. They gave us a new vision of how science and technology can provide new alternatives for our future and perceptions of social justice. In a flash, our vision changed when enlightened on the last page of Robert Heinlein's (spoiler alert for those who haven't read it) hero in Starship Troopers isn't the American high school football all-star we imagined through the whole of the novel. Or who didn't understand Heinlein's message as he picked apart the insanity, hypocrisy and immorality of much of the politically correct consumer-corporate society of the 1950s elites, through the eyes of a Martian come to earth in Stranger in a Strange Land?

Most of science fiction and fantasy genre's social commentary and alternatives are dismissed by the intellectual and political elites, yet who was discussing what determines “life” and disseminating western philosophical traditions to the masses before Isaac Asimov's I Robot in 1950? When did people first become alert to the danger of taking human judgment from computers before Arthur C. Clark's screenplay 2001 A Space Odyssey or the danger to all mankind when great powers fight to control a scare commodity before Frank Herbert's Dune?  Although all a great read, the art of these authors is powerful in their message and their warnings. Will the next generation of "geeks" get the message of William Gibson's dystopian electronic future in Neuromancer? If history is telling, the answer is yes.

I am often asked why my recent historical novel, Resurrection: An American Journey uses an extraterrestrial civilization to explore the current political and social disarray of our current society and how a new generation must wake up to where we are, how we got here, and what to do about it. I point out that I answered in the preface: "Today only in fantasy may one speak truth." In my view, once issues are understood, the solutions are easily "grokked."  





Thanks so much for the guest post Mr. Wisecarver! I am excited to read this book as soon as I can and review it in the future. Wish you all the best with your book!

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