May 29, 2015 • 2:15 PM 0
I was fascinated by the idea of a space elevator, that’s why I included one in my novel. http://bit.ly/1cniSTq #xplants #scifi
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May 28, 2015 • 4:55 PM 0
How would meeting an intelligent extraterrestrial alter what you believe in? #xplants #Bubblish http://ow.ly/Nzcng
May 26, 2015 • 2:01 AM 0
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May 25, 2015 • 1:55 PM 0
No endeavor in the Universe is not made better by the participation of women. http://bit.ly/1IT9RA0 #BookBubble via @BublishMe
May 24, 2015 • 5:00 PM 0
What would it take to shatter what you believe in? http://bit.ly/1IT1e8D #BookBubble via @BublishMe #xplants
May 23, 2015 • 12:52 PM 0
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May 10, 2015 • 11:00 AM 10
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May 10, 2015 • 10:50 AM 0
Numerous reviews of “The Transplants” and comments made to me individually by people who have read the book say the same thing. “I don’t read scifi books, but when I read “The Transplants” because someone recommended it to me the story and characters seized my attention and I couldn’t put the book down.”
I think that’s because the scifi aspects of the novel are only there as a vehicle to delve into deeper questions about the values and beliefs we live by, not to create a futuristic, space-traveling world of fantasy and yet undeveloped technology. Creating two characters, Rion and Sena, from another planet who come to earth and who look and behave much like us, sets up the dichotomy between the English-speaking world’s Judo-Christian heritage and something entirely different and uninfluenced by it.
Would space aliens that look like us share our human values. Would they believe in God? Would they share our code of moral ethics? Would they love each other as we love others?
I wrote “The Transplants” because I wanted to explore these questions while entertaining readers and motivating them to think about what they believe in and how they might react if they encountered Rion and Sena. Perhaps the passage from “The Transplants” that best exemplifies what I mean is Rion’s exchange with Father Harris, who doesn’t know who Rion really is.
“Thank you.” said Rion, as Ed handed him a bottle of beer. They both sat there quietly at first looking up at the sky. “Do you believe that intelligent life exists on these other planets?” Rion asked.
Ed thought on the question for before answering. “You know, I’m torn on that question.”
“Why is that?”
“I know there are probably billions of planets out there that could support life. Odds are there has to be intelligent life on other planets. On the other hand, the priest in me wants to believe that Earth is something special, and that God sent his only son to lead us to salvation. If intelligent life, like us, does exist out there it would have a profound impact on Christianity and Catholicism, not to mention how man views himself. Fortunately, it’s not likely we will ever know the answer to that question. The distances between the stars are simply far too great to find out for certain. Earth stations have been searching the stars for decades for communications signals from outer space, but we’ve never received one.”
“None of this means that life doesn’t exist out there.”
“That’s right, and that’s why we will never stop looking and listening.”
Rion continued. “Do you think it’s possible that if there is life on another planet, it could look just like us?”
“I doubt it. I believe in evolution. It’s not likely that the evolutionary process that’s taken place here on Earth would be replicated that closely somewhere else.”
“Let’s say that it was and that someone from that planet arrived here on Earth and you were the first person to meet him, what would you ask that person?”
“I’d ask him if he believes in God,” Ed responded seriously.
“And what if he didn’t?”
“I’d tell him never to play poker.”
Rion chuckled, Ed’s answer surprised him. “What does that have to do with it?”
“People who don’t believe in God are bad gamblers.”
“Think of it this way. If you don’t believe in God and he doesn’t exist, you lose. No heaven, no afterlife. If you don’t believe in God and he does exist, you lose. You may have an afterlife, but it may not be a desirable one. If you believe in God and he doesn’t exist, you lose, no heaven no afterlife. But if you do believe in God, and follow his commandments, of course, and he does exist you win, you have eternal life. Why put your chips on any other bet?”
“That’s awfully simplistic.”
“True, but it alone won’t lead you to God. What happened before the big bang? If man can conceive of perfection how can perfection not exist? Look at the world and Universe around us. Evolutionists say all this just happened randomly. Random leads to chaos. Evolution isn’t chaos; it’s a work of beauty. It’s not just survival of the fittest, its survival of the beautiful and the search for perfection.”
“That’s a lot to think about, Ed.”
“I’ve been thinking about all my adult life. It’s one of the reasons I became a priest.”
“I just don’t know how you reconcile all the things you’ve just said and that you say when you’re standing in front of that altar in church with science.”
“You don’t. Science tells us how. Religion tells us why.”
Rion thought about that while looking up at the stars as he finished his beer.
April 30, 2015 • 3:45 PM 1
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Of the potentially billions of planets in the Universe that could support intelligent life like that on Earth, is it not reasonable to assume that at least one of them contains life that very much resembles humans? If so, would they share our beliefs in God, religion and human love?
“The Transplants” is a science fiction novel about Rion and Sena, two refugees from just such a planet who travel across the galaxy to Earth to save their species from extinction. Arriving on Earth, they are separated at sea in a hurricane. He washes up on the coast of Georgia. An Australian billionaire on his yacht rescues her and takes her to Australia. Pursued by an obsessed NASA scientist, an FBI agent and multiple foreign intelligence services, they must find each other, survive, evade and escape capture. It’s a science fiction story, an action adventure story, a love story and the eternal story of intelligent life’s relationship with the Universe.
April 19, 2015 • 5:47 PM 0
Here is the link to the PressKit for The Transplants.It’s purpose is to put everything about the book in one place. It includes the synopsys, the video trailer, an exerpt, reviews, my profile, and all other information about the book. Im still offering two free copies a month to people who follow me on Facebook or Twiitter, at EWRoss.com or this blog. If you are interested in a free copy all you have to do is ask. Not everyone reads eBooks and picking people at random hasn’t worked well; so I slect from among those that ask. Also I’m still looking for reviewers. That includes people who will review the book on their blog or on Amazon.com.
March 1, 2015 • 3:42 PM 1
My SciFi, action adventure novel “The Transplants” http://youtu.be/20qcD1ouxJs The Transplants has been available on Amazon for 90 days now. So far I have 9 five-star reviews. I am still offering free copies to reviewers. If you are interested please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I wrote “The Transplants” as a vehicle to examine several questions. How would we and the U.S. government react to first contact with intelligent life indistinguishable from humans. How would aliens from a planet more advanced than Earth but where belief in a supreme being and religion had disappeared react to these ideas when they arrived on Earth. Is our concept of love unique to Earth or is it universal. Can we ever coexist with extraterrestrial life.
As a kidney transplant recipient of 30 years, I chose the title “The Transplants” because in an organ transplant a health organ is taken from a dead or dying individual and transplanted into a sick or dying one, giving it a new lease on life. Rion and Sena escape a doomed planet and come to Earth with knowledge and expertise that gives Earth a new lease on life. Will Earth reject them as a human body often rejects an organ transplant or will it accept them and prosper? The Transplants