The story evolves from mundane, early twenty-first century contemporary politics to a cosmic apotheosis. The first chapters examine the struggles of current nation states, with a special focus on the United States. Presidential successions, immigration, the economy, the energy crisis, the war on terrorism, etc.
History advances through the constant ebb and flow of progress and retrogression, taking one step back for every two steps forward. In the near future, the US and the Western Hemisphere suffer great decline. However, there occurs a Renaissance – the Great Awakening. The Western Hemisphere, a new confederacy called Hispaniola, once again will provide renewed leadership and inspiration to the world.
Gradually, there is world unification, and expansion into space. In time, there is a federated Earth – Gaia – which expands into the Solar System – Solaria. There are many ups and downs and tragedies, even in the distant future. However, bit by bit, war between nations becomes something of the past and humankind relies increasingly on true science.
Scientific progress means space travel, the conquest of space, super communication networks, and above all: the science of the mind. True science is not mechanistic. It is the science of consciousness.
Humanity is a forward moving intelligence. It moves towards perfect knowledge – what primitive cultures have called “God.” Humanity becomes a unified macro-organism, now called Solaria. In addition, there is A.I. (Artificial Intelligence).
Throughout this history, dozens of figures appear. They are major historical figures, some bad, some good, some related to each other in long dynasties. They are society’s political and scientific leaders and protagonists. They help humanity to overcome conflict, wars and other challenges.
Solaria is the leading anti-entropic life-force in the galaxy and ultimately in the universe, counteracting the universe’s relentless race towards ultimate entropy and oblivion.
The narrative culminates in a apotheosis when, in the late twenty-fifth millennium, Solaria begins to expand into the galaxy in order to humanize it. Because of Solaria/humanity, the universe becomes self-aware. Humanity evolves towards the Omega point, the point in infinity where total knowledge is achieved.
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Tom Kando is professor of Sociology emeritus at California State University, Sacramento. He holds an M.A. degree from the University of Amsterdam and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Tom was born in Budapest during World War Two. He escaped Fascism, Communism, and the Holocaust. He grew up in the slums of Paris in the 50s and in Amsterdam’s Counterculture in the 60s. He sailed to America at 18 alone, received his Ph. D. and he became a professor for the following 40 years, at Penn State, the University of California and Cal State.
His memoir, A Tale of Survival: From War Ravaged Europe to the Promise of America (European American Publishing, 2008), describes his hair-raising life growing up in WWII, his escape from Hungary and his fascinating odyssey after emigrating to America.
In addition, Tom has published a dozen other books, including Social Interaction (Times/Mosby, 1977), Sexual Behavior and Family Life (Elsevier, 1978), Leisure and Popular Culture (Times/Mosby, 1975;1980), Readings in Criminology (Kendall-Hunt, 1995), and Sex Change (Charles Thomas,1973). Additionally, he has lectured worldwide and authored articles about crime, terrorism, psychology, sociology, sports, travel and other topics, in venues such as the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Examiner, the Sacramento Bee, Human Events and scientific journals.
He is currently working on his next novel, titled The Mission, and he is preparing to publish an anthology of some of his posts on his blog.
Tom has been a life-long distance runner, winning some races and running the Boston Marathon several times. He has also been an amateur musician all his life (flute), performing many times in the Netherlands and in the US. He lives in Gold River, is married to Anita and has two children and two grand-children.
Tom is a truly international person. He is fluent in four languages, travels to Europe several times a year to see his 104-year old mother, and has a blog called the European-American Blog.