Sunday, October 3, 2010

Spaceship Earth review

SPACESHIP EARTH, Tom Schwartz, Reagent Press, $17.99 HC, $9.89 Trade, 172 pages, ISBN: 9781575451435, reviewed by Barry Hunter.

There have been many novels dealing with the end of the world and mankind’s attempts to insure that “we” would survive and the human race continue to flourish. Tom Schwartz has taken a bigger project and writes about mankind’s surviving the end of the universe.

Schwartz uses the Big Bang creation of the universe as one cycle of many that have happened before and will possibly happen again. He proposes a cycle of 70 billion years in which the Universe is created, expands, and then contracts to start all over again.

His story starts with creation and then skips four billion years into the future wherein the scientists reveal their plan to convert the Earth into a spaceship in order to avert mankind’s destruction with the impending collapse. During the billions of years it will take to make this possible, the human race advances into extremely long life spans; but the pettiness of humanity and the politicos continue to clash with scientific thought.

Schwartz has written an interesting tale that has been reviewed for religious and scientific accuracy, but it still leaves a lot of unanswered questions. That is one of the aspects of writing a novel with this scope; it leaves the reader with questions and forces them to think about the ideas presented herein. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and BooksAMillion.

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