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A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by tucsonmike on 29 August 2006 6:54am
 
The first book is basically finished. I am just typing it up. It is about September 11th and what I dealt with that day, watching much of it from a New Jersey cliffside. I am being pushed by a friend in California originally from Rhodesia and South Africa. She is going to write from the perspective of the United States being the first "peaceful" place she has ever lived.

Because this is an International site, I want to open it up to all. Maybe this could be a publicity thing for us. I would love other collaborators and ideas.

The second book would be fiction. (At least I hope it would stay fiction and I am not giving some madman ideas).

I was reading a general book about Africa. Of course we now know mankind originated in Africa. According to DNA, it is estimated only about 100 people migrated out of Africa and the rest of us are descended from those 100 people.
What if someone in East Africa built this into a religious movement? I have basic notes and have toyed with it.
(Visions of Moslem clerics declaring fatwas against me and Pandab will enjoy this, royal ticking off American Fundamentalists). This is on the back burner for now. Chime in though.

My friend is on the Ryze board I mentioned earlier. If interested, let me know, I will send you an invite.

 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by montyfreak0234 on 29 August 2006 2:59pm
 
Posibly, you could write it in the perspective of Alqada and you telling both sides of the story.
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by perfectbitch on 29 August 2006 4:18pm
 
2nd book. There is a SF short story called "The Streets of Ashkelon" which considers the introduction of Christianity into a primitive society but for the life of me, I can't remember the author. It is an inciteful piece and a very dark story - it may help Mike. Other than that - it is true that Homo sapien migrated out of Africa but I reckon that some people stayed behind and some of those that migrated settled in suitable places en route. Bear in mind that the Neanderthals made it to much of Europe and cohabited some areas with H.sap.

I take issue with the 100 initial migrants. On the genetic front, it is clear that we have passed through a severe genetic "bottleneck" at some time as our genome is limited. (More diversity in a troop of bonobos than the whole human race) However, it is very possible that this "bottleneck" occured after the migration (probably a climactic or infection event) which reduced the genome diversity. I'm not saying 100 migrants is wrong but it seem unlikely to me when you consider life expectancy, exposure to new environments and diseases, that 100 made it. And to where? Migration has been going on for hundreds of thousands of years and every continent inhabited (albeit temporarily in Antarctica).

My interest in human origins has taught me not to take one theory as gospel. Genetics is a good source of info but it is the "geeky" end of the spectrum and although the science is seductive, the interpretation is only valid within the field of genetics. I hope you understand this.

Good luck,

Linz
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by tucsonmike on 30 August 2006 2:01am
 
Thanx for the comments (and the book title Anne). With this Africa book, the stuff I have played with is that said charismatic leader manages to unite Sub Saharan Africa
and march North. He gets some American scientists on his side who hope to use him to counter American Fundamentalism. Do the major religions unite to thwart him.

I am still working on his message, but it is basically a hodgepodge with making someplace in East Africa a holy place. Beginning to sound like a Bond Movie at this rate.

I'll play with the AlQueda angle. Again, if anyone wants to contribute to the 9/11 book, let me know.
(Or the novel for that matter)...

Thanx again, folks.
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by pandab on 31 August 2006 1:24am
 
I had to giggle when I read your original post, Mike. :)

I wouldn't worry about the American fundamentalists. Everything ticks them off. Don't know enough about Muslim clerics to offer an opinion on them, though.

Pandab
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by tucsonmike on 31 August 2006 3:11am
 
LOL! Pandab. Does that mean I can keep on needling them? Can I work my way up to Jerry Falwell? Pretty please? What about Pat Robertson?
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by Ginnyp on 1 September 2006 2:59am
 
What book are you reading KM1? Sounds interesting.
On a superficial level I have wondered what those poor people thought when they had struggled over the eastern mountains of Australia only to find thousands of miles of sand! "Oh Bugger!" comes to mind.
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by Ginnyp on 6 September 2006 10:10pm
 
What book are you reading KM1?
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by tucsonmike on 7 September 2006 2:47am
 
Thanks for the title. I will see if the Tucson Pima Library has it.
 
Re: A Couple More Book Ideas I Want Opinions On. by tucsonmike on 7 September 2006 2:51am
 
I am basing my character on the man who led China's Taiping Rebellion in the 19th Century. I am starting to build it that way.

 
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