Book: The Turnings of Fire - Aerial SWAT 2064 Love, Loyalty and Courage Under Fire by Tzigane McDcategories: Book, Speculative Fiction, SciFi, Action, Adventure, Romance, Trans-Humanism, Post-Apocalyptic, Nanotechnology, Neural Networks, Science Fiction
Tzigane McDabout this book: 'The Turnings of Fire' is a speculative Scifi novel relevant to the speed with which the two-edged sword of nanotechnoly may effect the human race in the near future. I find most people are not aware of how fast nanotechnolgy is moving and wrote the book as a wake-up call that is fun to read but also indicates near future possibilities.
The title comes form a quote from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, who first proposed the notion of the nature of the universe; earth, fire, water and air. It's a metaphor fully realized in the supernova that occurs throughout the book.
It was both gratifying and disappointing at the same time to find many of my ideas appearing in DARPA projects before I finished the book. For readers, I included extra sections at the end of the book describing what in the book is possible and what is there just as plot devices or to make the book more fun. In the end, it's a world where evolving humans still deal with their own emotional demons and desires.
The audience for the book is split evenly between men and woman, though the age groups are vastly different. The female audience is largest between the ages of 25-40, while the male audience is split between 25-30, then 55 and older. I hope that anyone who enjoys a good mystery and speculative fiction with a romantic twist will have a nice experience with this book.
The book has a genesis that began with a one-minute screenplay as a segway between movies in a festival of horror films. Though never produced, it led to a full-length screenplay which then I novelized into its present form.
The original one-minute screenplay took less than an hour to write. The subsequent full-length screenplay (107 pages) took almost two years to finish. And the novelization which through many drafts and edit took another three years.
There is an interweaving of themes in this novel; a world view when global warming has taken effect in the worst way, an exploration of trans-humanism and how the extension of nanotechnology changes the notion of memory, and a human story of love and courage between the members of a SWAT team trying to protect the citizens of their city.
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