Book: A Senseless Act of Beauty by John B. Rosenmancategories: Book, A New Africa, Nigerian Scientist, Colonization of Africa, African Warrior Heritage, Bewitching Alien Female, Alien Technology, Forbidden Planet, Alien Sex, Star Wars, Aliens, Space Battle, Science Fiction
John B. Rosenmanabout this book: Years ago while sitting in an Honors College conference room at Norfolk State University, I suddenly had a mystical experience. I knew that if I reached out toward the bookshelf nearby, that when my hand came back, it would hold a book which would inspire my next novel. Somehow, I just knew it.
Well, I reached out, and when my hand returned, it held Chinua Achebe's masterpiece Things Fall Apart, which is about English colonization and subjugation of Nigeria and its culture (and by implication, European colonization and subjugation of Africa and its culture. I read the novel, was deeply moved by it, and enlarged its application to an entire planet of a "new Africa" in space. Yes, history does repeat itself, sometimes on an even greater scale and with even more terrible atrocities and consequences. This is my largest and most ambitious novel, over 115,000 words in length, and with several stand-alone stories within the larger framework narrative. While these stories are independent in their own right, they interrelate thematically, symbolically, and otherwise with the larger narrative. Okonkwo, the name of the main character in Things Fall Apart, I borrowed for the name of the protagonist in this novel.
In my novel, Aaron Okonkwo, a Nigerian scientist, travels with a crew in the 24th century to evaluate Viridis, which proves to be a beautiful and fabulous world. There, Aaron discovers a strange, alien species and amazing machines and technology left in a vast underground complex by a mysterious race called the Creators.
Aaron soon falls under the irresistible, seductive spell of Nightsong, a green alien female with ominous and bewitching powers. However, an even greater danger rises. He will be forced to fight for the planet's survival against a ruthless invasion of many ships to conquer and enslave the planet – just as Africa itself was once enslaved. Aaron knows it's A Senseless Act of Beauty to try to reclaim his ancient warrior heritage and fight back against such overwhelming odds, but he knows he must try.
I love science fiction and horror movies of the fifties, and one in particular reminds me of my novel and partly inspired it. It is Forbidden Planet, in which a crew travels many light-years to a fabulous world filled with many wonders where a deadly and menacing force exists. A Senseless Act of Beauty can also be found as an audiobook at audible.com read by the incomparable B. J. Harrison.
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