Hi, all, it’s Sher today with a guest post by David Litwack for the blog tour of The Seekers Series, The Children of Darkness andThe Stuff of Starsby David Litwack. This is a science fiction dystopian series from Evolved Publishing. David’s guest post asks the question, “Is a real world dystopia on the horizon?” But first, here’s what you should know about the series:
About The Children of Darkness:
But what are we without dreams?
A thousand years ago the Darkness camea terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with temple magic, and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.
Childhood friends, Orah and Nathaniel, have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life but unwilling to challenge the rigid status quo. When their friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his teachingthe secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Lightthey barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. Then when Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel follows in a foolhardy attempt to save her.
In the prisons of Temple City, they discover a terrible secret that launches the three on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in jeopardy, for a truth from the past awaits that threatens the foundation of the Temple. If they reveal that truth, they might once again release the potential of their people.
Yet they would also incur the Temples wrath as it is written: If there comes among you a prophet saying, Let us return to the darkness, you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the Light.
This second book in The Seekers dystopian series continues the story started in the critically-acclaimed The Children of Darkness.
Against all odds, Orah and Nathaniel have found the keep and revealed the truth about the darkness, initiating what they hoped would be a new age of enlightenment. But the people were more set in their ways than anticipated, and a faction of vicars whispered in their ears, urging a return to traditional ways.
Desperate to keep their movement alive, Orah and Nathaniel cross the ocean to seek the living descendants of the keepmasters kin. Those they find on the distant shore are both more and less advanced than expected.
The seekers become caught between the two sides, and face the challenge of bringing them together to make a better world. The prize: a chance to bring home miracles and a more promising future for their people. But if they fail this time, they risk not a stoning but losing themselves in the twilight of a never-ending dream.
Is a real world dystopia on the horizon?
First, let me be clear — I have strong faith that our species can survive and thrive, even though we may go through some darker periods. But I have to say that when I began The Seeker series, I didnt think reality would come so close to the story as it has.
When I first envisioned The Children of Darkness about eight years ago, as its standalone precursor, There Comes a Prophet, I tried to take some of the worst of humankinds tendencies and extrapolate where they might lead.
I never could have envisioned that a scant eight years later, the following would come to pass in parts of the real world:
History rewritten to support one factions version of the truth. Books from other cultures burned. Physical evidence of the past destroyed as a remnant of what they call the period of ignorance and darkness that preceded the arrival of their system of beliefs.
Rigid enforcement of dress and grooming codes, on pain of horrendous punishments.
Technology denied to the population. but retained by the ruling class to enforce their rigid dogma, things such as cell phones, social networking and the internet.
Math and science removed or severely restricted from school curriculums. The distortion of education to remove the very sciences that allowed for the invention of these technologies in the first place.
Those accused of being apostates (i.e. of believing a different truth) brutally beheaded or stoned.
A dystopia is not merely one faction oppressing another. The term comes from dysfunctional utopia, good intentions gone bad. Dystopias have occurred periodically throughout our history, usually when idealism morphs into absolute, unquestionable truth.
When one group becomes so certain of their beliefs that they feel justified imposing their will on others, when they become so busy shouting that they can no longer listen, they leave us with only one certainty — they are opening the gateway to dystopia.
Lets keep in mind the reason why we love dystopian fiction — not to endorse the powerful and narrow minded oppressor, but to cheer on the courageous few who oppose them, and strive against all odds to make a better world.
The urge to write first struck at age sixteen when working on a newsletter at a youth encampment in the woods of northern Maine. It may have been the wild night when lightning flashed at sunset followed by the northern lights rippling after dark. Or maybe it was the newsletters editor, a girl with eyes the color of the ocean. But he was inspired to write about the blurry line between reality and the fantastic.Using two fingers and lots of white-out, he religiously typed five pages a day throughout college and well into his twenties. Then life intervened. He paused to raise two sons and pursue a career, in the process — and without prior plan — becoming a well-known entrepreneur in the software industry, founding several successful companies. When he found time again to daydream, the urge to write returned.
David and his wife split their time between Cape Cod, Florida and anywhere else that catches their fancy. He no longer limits himself to five pages a day and is thankful every keystroke for the invention of the word processor.
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