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Antithesis
     

Antithesis

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by Pat Whitaker
 

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An entomologist seeking answers as to how ants communicate goes to Namibia searching of her long-lost mentor. She finds the answers, but is faced with a question she cannot answer.
It's a story of one person’s hunt for the truth. An ‘old school’ work of science fiction, it questions our homocentric view of the universe and our place in it.

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An entomologist seeking answers as to how ants communicate goes to Namibia searching of her long-lost mentor. She finds the answers, but is faced with a question she cannot answer.
It's a story of one person’s hunt for the truth. An ‘old school’ work of science fiction, it questions our homocentric view of the universe and our place in it.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000786406
Publisher:
Cooper''s Press
Publication date:
11/24/2009
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
228 KB

Meet the Author

Born in England in 1946, I moved to New Zealand with my parents and older brother at the age of four and, apart from five years in my late twenties spent traveling the globe, have lived here ever since. After a fairly rudimentary education, I found work as an Architectural Designer and this became a life-long occupation. I started writing late in 2006.

The books I write are intended in the first instance to tell a good story and secondly " once the tale is told " to leave the reader with something to ponder. To this end, all my stories attempt to provide an original take on some commonly held belief, be it cultural, social or scientific.

Being a fan of both science fiction and classic murder mysteries, these tend to be common themes, with elements of both often combined in a single story.

As a person who likes to read a book in a single sitting, I limit each work to around forty-five or fifty thousand words. Unfashionable I know, but it's what I prefer.

Two of my books were shortlisted for the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel Awards - Best Adult Novel for both Mindset & Antithesis, plus Best New Talent.

If you'd like to know more, please visit my website.

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Antithesis 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Paul_Jones More than 1 year ago
For me, the best kind of novel is always one which entertains while educating. Striking the right balance between the two is a difficult balancing act: too much information and the book begins to sound too preachy and the story suffers, too little information and the reader can be left feeling uninformed . and the story suffers. Pat Whitaker's Antithesis strikes the perfect balance between the two. He allows the story of Juliet and her search through Namibia for the secrets of long vanished Professor Makel to slowly reveal itself, while giving the reader a fantastic grounding in the everyday lives of both the entomologist Juliet and the ants she is so obviously devoted to understanding. Pat has a very distinctive style to his writing. His minimalist descriptions and scene-setting could leave readers more used to highly detailed prose wanting, but he more than makes up for this with his characters' interesting and detailed dialogues, and a story that slowly unravels to a quite stunning revelation. On the surface, Antithesis is a great sci-fi adventure story based solidly in hard-science that Whitaker has obviously painstakingly researched. But at its heart, it is a clear warning to science and humanity in general to be very careful what it meddles with. However you choose to interpret Antithesis, one thing is certain; by the time you finish the book I can guarantee that you will never look at the humble ant in quite the same way again.