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Beautyworld, Revised Edition
     

Beautyworld, Revised Edition

by David Bennett Laing
 
Fourteen thousand years from now, the space-based Sidereal Commonwealth turns an avaricious eye toward Earth and Moon, the only rocky celestial bodies they haven't yet mined for resources to fuel their ongoing expansion in Sun-orbiting space colonies throughout the Solar System. Will the 144,000 immortal, Earth-dwelling Tellurians be able to defend their planet and

Overview

Fourteen thousand years from now, the space-based Sidereal Commonwealth turns an avaricious eye toward Earth and Moon, the only rocky celestial bodies they haven't yet mined for resources to fuel their ongoing expansion in Sun-orbiting space colonies throughout the Solar System. Will the 144,000 immortal, Earth-dwelling Tellurians be able to defend their planet and Moon against the depredations of 41 trillion Sidereals? This Earth- and space-based adventure tale has close relevance to the current predicament of our overpopulated planet.

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website - J Walter
Five stars. A fresh look at potential futures-Well done and an easy read!
Beautyworld was a very pleasant surprise....David Laing has taken a favorite topic and accomplished a fresh new look at potentials for our worn out world. The story describes in plausible details a world [of which] we can truly imagine ourselves a part....I finished the book in three enthralled short sittings.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940148466338
Publisher:
David Bennett Laing
Publication date:
08/28/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
377 KB

Meet the Author

David Bennett Laing (born 1940 in Hanover, New Hampshire) is the only child of the novelists and poets Dilys Bennett Laing and Alexander Laing. A native of Wales, Dilys was a prolific poet who published frequently in the New Yorker and other prominent magazines. She was an early feminist. Alex was mainly a writer of historical fiction and books on sailing ships. He taught English at Dartmouth College. In his youth, David was strongly influenced by his Nature-loving mother and his druidic maternal grandmother. Although passionately interested in biology, he chose instead to major in geology at Dartmouth College because of his unwillingness to dissect animals, but his extensive readings in biology convinced him that Earth itself is, in many respects, a living being, a theme that has recently gained a respectable following in the young, cross-disciplinary fields of biogeology and geobiology.

After obtaining his master's degree from Harvard, David entered a variety of professions, from park ranger naturalist through forest ranger, preparatory school teacher, college professor, consulting geologist, and environmental educator to technical copy editor. In addition to various journal and magazine articles, he has published five books: Aspen High Country: The Geology (Thunder River Press, 1980), a college Earth science textbook The Earth System (Wm C Brown Publishers 1991), and three ebooks, all on Kindle Direct Publishing and NOOKpress: a self-help book How To Be You!, a futuristic, environmental adventure novel Beautyworld (revised), and a transgender romance novel Eustacia's Secret. In 1977, he published Magic Mountain, a record album of original environmental songs (Folkways Records) and in 1980 a second album, Equilibrium, The National Audubon Society's Album of Songs of Nature and Humanity, with his daughter Robin, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie (posthumously), and Tom Wisner (Folkways Records).

David is retired and living an active life with his wife Margaret on the Maine coast, where he indulges in Nature study, sailing, and skiing. A few years ago, David discovered that he has lived his somewhat unorthodox life under the influence of Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism which has no deleterious effects on intelligence or cognition, but that confers on those so blessed a view of the world that is virtually uninfluenced by social conventions and preconceptions. 'Aspies' have very poorly developed social skills, as a result of which they ten

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