Edward of Planet Earthby Nicholas Eftimiades
200 years in the future Edward Temple, a �uniquely ordinary person� becomes caught up in a zany world where self-aware super-computers are as argumentative, egotistical, demanding, and emotionally needy as the humans they serve.
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"Edward of Planet Earth" is a madcap adventure that spoofs modern life, from organized religion to the traffic control system.
200 years in the future Edward Temple, a �uniquely ordinary person� becomes caught up in a zany world where self-aware super-computers are as argumentative, egotistical, demanding, and emotionally needy as the humans they serve. Everything is fair game as Edward navigates befuddled governments, psychotic software, greedy corporations, overly attentive robots, and romance. And of course jelly donuts find their way into the story.
Edward is drawn into a quest to discover the true nature of God, which computers believe to be more software than spiritual. Joining him in this adventure is Amanda Schoor, an attorney who Edward befriends, and Mega Brain, an advanced artificial intelligence software protocol that has uploaded itself into Edward�s brain.
�We join Edward as a regular guy living a regular life, albeit centuries hence. From page one, his world comes right at you, one fantastic futuristic function and worldwide wonder after another. Eftimiades wants us perhaps to ponder what we are all doing here on Planet Earth. Open it up, and hang on.�
Bill Nye �The Science Guy�
�With his comedic dystopian future history populated by hapless reluctant heroes and lovesick artificial intelligences, Nick takes a big step toward becoming the American Douglas Adams.�
Bill Prady, Co-Creator, The Big Bang Theory TV Show
�Edward of Planet Earth� is a thought-provoking satire about life in humanity�s high tech future and the impact on social, political, and religious institutions. Edward is here, look out planet Earth.�
Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut
�Edward of Planet Earth�is a delightful, informative, unusual, satirical and unique story, challenging both our imagination and reality as we look 200 years into the future. At times Edward�s and Earth�s future may seem universally outrageous and over the top from our present day perspective, but as in all good science fiction, we can easily find ourselves transported to Edward�s world and that alone is a big part of enjoyment coming from reading this book.�
Dr. David Livingston, The Space Show
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Meet the Author
Nicholas Eftimiades lives in London, England and has spent his life working in the U.S. Government. His career spans several government agencies and hundreds of thousands of miles in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Mr. Eftimiades authored a book and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology, and outer space issues. His latest work is a political and philosophical satire entitled "Edward of Planet Earth". It is a futuristic madcap adventure that spoofs modern life, from organized religion to the traffic control system.
His book "Chinese Intelligence Operations", is an examination of the structure, operations, and methodology of the intelligence services of the People's Republic of China. To date, it remains the only scholarly analysis of China�s intelligence services.
Nick is a frequent lecturer and public speaker on future technology and societal changes, and national security issues. He has appeared on CBS Evening News with Connie Chung, Dateline NBC, ABC's Day One, BBC America, National Public Radio, and dozens of other television and radio broadcasts. Eftimiades testified before several US Congressional and Presidential Commissions concerning National Security issues, future technology development, and the future of the US space program. He has been a consultant for several Hollywood movies.
Nick Eftimiades� 29 year government career includes seven years at the National Security Space Office leading engineering teams designing "generation after next" national security space capabilities. He was also Senior Technical Officer in Defense Intelligence Agency, Future�s Division, and Chief of DIA�s Space Division. He served as DIA's lead for national space policy and strategy development.
In his off time Mr. Eftimiades formed and manages the Federation of Galaxy Explorers, a non-profit organization to educate and inspire children in space science and engineering. To date, Galaxy Explorers has educated and inspired over 35,000 children. He is also a passionate amateur astronomer.
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Now, I've read Science Fiction. Only, nothing could compare to this novel. We travel into the future where a highly advanced super computer named Mega Brain. Mega Brain plans on revealing a secret that has been hidden from the human race and could cause drastic consequences. In comes our protagonist, Edward Temple, who tries to save the life of Mega Brain's somehow failing health, leading him to passing out and waking up to new surroundings. The author takes into account the fact of how much computers take up in our personal lives now and transforms it's own evolution. In the future, they change into another form of human with emotions and feelings. Not only that but they try to control the lives of the humans living in the future. Edward rises against it all and attempts to save the universe. The humor in this novel had me constantly laughing at Edward's antics and what was going on around him. I enjoyed the full concept of the story along with the satire feel of it all. It's one of those stories you can't get enough of and will put a smile on your face immediately if you are feeling down. Definitely a MUST read!
I'm so used to dark, kind of post-apocalyptic sci-fi novels that I almost forgot it was possible to enjoy a more light-hearted, funny futuristic one. It's definitely very witty, and the author really has a way of telling stories that urges the readers to continue on. It's also very easy to connect with the characters and the story, even though it takes place 200 years in the future. I really enjoyed this book and I look forward to checking out more by this author.