SUBJECTED: Parallax - a novel (book 1)

SUBJECTED: Parallax - a novel (book 1)

by G. F. SMITH

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BN ID: 2940012287809
Publisher: Confluential Press
Publication date: 08/12/2012
Series: SUBJECTED , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 372
File size: 525 KB

About the Author

BACKGROUND

By his own proudly stated admission, G. F. Smith has a fantastic family: a wonderful wife of 35+ years who cares to great measure (a Director of a not-for-profit corporation in charge of a large staff overseeing Supported Living Programs for people with disabilities). They have four remarkable and talented grown children, and several awesome grandchildren (up to five at present), which are all a huge part of their lives.

His writing skills have developed from working in the business world--entrepreneurial to corporate--writing copy, correspondence, training modules, along with consuming thousands of stories, books, and movies over a multitude of years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management along with other business certifications. He has made a living in the management and continuous improvement of people, projects, and processes over the last several decades. He believes it is immensely important that we ‘give back to life’ through our gifts, talents, and humble contributions.

VALUES & INTERESTS

G. F. Smith’s personal interests, as well as the main themes in his writing include: science, metaphysics, cosmology, psychology, history, and adventure; also at the top are environmental concerns, faith and purpose and causality, the future of humanity, inspiration and encouragement, and the discovery—and sharing—of the best in all of us.

He has loved many forms of adventure along the course of his life: motorcycles, spelunking, fishing, rafting, skydiving, and the sort. He also enjoys museums, reading, writing, movie and documentary watching, hiking, campfires, and family get-togethers. He is also a talented guitarist, enjoys singing, and is an awesome play-doh sculptor (at least according to his grandkids).

DRIVING FOCUS & THEMES

G. F. Smith is also a deeply spiritual person, though admittedly not dogmatic, or proselytizing. He espouses—as do most of us—the fact that he doesn’t know what’s going on down here on this little planet, any more than the rest of us do. However, he fully believes that our ignorance doesn’t necessarily mean that it is all just random, make-it-up-as-we-go-along BS, therefore justifying all sorts of abhorrent behaviors.

On the contrary, G. F. Smith believes that we all have great potential and purpose, and that by choosing to be humble, genuine, honest, respectful, forgiving and giving, we can help make the world a better place for everyone.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Time is a river, and books are the boats" is both a wonderful quote and a thought-provoking concept. But what if you didn't need the books and instead could travel that river--time--at will, merely by thinking about a particular time and place in the past, present, or future? That's the basic premise of G.F. Smith's intriguing novel, Parallax--Subjected #1, the first book of his science fiction trilogy. While I'm not a regular reader of science fiction, I count myself among the die-hard fans of the original Star-Trek TV series that aired regularly in my earlier days. Smith's Parallax reminded me in some ways of those episodes--seemingly impossible circumstances and alien worlds made real by the story teller's art. Smith's two main characters, Dr. Tolliver--the discoverer of man's previously unknown innate ability to travel in time--and metaphysical author Daniel Sayer, are at this point the only two people who have the ability to travel at will in time. But a madman with dreams of controlling the world wants that power as well. He's partway there. He has learned how to use his mind to influence people in the past to suit his evil plans. He's altering the currents of history, as it were, to change the reality of the present to his advantage. Tolliver and Sayer, of course, must undo those evil plans by going back in time to counsel the people the madman has influenced, and put history to rights. Smith tells his complex and thoroughly imaginative story in clear and engaging prose that draws you in. Then he prods us, the readers, to confront imponderable questions about our existence while Tolliver and Sayer are wrestling with them: "Why are we here," "Why is there evil in the world," "Should we use our powers to change the future?" There is also good advice for us non-time traveling mortals. I'm thinking in particular about one scene in which Sayer declares, "Life is going on, and you're a part of it...no matter what you believe, or don't believe, or know for sure. What you do is what counts. Doing right, doing good, choosing your position in life, instead of letting life choose it for you, is not beside the point...it is the point! Sometimes it takes a long time to learn that!" In Parallax, Smith has taken his own advice and done something good by writing a book that makes us think about such questions. I give it five stars. Bruce Wetterau, author of Lost Treasure, Clay Cantrell Mystery-Adventure #1