Notes from An Alien

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What Made You Write That Book?

This post is part of the new Friday series: Behind The Scenes of the story Notes from An Alien.

If you want to avoid having “spoilers” intrude on your enjoyment of the book, just grab a free copy and read it before you dive deeply into this series of posts—the book is short and, deep{this post has no real spoilers}

Today I’m going to begin to fulfill the wishes of Jane Watson, the first to request particular Behind The Scenes coverage.

Do feel free to share your desires, in the Comments, for “glimpses into the depths of the book—character disclosures, about people already in the novel and those yet to be mentioned—revelations of events that happened in the Worlds of Angi but weren’t rendered in the published edition

In the Comments to a previous post in this series, Jane said: “…I would be happy to know some of the philosophy and ideas that fuelled the writing of the novel….And I’d like to know something about the novel’s symbols. Tell me more about plasma…”

Without giving you my whole personal history—all of which somehow feeds into why I wrote the book—I’ll at least mention how my early 60s were the “worst” time of my life

I faced severe depression based on a decades-long series of remarkably bad decisions.

I also lived through the treatment for Hepatitis C (a deadly virus that attacks the liver).

This necessary regimen was an invasion of drugs, 11 months long, that I can best characterize as “sledgehammer medicine”

To my delight, I had a remarkable spiritual renewal during the horrible physical experience.

In fact, the whole cycle of despair, threat of death, and dreadful-treatment-inducing-renewed-confidence-and-hope can be seen as a rehearsal for the plotting of Notes from An Alien.

All my life I’ve felt the constraining force of “culture”—the mostly materialistic culture that has our world in its grip.

Since my mid-40s I’d been following a particular spiritual Path—struggling on that Path since I’d certainly bought into a number of the premises of our materialistic culture.

We rarely know the massively detrimental effect of false premises until we receive a major life-test and find them severely deficient

So, I’d gone through a major transformation—creativity intact………

When I firmly had the Theme of Notes from An Alien in mind and heart, I knew the story would begin with a war between two Worlds—one completely Corporate, one completely Religious.

A Corporate World because, no matter how beneficial the working-concept of this business model, too many of our World’s corporations have left human virtue behind and focused solely on their bottom-lines.

In the story, the people of the Corporate World, Anga, are born Employees of the Corporation. They all have implants in their brains—endocrine implants that wreak havoc with their motivations

They also have Simulated Recreation—personal virtual worlds used to calm and propagandize

A Religious World because, no matter how beneficial the work of religious people, most of the World’s religions have become far too dogmatic—even grossly materialized—straying far from the love and harmony promulgated by the religions’ Founders.

The Religious World, Anla, shows a dominant Faith that celebrates “submission to God”—plus rendering thanks for social advances—by tying people to stakes and draining their blood, which is imbibed by feverish followers

When we scan our life on Earth, we see the most egregious actions arising from Corporations and followers of Religions.

Both these sources of social influence have sorely tried me in my life—both had to be portrayed in the book.

So, Corporatism and Religiosity became potent Symbols in the story.

Plasma became a Symbol—some say a Character—because of my many years of study of the new paradigm in science—Plasma Cosmology.

Plasma is a state of matter, like solids, liquids, and gases, but it fills about 99% of the Universe—it shapes galaxies, stars, and planets—it forms electromagnetic pathways between Worlds—it exists in our bodies

For me, Plasma became a Symbol of the Connectivity that exists between all individuals—the unification that makes us One People

I’m working on a post that will delve more deeply into how I use Plasma in the story.

I’ve begun to answer Jane’s requests—I’ll come back to these themes again

If I’ve been unclear, make me clarify with further questions; and, if there are other aspects of the book you’d like more information about, let me know in the Comments

Read more Behind the Scenes posts…
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8 responses to “What Made You Write That Book?

  1. Barbara Blackcinder March 1, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I just have to re-read this book….again.


    • Alexander M Zoltai March 1, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Perhaps, Barbara, after your re-read, you’d consider writing a review??


  2. Jane Watson March 3, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Thanks for answering some of my questions here :-) I’m also interested in the origin of the name, Rednaxela, and in what he symbolises in the book…in fact the origin and symbolism of all the names fascinates me – how were they chosen, what do they mean? If you were to make a map of many of the symbols you use, water, plasma, mesh, spheres, forests, do they connect up and intersect in the meaning they are trying to portray? What is the overall theme of their meaning? Are they all a medium for connection and organic/mental growth?


    • Alexander M Zoltai March 3, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      Ah, Jane!! You’re a Gem :-)

      I’m taking note and will address your questions—in a number of future Behind The Scenes posts

      One specific question for you—there are forests in the book but is there a specific use of them that you see as “symbolic”?


      • Jane Watson March 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

        Yes, I see them as highly symbolic and the way they are used resonates for me with a certain kind of linked meaning that natural forests and spirituality seem to have and I will address this in a longer and more detailed post soon…(perhaps next Friday ;-)


        • Alexander M Zoltai March 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

          Looking forward to that, Jane :-)


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