Tikopia IV is now Published
Jul 03, 2018
Regarding the content of our new book Tikopia IV which is now available at Amazon for $12.99. Our book is finally published. A Kindle version is also now available. A link has been added to a You Tube video I have posted on the book.
I have written a few blogs in the past about our work on a book titled Tikopia IV. On Monday our science fiction book was put up on Amazon and is now for sale for $12.99 plus any applicable taxes. Below is the link to Amazon.
The link to a short You Tube video I have done on the book may be found at.
Having spent the last six month finishing the story, with both my wife and I proof reading it several times over, we are very pleased to be finally releasing this book to the public. We hope many of my blog readers here will enjoy reading the book as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you.
Chapter Seven (Reenactor Car Park) and Eight (Fossil Fuels and Aerodynamics) are all about transportation in Tikopia IV. There are other places through out the book where Electric Vehicles and the associated infrastructure are discussed.
My father used to talk about one of the facets of literature. One rule he talked about for writing was, first tell them what you are going to tell them, second tell them, and finally tell them what you told them. This may seem excessive but in this instance it was not. Here is the two paragraph teaser we decided to put on the back cover.
A quarter million humans migrate from a dying Earth to a new planet Tikopia IV orbiting the star Tau Ceti. Their journey to Tikopia IV is aboard a giant rotating Torus Ark named Tikopia III. The namesake for their Ark and the new planet is an island in the Pacific Ocean of Earth called Tikopia which had once been inhabited sustainably for over three thousand years
Our cautionary tale begins with our heroine, a journalist Ida Tarbell. Her character is based on the journalist famous for taking down Standard Oil in 1905. Ida interviews various experts aboard Torus Ark about what happened on the Earth to cause the biosphere to collapse leading to human extinction. Her work ultimately takes her to the surface of the new planet, Tikopia IV, as humans endeavor to explore and settle their new world.
In the first chapter we talk about Torus Ark (the spaceship colony) in general terms as to it construction, how it came to be, and the operating rules on board to keep a society of a quarter million humans sustainable over a thousand years.
Then through the interview process of our heroine journalist Ida Tarbell we dive into what happened on Earth to necessitate this mass migration to a new planet in much greater detail over the next fifteen chapters. We also reveal the necessity for the rules that govern life aboard the ark as the collapse of the biosphere on Earth made abundantly clear. We discuss in detail how the society functions.
Finally the last two chapters takes a surprise detour that really drives home the message that we need to govern ourselves here on this planet while we still can as we may not really have any other options. The tragic ending of Tikopia IV makes this abundantly clear.
Another description of literature my father (Norman Carl Gilkison) used to make was that there were only two kinds of stories, comedies, and tragedies. The only difference is that a comedy has a happy ending, and a tragedy has a sad ending. In this light dad used to say that life was a tragedy. Why is that you may ask, the answer is that at the end of the story you die.
A comedy can be tragic throughout but if at the end the couple rides off into the sunset together, or the story terminates in some happy event, it is a comedy. In the same vein a tragedy can be happy throughout but if it ends tragically then it is a tragedy. Tikopia IV is a tragedy writ large for humanity by this definition.
In the 1950’s my father was working on a bookmark he titled “The Major Points of Living Literature”. It was based on classes he took on literature at Case Western Reserve in the 1940’s. The bookmark was never published but I did copyright the work in 1988. Since our book was a work of literature and not a technical work like my first book “Driving on the Moon”, I decided to publish my father’s bookmark on the very last page, as a complimentary bookmark. It is listed in the table of contents as such.
In that regard Tikopia IV may have some good writing in it even if it is only on the very last page. In that respect the book may not be just a tragedy, since this bookmark my dad polished on for twenty years, is now published. My dad died in 1983 and I am sure that having his work published would please him if he were around to see it. What he might think of my work is another matter entirely that the fates have been kind enough to conceal from me.
To be charitable this is our second book and we have learned a few things since our first attempt. Hence the six months of proof work which I fear may not be enough even yet. We made a valiant effort to polish the book well, but the fault if there is a fault, lies in the apprentice himself. As a writer I am not seasoned enough. I wish I had tried my hand at it much earlier in life. Even so, like any untalented hack, experience may not be enough to rescue my situation. On the other hand even a guileless fool can step on something good now and then.
One wag once put it this way. “Writing is easy, all you do is open up a vein, and bleed on the page.” Since I first started thinking about the book in the early 1990’s, then only started writing Tikopia IV in 2003, then again in 2012, only to finish it this year you might concede I bled on it a little. I thought I had my ending for the book framed by 2014 but it only came together this year.
After we published “Driving on the Moon” we felt we had the chops to finally finish and publish Tikopia IV. So here is my minor opus officially birthed as of Monday July 2nd, 2018. You may say all I have done here is commiserating with you about this book, but that is the best apology that can be expected in the light of what I have revealed. We hope you enjoy our story.
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