Présentation de l'éditeur
To my continuing amazement, I have unexpectedly succeeded.
I acknowledge having been supremely gifted, outrageously self–selected, and voluntarily burdened by an experience, a trial, a revelation. My life has been warped beyond recognition by its impact, and I’m very thankful for that.
As the central character in this novel story, I recall my time as a social interloper; an isolated fugitive seeking a philosophical touchstone and cultural identity.
IMAGINE there is a Cosmic Institution that functions as the equivalent of a Library containing all of the most valuable and seminal documents that have been created within the Milky Way Galaxy. Star Maker’s Apprentice is included in that Library.
Its stature is not based on a mere assertion of literary beauty or stylistic innovation. What accounts for its election is its unanticipated, astounding, and outrageously unique information content.
AT THE FURTHER RISK of being accused of indulging myself, I also claim a spiritual and psychic affiliation with the late William Olaf Stapledon and the motivating force behind his works, especially with the Muse that inspired his literary masterpieces, Star Maker and Last And First Men.
IN CONTRAST, my Star Maker’s Apprentice is as intensely personal, minimalist, idiosyncratic, and reflective of the modern culture of the USA, as Star Maker & Last And First Men are gregarious, universal, and timeless.
I have frequently used the metaphor of a short, experimental, jazz saxophone solo, versus an extended evening performance by the most accomplished philharmonic orchestra in the world, to suggest the contradistinction between our published work.
I have benefited from having Stapledon’s works of art as lifelines, and I have lived long enough to experience my remarkable circumstance ripen into a comfortable acceptance. I have progressed far beyond feeling any apprehension about the nature of my testimony.
I shall say confidently, perhaps recklessly, and without reservation, what Stapledon would have shied away from declaring;
“Taken as a trilogy, Star Maker, Last And First Men, & Star Maker’s Apprentice recasts Humanity’s understanding of Divinity, philosophy, evolution, religion, cosmology, sociology, ethics, and reality itself.”
George Bernard Shaw, famous dramatic playwright, socialist economist, and Nobel Prize winner for Literature, once said, “All great truths begin as blasphemies.”
I wrote this book because I have a great truth to tell. Some people have already called it blasphemy, but they are mistaken. The truth can never be blasphemous.
F. Louis Szot
aka “Ambassador Zot”