From the Publisher
Compared to most authors, I write slowly. I could never crank out five or six books a year as Isaac Asimov did so brilliantly throughout his incredible life and career. I like to believe, however, that my unhurried pace permits fine attention to detail and to precise use of language. One of my favorite quotations is that of Thomas Jefferson, who, in a letter to John Adams, wrote "I apologize to you for the lengthiness of this letter; but I had no time for shortening it." Jefferson meant that a skillful writer uses as few words as possible to communicate his message. If I can successfully convey my thoughts to you using a 12-word sentence, then I am watering down my own message and wasting your limited time by stretching my sentence to 13 words or to 30. Concise writing saves time and effort for the reader, but demands more time and effort of the writer, as Jefferson pointed out. In writing this book, I did devote the time necessary to shorten each sentence to its minimum length.
Another priceless tip for good writing a tip which I strive to follow was articulated by the 20th-century philosopher, Mortimer Adler. Adler taught that "writing should be clear without being plain, and elevated without being obscure." By contrast, much writing in contemporary circles is plain without being clear, and obscure without being elevated. I will leave to your personal judgment whether I have successfully followed Adlers prescription for good writing in Atheist Universe.
Since you have honored me by visiting this page, I will share a secret with you that is closely guarded by authors and publishers. Even Amazon.com keeps this privileged information tightly under wraps. Most books, you should know, contain a maximum of two or three meaningful ideas. Authors and publishers sell you mammoth volumes, however, by cleverly reiterating their two or three ideas throughout the entirety of the book. Authors sometimes write as if they are being paid a penny a word. Yet, substantively, they say little. After reading Atheist Universe, you may find yourself in complete disagreement with every word. You may be offended by some material. You may question my very sanity. But you will not believe that Atheist Universe had little to say.
At the end of the book, readers are given my private email address, available only to those who possess physical copies of the title. I carefully read each message sent to me, whether its laudatory or scornful. I hope that your purchase of Atheist Universe will open a fruitful and pleasurable dialog between us.
Publisher: Xlibris Books