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Dancing with Eternity [Kindle Edition]

John Patrick Lowrie
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would happen if Odysseus met Captain Ahab in the Fortieth Century? Only Captain Ahab is a beautiful woman named Steel who owns her own starship and Odysseus is an unemployed actor named Mohandas who’s stuck on the backside of a backwater moon because he won't pay his taxes. Oh, and everybody—well, almost everybody—lives forever, did I mention that? And there’s a telepathic Internet that allows the entire population of the galaxy to communicate at will and even experience the world from another person's perspective.  Dancing with Eternity is a sprawling galactic odyssey that takes Steel, Mo and the crew of the starship Lightdancer on an incredible voyage of adventure, self-discovery, and revelation.  … And they get to go to a lot of really cool planets, too.


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Review

ForeWord Firsts debut fiction winner 2011

"Dancing With Eternity is about life and death. It is also about love and loneliness, pain and joy, and what could happen if those experiences and emotions wither away. Most of all, the book is about loss loss of intimacy, of loved ones, and of connections to other people as a result of technology.
Readers of the genre will likely recognize the influences of Olaf Stapledon, Fred Pohl, Cordwainer Smith, and other writers from the early years of American science fiction. Lowrie has taken those influences and kneaded them into his own life experiences to produce a story that is at once fantastic and recognizable, populated by real people with real dilemmas against a backdrop of stellar travel and adventure. This novel well deserves its selection as the inaugural ForeWord Firsts winner."
--J.G. Stinson

"... a travelogue in the best tradition of A. E. van Vogt's Voyage of the Space Beagle." ----Robert Enstrom

"Every once in a while, a new novel comes along that is both epic in scope and, at the same time, focused on a very personal, human drama. John Patrick Lowrie's characters do indeed dance with eternity in a universe where humankind thinks it has mastered immortality. They believe technology has solved all problems . . . This dense story is far richer than a capsule summary can suggest. In the best tradition of the best science fiction, the galactic setting is painted with vivid, believable detail. "
-- Dr. Wesley Britton, bookpleasures.com

"Stellar debut; this is science fiction at its best Dancing with Eternity … the first mind blowing 2011 science fiction novel I did not previously know about … superb world building … pitch perfect … (A++, top 10 novel of 2011) a stellar debut that shows why science fiction is still the most interesting genre of today."

--Liviu Suciu, Fantasy Book Critic

"In the far flung future, the human experience is a much different one indeed. Dancing with Eternity is a science fiction novel set in the fortieth century and following the misadventures and failures of Mohandas in an otherwise more perfect universe. Humorous and thoughtful, Dancing with Eternity may prove a fun read for science fiction fans with a strong interest in deep space travel and other elements of the far flung future."

--Midwest Book Review/Small Press Bookwatch

"Two thousand years from now, people don't die; they just reboot, choosing what to remember, what to forget. The results are not always what they or we expect. In Dancing with Eternity, John Lowrie has imagined a richly detailed world of space travel among colonized planets by characters whose minds and bodies alike are malleable, the specs stored on the 'net' and retrievable when necessary. The storytelling in this novel is lush and highly imaginative, and backed by the author s encyclopedic knowledge of our world and his deep understanding of what makes us human."

--Jerry Stubblefield, author of Homunculus (Black Heron Press)

"Dancing With Eternity by John Patrick Lowrie is not only a terrific E-ticket ride of speculative fiction, it is also a very thought-provoking novel of ideas. I got swept away by the scope of the story, and spent many hours contemplating the moral, ethical and social challenges of 'rebooting.' Anyone who enjoys reading either Kim Stanley Robinson or Neal Stephenson will get a big kick out of this book!"

----Hugh Hastings, Actor

"In Dancing With Eternity John has constructed the idyllic science fiction novel with all the elements that real fans crave: adventure, mystery, space travel, alien worlds, hard science projections, and a wonderful cast of characters from a future society. But, more important, the book dances with timeless philosophical questions which may require hard-thinking, real-life answers much sooner than we realize."

--Frank Simcoe, author, Ridiculous Destiny

"An utterly believable depiction of other worlds and races, imagination drips from every page. John Patrick Lowrie has more talent than any human being has a right to possess. A triumph of science fiction. I only wish I'd written it!"

--M J Elliott, Editor of The Whisperer in Darkness, The Horror in the Museum, The Right Hand of Doom, The Haunter of the Ring

"As an ex-NASA tether specialist and consultant on the Shuttle tether missions, I found this a refreshingly accurate narrative of what it might be like to experience such life and related activities that (are) outside our normal realms."

--Dave Lang

"As I was enjoying this book, stepping through a delightful minefield of lifeless sacred cows, I found the advanced computer concepts presented within assembling themselves in actual experiments in the real world without!"

--Chuck Pliske, former NASA Computer Engineer

"At a time in which we are increasingly uncertain about our future, Lowrie creates a plausible scenario in which there is no death as we now experience it, and explores how such a world would play out. In the process he challenges our traditional beliefs about love, sex and spirituality."

--Janet Pliske, D.D.

"Dancing with Eternity is a fascinating sci-fi thriller that depicts the world as it might be in the future .... It is a fairly quick read because the flow of the storyline keeps you fascinated and intrigued. This is one book that sci-fi enthusiasts should put on their "must-read" list."

----Tracey Rock for Reader Views

About the Author

John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock ‘n’ roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. After surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo, The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn’t speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese. He and his wife now reside in Seattle where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice-acting for computer games and radio dramas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1024 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Camel Press (August 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005I63H8S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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667 of 744 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is good September 20, 2011
By Heavy
Format:Paperback
Even if cannot read, you will like. Book is heavy so I throw at spy. He will never ever walk again.
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161 of 181 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Let me tell you, little fella, that a REAL MAN is one who isn't afraid to crack open a book, usually after cracking open some spines. And I am NOT referring to the spine of another book! In fact, top Australian scientists have found out that a good read is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself! Not many people know this, but one of my favorite pastimes is keeping a rhinoceros in a headlock with my thighs while curling up with a good sci-fi novel, and "Dancing with Eternity" is one of those gems! Sometimes while having my midnight-snack steak I'll knock out a few chapters here and there, and when I awake the next morning I find several body-shaped holes in the walls. These shapes don't seem to match any of my staff members, so it is PROBABLY UNRELATED!!

Regardless, although I was slightly disappointed in the lack of chapters focusing on disemboweling mimes, I am confident in giving this book my highest recommendation! If it doesn't cause your chest hair to burst into flames upon the first reading, I will personally suplex a hippie. In fact, I will most likely do so anyways!

-Saxton Hale
Australian
CEO Mann Co.
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232 of 263 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ach, lad... September 22, 2011
By Demoman
Format:Paperback
So! Ya bampot with your face like a skelpit erse, prancin' aboot writin' wee silly space-stories! Do ya think I doon the Dee on a digestive?! Ye ain't got the stones te write a proper bloody fable, ye prancin' nyaff! I would'nae use this rubbish tae light a fuse! Keep your pen in your pocket and your mind on the job, or ye'll find ye'self meetin' a sticky end!

Still, using et as a shield may joost'ave saved my good eye from an ill-timed blast, so it's a grudgin' five stars for ye!

~Tavish DeGroot
Demoman
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199 of 225 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentlemen September 20, 2011
By The Spy
Format:Paperback
This is a thoroughly compelling read, not exactly my genre. It's not Camus, but it was worth my time to read it.

As well sir, you owe me for the dry cleaning on my suit.

Au Revoir,
The Spy
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255 of 290 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good but... September 19, 2011
By Scout
Format:Paperback
It was a good book, don't get me wrong. I don't normally read y'know, because I'm busy busting heads and capping points, but when I found out my friend Sniper wrote a book, I had to get it. I give it 4 stars. Would have been 5 if it had come with a hat.
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248 of 282 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maggots! September 22, 2011
By Soldier
Format:Paperback
Having a book like this on my shelf is like having your cat at your funeral: it's not necessary, but it's nice! Why, every time I look up at this book and listen to that soothing Aussie's voice, my smile grows wider than the circumference on my bazooka! Anyone who doesn't listen to this book should be hung by their thumbs and beaten like a rented mule!
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138 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES September 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
It is absolutely necessary that all mercenarial employees read this missive at once. I cannot stress enough the importance of this intelligence to our mission, and to me personally.

Do not throw it at the enemy. Read it, then use its knowledge to COMPLETE THE MISSION. Do NOT fail me again.

You have found this informative.
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212 of 241 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical? No. Enjoyable? Yes. September 20, 2011
Format:Paperback
Now I ain't too keen on these mumbo-jumbo science-fiction books on account of them being impractical in application. But let's just say I have this fine piece of literature tucked away in my toolbox. A mighty fine read indeed.

Regards,

Engineer
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Positively Mind-Altering
Never before have I ever had the pleasure of experiencing such a perspective-altering piece of science fiction. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Aaron Jon Fredendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Huh buh uh huh huh-uh! (This book is on fire!)
muh tuh-huh hruh huh buh uh huh uh huh! (My teammate wrote this book and it is great!)
Uh huh huh muh huh! (I hope he writes more! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pyro
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well but gets tiring
Ive read the book twice now. The first half each time, is amazing. The depth of the universe, the backstory, the interesting characters doing unique things. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jonathan Viehe
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally enjoyable reading experience
After reading this book cover to cover, TWICE! I can honestly say that John Patrick Lowrie has jumped the sci-fi genre forward into the before unimagined. Totally enjoyable!
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What does it mean to live, or to be alive?
It has been said that the best science fiction is not about exploring science or technology, it is about exploring ourselves and our humanity. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ken NYC
4.0 out of 5 stars More thoughtful than science fiction adventure, but could have done...
I don't read a lot of scifi. Too often is it's more weird than sci fi. The book was good, certainly not hard to finish. Read more
Published 16 months ago by SPP
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Very unique and interesting. The moral implications really make one think. The religious angle was dodged too much. It would have been better explored.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Imagination
WOW! Where did the author come up with some of these ideas and terms for talking about interstellar travel? Mr. Lowe has one heck of an imagination. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Daniel H. Wieczorek
5.0 out of 5 stars I love sci- fi and my all time favorite is Octavia Butler. John...
Loved his use of language, how the story was constructed and will read it again, because I know I missed things!
Published 21 months ago by Mary L Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs to give more action
The long descriptive build up in every chapter makes for long read. Needs to get to the point faster. Otherwise a good book.
Published 23 months ago by Misfit5275
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More About the Author

John Patrick Lowrie was born in 1952 in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised in Boulder, Colorado. At 16 he left home to make his way as a singer/guitarist/flautist/trombonist in a rock 'n' roll band, sleeping in parks and communes and getting to know several hippies. Surviving the draft, he graduated with highest distinction from the Indiana University School of Music and for a few years managed to make a living as a composer and guitarist in his acoustic fusion duo The Kiethe Lowrie Duet, garnering critical acclaim and opening for people who were much more famous than he was. He then decided to become an actor because the pay was better and the work was steadier. To this day he remains the only person he knows of who has done this. He met Ellen McLain, his wife of twenty-four years, in Arnhem, Holland on a European tour of a Broadway show and started his acting career in Palermo, Italy telling jokes to an opera house full of Sicilians who didn't speak English. Success continues to dog his heels like an angry Pekinese.

He and his wife now reside in Seattle where they divide their professional time between acting in live theater and voice-acting for computer games and radio dramas.

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