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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466269642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466269644
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,206,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

New Yorker Arthur van Kaseman is an avid Futurologist with degrees in law, philosophy and political science, and a former management consultant to some of the world's largest corporations. One of his assignments was to craft, for a well-known "think tank," the European Union from the old Common Market. It tested all of his legal and political science knowledge and skills, and even his philosophical ones! Brought up on a farm in the Big Bend area of West Texas by a lawyer dad and pianist mother, he was exposed to the arts and entertainment milieux from an early age and began writing seriously by the 5th grade. His mother turned him on to science fiction, too, and he loved Asimov, Bradbury, Heinlein and Sturgeon. He was also a big fan of Gene Roddenberry's STAR TREK series, especially the Next Generation spin-off. In fact he thinks this book answers the question, How did Earth become a utopia in the first place? Though van Kaseman has been a prolific writer over the years, most of his work has been expository in nature for private audiences. This is his first work of fiction and has garnered several 5-STAR reviews, which can be seen at the Amazon or OnlineBookClub.org websites. Mr. van Kaseman lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his dogs and cats and has a geologist-daughter who resides in Australia.

More About the Author

Arthur van Kaseman is the nom de plume of Frank A. Casebier, a New York City-based artist, futurist and corporate planning consultant who has worked for
some of the world's largest companies. He was brought up on the caliche roads
of West Texas, studied philosophy, law and government at the University in
Austin and came to New York City to immerse himself in the great cultural
institutions of the place. A great Gene Rodenberry fan and afficianado of
science fiction virtuosi such as Heinlein, Bradbury, Asimov and Sturgeon, he
proposed to write a book of futurological science fiction--projecting
emergent trends in human society to a point of convergence in the year 2020.
The book he produced, THE MITOSIS HEGEMONY: TechnoPolitics in the 21st Century,
is not just someone's bad dream or another dystopic vision. Rather, it is
a rationalist's approach to a Greek concept of universal love--agape'. One
reviewer at OnlineBookClub.org has called it "a modern version of [George
Orwell's] 1984." Another calls it "fantastic, well-researched and well-written."
A third 5-star review states that we should keep an eye on Mr. van Kaseman--
he may know more than we think. He lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with cats and dogs and has a daughter who lives in Australia. G'day, mates!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rgkmzk on September 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Mitosis Hegemony by Arthur van Kaseman is a fantasitc, well researched, well written Sci-Fi Novelle that draws you in with its Cinderella overtures. This Novel purportedly cures all of the world problems by building a secret luner society. Cinderalla is the planet earth and the poor people who occupy it. The evil mother and sister are government personnel trying to hang on to their hegemony or power. The prince is technology. Chapter one leaves you shaking your head and wondering where this novel is going, but the mystery doesn't end there, every chapter causes the reader to think and wonder.. It is fastinating to read a Sci-fi novel with as much mystery as one of Arthur Conan Doyle's novels, coupled with the fairy tale of Cinderella. You read through the convolutions of this novel, as if they were or could be real and then it ends with all is well.
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When I received this book for review, I immediately pondered whether I would even understand this novel. Luckily, Mr. van Kaseman must have foreseen this problem and included definitions for Mitosis and Hegemony in the front of the book. I must also state that the cover of the book is not at all indicative of what fills the pages. Within a chapter, I was immersed in another world, not too far removed from ours, in which decisions have to be made for the continuation of our planet.

The answer to the universal problem of Global Warming, it seems, is Direct Democracy. This is a form of democracy in which the people themselves, rather than elected officials, determine the laws and policies by which they are governed. The issue of implementation is in the hands of aliens called Magla, who offer a clean energy source that will stop the effects of Global Warming, offer free housing, healthcare, and education, and financially benefit all who support the energy source, if only the people of Earth accept the Declaration of Universal Human Rights. The only catch - governments must dismantle and surrender all weapons and live in peace.

While this is a sci-fi thriller, it also touches on many political issues within our world today. The Mitosis Hegemony entertains while it provokes new insights into where our world is headed, and what the cost will be to get there. Mr. van Kaseman has obviously put a lot of thought into this story, and brought a whole new government to life. It also addresses the world governments continual fight for power, at any cost.

Fiction ... ? Politics ... ? Nonfiction ... ? You decide, but my suggestion is that you keep an eye on Mr. van Kaseman. He may know more than we think!

5 out of 5 stars!!!

(Review provided by Charlene, a Literary R&R book review blog team member)
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