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Parallel Universes, A Memoir from the Edges of Space and Time Paperback – October 13, 2011
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Astronomer Linda Morabito Meyer is the former NASA Senior Engineer who during her decade at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory made what is considered by many scientists to be the largest discovery of the planetary exploration program. She discovered that a moon of Jupiter called Io is geologically alive. She is an ambassador for space exploration speaking to teachers, students, and the general public about her love of Astronomy, and is known throughout the world for her discovery. Linda has a passion for writing about what scientists know about the universe. She reports Astronomy news on "Linda Morabito's Space Place" on Facebook, and has begun writing books, the first about her life and discovery "Parallel Universes, A Memoir from the Edges of Space and Time." While writing about the nearly inexplicable events from her early childhood, Linda learned how these events fit into the news of those times. Her journey has led her to share current advances in psychology for the treatment of trauma, and her profound religious faith through her writing. Linda has appeared frequently on science television documentaries and was a guest commentator about Astronomy on several talk shows on the Canadian Broadcast Corporation in her birthplace Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Linda has worked on the NASA missions Viking and Voyager, was a guest investigator on Viking, and has participated in conveying the wonders of the LCROSS, Spitzer, and Juno missions to students. Linda has received numerous awards for her NASA work and has been honored for her educational outreach work, as well as her teaching as an Associate Professor of Astronomy. Linda's second book "A Journey; Science Essays from the Leading Edge of Discovery" will be released in August of 2012. Follow Linda on her website http://www.lindamorabito.com or on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/linda.spaceplace
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Some reviewers complain about the writing style, arrangement, and tempo of this extraordinary work. To this reviewer, such complaints would be warranted if the author were writing fiction. However, this author is writing about her experiences and, in so doing, reliving them yet again. The author dredges from her subconscious some of the most horrific, gut wrenching, inhumane, and demonic experiences imaginable. In-so-doing, her writing style precisely fits the emotional and mental state of one who has undergone such indescribable horrors. In what other way could this story, her story, have been told? Psychologically, the author puts words to paper in the exact manner her psyche formatted them for her. Her emotional existence required her to split universes and thus, split her existence. Hence, this book of her memoir is split, compartmentalized, and factionalized as well. It’s an honest and truthful representation of her mental processes.
Most people who have survived such unspeakable horrors have split themselves into two or more consciousnesses. Such divides are more commonly known as split personalities or multiple personality disorders. In this case, in order for her to survive at all, this author’s psyche split her universe in two. At the age of 2 years old, Linda visited the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars of Heaven. Growing into an exceptionally intellectual woman, she was drawn to study the Sun, the Moon and the Stars of the Universe. But there was another universe paralleling her own. It was a universe containing a beautiful 2 year old girl. Linda Morabito Meyer liberatingly relates how she traveled to the Edges of Space and Time as her two parallel universes collided and collapsed back into each-other. As her universes rejoined, this accomplished woman was reunited with the beautiful 2 year old girl who she still was; the beautiful 2 year old girl who still existed in a parallel universe, the one who was relegated into that parallel universe in order that they could both survive.
Once the fragments of her existence were rejoined and the horrific totality of her trauma revealed, there was only one possible explanation for her survival and subsequent achievements - God. Her miraculous emotional and physical survival could be attributed to nothing less. Navigating the labyrinth that was her life would be humanly impossible without Divine intervention. I could not put this book down.
They say there is a special God who watches over children. I think he is the same God, and it seems he was nearby when this little girl needed Him!