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The Sledgehammer Concerto: A novel of speculation and reflection Paperback – October 28, 2010
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
About the Author
Francis W. Porretto is an engineer, fictioneer, and commentator. He operates the Eternity Road Website (http://eternityroad.info), a hotbed of pro-freedom, pro-American, pro-Christian sentiment, where he and his Esteemed Co-Conspirators hold forth on every topic under the Sun. You can email him at email@example.com.
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There are a number of themes that drift in and out of the realms of fantasy fiction, and these suggest that our everyday world reflects only but one quadrant of a much larger and more complete reality.
This is the third work of Francis Porretto's fiction I've reviewed this year, and he is much more determined here to explore the further reaches of human experience. He looks at the sinister realm of black magic, then to the government's dark and willful attack on liberty, then to the realm of bio-nanotechnology as it might traverse the complexities of human desire, then to a vision of the afterlife, but all of it turns on the great mystery and dignity of the human person.
The gravitational pull of truth is always present. Some of these speculative probes might concern darkness, but they are not in themselves dark because they are founded on what is good. And that is the overriding theme, that the desire for good corrects the shambles men have made of the world.