The Rave Reviews Book Club is an online book club of more than 500 independent authors and readers. One of the programs sponsored by the book club is honoring an author as the SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR for one week. Part of that program is a book blog tour featuring the honored author on several blog sites. I am honored today to be hosting the book tour for SPOTLIGHT AUTHOR John Fioravanti.
Greetings! I’m John Fioravanti, and welcome to the sixth post of my “Spotlight Blog Tour” sponsored by my family at Rave Reviews Book Club. I’m very grateful today to be a guest of Kenneth Kerr.
In previous posts, I described my new novel, ‘Passion & Struggle’, and explained how my Sci-Fi series, The Genesis Saga, came to be. Last winter, we enjoyed a cruise to the western Caribbean, and the visits to a few tropical islands provoked some thoughts about building a new civilization on a tropical world like Genesis. Today I’ll share that reflection with you:
Paradise on a Tropical Planet?
Recently Anne and I enjoyed our third cruise in the Caribbean Sea. It was especially enjoyable this year because we left behind the worst winter to hit our area in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario in about twenty years. As we left Buffalo the mercury registered -15 C. When we landed in overcast Fort Lauderdale it was a balmy +22 C – that took some getting used to! Cruising in the Caribbean aboard Royal Caribean’s Oasis of the Seas, took us into hot humid environs where the humidex registered in the mid to high 90s F.
Ah… winter in the Caribbean! As we toured Labadee, Haiti; the northern coast of Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico I began to think about the fictional planet which is the focus of my science fiction series. The planet is called Genesis, which became home to a UN selection of survivors from Earth. After their departure in the late twenty-first century to find a new world, humanity on Earth succumbed to a sentient biological weapon. The UN colonizer ship, UNS Divine Scepter, took almost one century to reach Genesis.
Genesis had a tropical climate with rainforests that teemed with life. However, the humans found no other forms of life as advanced as humanity upon their arrival. Imagine, no native life forms to battle for supremacy. Genesis was theirs for the taking! Untamed natural beauty and bounty to sustain their lives easily was here at hand. It was a Garden of Eden, and they didn’t have to fight bloody wars to win it or to keep it. Eureka!
As I baked in the scorching sun and retreated to the shade when I had enough, I thought about what living on a virgin tropical world might mean. What an opportunity! Humanity could learn from the mistakes of the past and create a far more perfect society where everyone had a chance to prosper in peace. To live in harmony in the midst of unparalleled natural grandeur was a goal within the grasp of these human survivors.
Unfortunately, the newly settled planet of Genesis did not evolve into any kind of utopia. Without the unifying factor of a common enemy or a deadly hostile environment, humanity turned against each other. What about learning from the mistakes of history on Earth? Hmm… good question.
This is the universe created by Kenneth Tam in his Equations novels. With his blessing I am fleshing out part of the story of the struggle of humanity on Genesis as they strive for a better society. Unfortunately, after almost seven centuries on Genesis, the various leaders didn’t share the same vision of what a “better society” entailed. How they dealt with these issues is my task to describe in Passion & Struggle and the following novels in my series, The Genesis Saga.
John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008. His teaching career was split between two schools: St. Benedict CSS in Cambridge, Ontario and St. David CSS in Waterloo, Ontario.
Throughout his career, John focused on developing research, analysis, and essay writing skills in his History Classroom. This led to the publication of his first non-fiction work for student use, Getting It Right in History Class (Data Based Directions, 2002), along with an international version of the same title. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching Iceberg Publishing, 2007, 2008, 2010) (Fiora Books 2014) is his second non-fiction work; it attempts to crystallize the struggles, accomplishments, and setbacks experienced in more than three decades of effort to achieve excellence in his chosen field.
John’s first work of fiction is ‘Passion & Struggle’ and is set within Kenneth Tam’s Equations universe (Iceberg Publishing). He claims that, after two non-fiction books, he’s having the time of his life bringing new stories and characters to life!
At present, John lives in Waterloo, Ontario with Anne, his bride of forty-one years. They have three children and three grandchildren. In December of 2013, John and Anne founded Fiora Books for the express purpose of publishing John’s books. After four decades of marriage, they decided to become business partners as well.
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