THE GENESIS SAGA TOUR
I’m grateful to my host of this first post of THE GENESIS SAGA TOUR, and to Nonnie Jules of 4WillsPublishing who arranged it all! The full lineup for this tour can be found @ http://wp.me/P43s9i-2g
My purpose, is to give readers a greater familiarity with planet Genesis – within the Equations universe created by author and friend, Kenneth Tam.
To this end, we will begin a series of interviews of some key players in Book One of The Genesis Saga: PASSION & STRUGGLE. Nonnie Jules of the famed interviews, ‘Who’s On The Shelf With Nonnie Jules?’ has agreed to lend her formidable skills to this process. She gave me the nickname “Fio” a while back – so keep that in mind in case she opts to use it! Nonnie and I are sitting comfortably in her office at 4WillsPublishing.
JF: Thank you, Nonnie for inviting me to join you here today!
NJ: You’re welcome! (Where are these people I’m supposed to interview?) I’d like to know how this is going to work… I don’t see anybody else around here to talk to… (JF smiles politely, Nonnie shakes her head)… alright, I’ll start with you, Fio! Why did the people of Genesis have to make big changes in their society?
JF: After more than 700 years of acrimony between the ruling Churcher class and the Naval class, big changes were needed to stave off violence and the ultimate destruction of human civilization on Genesis.
NJ: Sounds grim, Fio… what changes do they want to make… and WHO’s directing traffic?
JF: For now, High Chancellor Harvey Bingham is, umm… ‘directing traffic’. During the war of the last four years, he brought in measures to begin the desegregation of the urban centers…
NJ: (interrupting and glaring at Fio) They segregate the races there?
JF: Actually… no. The discrimination is based on religious differences. Right now, the High Chancellor is running the planet’s first democratic election!
NJ: (incredulously) DEMOCRACY!! A religious dictator is setting up a democracy? Fio, this is unbelievable – I wish I could talk to this man!
JF: (Nods gravely, reaches out and places his left hand upon her arm, closes his eyes in concentration… and the two find themselves sitting on a park bench in a beautiful park.)
Your wish is my command! (He gestures to the beautiful shrubbery that surrounds them.)
NJ: (Nonnie stands up and takes a step away, then spins around and glares accusingly at her guest) Fio, WHERE ARE WE?
JF: Calm yourself, dear lady. We’re in ArcAngel Park in Genesis City, and the year is 2796. You said you wanted to talk to High Chancellor Bingham. (Nonnie’s jaw drops, but she’s speechless.) Look to your right, here he comes now. (Nonnie spins around and sees a balding, middle-aged man dressed in a crimson suit approaching along the stone walk. John stands beside her and takes Nonnie’s arm to steady her. Bingham reaches them and holds out his hand to John who takes it in a warm handshake.)
Good day, High Chancellor! Allow me to present a good friend, Nonnie Jules.
HB: (Bows respectfully to Nonnie) Welcome to my favorite refuge, ArcAngel Park! You know, it was built so the faithful could enjoy the natural gifts of the Gods in peaceful splendor.
NJ: (Nonnie is beginning to calm down, and looks from one man to the other, then addresses the cleric.)
Excuse me, Reverend, how do you know my friend Fio?
HB: (Bingham smiles at Fio, then addresses Nonnie, kindly.) Madam, I don’t know anyone called Fio. This man beside you is known to us here as Doctor John – an expert in human history from twenty-first century Earth. Is that where you’re from as well? (Smiles kindly at John) He’s either delusional, or in possession of great technology. Either way, he is a good soul, so we welcome him.
NJ: I need to sit down! (She resumes her seat on the bench and both men sit on either side of her.)
(Looks at Fio sternly) We’ll talk LATER! (She turns to Bingham) Fio… erm… Doctor John tells me you’re having an election here. Why? You have absolute control of the government now – you can do ANYTHING you want! Why mess with that?
HB: (Bingham smiles at her brash speech.) Madam, I find you delightfully refreshing! Simply put, I believe it is the will of the Gods as revealed to me through the Earthers.
NJ: (Pauses, glances at Fio, and then locks eyes with Bingham) Alright, I won’t question your beliefs, but tell me, why do you think this democracy will work to save your society from mayhem?
HB: Mayhem… (pauses and frowns thoughtfully) that’s an apt word to use. First, I tire of governing alone and dealing with the opponents of reform. I need a strong leader, chosen by the people and blessed by the Gods, to help me finish the job.
NJ: I don’t suppose you have anyone in mind for that job…
HB: But of course, Madam! ArcGeneral Liz Hastings is the ONLY person for this sacred task!
NJ: A woman! REALLY! (Nonnie glances at Fio with an astonished look before turning back to Harvey Bingham)
I was told that your church doesn’t approve of women in leadership roles.
HB: Elizabeth Hastings is no ordinary woman… she is my candidate for President!
NJ: (Looks at the cleric with approval in her eyes) Well, I just HAVE to meet this woman. Fio, do you…
JF: (Lays his left hand on Nonnie’s arm) As you wish…
Join us for Nonnie’s next adventure on Genesis…
John Fioravanti is a retired secondary school educator who completed his thirty-five year career in the classroom in June, 2008.
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. A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching 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.
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