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The second book is currently being written, it will be called - The Resurrection of Evil
A plot inspired by the Genesis Creation
Like most science fiction stories, T.H Stephen's debut novel is limited only by the imagination of the mind.
He was born in Manchester, England in 1978. Stephen is the middle of 3 brothers and has grown up and studied in the North West of England. In his early academic years Stephen enjoyed travelling across Europe, learning about his family's heritage.
Until recent times, the makings of The Human Empire Story was a miss match of chapters and plots that hadn't really been written down. As he describes it -
It was in early 2013 that pen finally met paper, and the first scribblings of the plot line was born. Inspiration to finally begin writing came from an idle slow time in the year. New Year was now a distant memory as January and February offered their Sunday night - Monday back to work feel.
The Human Empire Story 2016
It was now the beginning of March and I was over the first hurdle as the year began to gain pace. March, almost felt like a Tuesday; not the beginning, the middle or any where near the end of the year, but stuck somewhere with nothing to do. Looking back now if I were to put those early writings in front of a publishing agent; they would have screwed them up and said don't quit your day job. Luckily, I knew that the story would gain pace and structure over time. Like anything new and indeed personal; you will give it your attention and you will criticise it - or at least you should. For me this is one attribute I have come to cherish with being a Sci-fi fan - as a viewer or reader you will point out inaccuracies or pick up on inconsistent storytelling. It gives you the edge in some sense. However, I am a firm believer that Sci-fi should remain unlimited in terms of boundaries and creative thinking.
The term science fiction can conjure up many concepts. If you were to put 20 people in a room and ask them what Sci-fi means to them; I’m sure you would get many different answers. But, I’m certain that you would get space, future, star ships, aliens, different worlds and robots as answers.
Sci-fi is niche, it's unique in many ways and this has always fuelled my imagination. A New Beginning is the first in a series of 6 books. Along the series it will certainly live up to what Sci-fi is all about; and I truly hope that as a reader you are not disappointed.
When writing this novel I wanted to put across a different kind of science fiction story, a story set in the not too distant future, and a story of good versus evil – they seem to work well together. So, I went back to basics and decided that God and Devil would be the forces of good and evil within the story – but, in order for it to work I wanted to do something new and original.
So I re-read the bible, if there was any a better place to look then it would in there I thought. I started from the beginning looking for some kind of plot hole, some kind of loop that hadn’t been discovered.
As it turned out I didn’t need to look any further than Genesis. There it was staring me in the face - a plot hole that had never before been considered.
First, let me explain how I came to this idea - In my mind the history of the human story has been the subject of debate for centuries. Many classic tales and stories have been told and re-told, often at the interpretation of emerging themes, or common thoughts of their time.
There is evidence that stories throughout the ages may possibly have been shaped by events and perceptions of the actual story tellers themselves (interpretation is Key to our story).
Facts and accounts could have easily or purposely become lost or translated incorrectly. We have seen this with the power of money, fame and fortune. Some people can buy their legacy, and some people have killed thousands, and conquered millions more in order to write their own “historical” legacy of themselves.
So, how does this fit in with our story? Interpretation is the answer. We all see things differently; we all tell different accounts and stories of what we see. It’s how we as humans try to understand the world around us. We are not all the same, and we all see things from our own perspective. In turn – this leads us to tell things differently, or at best tell it in a way that tries to justify the event – or even make others believe what we saw or heard.
But what about an ancient story? Braveheart is probably one of the best examples of my time. Mainly due to the fact that Hollywood produced a film littered with historical inaccuracies.
But, many people actually believed that the accounts played out in the film were true. It was only through social intervention that the true accounts became realised. I for one at first hand took the film as gospel, and I am sure many more did also - So, you could argue that influential storytelling works?!?
And what if storytelling millennia’s ago had similar influences? I’m sure it did – we as humans love stories. Even as children we are told of stories that tell us not to go into the woods alone, or never to trust old ladies with houses made of candy. As we grow up we apply our own logic to the message, but it still holds true to our senses, and we ultimately pass those earliest messages and warnings on to the next generation.
So, storytelling is powerful and meaningful, even if sometimes it is dressed up as a children’s tale. So I applied all this to the bible…
In my view the biggest story in the history of mankind has to be the Story of Creation from the Old Testament. In our society today it could read very much like fantasy, or a story that is out of touch with modern thinking and science. Many would dismiss it as unbelievable or an entertaining piece of fiction - I couldn’t blame them. Many to this day still argue that the stories contained within the Old Testament stand on the founding stories written in the ancient lands of Mesopotamia.
So what’s what, and who’s right? Moses is otherwise stated as the author, but who told him of the accounts of Adam and Eve? Moses wouldn’t be around for thousands of years later according to the bible; and Noah’s flood would only leave a handful to continue the story (did they really know all the details?) So here’s my question… who carried on the story to tell Moses? We are left with unlimited possibilities and interpretations.
However, suppose for a minute that this story was not accurately told by Moses the way in which he supposedly wrote it. Suppose that throughout the ages and emergence of man the true story became distorted or altered prior to Moses writing it. Chinese Whispers is a phrase that I would apply here. Respect, and careful consideration has been given to the events written out in the Genesis chapter, and the events in this story echo that sequence of events, but from a bystander’s point of view. As if someone was actually there to witness this great Being who created everything that we know.
This story tells an inspired, albeit more open interpretation to the version of the Genesis event. Indeed, this story is all about your interpretation and your views. I believe a reader should be given the freedom of interpretation, because if we are told things as fact then where’s the fun of invention?
About the author...
This book is dedicated to my dear family; Tara, Hugo and the hope of more little ones to come. Stephen Minorczyk
Book One really introduces us to the plot line and characters.
Book Two however, will delve deeper into the darkness of Salotorn.
Captain Tempest and his crew will discover new hidden plots. New and dangerous adventures await.
Adventures that will take them on a journey into new realms of space and the human spirit.