Well, fresh from coming in second place in the Reader View awards, I was very excited to get the news that Requiem of the Human Soul has made it to the finals in the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards! Requiem is there along with 12 other finalists in the science fiction category, so it’s going to be a challenging final stretch.
ForeWord says the winners will be announced at a special program at BookExpo America in New York City on May 25. The finalists, they say, “are examples of independent publishing at its best.”
Wish me luck!
Here’s the link to the Reader Views awards announcement.
Congratulations to Kelly Beltz, who beat me to first place with the novel Beyond the Stars: Kataria.
The official website of Requiem of the Human Soul has a lot more going on than one of your traditional author websites. In addition to offering book excerpts, it explores in detail some of the main themes of the book, such as the long-term impact of human genetic engineering on our society, and thoughts about what the idea of “the human soul” really means.
Want to explore the website but not sure where to start? Check out the options below…
The Plot. If you want to know more about the story of Requiem of the Human Soul before reading the book for yourself, click here to find out how Eusebio gets pulled into his terrible dilemma.
The Humanists. Eusebio comes from a small community of Humanists. Founded by Dr. Julius Schumacher in the 21st century, the Humanists are a group whose members chose never to optimize their children genetically because of the possibility that they might lose their souls in the process. Click here to find out more about them.
The Characters. Requiem of the Human Soul is filled with other unforgettable characters beyond Eusebio Franklin. There’s Harry Shields – Eusebio’s merciless prosecutor – and of course Naomi Aramovich, the Primal Rights activist. There are Eusebio’s family and the people he meets on the way. Not to mention the great Dr. Julius Schumacher and the other people involved in the founding of the Humanist community. Click here to meet them all.
The Primals/d-Humans. In the 22nd century there’s not one, but two, human species. Most people are d-Humans, genetically enhanced in both mind and body. Then there are the Primals, un-enhanced humans, just like us… Click to find out more about the Primals and d-Humans.
The Soul. It’s called Requiem of the Human Soul, but what soul are we actually talking about? An immortal soul that goes to heaven? Or something completely different? Click here to investigate.
The Prefrontal Cortex. What’s a part of the brain doing in a website about a novel set in the late 22nd century? Well, Dr. Julius Schumacher had a theory about how the dominance of the prefrontal cortex is a major factor in world history (as well as our future history). Click here to see what he’s talking about.
The Future Timeline. How did we ever get from here to Eusebio’s world of the late 22nd century? The Future Timeline will show you the path we’re on…
Future Articles. It all seemed so reasonable at the time… Check out the future magazine and newspaper articles to see how the different steps from here to the future all seemed so perfectly normal when they occurred.
I was happy to hear today that Requiem of the Human Soul was named one of the finalists in the Science Fiction category of the 2009 Reader Views Awards.
Here’s the review of the book by Reader Views from August 2009 by Paige Lovitt:
In the late 22nd century, earth is ruled by d-humans. These are people who have been genetically designed. Seen as superior beings, they view the primals, people who have been unaltered, as genetically inferior and frail. Primals are susceptible to getting diseases and genetic disorders. While d-humans might seem superior, somewhere along the way, they seem to have lost their soul.
When the UN proposes PEPS (Proposed Extinction of the Primal Species), primal Eusebio Franklin is chosen to defend the primals to allow their existence to continue. Having to review the often times violent history of primals, Eusebio gets questioned about their responsibility in the massacre of indigenous people and the forced extinction of species of animals. While history doesn’t look good for the primals a renegade group called the Rejectionists help Eusebio to see what the d-humans are up to. As with incidents that have taken place throughout our history that have murdered and wronged many, the d-humans don’t seem to be much different. They just seem to have better control over enforcing their goals. The Rejectionists offer Eusebio an opportunity to help save the future of the primals, but in taking action, Eusebio will be responsible for killing millions – including himself.
Eusebio has much to decide. Relying mainly on his heart and his love for his people, he tries to do what is right. He is an extremely spiritual soul who values the wisdom passed down from his ancestors. This makes Eusebio seem much more evolved than the d-humans.
“Requiem of the Human Soul” is incredibly deep and thought-provoking. The story is so much more than a fictional novel. Being that the book is set in the future, Eusebio would actually be representing me because I am a primal. Looking at the plot from this perspective really added to how I viewed the story and our violent history. It seems silly that Eusebio is on trial for atrocities committed by his ancestors, yet this attitude is pervasive today with many cultures and there are many people killing others in the name of their gods. Also, even though Eusebio was not physically genetically superior to the others, his soul made him so. Even though they might try, the soul is something that cannot be created by science. I highly recommend this novel, “Requiem of the Human Soul” by Jeremy R. Lent. I think that people who have interests in bio-ethics will really enjoy it.