The future of our species rests on asking hard questions rather than in accepting easy answers.
Even as the author, I find it difficult to succinctly fit the work cleanly into a single literary genre. Following is a brief explanation of the premise.
Nothing saddens me more than the great ongoing cultural war between science and religion. They are two of my favorite topics and research pursuits. Both are methods of pursuing truth about ourselves, our world, and the how and why of our existence.
Observing, participating, and thinking about this debate for many years, I’ve concluded that open-minded theists and scientists are not at war with each other. They are, broadly, interested in finding out the truth and not being completely bound by every old story or the scientific method to find that truth.
The battle lines are drawn between blind faith and unyielding skepticism (popularly known as atheism). Those of us in those previous categories are persistently caught in the crossfire of the zero-sum debate. Yet, in many ways, blind faith theism and atheism are two sides of the same coin. They are emotional reactions to life experiences and the cultural conditioning of either-or. There is no room to give anything away to the enemy.
This manifests itself in science’s aversion to explaining consciousness – which it can’t – as anything more than firings of synapses in the brain. Conversely, it manifests in a religious aversion to things like space exploration or the existence of life outside Earth – both of which complicate the simple earth-based visions for the purpose of the universe and our existence.
I’ve been told my whole life that you should avoid talking about these issues and you certainly don’t want to go into the hornet’s nest that exists between science and religion.
Maria Love’s (my heroine) journey begins by asking some simple questions we all ask about the meaning of life…is this all there is? In the course of that search, she meets a woman who claims not only to have those answers but also to be a witness to the age-old misdirection of humanity. They embark on a journey – against the odds – to change the cultures of two worlds.
To do so, political, religious, and scientific paradigms of two planets must be shaken and the defenders of those systems are not eager for that to occur.
Finally, truths beyond this world – both natural and supernatural – force humanity to a point of decision.
The trilogy delves heavily into speculative thinking, another passion of mine, to describe alternate possibilities to the world we know and beliefs that have been drilled into us. Speculation is something both science and religion are challenged by. The former because speculations takes one beyond the evidence and the latter because speculation can lead one down paths that challenge the old stories. I happen to believe that speculation that allows us to put the puzzle pieces of our past and the potential of our future together are of significant moment in the 21st century. We are a species struggling with amnesia about our origins.
The Anunnaki Awakening series is one speculative trek down the rabbit hole of one set of possibilities told against the backdrop of fast-moving story with elements of alternative history, science fiction, ufology, and speculative thinking, and political thriller.
It is my hope that you will enjoy it as a fun piece of fiction and as a jumping off point for your own exploration of ideas.
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and focuses on empowering minds to think positively, achieve goals, and live dreams.
He is the author of the Anunnaki Awakening series (2015). Book 1 – Revelation – is now available in paperback and on Kindle. This trilogy takes Ancient Aliens out of the past and into the present. An interstellar, interdimensional journey ensues with humanity’s future hanging in the balance.