The Center’s Edge Revisited
The lives of polar-opposite individuals become reincarnated through four unique periods in history for a reason. The novel is divided into four sections. Book 1: TRIBES (The Dawn of Civilization). Book 2: EMPIRES (The Rise of the Roman Empire). Book 3: NATIONS (The Decline of the United States). Book 4: SPACE (The Quest for Extraterrestrial Life). As these characters are reborn into different times, they change gender, reunite, and are drawn to one another, vaguely aware they have a connection in some inexplicable way. The story’s premise revolves around the idea that death is another dimension of life, similar to our dreams, yet a timeless journey that can be revisited and revised.
My first attempt at writing this novel occurred between 1971 and 1975. The idea for the story came to me while I was on a backpacking trip and high on a mountain top in the Grand Tetons. The manuscript was written and copyrighted but never published. I concluded this monumental concept for a novel needed time for maturation, along with my skill as a writer. After forty-five years, I decided to revisit this novel idea. I started rewriting the story in the spring of 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic and finished it at the end of the same year. The revised story is heavily influenced by the political and cultural “shelter-in-place” climate during this period in time. Aside from the working title, The Center’s Edge, along with the book’s four-part structure and the general concept of reincarnation, few elements from the original story have remained.