The Center’s Edge Revisited
The lives of polar-opposite individuals become reincarnated through time.
The novel is a twilight-zone saga about the universe as a spiral, depicting repetitive behavior historically – acts of kindness, abuses of power – the light and dark of humanity evolving toward a meaning of life beyond death.
The story is divided into four parts. Book 1: TRIBES (Dawn of Civilization). Book 2: EMPIRES (Rise of Imperial Rome). Book 3: NATIONS (Fall of the United States). Book 4: ALIENS (Life Beyond Earth).
Book 1 presents a view of civilization at its beginnings where tribal cooperation and rivalry coincide, producing both goodwill and cruelty, innovations in weaponry, medicine, and the arts.
Book 2 illustrates the result of population growth, cities forming governments, class structures, power struggles, and the accumulation of wealth through warfare and slavery.
Book 3 is told as a shocking mythological metaphor, an aberration of an inverted Handmaid’s Tale, to depict the political insanity and state of disunion during the year 2020 with an autocratic attempt to overthrow democracy.
Book 4 presents a future in which astronauts, searching for extraterrestrial life, enter the abyss of a black hole and are transformed metaphysically by gaining the dimension of time travel and knowledge of their reincarnations.
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 atop 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 and revise this novel idea. I started rewriting the story in the spring of 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic and finished it a year later. The turbulent and destructive political and cultural climate during this “shelter-in-place” period influenced the story. Aside from the initial working title, The Center’s Edge, along with the book’s four-part structure and premise of reincarnation, few elements from the original story have remained.