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 historic repetitive behavior, such as the abuse of power and acts of kindness, the light and the 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).
The central premise: death is another dimension of life similar to dreams, but 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 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 at the end of the same year. The turbulent and destructive political and cultural “shelter-in-place” climate during this time 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.