EXCERPT from Science Fiction novel about Watchtower religion (21 pages)

by Terry 13 Replies latest jw friends

  • Terry

    So many of you have sent me e-mails and messages asking how in the world

    it was possible to write a science fiction novel about the Watchtower religion.

    I decided to share the first 21 pages to answer this question.



    I endeavored, as far as possible, to stay historically accurate. However, obviously the book is fiction and only a numbskull would be confused as to which parts are made up. I mean--MARS--duh! :)


    The book is available on Amazon or at Lulu.com

  • slimboyfat
    What a cool idea I have often thought JWs would make a great subject for a futuristic or sci-fi novel.
  • Terry

    It was mad fun doing it. I got so carried away toward the end, believe it or not, I was writing 19 pages a day. Of course, after editing, I removed about 87 pages or else, I'd have ended up with WAR AND PEACE.

    The climax of the book takes place on Mars (which has been converted into a kind of Disneyland/ Las Vegas for the Watchtower Society. It's their new digs :)
    A climactic slaughter has been planned for the inaugural of the Monorail.

    I combined historic figures as well as turn of the century fictional hero, Jack Clayton (son of the Apeman wink-wink, nudge-nudge).

    It is a tribute to my favorite writer in my teens, Edgar Rice Burroughs.

  • slimboyfat
    The combination of real figures with imaginary outcomes is what seems fun about it.
  • Terry

    I fell in love with Louise Boyd. Wow! She was the real deal. I would have loved to have known her. Secondarily, Jack Clayton is a Burroughs character now in the public domain, so . . . duh--had to do it.

    Nikola Tesla, Roald Amundsen, Teddy Roosevelt are all larger-than-life real people with outsized personalities.

    I also sought to parallel H.G. Wells' own War of the Worlds by dovetailing my plotting directly into events occurring inside The War of the Worlds.
    I used the technique J.S. Bach used to write counterpoint, btw :)

  • blondie
  • Village Idiot
    Village Idiot

    slimboyfat: "...I have often thought JWs would make a great subject for a futuristic or sci-fi novel."

    Why give JWs a future?

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim
    Amazing stuff Terry. We always appreciate these things!!!!
  • Terry

    I confess to having had dreams of sitting in a movie theater and seeing all this unfolding on a giant screen.
    There is a scene near the end where a gigantic ape smashes through the Mars headquarters office of the GB leaders and rips the limbs off of one of the old fellas as he shrieks in terror.

    There is another scene when GB leaders are inaugurating the Monorail and a fearsome insurgency beheads and devours. . .oops! Don't want to give all the good stuff away :)

  • Terry

    Why give JWs a future?

    Ha! It is a future whereby the villains get their 'just desserts' and we

    ex-J-Dubs vicariously relish every moment of their reckoning!


    Just deserts vs. just desserts

    (The expression meaning that which is deserved was originally just deserts. The phrase is the last refuge of an obsolete meaning of desert—namely, something that is deserved or merited. But because most modern English speakers are unfamiliar with that old sense of desert, the phrase is often understandably written just desserts.

    Using just desserts is not a serious error, and it is much more common than just deserts in 21st-century texts. Some people still consider it wrong, however. Whether to pay this any heed is for each of us to decide for ourselves.)

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