Dreaming the Future
Readings from AlignIt at Many Rivers in Sebastopol, California
July 9, 2015, 7:30 pm
July 9, 2015, 7:30 pm
How are the seeds of our future civilization cultivated? What could the Buddhism, Sufism, or Tantric Yoga of the future look like? How do we conceive new models of science, business and community? Author Rick Whitney will read from his new novel, AlignIt: A Tale for a New Civilization (Amazon, 2014) and explore utopian experiments. Set in the near future in Bayside Village, a marvelous and unlikely techno-utopia in the midst of dystopian Richmond, California, the novel follows protagonists Greg and Sara Cobb and their five year old daughter Tara on a week-long visit from Seattle to explore a move to this grand experiment.
Through a tour, orientation, and job interviews, the reader is conducted through the imaginative utopian world of The Bayside Village, encountering weird and wonderful technologies and social experiments. Get ready for idealists, gurus, scholars and skeptics. Philosophers seek an integration of traditional and modern science while sages unite diverse teachings in the Village’s projects, experiments, and technologies. Caught between fascination and concern, Greg and Sara face difficult choices. Should they heed the practical requirements of a grounded, responsible life, including the long road to Greg’s faculty tenure back home? Or should they heed a shared longing for a community of like-minded scholar-practitioners, and take bold new strides in their careers and family life? Readings will focus on seed ideas and questions aimed at shaping the future of our civilization.
Rick Whitney was born on Earth in the late 1960's (Gregorian calendar) and has lived there all his life so far. He has settled in the northern hemisphere, not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. Rick works by day at a world class research university helping important things happen; by night he steals away to his laptop in the side room of his California bungalow with the dog to bang out his second novel. Follow Rick Whitney and AlignIt at www.alignit.blogspot.com.
AlignIt is now available on Amazon.com. The novel and cover art are copyright 2014 by Rick Whitney. All rights reserved. This blog post is copyright 2014 by Rick Whitney, CC BY-NC. See more here: http://alignit.blogspot.com/search/label/License.