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Ethan Gage is in trouble again.
When HarperCollins decided last year that the series had run its commercial course and declined to contract for book eight, I thought they might have a point. I warned readers of this blog that Ethan looked headed for retirement.
But a bunch of you shouted, ‘No Way!’ and urged me to keep the Gage family going – possibly through independent publication.
So I am, because I find Ethan and Astiza irresistible. Exactly when and how the next Ethan Gage will appear is yet to be determined (other publishers are pondering) but I can tell you I’ve got him struggling in a Russian snowstorm, while writing on superb Pacific Northwest 80-degree summer days.
Young Harry is standing alertly by, as well.
Congratulate yourselves. It’s all your fault.
The next Ethan Gage novel is in fact one of five book projects I’ve got underway, three of them already written and poised for publication. If you tote up all the other Gage novels I’ve sketched and other book ideas that are somewhere in the idea-to-started stage, you come up with about fifteen more, which should keep me busy until Valentine’s Day, at least.
I’ve found I have as much trouble trying to […]
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Evolutionary biologists who strip life to its essentials have suggested that humans are basically just DNA replication machines.
Purpose of life? To pass on our DNA code of nucleotides, in combination with a partner’s, to succeeding generations. All the work, love, ambition and angst is, in the end, a lot of sound and fury about maximizing the chances of successful replication of our genetic code. Brains, money, opposable thumbs, poetry: it’s just DNA strategy.
This doesn’t fit our intellectual and spiritual convictions about our own self-importance. To suggest the purpose of life is to perpetuate a string of amino acids is a little deflating.
But it’s simpler.
The cycle is clearer in animals. For all their glory, butterflies emerge, feed, mate, lay eggs, hatch as caterpillars, pupate, and emerge…to make more butterflies.
And yes, there is homosexuality in both the human and animal realms, but they share the sexual imperative that drives reproduction.
This biological musing came up recently when watching my one-year-old grandson Isaac, and while visiting an old growth forest with a noted ecologist.
Isaac has a lot going on. He can’t walk yet but works constantly on moving, boosting higher, and manipulating toys with his fingers. He is intrigued when he spots his […]