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Traveling in Space
By Steven Paul Leiva
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"Humanity is a strange and unusual species. Traveling in Space is a unique spin of science fiction as a group of travelers from deeper space come across the strange blue planet of Earth and begin to observe the unusual life that lives there, a people who are both self-destructive and creative and impossible for the outside to truly understand. With much humor and much to think about, Traveling in Space"is a fine pick, not to be overlooked."
Traveling in Space is a unique science fiction first contact novel written from the point-of-view of the aliens, a 21st Century Gulliver's Travels with Homo sapiens as the Lilliputians.
PRAISE FOR STEVEN PAUL LEIVA
AND TRAVELING IN SPACE
"Steven Leiva not only promises, but delivers!" — Ray Bradbury
"Leiva's immense gifts are matched only by his wry, biting wit" — Paul Provenza, author of ¡Satiristas!, director of The Aristocrats, and host of Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza.
"Wry humor, intellectual insight and terrific story telling are the consistent signatures of Leiva's work." — Ken Kragen, legendary Hollywood producer/manager
"This book is bloody brilliant!" — Nate, "NoMoreCrazyPeople" on the Rational Response Squad Forum
The book is deeply informed by Steven Leiva's desire to see the rational prevail over the irrational as therein lies, he believes, maturity for our species and thus a greater chance for us to evolve and survive into the far future. Ponderous, pretentious and possibly pompous as that all sounds the book is still a satire and offers a fair amount of entertainment along with its good thinking. Traveling in Space is a fantastic read — satirically funny, philosophically sound and just one hell of a good story.
The last thing the factfinders — who call themselves Life — expected to find while traveling in space in The Curious on a mission from their planet, The Living World, was other life. But one day they stumble upon the third planet out from a backwater sun and find it teeming with a vast diversity of life including one sentient and cognizant, if primitive, species that they dub: Otherlife.
Being not only from The Curious but inherently curious themselves they begin to study the Otherlife and their alien culture, discovering such strange things as: marriage, intoxicating drinks, weapons of minor and mass destruction, the gleeful inhaling of toxic substances, two-parent families, layered language, genocide, non-nude bathing, and — the strangest thing of all — religion. This first contact between Life and Otherlife, disconcerting for both, has moments of humor and moments of horror — and neither escape the encounter unchanged.
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Listen to audio interviews on The Stuph File and The Ardent Atheist.
Watch the author's short reading at the West Hollywood Book Fair 2011.
Watch a YouTube video of the author reading the first chapter.
Read Russell Blackford's review on Metamagician and the Hellfire Club