The Galactic Catastrophe
Zak B. Tjewels' book, From the Depths of Heaven, the first in the series, Serious Pink & Satin Yellow, leads us into a world of fiction and fantasy, and deeper things for those who care to look (e.g. pseudoeschata, a hidden autobiography, spiritual insights, themes that parallel the suffering of half the world).
The story begins as our reluctant hero, Thorlainen, finds his mundane and generally pointless life disrupted by a galactic catastrophe just as he thinks of enjoying another hot mug of supersynthocafé. Everyone in the town dies and Thorlainen believes he is the only survivor.
He is wrong: the totalitarian system is still functioning on planet Tellus and he is in mortal danger. He flees his home - just in time. The disheartening idea of an eternal solitary life suddenly evaporates when he meets a young affluent woman with two children - who are expecting him, which is just one of the things he finds mystifying. Chitmaa gives him her passion, her desperate story about her father - and, Thorlainen, as a Non-Commercial-Being, is completely out of his depth. The centre point of the romance in the story describes an impossible relationship that occurs simply because outside forces determine it. However with danger all around them, for the moment, Thorlainen buries these perplexities and concentrates on staying alive and making good their escape.
The climax comes when they are sidetracked to attempt to free a compound full of deportees. At this point, Thorlainen realizes the freedom of all of them ultimately rests on his shoulders, and on his ability to skilfully operate the latest, fastest and untested Aquatransporter ever built.
Zak B. Tjewels spent his youth sailing the Caribbean and Mediterranean and has made sailing, designing, and building boats a way of life. His adventures have provided him with a kaleidoscope of various perspectives. However, Zak's adventurous life hit a reef when he came to live in Finland. His life dramatically changed when he found himself alone bringing up two children. Undaunted, he decided to stay and raise his children in Finland, and then he remarried. It can be tough in a foreign country and more, the '90s recession in Finland hit his family hard and Zak had to switch from designing workboats to studying computers, after which he was successfully employed by a software company as a technical writer, webmaster, and CD designer.
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