The Republic of Helios is a science fiction novel that is both about the terraforming of Mars and the setting up of a new government, an improved government, the Republic of Helios. The Republic of Helios is both an adventure in space and a novel of ideas. All that has to be accepted is teleportation devices have been invented and that the words of Spinoza be accepted as showing how Spinozists act. All else follows logically. The Republic of Helios is not escapism. If you are looking for some escapist entertainment, that you can read and forget, a kind of enterainment which I am not opposed to, The Republic of Helios is not the book for you. I hope you find the novel an entertainment and can entertain the ideas on government found in the book
Richard Thorne has invented a device that can teleport objects. The devices, called Topoi, can be easily and inexpensively constructed. With Topoi devices, transportation costs are almost nil. There is a catch. If there are no receiving Topoi at destinations objects when teleported explode at destinations. Topoi could be used as WMD letting lone wolves destroy nations taking Earth back to the Paleolithic. Topoi could also be used to open the solar system to human habitation and colonies. Topoi could be used to terraform Mars in decades rather than millennia. Richard is determined to keep Topoi tech under tight control, however, he is also determined to terraform Mars. To fund operations Richard sets up Helios Transportation to teleport satellites to Earth orbit. The first step is setting up a station on the Moon where employees of Helios Transportation cannot be attacked.
Besides opening Mars to human habitation Richard is setting up a new nation, with a new improved government, the Republic of Helios. The Republic of Helios is Book 1 of The Anti-Apocalypse Trilogy. The Republic of Helios is a novel of ideas as well an adventure in space. In the Republic of Helios the Earth is seen as being led to catastrophe by Spinozists who act esoterically. In Spinoza’s view, individuals have a natural right to everything that he or she desires and can take. For Spinoza an individual’s right is equivalent to his or her power. Spinoza also held that those who can deceive have the right to deceive. Spinozists in the Republic of Helios closely follow Spinoza on power, right, and deception. In the Republic of Helios Spinozists seek to maintain facades of gentility while working to undermine the West.
About Thomas Berry
I was correctly diagnosed with schizophrenia decades ago. That diagnosis would no longer apply now. Being on disability I had a lot of time to read. i mostly read philosophy about which I became very disenchanted. I also came to the conclusion that academic philosophy was not the harmless puzzle solving activity that academic philosophy appears to be. I was amidst a personal apocalypse and could not relate at all to apocalyptic entertainments. I also had an early love for science fiction. The Republic of Helios combines my disenchantment with academic philosophy, my repulsion at apocalyptic entertainments with my love for science fiction. Do I believe there is a Spinozist group amidst the West? I do. Academic philosophers, who reason endlessly, have no place to run to except Spinoza. The Republic of Helios can be found at Smashwords and other web retail E-book outlets.
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