Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Guest Post /Virtual Tour ~ Philip Stott

Have you ever listened to a great speaker say something that won't let you go? A few years ago I heard John Patric say, “For years we said the Bible can't be true because it spoke of the Hittites, and there were no Hittites. Then we dug up the Hittites.”

Brings to mind some interesting things we did dig up that proved the Bible can't be true. Things like the dinosaurs. They died out millions of years ago. But then Mary Schweitzer dug up Tyrannosaurus bones which had blood vessels ... still flexible … still containing blood cells. Knowing what we know about blood and blood vessels that ought to make a thinking person think.

And then research programs like the “encode project” came along. Turns out we had made some big mistakes in our ideas about DNA. It came as a shock when we found that mutations are degrading DNA at such a rate that life is heading for “error catastrophe”. Heading there so quickly that many have been asking, “how can life have been around for millions of years?”.

Good question.

Could the answer be that life has not been around for millions of years? Reminds me of something memorable from John Eddy, one of the world's top astronomers. He said he doesn't think there is much observational evidence in astronomy that the earth and sun are older than Bishop Ussher's estimate - about 6000 years.

So maybe Another World is not so far out in taking the Bible's time scale seriously. It deals with one of its greatest stories. The flood.

Not much fiction has been written about the flood and the pre-flood world. A bit surprising since a lot of things point to a fascinating society. An advanced society with highly developed science and technology. When the post-flood civilisations like the Egyptians and the Greeks looked back they spoke of “The Golden Age”. But although its technology was advanced it fell into moral decay and became rotten to the core.

In this violent high-tech world we travel with Japheth, one of Noah's sons and share his struggles and tribulations. He has to contend with thugs, bent police, crooked businessmen and vicious human traffickers, but he teams up with a few really fine people. Malech and his stunning daughter, Lal, whose talent as an actress turns out to be crucial. Professor Zalomo, head of Salem University's Astronomy department, who comes within an ace of putting it all together. Besides brains, grit, will-power and a bit of luck it takes teamwork to get Japh through to his family's earth-shattering date with destiny. The team is there for you to meet them in Another World.

About the author ~ 

 Philip Stott was born in England in 1943. He studied at Manchester University, where he obtained B.S. (with honours) and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He lectured at universities in Nigeria and South Africa and carried out research in the analysis of geometrically nonlinear structures. He shared the Henry Adams Award for outstanding research in 1969. While lecturing at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, he studied biology. After leaving Wits he joined an engineering consulting firm. His ongoing interest in all aspects of science led to studies in mathematics and astronomy with the University of South Africa and, later, to four years of part-time research with the Applied Mathematics Department of the University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

After many years as a firm atheist, he was converted to Christianity in 1976. Following several years of studying the conflicting claims of secular science and Scripture, he actively entered the Creation/Evolution debate in 1989.

In 1992, he was invited to address a conference in Russia and since then has lectured, addressed conferences, and taken part in debates in eastern and western Europe, America, Canada, and southern Africa. Venues have included the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), a UNESCO International Conference on the Teaching of Physics, and the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Philip Stott is married to Margaret (born Lloyd). They have two children, Robert and Angela; and two grandchildren, Sean and Julie. They live in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

You can read more about Philip and his novel, Another World at Nordskog Publishing 

Another World 

An action-filled novel that combines Biblical and scientific themes with heart-racing adventure. 
Traveling by mag-sled, Japh overnights in a bronto-infested floating forest. A scream in the night, a sudden devastating crash of[either insert the word devastation after of, or delete of for briefer excerpt], and flight becomes the only option, beginning a stunning chain of events which will change not only his life, but the entire course of history.

At every turn, evil has flooded the earth. Unbridled deceit, immorality, murder, and mayhem leave the godly remnant in dire straights with constant peril the only certainty. As the earth is shaken, its very survival and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

Read the Excerpt!

After he had splattered his son’s brains out all over the sledway, it was all he could do to stop himself from burying his head in his hands and weeping in front of his men.  He hated himself for striking that blow, but he’d had to do it.  Couldn’t let him suffer for hours—no chance he could live with his guts torn and spilling out, not even if they could have got him to a doctor.  Shouldn’t let anyone else finish him off, either. 

But he’d had to put on a show of indifference.  In a gang like this, the first sign of weakness would mean a knife in the back before the day was out.

Make sure to visit Philip at his other stops on his Virtual Tour

Wednesday, October 6
Interviewed at The Book Connection
Thursday, October 7
Guest blogging at Paperback Writer
Friday, October 8
Book spotlighted at Book Tours and More
Monday, October 11
Book reviewed at Just One More Paragraph
Tuesday, October 12
Book reviewed at RBC Library
Wednesday, October 13
Guest blogging at Inkyblots
Thursday, October 14
Guest blogging at Life in the First Draft
Friday, October 15
Guest blogging at Life in the First Draft
Monday, October 18
Interviewed at Blogcritics
Tuesday, October 19
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, October 20
Interviewed at Examiner
Thursday, October 21
Book spotlighted at The Plot
Friday, October 22
Guest blogging at The Plot
Monday, October 25
Interviewed at American Chronicle
Tuesday, October 26
Interviewed at Broowaha
Book reviewed at Books I Recommend
Wednesday, October 27
Book reviewed at My Favorite Things
Thursday, October 28
Book reviewed at Pitching Pencils