Doing the impossible

I did a book signing a few weeks back at Chapters in West Edmonton Mall, and there are a few advantages to do a book signing at that location. First, it’s close to where I live. Second, the mall, and thus the store, has good traffic and lots of potential buyers. Finally, there’s a Starbucks located in the bookstore, and coffee is absolute necessity for me to be spending hours at one spot. I would like to thank those who took pity on me sitting at the table and bought me coffee.

I actually had four books with me that day. Besides the Castle trilogy, I also had my first book Talnut, which I thought I’d talk about.

Talnut is a science fiction story of a young man, Carl, who was abducted by aliens and dropped in a zoo. Not an ordinary zoo, as there weren’t any cages or vendors selling hotdogs to visitors. However, he was placed on a peninsula, bounded by a sea and an impassable desert, which effectively locked him in. Besides Carl, there was a village of people who, for the most part, were descendents of others abducted by the aliens.

So Carl figures that the only way to get home to Earth is to get off the peninsula and to the mainland, where he suspects the aliens are. If they can take him away from Earth, they can also return him. I know he’s naive in thinking that, but he’s young and doesn’t know the word impossible. He also refuses to believe the witchdoctor’s daughter (Tanya) won’t agree to marry him, despite her statement she’s not allowed to marry and doesn’t even like him.

So Carl can’t get to the mainland by sea, or by land, and his love life is stalled by Tanya’s refusal to see his point of view. What can he do? At this point I’d like to bring in the famous Kobayashi Maru situation in Star Trek. Captain James T. Kirk manages to beat the no-win situation. Of course he cheated, but he did find a way to win.

If you want to know what Carl did to try to accomplish what he wanted, you’ll have to read the book. But also if you ever feel stymied on solving a problem, remember there’s always another option. If Captain Kirk can do the impossible, surely we can manage the improbable.

Jack Wear   Talnut link:


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15 Responses to “Doing the impossible”

  1. Ceres says:

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  2. Uma instalação impressionante. Verdadeiramente informativo e metrópole. Eu vejo o autor para a apresentação de um lugar tão cabeça fria. Este tipo de posts são sempre bookmarkable. Eu vou a esses lugares inatividade aqui toda a abstração.
    An impressive installation. Really informative and metropolis. I see the author for the presentation of a place so cold head. This kind of posts are always bookmarkable. I go to those places inactivity here all the abstraction.

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    I never knew that would be able to find for something like this is interesting and something that I would be able to look at when I find some free time!

  4. Niko Holmen says:

    Just wanted to say you have a great site and thanks for posting!…

  5. Jenny Twist says:

    Nothing is impossible. You can do anything if you believe you can. Liked the post, Jack
    Thanks Jenny- you’re the best

  6. Maria D. says:

    Very interesting post! Talnut sounds like a really interesting Sci-Fi book. Thanks for sharing.

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