Thursday, May 15, 2014

Prophet Wacko by Thomas Leo: Spotlight


Hilarious and flippant sci-fi, tempered by the solemn profundity of the human condition. It features extraterrestrials, bigfoots, and a handful of level-headed humans struggling to make sense of unprecedented circumstances on their home planet. An advanced species of aliens, Xenkonians, pretend to be God.

Their purpose? To convince humanity to blissfully accept cranial tubing in order to harvest their melatonin, which just happens to have the same chemical properties as a powerful recreational narcotic, but with even better effect. It also enhances the telepathic ability of the few Xenkonians predisposed to telepathy, including an egomaniac military leader hell-bent on conquering the galaxy.

God is created by exploiting an ancient channeling species, the Hoo'qqai, who have a history of benevolently imitating God to influence and guide less-evolved species throughout the galaxy. The Xenkonians send an avatar in human form to earth, channeled by an elder and somewhat reluctant Hoo'qqai, whose initial mission is to unite humanity's religions, then create a new religious order controlled by the avatar.

But the mission gets sidetracked when the mind of an old Xenkonian mute monk, with a decidedly Zen disposition and a fondness for gambling, finds its way into the avatar's body. The avatar befriends a young atheistic hermit in the mountains of Oregon and the fun begins. Earth will never be the same.

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Thomas Leo was born and raised in Indianapolis. As a young man, he forwent formal education, opting instead to travel and collect experiences. He held various jobs to support this lifestyle, including chef, hospital orderly, construction worker, roadie, book- store clerk, farmhand, flower deliverer, English teacher, and coordinator for international relations for a local government in Japan. Intermittently, he was the occasional student. One community college and five universities later, he had a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies and Japanese Language and Literature and a law degree. Since then Thomas has been based at various times in Tokyo, London, Helsinki, San Francisco, and Singapore. Thomas is married and has two children.

Prophet Wacko is his first novel.

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