This book shines a provocative searchlight on humanity and the technology we carry in our heads and on our backs. All of our gaudy and high tech trappings are shown to be the answer to a long term need of Nature. Modern civilization is seen as the answer to life's desire to cast its seeds to the cosmos.
The three classical Kingdoms of Animal, Vegetable and Mineral ruled for billions of years before mankind. However, within these Kingdoms, there was no way to carry the precious seeds of life beyond earth to one or more new planets. A new Fourth Kingdom, a blending of Animal and Mineral, would be needed.
The thrust of this book is to prove that humanity's singular and primary role in Nature is as seed carrier to the Universe. The stakes are high. Life can be extinguished on this planet at any unknown time from any number of cosmic events, or environmental disaster on earth, or very probably minor variations in our sun, the nuclear fusion furnace which powers earth.
The consequences of failing to recognize this as our primary role in nature are shown to be the cause of a continuing dreadful scenario; war, terrorism, overpopulation, environmental crises and so on. A central noble cause to insure the survival of Earth's life is shown to be the answer to most of civilization's problems.
Our history and behavior, cultural oddities, indeed even our sexual emphasis and racial adaptations all point to our cosmic purpose.
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The Fourth Kingdom was accepted widely and with enthusiasm among those in the aerospace profession. In 1978 Bill Sauber was selected to be a part of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Distinguished Lecture program with a slide-supported lecture based on his book, The Fourth Kingdom. AIAA is the national organization for air and space professionals. While a lecturer normally is in this program for a year, Sauber was asked to stay on the program for another year because of member demand.(Letter from Richard C. Orth, Administrator, AIAA member services, May 9,1979) At the end of the program Orth in his letter of appreciation wrote the following personal note to Sauber:"My personal thanks for contributing to the consciousness raising of our members."(Letter of June 13, 1980)
The Distinguished Lecture Program took Sauber to AIAA chapters throughout the US. In addition the J. Walter Thompson agency was contracted By AIAA to arrange radio interviews in stations across the US. The radio talk-show hosts were amazed by the high audience response, nearly all favorable. Sauber also did numerous local and national TV appearances.
Sauber was also asked to give his Fourth Kingdom presentation at the Seventeenth Space Congress, a gathering in Cape Canaveral Florida on May 2, 1980 of top space professional from around the world. Sauber was part of a panel session entitled," A NEW ERA IN TECHNOLOGY-LIVING AND WORKING IN SPACE. Fellow panelists included Al Worden, Apollo 15 Command Module Pilot, who served as chairman of the panel session, Jack Lousma, Space Shuttle Astronaut who at that time held the time record in Space Lab. for the US, and Gene McCoy, NASA advanced planner. Worden introduced Sauber to the filled Cocoa Beach Theater as the man who would tell them, "why they were going out to space".
'Really says it" Al Worden, Astronaut (Inscription on cover of his book of poetry Hello Earth, to Sauber in 1979)
"found it very provocative. I have in turn recommended it to others on several occasions." Rusty Schweickart, Astronaut(letter to Sauber January 6, 1977-Shortly after this, Schweikart joined Gov. Brown of California as his assistant for Technology and I began hearing philosophy from the Fourth Kingdom coming from Brown-of course I thought he was totally right and the future will prove that. But Gov. Moonbeam!?"
Outside of aerospace professionals, there were other significant comments by significant people:
"We'll discover that it's one of the more important works of the 20th century"- Dr. Sidney R. Galler, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environmental Affairs, US Dept. of Commerce.(from talk at a special panel session on The Fourth Kingdom during the Technology Humanitarianism Seminar at the University of Michigan, October 27, 1976)
Well done!!! Terse, insightful, and helpful. I.....plan now to share its "message" with many classes and audiences....- Arthur Shostak, Professor of Sociology, Drexel University(Letter to Sauber Nov.1, 1976.)
"There is no more exciting subject than what we humans are and where we may be going."-Gene Roddenberry, Creator of Star Trek(letter to Paul Sutton, Public Relations Director, AQUARI, Feb. 3, 1976)
"I read it with great interest and found it to be a stimulating and extremely well integrated treatment of the present status of modern biology and related sciences" - Timothy E.O'Connor, Director, Division of Biological and Medical Research, Argonne National Laboratory.(In letter to Sauber March 11, 1977
From the print media:
"A small but impressive book written by a Midland man may jar most people's sensitivities, especially at Christmas"- Opening paragraph of a review by Fred Garrett, The Saginaw News, December 24, 1975.
"The Fourth Kingdom was the most fascinating book I've read in ages."- Nancy Konescu, The Saginaw News(in letter to Sauber Jan. 22, 1976
"Sauber's small book contains heady stuff. It's not meant for light reading.
It provides a summation in precise and readable format of much involved thoughts and works of sages in the past.
It offers a unique argument to those critics who feel our fledgling steps toward the beckoning stars have been too costly for what they've accomplished.
-Last three paragraphs of review by Howard Cogan, The Bay City Times, December 27, 1975 , entitled "A Look Into 'The Fourth Kingdom'".
"beautifully written and printed......a messianic vision"-From review by Clarence Olson, St. Louis Post Dispatch, January 18, 1976. However as a lay person at a time before the more recently discovered risks to earth were found by science, Olson went on to say about Sauber's book, "his philosophy is suspect".
"does furnish an intriguingly good introduction to Astrophilosphy--to 'The thoughts that shake mankind.'" -From review by Harry E. Ross, in "Spaceflight", March 1977 issue, published by The British Interplanetary Society. Harry Ross, as a senior long time member of the British Interplanetary Society, was among those who planned flights to the moon in the 1930's and in the past two decades designed a spaceship to go to the nearest star. He takes the totally opposite view from Olson. He saw no new concepts in The Fourth Kingdom; they were well known and accepted by someone with a long history of serious space exploration.
Since The Fourth Kingdom was published in 1975 many of Sauber's predictions have come to pass. Since publicaton of this book it has been found by science that the earth has been struck in the past with objects from space large enough to destroy most of earth's life, especially the more advanced species. The sun has been found to flicker, not enough to be serious yet. However, a variation of the sun's radiant energy by 5-10% could turn the earth into a life destroying oven or into an ice ball. Environmental effects could cause a runaway greenhouse effect and make life difficult if not impossible.
While The Fourth Kingdom was ahead of its time for the average reader in 1975, it is now timely and its philosophy fresh; it is a book to carry us through the next millennium.From the Author:
The concept of the Fourth Kingdom began while I was flying aboard a Capital Airlines Viscount from New York to Detroit in the early 1960's. While over Cleveland lightning struck the wing just outside where I was seated, temporarily blinding me. I reached the conclusion that at least the wing had blown off and it was all over. There were many bizarre circumstances accompanying this event, including the fact there had not been a thunderstorm in the area at the time. I found out later the lightning bolt had been powerful enough to blow a hole in the wing the size of an orange. We flew on to Detroit safely.
It was years later that I found out how just one lightning strike under similar circumstances had changed the lives of St. Paul and Martin Luther. St. Paul, then known as Saul of Tarsus, had been riding a horse on the road to Damascus when he was struck by lightning. This and other circumstances caused him to promptly stop his persecution of Christians and became Christianity's leading evangelist during the fragile beginnings of the church.
While Martin Luther was in law school and traveling in Germany, he underwent a soul-searing lightning experience not unlike that of St. Paul. He quickly dropped out of law school to become a priest in the Catholic Church; then went on to found the Lutheran Church.
However as a graduate engineer, I was the usual scientifically trained agnostic. That lightning strike over Cleveland had no mystical significance for me whatsoever.
Then while again flying from New York to Detroit in a Capital Airlines Viscount and while again over Cleveland, we were struck by lightning. This time the bolt struck the nose of the airplane but we landed safely. I still saw no significance in this event but it did get my attention. Two such terrifying lightning experiences in a relatively short period of time were to me coincidences with infinitely long odds, especially considering the strange circumstances in each case.
It turned out the two lightning strikes were only a prelude. In the next few years I was swept up in a virtual whirlpool of coincidental "happenings" with a few more lightning strikes thrown in so I would not miss their significance. I began to suspect that some coordinating force might be operating across the whole spectrum of living events. A wife and four children precluded me from the monastic life.
The synchronous weaving of events reached a crescendo during the Lenten and Easter season of 1967. The agnostic shell surrounding my thought processes was shattered. At the same time clues for the thesis of the Fourth Kingdom began to emerge. It seemed like I was being led by some cosmic mystical game of charades, albeit a very serious one, leading me to some important Truths
By the end of 1968 it felt like a truckload of truth had been dumped on me. However, because of the uncertainties of mysticism and the supernatural, I spent seven more years researching the realities of nature, science, the arts, human history including religious prophecy, and human behavior. As this research began to confirm the inspiration, I began writing The Fourth Kingdom.
The Fourth Kingdom therefore rests on scientific fact, historical circumstance and religious perspective as dramatic to me as the series of lightning strikes which motivated me in the beginnning.
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Book Description Aquari Books, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110916204006
Book Description Aquari Books, 1975. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0916204006