Portals in a Northern Sky

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PORTALS IN A NORTHERN SKY envisions a technology that will change the world forever--a vantage point from space that plays back any event of history in real time. Carrying a strong secular life message about philosophy and education, the story follows an adventure into the Alaska wilderness, wrestles with urban drug wars and racial discrimination, and traces the fortunes of a family's quest for gold.

Described as a thinking person's novel, a love letter to Alaska, and a tribute to Jack London and Herman Melville, Portals is an epic novel of invention, discovery, betrayal, and life transition. Featuring a telescopic view into the past, a journey through literature and philosophy, and an unforgettable cast of characters, Portals is a meditation on the concept of fate.

"Charles Hayes, one of the great existential pathfinders of the modern age, has produced a masterpiece, a work of genius, in the form of Portals in a Northern Sky. This fascinating and exquisitely crafted story unfolds against a sweeping landscape of nature, history, and culture, and is woven together into a magnificent tapestry of insight and wisdom. Hayes takes the reader on an unforgettable journey that unveils lost secrets about the art of creative and meaningful living. Portals in a Northern Sky is the ultimate thinking person's novel, one that is certain to become a classic for future generations to enjoy and cherish. Absolutely essential reading."

John F. Schumaker, Author of Wings of Illusion and The Age of Insanity

"Reading Portals is like looking through a kaleidoscope in which breakneck adventure and science fiction occasionally reconfigure themselves into patterns of ancient wisdom--don't start unless you have enough time to finish it, because you won't be able to put it down."

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Author of Flow and The Evolving Self

"Portals in a Northern Sky is a delightfully different book, truly in a class by itself--among other things a science-fiction novel, a thriller, a meditation on fate, and a love letter to Alaska. Readable and rewarding on all counts."

Walter Truett Anderson, Author of The Truth About the Truth and All Connected Now

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Charles D. Hayes is a self-taught philosopher and one of America's strongest voices in support of lifelong learning. Promoting the idea that education should be thought of not as something you get but as something you take, his work has been honored by the American Library Association and featured in USA Today, in the UTNE Reader, and on National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation.

Hayes' September University: Summoning Passion for an Unfinished Life has been described as a "must read" for anyone aspiring to a better world. His previous book, The Rapture of Maturity: A Legacy of Lifelong Learning, upholds the importance of seeking truth and serving others to achieve our full potential as human beings. Hayes spent his youth in Texas, and then served as a U.S. Marine and a police officer before embarking on a career in the oil industry. Alaska has been his home for more than 40 years.

From Publishers Weekly:

Charles Douglas Hayes, self-taught philosopher and self-help book author (Beyond the American Dream), combines several genres-thriller, historical, SF-in his ambitious first novel, Portals in a Northern Sky, in which the U.S. president is set to reveal a new technology capable of showing the past in real time. Literary allusions to everyone from Herman Melville to Ayn Rand abound.
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