Chuck Rosenthal My Mistress, Humanity

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My Mistress, Humanity

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Not far in the future, catastrophic weather events have crippled the technological infrastructure of the world and humankind is on the verge of total annihilation. One man knows the secret and only one young woman can save the planet. From Chuck Rosenthal comes an apocalyptic vision of the future in My Mistress, Humanity.

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After the events of September 11th, we could not encounter a novel more timely. Like all of us, Rosenthal is concerned about the future of the planet. His dragon, a speaking advocate for animal rights and environmentalism, is also a metaphor for righteousness and the war on terrorism. Rosenthal's approach to terrorism is complex and philosophical. Change and compromise are necessary for humankind's survival.

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I got the idea to write My Mistress, Humanity at the theater while watching the Godzilla movie that's set in New York. I'd been reading Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and suddenly saw the connection. I think that Godzilla goes deep into our soul. He's the modern monster created when humanity steps over the line between science and Nature. An old Romantic theme. At his best, when he's not silly, Godzilla is Nature's revenge. So, what if Godzilla could talk? That was the leap. I thought about Godzilla talking and I gave my monster a voice. You know the other thing is that Frankenstein is a gorgeous book, meticulously narrated, full of depth and irony. I wanted to write a modern sci-fi/horror novel full of poetic language, depth, and irony. Of course, any good monster, like Dr. Frankenstein's, is sympathetic as well as horrible. Monsters have their reasons.

This new book is part of a continuing inquiry. I've been fascinated with animal behavior, issues of non-human intelligence, consciousness, communication, even morality for over twenty-five years. If animals are different from us in their concerns, nonetheless their intelligence is much higher than we suppose, and we tend to overestimate our own. Speciesism. I wanted to examine the assumptions of human planetary hegemony, our birthright from Adam. I started re-examining all those nature shows where well-intentioned scientists tagged and placed radio receivers on animals, then refused to interfere by allowing one to starve. Science inherited Adam's task. Through the eye of an animal, a monster, a dragon, the line between religious and scientific hegemony over the other species looks indistinguishable. In My Mistress, Humanity the dragon gets to make this explicit in dialogue with her creator.

Some people who have read the book have made a connection to the aftermath of September 11th. I didn't explicitly set out to write something about terrorism but in light of recent events, yes, the monster could be a metaphor for terrorism. What the monster does, where humanity is taken by the monster's actions, that's one possible future for us. We have the opportunity to act and improve the world without having to destroy it the way the monster does. I'm still optimistic about the future.

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