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Eusebio Franklin, a school teacher from a small community, is faced with the most terrifying dilemma imaginable: should he carry out an act of mass terrorism in order to save the human race?
Eusebio has been chosen to defend our human race in a special session of the United Nations. It's the late 22nd century, and most people are genetically enhanced; Eusebio is among the minority that remain unimproved, known as Primals, consisting mostly of the impoverished global underclass. The UN is on the verge of implementing a "Proposed Extinction of the Primal Species" and Eusebio's been picked to represent his race in a last ditch legal effort to save the Primals from extinction.
It's a hearing like no other. Our human race is on trial. Our own sordid history - the devastation we've caused to indigenous cultures around the world, the destruction of our environment and of other species - becomes evidence in the case against our continued existence.
But as the hearing progresses, Eusebio is faced with a terrible decision. He's secretly visited by Yusef who represents the Rejectionists - a renegade group of Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus refusing to accept the d-humans' genetic optimization because it prevents them from knowing God. Yusef urges Eusebio to take the only meaningful action to save the human race from extinction: detonate a nuclear bomb hidden in the UN building in New York where the session is taking place.
As the story develops to its dramatic climax, Eusebio finds himself increasingly alienated from the d-human world, while Yusef's plot places him in an agonizing moral dilemma: whether to engage in an act of nuclear terrorism to preserve the human race.
In this novel, the reader faces challenging questions about spirituality, history and global politics: Could our race "evolve" itself to a higher plane? At what cost and benefit? If we lost what is now the "human race" as a result, would that be so bad, given our sordid and shameful history? On the other hand, is there something special, our soul, worth keeping at any price? Ultimately, the novel forces the reader to grapple with the fundamental question: what does it mean to be human?
AWARDS UPDATE: *** In March 2010, Requiem of the Human Soul won 2nd place in the Reader Views Literary Awards for the Science Fiction category.***
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Requiem of the Human Soul is my first novel. I wanted to write about where I saw our world going, and what it means for our human soul. Not the Judaeo-Christian immortal soul, but the kind we mean when we say: "That's got soul, man." I wanted to explore how genetic engineering may put the final nail in the coffin that Western civilization's been building around our soul for the past 500 years.
I tried to make the story believable - not some angst-ridden dystopia, but a realistic view of what the future may hold for our species.
Jeremy Lent, the author of The Requiem of the Human Soul, was born in England in 1960 but has spent most of his adult life in the United States, now living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He received his BA and MA in English Literature from Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1981, before coming to the United States, where he met his future wife, Molly, in California.
After several years traveling in Latin America, Jeremy earned an MBA at the University of Chicago and began a business career in management consulting. In 1996, he founded an Internet company which went public in 1999. This company, NextCard, was the first in the world to enable people to apply for a credit card and get accepted online, in real time. In 2000, he stepped aside from the CEO role to help look after Molly, who was suffering exacerbations from a chronic illness.
Since then, Jeremy has pursued a vocation in writing. The Requiem of the Human Soul is his first novel.
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Book Description Libros Libertad, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0981073506
Book Description Libros Libertad, 2009. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110981073506