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Children of Destruction Published February 16, 2011

Posted by Al Philipson in Uncategorized.
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Children of Destruction, a science fiction novel by Al PhilipsonFaster Than Light has published Children of Destruction. It’s available  in eBook format at Amazon, Smashwords, and eventually several other outlets.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004NIFSXO

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/42055

It was originally titled The Eighth Day, but too many people were put off by the title (and it turns out that too many writers have used similar titles). Seems people thought it was a religious book of some sort (unintended consequences of poorly-thought-out choices). While it does have a small element of faith in it (the characters do worry about how their choices will affect their chances in the hereafter), that is hardly the main thrust of the story.

I’ve always thought that authors need to recognize that people (and possibly aliens) DO worry about “higher powers”. Some reject the idea, but they at least think about it. So, just about every society will have some sort of religion either dominant, hanging around, or underground and to ignore that reality is poor writing indeed, no matter what your personal beliefs.

Anyway, I got together with FTL (after a long discussion with some other talented authors and writers) and convinced them to rename the book Children of Destruction.



1. Louise Sorensen - December 2, 2012

Hi Al. I just finished Children of Destruction. It reminded a little of Robert Heinlein’s Lazurus Long stories. I was very surprised to find a hard science fiction story, and enjoyed it enormously. Had to recharge my tablet and stay up late.
Battery warning… Thanks so much will leave review. 🙂

Al Philipson - December 5, 2012

Thank you so much! Glad you liked it. And thanks for the review.

Yes, Heinlein was a major influence on me. I’ve been a SF fan for decades and as I was growing up, he was always writing to my age group. The world lost a great talent when he died.

Al Philipson - January 1, 2013

Looking forward to reading your review.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and will enjoy a great 2013. We’re baking a ham (using Jean’s Honey Mustard Glaze) and serving it with potatoes au gratin.

2. Angel Locke Hall - January 16, 2013

I really enjoyed the book. Book one more than book two admittedly. Thank you for sharing your creativity.

Al Philipson - January 16, 2013

Thank you. I love it when people enjoy my scrivenings. Actually, I enjoyed writing book one more than two, so I guess we both feel the same about it.

Book two came about because I just couldn’t leave the story hanging. Extending the history became a driving force that wouldn’t be ignored. There were too many unanswered questions in book one (like the explanation for the disaster and what became of Buck’s descendants).

Thanks again for your note. Please tell all your friends (at least the ones that like science fiction) and perhaps, if you can find it in your heart, the folks who shop at Amazon. Good reviews are an author’s friend. Especially artificial authors like me 🙂

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