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Arthur van Kaseman is the nom de plume of a New York City corporate planning consultant with degrees in philosophy, government and law. A member of the World Future Society, American Management Association and the Libertarian Futurist Society, he has shown many a venture the way out of darkness into a brighter future. Mr. Van Kaseman resides in Brooklyn with 2 cats, 3 birds and some fish. He has a daughter, Amanda, Down Under.
Arthur Van Kaseman illuminates an intriguing story about humanity’s survival on Earth in his novel The Mitosis Hegemony. The books puts the reader into the world as soon as the first event happens. An anomaly occurs within space causing many of the world’s nations to go on high alert. A group of scientists are contacted by a race of aliens who want to help humans with their problems of global warming, overpopulation, and pollution. The aliens, known as Magla, announce that they will aid humanity in four primary goals: restore the planet, elevate the life of all citizens, achieve interplanetary travel, and prevent the use and exportation nuclear weaponry.
The Magla held a conference to discuss what needed to be done to effectively change Earth. They stated electricity should be the next primary energy source used. Solar energy would be harvested from the lunar orbit using satellite panels and then transmitted to Earth. A company called Lunasol would be the sole operator and profits would be distributed among all of living recipients. In order to use Lunasol and its profits, a country had to relinquish its nuclear weapons and adopt the “Declaration of Universal Human Rights”. The declaration called for a new system of government known as direct democracy. Once the world gained news of the conference, the question of change was brought to a vote.
The reader is introduced to ideas centered on politics, poverty, and war. The battle for hegemony over Earth rages. America, Russia, and the European Union struggle to ensure their way of living. While other countries like China and India put the declaration into effect. As more the story is explained issues surrounding technology and human evolution also come into question.
I like that each character in the book adds a different aspect to the story; being either military, scientific, or civilian. There is also a sense of mystery that builds throughout the tale. It adds twists and turns in the plot. One of my favorite aspects of this book is the way that it is written. It could’ve happened yesterday or be years into the future. Towards the end of the novel, some situations were quickly written over. While Van Kaseman wrote with the emphasis on closure, I would have liked more detail involving a few circumstances.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s a written in a way that is believable and for a couple moments made me think, “This is totally real. They’re out among us! Viva Magla!” I will be on the lookout for more work by Arthur Van Kaseman.
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