John Smith: Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars
by Roland Hughes
reviewed by Sherokee Ilse
"Earth That Was had a great many wonderful things. It also had horrible things. In the end, the Microsoft Wars were good for the planet because they eliminated the excess population and many horrible things. Oddly enough, the planet was about to do the same all on its own."
A reset button has been set. A cycle has ended and a new one begins. Will the survivors be able to access the knowledge that created electricity, computers, space travel, machines, nuclear power, and health care technology? Or will they find themselves back in a primitive world where the remaining batteries die; engines and motors stop because no one who knows how to fix them; and the knowledge of the ages perishes?
In an innovative style of storytelling—an interview with the last man standing from the Microsoft Wars and a novice reporter—history is reviewed with a twist that has potentiial repercussions for today. What if the lost world of Atlantis was more technologically advanced than present day? What if the world is on the edge of another polar shift, or a massive disaster, and man does not protect the knowledge in a form that can be utilized by those who follow? Paper, DVDs, and computer back-ups—would they survive a worldwide disaster? The author explains Easter Island, the Pyramids, religion and its impact on society, and science fiction stories with accurate depictions of things that had never been invented such as in the Jules Vern novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?
Mr. Roland's tale of facts, fables, and myths is a great read for those who love history and intrigue with a twist of science fiction thrown in for good measure. Some could see it as a warning about a future that has actually been experienced by past civilizations. If one believes the latter, the challenge to create a better long-lasting Disaster Plan is but one of the story's morals.
This is a book that can't easily be put down. It will have you researching past historical events and pondering directions for the future; or at a minimum, it will be a read you won't easily forget.
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