Gaia Imagines Life in the Future

Local author pens science fiction story

Gaia is a futuristic novel, a mystery, an adventure story and a polemic on conservation. Oh yes, in case you’re put off by a heartfelt argument for saving our environment, it is also a love story. This is the first of Alameda author Morton Chalfy’s books available in Kindle (and other reading devices) and in paperback. There are more in the production pipeline.

Both Lucas, an employee of a government spy agency, and his uncle Harrison, a liberal college professor, become embroiled in counterespionage when a plot to have all citizens "chipped" as a means of political control is uncovered. Lucas in unsure that his uncle’s solution of going with the Gaians, a cult-like group bent on saving the earth from further pollution, is a much better answer. It smacks too much of religion for his comfort. His objections are modified when he falls in love with Maeve, a member of the group’s leading cadre.

The reader’s interest is immediately captured by Chalfy’s innovative ideas on society in the future — how cities are constructed, how food production is handled and what is done with and by society’s dissenters such as the Vegans and the Buffalo Hunters.

The plot is lively. Who are the bad guys isn’t immediately clear but that some people are out to get Lucas is certain, as is the existence of enemies of the Gaian movement which Lucas is maneuvered into supporting far sooner than he would wish.

Gaia investigates the role of religion in securing co-operation in a shared ideal. The book speculates on where society is headed, socially and economically. For readers who prefer some romance with their politics the author weaves another love story, this time of mature individuals.

In short, Gaia is an excellent reading experience that simply begs for a sequel, which I’m sure is coming.

The book, in all forms, is available on Amazon.com and through the author at www.mortonchalfy.com.

Isadora Alman is a writer and therapist who lives in Alameda. Reach her via www.askisadora.com.