A Proposal For Verifying The Reliability of Our Understanding of Earth, Based Upon A Random Teenager's Understanding of Earth.
Kids can't understand Philosophy.
I aim to change both statements.
(My novel Zeebo: The Extra Ordinary Extra Terrestrial is about Existence.)
Nian, a visiting alien from Planet Zeebo, researches his Thesis:
“A Proposal For Verifying the Reliability of Our Understanding of Earth, Based Upon a Random Teenager’s Understanding of Earth.”
(Young Adult Literature, Philosophy, Science Faction, Based on Real events)
It functions as Young Adult Literature, while simultaneously serving as an introduction to Philosophy. I address the Human Condition as Joe, an ordinary boy, attempts to find his place on Earth. My limitation was reality, so
everything in the text is inspired by Real events.
Not Science Fiction, instead Science Faction. Science affirms: Matter can neither be created nor destroyed. I aspire to create a book that matters.
To have readers re-evaluate & appreciate existence. Thus my end date of 4/22/12, Sunday: Earth Day.
In his book Émile, Rousseau states, “reading is the scourge of childhood, for books teach us to talk about things we know nothing about.” (Note the irony of writing a book.)
Socrates notes, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Therefore, I write to make lives worth living.
I chose to write a book about no thing, where nothing happens, but it means everything.
Zeebo reveals the extra ordinary events that we miss everyday, while challenging the reader's understanding of Earth & Existence. I use analogies, allusions, & facts to explain it simply.
The common denominator is revealed in the style, which emulates real, everyday non sequitur teen conversations about endless topics without any resolutions, talking about nothing, but meaning everything.
I want to be environmentally friendly (Remember: Deadline is Earth Day 4/22/12). Thus, eBooks & iBooks have a minimal carbon footprint, including the delivery of a digital book. Inclusively, the way I conceived the text is in-line with iBooks.
Atrophy in Young Adult Literature:
My novel is a response to the current atrophy in Young Adult Literature. Consequently, with no VampireZomibeWolfWitchSuperHero there is no room for an Ordinary Boy & an Extra Ordinary Extra Terrestrial.
Inclusively, it is a response to the pandemic Reality TV plague. Reality TV is not Reality, & the parts that are real are vacuous & meaningless. Thus, I present Real Reality in order to add substance.
You may long for the nostalgia of paperbacks, but the decline of the Post Office, Newspapers, & Libraries are evidence that this is for the next generation of readers.
Ultimately, I want the book to be available for Free to anyone who wants to read it, because that is how much I believe in the importance of the text. Your benefits for supporting are receiving the text far in advance (like the release of midnight screenings & iPhones/iPads demonstrate), plus contributing to an extraordinary revolution in Young Adult Literature (imagine having stock in Google on Day One), &, of course, the REWARDS.
Money will be used:
- To pay for the upgrades necessary to run iBooks author
- To Copyright the novel
- To buy an ISBN
- To pay for Trademarks
- To Copyright the music
- To pay for the cover art
- To create an audio book
- To go on location to Santa Fe, (& around the world budget permitting), to take my own pictures of the various locations in the text.
- If I reach the $1,000,000,000 mark, then my supporters can use me as a personal photographer at any location you live in, or near, mentioned in the text. (Not including Planet Zeebo, unless you have the funds to pay for the trip, then yeah, we can negotiate space travel.)
- Ideally, I would be able to get a Graphic Designer to do animated charts for all the stats in the text
- To pay for iPads (starting price $499 plus tax) as a “Thank You” to everyone who volunteered to read, proof-read, or be my focus group (since iBooks can only be read on an iPad).
- To pay for the “Thank You” gifts we will be sending out to Donors
Censored Book Cover
...Uncensored Book Cover...
...Flag from Planet Zeebo...
<Self-Portait & Zeebo content Copyright of GGonzaliz, all rights reserved>
<Clip art courtesy of microsoft clip art office>
<Voice over using Text2Speech app>
<Trailer made with Keynote & iMovie>
<Music made using Garageband>
<Song: "_Just this once, I'd like not to be a Robot_" by The Exquisite Pink Fish of Insomnia - all rights reserved>
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