Zen Inspiration Rescues Memoirist Wanda Hennig

Zen Inspiration Rescues Memoirist Wanda Hennig

Binge eating and sensual pleasures, apocalypse and government spies, a way of life and taking chances are the prevalent themes of this month’s books.

 

 

 

 

Gaia by Morton Chalfy (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015, $14.99, 372 pp.)

Science fiction meets intrigue in this futuristic novel that one reviewer characterized as “Hippie speculative fantasy.” It features Harrison Barnes, an urban studies professor; his grandson, Lucas; a religion known as “Gaia;” and Maeve, a Gaian high priestess in training. Global warming has taken its toll, with wastelands and life as we know it very different. Government spies, robots, embedded chips embedded, and a life-altering hard drive device figure prominently in the plot, as do community sub-sects like Vegans and Buffalo Hunters. Alamedans may recognize Chalfy’s byline from the “Amblin’ Alameda” blog he wrote for The Alamedan.