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Once-Other by [Nysschens, Lawrence M.]
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Length: 714 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Best Political SciFi yet. February 15, 2016 -- Once Other is an amazingly complex and intriguing caricature of the founding principles of our Republic set in the distant future. It seductively explores the opposite evolutionary ends of the spectrum for our Republic, and their battle for survival or dominance. Spinning a long and twisted web you can't escape from until the last word." --AMAZON. "A story that will draw you in! January 26, 2016 -- As others have said, this is a blend of science fiction, adventure, politics & morality. While it took me a while to catch on to the authors style, the concepts on the structure of a truly free society are pearls worth the work to obtain. Lawrence Nysschens brings you to a world of unimaginable hardship, yet the inhabitants thrive, all the while living with a system of governance that actually works to advance a individuals personal goals. I really enjoyed it & look forward to his next effort!" --AMAZON "Live by Neatness Alone!" will become my new motto. December 18, 2015 -- Once-Other is also the name of the main character, a man of integrity. I liked that the author was able to transport me to that world and interest me in Once-Other's fate. The character became real and beloved. There are two planets, Here-born and Earth-born with similar humanoids but different cultures. One culture values individuality and freedom while the other does not. The author takes through a couple of adventures and slowly unravels how the two cultures developed. I liked their weapon of mass destruction, so simple, yet effective." --AMAZON "A debut sci-fi epic explores a colonial world striving for independence from its master planet. This long and sometimes surreal tale is set on a planet informally referred to by its inhabitants as "Here-Born," thereby differentiating it from their species home world of Earth, which they call "Earth-Born" or EB. The inhabitants of Here-Born were originally colonists sent from distant Earth; they crash-landed on Here-Born and began the slow, torturous process of adapting to a world with a higher gravity than Earth and no water, a blasted desert realm whose "face is scarred by one-third a sea of rock and awash in two-thirds an ocean of sand-and nothing else." Despite these forbidding conditions, the Here-Born colonists flourished, adapting to the gravity and developing localized telepathy, a resistance to the planet's extremes of heat and cold, and a prosperous trade in secondhand body-part replacements, a cultural innovation that never fails to revolt tourists from Earth-Born. One trader in such body parts is the title character, who's also involved in a Here-Born campaign to throw off the imperial shackles of Earth-Born; as Once-Other rails at one tourist, Here-Born natives hate old Earth's "underhandedness, your Earth-Born politics, your oppressive taxes, your laws, and your damn ignorant educational system." And the last item-education-is unexpectedly important; "Never before," Once-Other muses, "had any of us imagined how dangerous a weapon against young minds an education system could become." This broader setting-freedom fighters trying to resist and subvert their political overlords-gives Nysschens ample opportunity to expound on all manner of political topics, with Once-Other at one point musing, "Can anyone believe that over on EB you pay higher taxes the more productive you are? That is how they reward success-by penalizing it?" The narrative often feels overlong and the characters, underdeveloped; the actual science in this sci-fi novel won't have anybody confusing it with Dune. But the sociological observations that are obviously Nysschens' main concern are indeed consistently intriguing. A revolt on a distant planet holds a mirror up to Earth in this erratically effective novel."

A debut sci-fi epic explores a colonial world striving for independence from its master planet. This long and sometimes surreal tale is set on a planet informally referred to by its inhabitants as "Here-Born, thereby differentiating it from their species home world of Earth, which they call "Earth-Born" or EB. The inhabitants of Here-Born were originally colonists sent from distant Earth; they crash-landed on Here-Born and began the slow, torturous process of adapting to a world with a higher gravity than Earth and no water, a blasted desert realm whose "face is scarred by one-third a sea of rock and awash in two-thirds an ocean of sand-and nothing else. Despite these forbidding conditions, the Here-Born colonists flourished, adapting to the gravity and developing localized telepathy, a resistance to the planet's extremes of heat and cold, and a prosperous trade in secondhand body-part replacements, a cultural innovation that never fails to revolt tourists from Earth-Born. "One trader in such body parts is the title character, who's also involved in a Here-Born campaign to throw off the imperial shackles of Earth-Born; as Once-Other rails at one tourist, Here-Born natives hate old Earth's "underhandedness, your Earth-Born politics, your oppressive taxes, your laws, and your damn ignorant educational system. And the last item-education-is unexpectedly important; "Never before," Once-Other muses, "had any of us imagined how dangerous a weapon against young minds an education system could become. This broader setting-freedom fighters trying to resist and subvert their political overlords-gives Nysschens ample opportunity to expound on all manner of political topics, with Once-Other at one point musing, "Can anyone believe that over on EB you pay higher taxes the more productive you are? That is how they reward success-by penalizing it?" The narrative often feels overlong and the characters, underdeveloped; the actual science in this sci-fi novel won't have anybody confusing it with Dune. But the sociological observations that are obviously Nysschens' main concern are indeed consistently intriguing. A revolt on a distant planet holds a mirror up to Earth in this erratically effective novel." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

A debut sci-fi epic explores a colonial world striving for independence from its master planet. This long and sometimes surreal tale is set on a planet informally referred to by its inhabitants as "Here-Born, thereby differentiating it from their species home world of Earth, which they call "Earth-Born" or EB. The inhabitants of Here-Born were originally colonists sent from distant Earth; they crash-landed on Here-Born and began the slow, torturous process of adapting to a world with a higher gravity than Earth and no water, a blasted desert realm whose "face is scarred by one-third a sea of rock and awash in two-thirds an ocean of sand-and nothing else. Despite these forbidding conditions, the Here-Born colonists flourished, adapting to the gravity and developing localized telepathy, a resistance to the planet's extremes of heat and cold, and a prosperous trade in secondhand body-part replacements, a cultural innovation that never fails to revolt tourists from Earth-Born. "One trader in such body parts is the title character, who's also involved in a Here-Born campaign to throw off the imperial shackles of Earth-Born; as Once-Other rails at one tourist, Here-Born natives hate old Earth's "underhandedness, your Earth-Born politics, your oppressive taxes, your laws, and your damn ignorant educational system. And the last item-education-is unexpectedly important; "Never before," Once-Other muses, "had any of us imagined how dangerous a weapon against young minds an education system could become. This broader setting-freedom fighters trying to resist and subvert their political overlords-gives Nysschens ample opportunity to expound on all manner of political topics, with Once-Other at one point musing, "Can anyone believe that over on EB you pay higher taxes the more productive you are? That is how they reward success-by penalizing it?" The narrative often feels overlong and the characters, underdeveloped; the actual science in this sci-fi novel won't have anybody confusing it with Dune. But the sociological observations that are obviously Nysschens' main concern are indeed consistently intriguing. A revolt on a distant planet holds a mirror up to Earth in this erratically effective novel." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

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Lawrence captures the struggles of today's world exactly.

That clash of Freedom vs. Chaos.

Personal Rights vs. Oppressive Rulers.

Love vs. Hate.

His writing touches on both the beauty and the ugly of Life as he knifes through hate vs. love, emotion and universal oppression with a precision that reveals a power never before envisioned.

Attacked in mind and body: Will Once-Other go insane or will he win the battle of both mind and body? And when the inevitable war comes, can the strangest of all Ultimate Weapons of Mass Destruction bring them victory despite the odds against it?

In Once-Other Lawrence M. Nysschens has wound an intriguing mixture of personal struggle and oppression. His ideas are unique, and his style keeps the pages turning:

Immigrants from Earth settled a distant desert world. Is this the utopia Earth so longed for?

Perhaps.

But these colonists will soon fight a War of Independence against their Mother Planet.

Failure and defeat are not options. Slavery would be its price. Who will win? Who will die?

Live by Neatness alone

They added new and practical ideas to it so that it would never be lost again. Some think of it as a Weaponized Constitution for it lays into the hands of the People the power and full control of their political lives.

Later, they fought Earth in their First War of Independence. Now they fight a Second War for Independence but political betrayal runs rife, driven by greed.

Can Once-Other as a simple soldier of this strange and unique war make a difference?

They call their world Here-Born and Earth is Earth-Born. Their first approach is one on one as they offer their new ways and ideas to tourists from Earth.

But this new tourist has a strange and deadly control over Once-Other. Will Once-Other go insane or will he win the battle in both mind and body? And when the war does come, can their Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction give them victory despite the odds against it? A story filled with action, new political ideas, unique characters, and played out across the sand and rocks of a desert world.

Then the war spills over to Earth-Born and the final showdown between an all controlling Government and those who love freedom comes down to the strangest weapon Mankind has ever created. And this weapon is more powerful than planet-busting nuclear bombs. And when the dust begins to settle one discovers a new perspective for life here on Earth.

"A novel with powerful spiritual undertones, Once-Other by Lawrence M. Nysschens presents man's pain in loss, his battles, both spiritual and physical, and his journey to conquering fear and embracing himself. Set in the symbolic regions of the desert -- and I couldn't help reflecting on the deserts of our souls as I read on -- the reader is introduced to Once-Other, a man whose life seems to be in disarray because of his ex-wife's control over their son. Besides his personal struggles, he is engaged in a peculiar war to achieve freedom for his people in the Here-Born. The story unveils dread truths about a spiritual journey of the warrior towards self-realization and growth. Once-Other's battle, his greatest battle, is with himself, the battle to unlock his full potential by conquering his inner demons and fears..." Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite 5 Stars

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3306 KB
  • Print Length: 714 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lawrence M. Nysschens (18 December 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B018A8E784
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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