Danielle Gasket’s search for ancestral secrets is imperilled by warring factions that agree about nothing, but that Danielle must die.
Danielle’s home is a dystopian city beneath the earth’s surface. People have lived underground for so long that knowledge of the surface is preserved only in dwindling communities of persecuted heretics. According to the heretics, a prophet called “the philodendrist” led people underground to repent for their violent conquest of the natural world.
Following a string of clues while eluding pursuit, Danielle races toward the long-forgotten path of ascension to sunlight, relying upon her wits and valour to make it through. Finally, her mercy toward her fiercest persecutor convinces him to help her ascend to the pure waters of the sunlit world.
Jed Brody wrote The Philodendrist Heresy as a call for the preservation and resurrection of the great forests of the earth. “Philodendrist” means “tree lover.”
Coming Soon The Entropy Heresy
A year has passed since Danielle Gasket miraculously escaped the subterranean “crypt world” where she was born. But now the lushly forested paradise she found when she emerged into sunlight is in danger of radioactive contamination from ancient wastes, and Danielle must return to the nightmarish underworld in search of an elixir that can save it.” -Stephen Wing, author of Free Ralph! An Evolutionary Fable.
Jed Brody is a Senior Lecturer in Physics. His short fiction has appeared in Creative Loafing and an anthology of Science Fiction by Scientists. His essays have appeared in Physics Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where he taught high school physics and chemistry and a member of a US-Tibet Science Initiative, where he travelled to India five times to teach physics to Tibetan monks and nuns.
He enjoys yoga, qigong, birdwatching, swimming, and reading, but usually not all at the same time.
Margi Prideaux has written about wildlife, international politics and law almost every day for the past 27 years. As an international negotiator and independent academic, with a Ph.D. in wildlife policy and law, her words have been tuned to inform policy audiences in more than 20 different international conservation processes. Her essay Trading in Bones appeared in Live Encounters, 12 December 2017. https://liveencounters.net/2017-le-mag/12-december-2017/dr-margi-prideaux-trading-in-bones/
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