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Edward of Planet Earth [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Eftimiades
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Book Description

At last an uproarious scifi comedy that will have you laughing until your sides ache.

You’ve never had a hangover like this before! 200 years in the future, Edward Temple, a “uniquely ordinary person” wakes up a human pawn in a super computer’s cosmic plan to reveal a universal truth to the world that will change the very nature of our existence. Join the adventure in a world where self-aware super-computers are as argumentative, egotistical, demanding, and emotionally needy as the humans they serve.

Edward and his love interest Amanda are caught up in a zany cat and mouse chase from Earth to the far side of the Moon. Not knowing who they're running from, or even why they are being chased, Edward and Amanda must navigate befuddled governments, psychotic software, greedy corporations, overly attentive robots, and romance.

The science and technology that characterizes the environment in the book is an extension of the today's most advanced research and development efforts. and the quest to discover God challenges society's philosophical and religious underpinnings, placing the characters in outlandish, comedic situations. So buckle up, put your seat backs and tray tables in their upright position. You've never experienced a world quite like this!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1809 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #620,545 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Nicholas Eftimiades in an author and lecturer and lives in London, England. His career spans several US government agencies and hundreds of thousands of miles in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Mr. Eftimiades authored books and number of scholarly articles on national security, technology, and outer space issues. His latest work is a political and philosophical satire entitled "Edward of Planet Earth". It is a madcap adventure that spoofs modern life, from organized religion to the traffic control system. The story takes place 200 years in the future where Edward Temple, an ordinary person, is caught up in an zany world where self-aware super-computers are as argumentative, egotistical, demanding, and emotionally needy as the humans they serve. Everything is fair game as Edward navigates befuddled governments, psychotic software, greedy corporations, overly attentive robots, and romance. And of course jelly donuts find their way into the story.

Nick's book "Chinese Intelligence Operations," is an examination of the structure, operations, and methodology of the intelligence services of the People's Republic of China. The book received worldwide recognition with the Chinese government declaring Eftimiades "an enemy of the people". To date, it remains the only scholarly analysis of China's intelligence services and operational methodology.

Nick is a frequent lecturer and public speaker on future technology and societal changes, and national security issues. He has appeared on CBS Evening News with Connie Chung, Dateline NBC, ABC's Day One, BBC America, National Public Radio, and dozens of other television and radio broadcasts. Eftimiades testified before several US Congressional and Presidential Commissions concerning National Security issues, future technology development, and the future of the US space program. He has been a consultant for several Hollywood movies.

Nick Eftimiades' 27 year government career includes seven years at the National Security Space Office leading engineering teams designing "generation after next" national security space capabilities. He was also Senior Technical Officer in Defense Intelligence Agency, Future's Division, and Chief of DIA's Space Division. He served as DIA's lead for national space policy and strategy development.

In his off time Mr. Eftimiades formed and manages the Federation of Galaxy Explorers, a non-profit organization to educate and inspire children in space science and engineering. To date, Galaxy Explorers has educated and inspired over 25,000 children. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College, War Studies Department, London, UK, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota, Space Studies Department.

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4.0 out of 5 stars So much more than just a Douglas Adams homage 22 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
A lot of other reviewers have already commented on the influence of Douglas Adams on this book, and I'd certainly agree. But that's not the only author whose works resonate with this one. As a couple people pointed out, there are some Terry Pratchett undertones here and there - the only thing that would make it stand out more is if the "historical asides" were in footnotes as opposed to integrated within the chapters themselves. Fans of Robert Rankin will find the madcap comedic plot twists and offbeat characters a treat, while the zany dialogue and narration will please avid readers of Tom Holt. In fact, Eftimiades has real-life commonality with Holt as an author, in that they both have more "serious" books as well as comedic fiction...this is the first book by Eftimiades to leave the non-fiction world behind (though he naturally brought along some of his slightly-right-of-center personal views, unusual for the genre, which shine through particularly in the asides).

All of which is just background, really; the upshot of all of it is a fun story with eminently likeable characters (even the baddies are endearing, at least eventually). Be aware that those asides do cut into the plot here and there, but if you're at all familiar with Douglas Adams (or early Terry Pratchett), it shouldn't bother you that much. Definitely looking forward to more from this author!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enticing read with unexpected twists 15 Nov. 2012
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This book has a bit of everything: action, drama, sci-fi - even a hint of romance - and because of this it is so suitable for almost every casual reader. It takes a unique and rather outlandish view on all major issue we face today, providing a lengthy backstory and several side-tales that build up the futuristic world occupied by people not too different from ourselves.

The length is suitable for the depth and storyline it goes into, and the ending (I won't leave spoilers) finishes it off well and provokes, as the rest of the novel does, your thoughts. Overall I would thoroughly recommend this book for any confident reader!
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This is a heavyweight if light-hearted sci-fi tome. Set about 200 years into the future, it follows the vague thread of Edward's life story, whilst meandering around to take in futuristic advances in various fields - war, lawsuits, evolution, cloning, IT, population growth etc - and it is in these 'offshoots' that the book hits and misses its satirical marks. Some of these are very clever, probably accurate predictions and quite profound. Some are ludicrous and probably intended as comedy, but the reader is never really sure which. Other reviewers here mention Hitchhikers' Guide, and that may well be a good comparison (from what little I remember of the 1980s BBC TV series). All of it is well-written, with no Kindle-isation problems and I think many sci-fi fans will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 2 Jan. 2012
By Auspom
Format:Kindle Edition
Eftimiades has produced a comedic look at a future world where computers have emotions and character and humans interface with them. Edward's journey is a captivating and fun read. The story is told at a fast pace and the plot grips the reader to want to know more, I could not put this down once started as the story line was encapsulating. I am not normally a reader of Sci-Fi but I would thoroughly recommend this book as I enjoyed it fully and I look forward to Edward's next adventure.
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