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How I Met Van and Numan Future, Present and Past

How I Met Van and Numan Future, Present and Past [Kindle Edition]

Steve Brooks

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This story explores an absurd future of a colonized Mars, where the world has ended, generations of clones have been created, and there's nothing left to do. Written entirely with dialogue, it tells the story about Van and Numan, two Seventh Generation clones, who manage to randomly get caught up in a Mars space project, destroy their debris collecting orbiter, almost find love with a real Earth girl, get awarded with neat medals, and somehow end up back on Earth. The story plays with the genre of Science Fiction using humor and irony while speculating on the issues of cloning, free will, chance and randomness. Its position creates an unusual and unique version of Science Fiction.

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You can read more about Steve Brooks, read other articles, or view his paintings by going to his web site:

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 330 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Buns on Mars (17 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Brooks takes randomness seriously 30 Aug 2013
By G. Reser - Published on
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"How I Met Van & Numan Future, Present, Past" is a funny and engaging tale of two clowns, sorry, clones, who stumble into greatness. The thing is, they were made for this. They are the result of humans seeking love, not from their children, because they no longer procreate, but from clones designed by chance to be random. Clones are "the expression of equilibrium in randomness. That's like being a regular person." It seems that advanced technology and the end of love between real people led to science creating flawed copies - the kind we really want.

Brooks book is about the randomness that we crave, even though we claim to like order. For him, "chance is about choice, randomness is about circumstance. Together they facilitate change." Change then is the message.

I wonder if this line from Chairman Le Jour comes right from Brooks' own world view: "If I took anything seriously my sorrow would never end." I think it does. This reminds me of another comedian, Andy Kaufman. Reading "How I Met Van & Numan Future, Present, Past" took me right back to the first time I saw Kaufman perform. I asked myself, "Is this guy serious?" Yeah, he was serious and so is Steve Brooks.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun 20 Aug 2012
By JLV - Published on
A lively romp following the adventures of two very eccentric characters named Van and Numan. A highly recommended and entertaining read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How I met Van and Numan-A delighful surprise 12 Feb 2012
By guidepost41 - Published on
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How I met Van and Numan is a worthy successor to the work of Douglass Adams. The initial premise is so wildy funny and off beat that, as with Adams' work, the story seems to tell itself by incorporating a certain warped logic. For example, at one point in the story a high ranking government office has to excuse himelf from a meeting to attend a tea reading.

But don't take my word for it. Get it. Read it... later, you can compare it to the movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars What a journey! 9 Mar 2014
By Scottls2 - Published on
The writing style of Steve Brooks is indescribable and wildly entertaining. Written in dialogue you feel immersed in the story, as if you were watching a reality TV show. I could not put the story down and is a book that you'll want to read twice because you can't catch all of the humor and wit in just one read. How I Met Van and Numan Future, Present, Past, folds in pop culture, history, music and about every other interest point in our society. A real ride through and through. Fingers crossed for a sequel.
5.0 out of 5 stars A story about humor itself in a sci-fi setting 24 Aug 2013
By Bert H. Brooks - Published on
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The author must realize his book is unconventional. After all, there aren’t many humorous science fiction books out there. Science fiction writers * usually * take some kernel of scientific truth, modify the original yarn and then weave a serious story by the woof and warp of the threads.

There are so many forms of humor and the author’s originality is demonstrated by the fact that his story is about humor itself in a sci-fi setting.

Humor is so mysterious and open ended that it can't be defined – you either get the joke or you don't. You could say it's a two star joke or a five star joke, but that's a matter of taste. The fact that something defies definition just makes it that much more interesting.

For what the book is – for its minimalism, its uniqueness, its unconventional position, and its wide range of humor that made me laugh – even though it does not represent the kind of reading I usually do, I agree with the five star ratings it has already received.
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