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SciFi Novel Predicted Rise of Donald Trump
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Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is an adult social science fiction novel published by a traditional small press. The second edition was released on November 3, 2016: http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-22910478.html. The eBook version was released on December 5, 2016: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017REIA44/ref=tsm_1_fb_lk. Please see the Political Allegory section of this post for information about when and how this novel predicted the rise of Donald Trump to power.

 

Blurb:

Lacy Dawn's father relives the Gulf War, her mother's teeth are rotting out, and her best friend is murdered by the meanest daddy on Earth. Life in the hollow is hard. She has one advantage -- an android was inserted into her life and is working with her to cure her parents. But, he wants something in exchange. It's up to her to save the Universe. Lacy Dawn doesn't mind saving the universe, but her family and friends come first.

 

Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire.

 

“The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in years.”

—Temple Emmet Williams, Author, former editor for Reader’s Digest

 

 

“Quirky, profane, disturbing… In the space between a few lines we go from hardscrabble realism to pure sci-fi/fantasy. It’s quite a trip.”

—    Evelyn Somers, The Missouri Review

 

. "…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse…tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…profound…a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy." -- Awesome Indies (Gold Medal)

 

“…sneaks up you and, before you know it, you are either laughing like crazy or crying in despair, but the one thing you won’t be is unmoved…a brilliant writer.” --Readers’ Favorite (Gold Medal)

 

“Rarity from the Hollow is an original and interesting story of a backwoods girl who saves the Universe in her fashion. Not for the prudish.” —Piers Anthony, New York Times bestselling author

 

“…Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.” -- The Baryon Review

 

Comfort Zones: Please note that there is a mention of a child having been murdered in this novel, by the meanest daddy on Earth. However, there is no scene and she plays a comical and annoying ghost most of the story. Here's a finding by Awesome Indies about the first edition to help you decide if this novel is too far outside of your comfort zone: “a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, only instead of the earth being destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass, Lacy Dawn must…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy.” http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/ The early tragedy feeds and amplifies subsequent comedy and satire.

 

Please also note that the character mentioned above (Faith) is a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual content in the novel:

 

While the protagonist occupies the body of an eleven year old, she is the product of genetic manipulation by Universal Management for millennia;
Lacy Dawn began her trainings via direct download into her brain five years before the beginning of this story, so she has been fed information about every known human subject, including biology, reproduction, economics…for years before readers are introduced to her (ET involvement is an opening chapter reveal);
Her best friend, Faith, as a sexual abuse victim, has a sad and unhealthy awareness of sexuality;
The android has no private parts, "not even a little bump," and is much less mature emotionally than Lacy Dawn throughout the story;
There are no sex scenes in the novel and only references, including the disclosure about Faith's victimization by a reference and as a flashback with no scenes;
As the android pursues humanity and starts going through an accelerated human development stage, he never develops any actual sexual interests but does try to kiss Lacy Dawn on the cheek once;
Lacy Dawn vows not to have sex for the first time until after she is married -- a traditional and now unusual family value;
She is fourteen years old when the novel ends and has typical teenage interests but remains untouched, not even a first real kiss;
There are normalized sexual references and innuendos between Lacy Dawn parents after their romance was rekindled -- the father was cured of PTSD and the mother's self-esteem improved, in part, because she got new teeth as part of the deal to save the universe;
But, the above sexual references are presented as puns, nothing on screen, and are milder than most romance novels that I've read, such as by Nora Roberts.   
 

Piers Anthony, best selling fantasy author during the '80s and '90s, found that my novel was “…not for the prudish.” Kevin Patrick Mahoney, editor of the once noteworthy site, Authortrek, found that my story was, “…not for the faint hearted or easily offended….”   An early voice in the first chapter speaks about things that no child should know. It is that of a traumatized child – a voice most of us never listen to, or want to hear, but in real life is screaming. I'm a retired children's psychotherapist. The language and concepts in this story are mild in comparison to some of the stuff that kids have said during actual group therapy sessions that I have facilitated over the years. By child developmental stage, it is similar to the infamous early adolescent insult in E.T.: “penis breath.” It is tame in comparison to the content of the popular television series, South Park, which has been devoured by millions of teens. My story does include marijuana smoking, but that subject has been frequently broadcast in the news as state move toward legalization, when legislation is introduced, or debates emerge. Except for a scene involving domestic violence in the third chapter, there is no violence or horror -- no blood, guts, gore, vampires, or werewolves. The “F word” is used twice, but the all other profanity is mild colloquialism. Rarity from the Hollow is a children's story for adults with a HEA ending like a romance novel.

 

Political Allegory: You may be interested in this press release:  http://www.pr4us.com/pr-2618-trump-presidency-predicted-in.html. The original © was 2006. You would have to read the novel to find out how Lacy Dawn, the protagonist, convinced Mr. Rump (Bernie Sanders) to help talk Mr. Prump (Donald Trump) into saving the universe. The political allegory includes pressing issues that America is fighting about today, including illegal immigration and the refuge crisis, extreme capitalism / consumerism…. Mr. Prump was a projection of Donald Trump based on the TV show, The Apprentice. Part of the negotiations in the story occur in the only high rise on planet Shptiludrp (Shop Until You Drop), a giant shopping mall and the center of economic governance, now more easily identifiable as Trump Tower. There is no political advocacy in the story, other than sensitizing readers to the huge social problem of child maltreatment, but the allegory is much more obvious now that Donald Trump is a household name.

 

Sample Positive Reviews of First Edition: The first edition of this novel had a formatting error that has been corrected. The second reads much smoother. This problem likely affected some reviewers of the first edition. A couple of book bloggers have upgraded their reviews based on a review of the second edition and others may do the same. Despite the formatting problem, the first edition was awarded two Gold Medals by major book review organizations, was named one of the best releases of 2015 by a Bulgaria book critic, and received twenty-six five star reviews and forty-three four star reviews by independent book review bloggers. An unsolicited Top 100 Amazon Reviewer found:

 

"Rarity from the Hollow written by Robert Eggleton, to be fully honest, was much more than expected and a great read – semi-autobiographical literary work full of beautiful and ugly things, adventure, romance, pain and humor…."

 

Another reviewer of the first edition found that the writing style was one-quarter turn beyond that of the famous author, Kurt Vonnegut. http://electricrev.net/2014/08/12/a-universe-on-the-edge/ While I’m flattered by this comparison, please note that the novel was found by the editor of Atomjack Science Fiction Magazine, to be “laugh-out-loud funny” in some scenes. Long-time book critic, Barry Hunter, closed his review, “…good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find."   http://thebaryonreview.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=50 Vonnegut, Douglas Adams (i.e., Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), or Tom Robbins (i.e., Another Roadside Attraction) are also close examples by subgenre. A former Editor of Reader's Digest found that, "Rarity from the Hollow is the most enjoyable science fiction that I've read in several years…."  http://warriorpatient.com/blog/?p=58 Recently, the novel was referred to as a Hillbilly version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy  and awarded a gold medal by Awesome Indies:  “…Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate….”  http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/  More recently, with respect to the story's treatment of tough social issues, this reviewer said: "…I was hesitant to accept. I usually do not read or review books that discuss child abuse or domestic violence; however, I was intrigued by the excerpt and decided to give it a shot. I am glad that I took a risk; otherwise, I would have missed out on a fantastic story with a bright, resourceful, and strong protagonist that grabbed my heart and did not let go…."  http://www.onmykindle.net/2015/11/rarity-from-hollow.html A book reviewer from Bulgaria named Rarity from the Hollow as one of the best five books that he had read in 2015. http://codices.info/2015/12/top-5-for-2015-ventsi/ On January 20, 2016, Rarity from the Hollow was awarded a second Gold Medal by a popular book review site: https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/rarity-from-the-hollow. Additional praise of the first edition has been posted by book bloggers on Amazon.

 

Social Commentary: My work utilizes SF/F cross-genre as a backdrop. It is not hard science fiction and includes elements of fantasy, everyday horror, a ghost -- so it's a little paranormal, true-love type romance, mystery, and adventure. The content addresses social issues: poverty, domestic violence, child maltreatment, local and intergalactic economics, mental health concerns – including PTSD experienced by Veterans and the medicinal use of marijuana for treatment of Bipolar Disorder, Capitalism, and touches on the role of Jesus: “Jesus is everybody’s friend, not just humans.”

 

About the Author: I recently retired after 52 years of contributions into the U.S. Social Security fund so that I could write and promote my fiction. I’m a former mental health psychotherapist in West Virginia. But, after coming home drained from working with child abuse victims, I didn't have the energy left to begin its self-promotion. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program in my home state. http://www.childhswv.org/ A listing of services that are supported can be found here: http://mountainrhinestones.blogspot.com/2015/06/review-giveaway-rarity-from-hollow-by.html.

 

The Press: Dog Horn Publishing is a traditional small press located in Leeds. Adam Lowe is the owner. http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow  The press also showcases other semi avant garde titles and publishes a popular magazine for the GLBTQ community (Vada).

 

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Purchase links:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-22910478.html

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44

http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow

 

Public Author Contacts:

https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-573354432693864/

https://twitter.com/roberteggleton1

https://plus.google.com/b/108662084126982201049/108662084126982201049/posts

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-eggleton-909b154b?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

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1st Review of Final Edition, Rarity from the Hollow
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 07:36:18 AM »
The final edition of Rarity from the Hollow was released to Amazon on December 5, 2016. On January 6, 2017, the first book review was published, five stars. The closing lines were: "…Brilliant satires such as this are genius works of literature in the same class as Orwell’s 'Animal Farm.' I can picture American Lit professors sometime in the distant future placing this masterpiece on their reading list." https://marcha2014.wordpress.com/2017/01/06/5-stars-for-rarity-from-the-hollowby-robert-eggleton/

Prior to Donald Trump becoming a household name, the Advance Review Copy received a great deal of praise by independent book review bloggers despite a significant formatting error: sixty-six five and four star reviews posted on Amazon U.S. alone, plus praise by critics who decline to participate in any for of marketing. It was awarded Gold Medals by two prominent book organizations and was named one of five best book of 2015 along with Revival by Stephen King and The Martian by Andy Weir -- a Bulgarian book critic, an Astrophysicist. http://codices.info/2015/12/top-5-for-2015-ventsi/

However, the reviewer who came the closest to addressing the political allegory in the story before Donald Trump became the American President was a little known book blogger who has since closed down her site. With presumed permission to do so because I have no way of getting in touch with her (I feel confident that she would grant permission), below is Wendy Tuck's book review of Rarity from the Hollow in its entirety.

“This book gives a scathing but almost understated description of our consumption/shopping obsessed society. The greed is absolutely mind-blowing and terrifying. The characters were complex and difficult for me to identify with, but that's ok - their personalities, life story, and values, developed in very surprising ways through-out the book, and each one became very much their own character. And yes, one could say that it was a coming of age/coming to empowerment of Lacy Dawn, a young girl, and a deconstruction of a robotic personality into one with more human qualities. I didn't realize until half way through that the idiosyncratic spelling of the planets' name was Shop Til You Drop - and how deadly serious the powers-that-be were in making mindless but competitive shoppers of everyone in the universe - which ultimately consumes every resource and destroys every planet but the "winner". That will stay with me a long while.” Wendy Tuck, Amazon Reader Review, 6-23-15
   
If I knew how to get in touch with Wendy, I would email accolades to her. She saw something in the ARC that many experienced book reviewers and critics missed, as did most others on our very fragile planet.

A Few Purchase Links:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/robert-eggleton/rarity-from-the-hollow/paperback/product-22910478.html

http://www.amazon.com/Rarity-Hollow-Robert-Eggleton-ebook/dp/B017REIA44 (also Amazon U.K.)

http://www.doghornpublishing.com/wordpress/books/rarity-from-the-hollow

https://weightlessbooks.com/genre/fiction/novel/rarity-from-the-hollow/

Special thanks to Adam Lowe, owner of Dog Horn Publishing, a traditional small press in Leeds, for envisioning the potential of this project. Half of author proceeds are donated in support of child abuse prevention. 
   




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Re: 1st Review of Final Edition, Rarity from the Hollow
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2017, 08:04:19 AM »
However, the reviewer who came the closest to addressing the political allegory in the story before Donald Trump became the American President was a little known book blogger who has since closed down her site. With presumed permission to do so because I have no way of getting in touch with her (I feel confident that she would grant permission), below is Wendy Tuck's book review of Rarity from the Hollow in its entirety.

If you don't have the writer's permission to republish their work in full, then it's a breach of her copyright. I've had to ask several authors not to do this with my own reviews, and I always wonder how happy they would be if I published their novels in full on my blog. Fair use applies, just like it does for reviewers quoting from your book - just take the best bits and quote those.

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Re: 1st Review of Final Edition, Rarity from the Hollow
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2017, 12:14:06 PM »
However, the reviewer who came the closest to addressing the political allegory in the story before Donald Trump became the American President was a little known book blogger who has since closed down her site. With presumed permission to do so because I have no way of getting in touch with her (I feel confident that she would grant permission), below is Wendy Tuck's book review of Rarity from the Hollow in its entirety.

If you don't have the writer's permission to republish their work in full, then it's a breach of her copyright. I've had to ask several authors not to do this with my own reviews, and I always wonder how happy they would be if I published their novels in full on my blog. Fair use applies, just like it does for reviewers quoting from your book - just take the best bits and quote those.

I couldn't compare a mere review with a novel. I wouldn't blink an eye if someone quoted any of the reviews I've written in full anywhere. Indeed, I would be flattered.

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Re: SciFi Novel Predicted Rise of Donald Trump
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 12:33:23 PM »
I wouldn't mind if Wordsworth Classics republished my novels, but it would still be an infringement of my copyright if they did it without asking. A review is no different from a short story, a poem, a song lyric or a novel - if you want to republish it in full and it's still in copyright, you need the writer or copyright owner's permission.