TACOMA — Local author, David Zink, has written a science fiction novel as a fun way to share his interesting encounters and memorable people while working over thirty years in the environmental sciences field. A precautionary tale, wrapped in science fiction with a love story added will have you flipping page after page. “A Hundred Lifetimes” is filled with satire, parody, exaggeration, and extrapolation, all for the reader’s enjoyment. In this story, the reader will find analogs of several characters that are currently active in North American politics; readers may even identify themselves.
The dominant theme of the book is how greed and the chase for profits are destructive of all we hold dear, interlaced with several supporting themes including climate change, racism, and repression of indigenous peoples. Zink wanted to keep his book closer to reality opposed to fantasy which is why he chose mantids to be the primary characters. There have been many reports of aliens that, for what they’re worth, have this in common: “They look like praying mantises”. Many who claim to have been abducted say that they’ve seen grey mantis-like aliens.
ABOUT DAVID ZINK: David C. A. Zink grew up in northern Minnesota on his family’s fishing resort. Out in the serious boondocks, the family diet was mostly what they grew in their garden or caught. Dave fished for northern pike, rock bass, and walleye, and he hunted for venison, squirrel, rabbit, and snapping turtle. An occasional bear would find itself on the menu. Dave spent a lot of time out on the lakes and in the forests. He attended Lakehead University’s School of Forestry in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Geography at the University of Winnipeg, with major work in Plant Taxonomy and Biogeography. David’s long career of environmental activism includes 10 years as an Environmental Health Specialist in the U.S. Army’s Medical Services Corps; 27 years’ service with the Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State University Extension Service as Master Gardener; and an active member the Native Plant Society and other ecological groups. Dave currently resides near Puget Sound where he’s active in the Tacoma Veterans for Peace organization, and leads hikes at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Dave Zink has become a beach-comber on the shores of the galactic sea.
“The root cause of many of our problems is a faulty system. We’ll never effectively deal with climate change and other environmental crises until we grapple with the roots of these problems,” says Zink.Print This Post