Author publishes politically inspired sci-fi novelWritten by Betsy Woodruff | | email@example.com
What would happen if Joseph Conrad and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” had a literary offspring?
According to Columbus resident Matthew Alexander, it would be something like “Withûr We”, his first novel, which is self-published.
Alexander, who has more formal training in film than writing, decided to write a science fiction novel in part when he embraced anarchist/libertarian philosophy. Murray Rothbard, one of his favorite thinkers, argued that people do not need the state to thrive; anything the state does can be accomplished through private interest.
Alexander accepted this philosophy at about the same time he realized he would never pursue a career as an independent film director.
“I decided right then and there, I’ve got to write a book,” he said.
The events of the Bush administration, especially the war in Iraq, informed the themes of the novel.
“It’s essentially a story about the danger of the government and the importance of liberty,” Alexander said.
The novel tells the story of a young marine who returns home from a war going on in a different colony, to find he has entered a strictly regimented, fascist society. Chafing under the unjust regulations, he becomes swept up in a rebellion against the government.
Warfare and imperialism are two of the novel’s major themes.
Alexander wanted his title to have a similar effect as the title to Ayn Rand’s bestseller “Atlas Shrugged.” He said he always admired that title because while it does not tell readers too much about the novel, it encapsulates the story’s theme.
He said he hoped calling his novel “Withûr We” would do the same thing. The title is the phonetic spelling of the phrase “whither we.” Alexander said the title plays on the two meanings of the word w?thûr, which can refer either to the action of something withering, or to the archaic word for “where.”
Readers who reflect on the title as they read the novel will understand precisely what it means.
Alexander currently works as a Spanish translator for Community Refugee and Immigration Services, a nonprofit organization.
Readers can purchase the 692-page book on Amazon.com or at its website, www.withurwe.com.
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