The Great Convergence
A humorous and altogether weird time travel mystery with elements of social satire and existential philosophy
by Thomas Kast
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 21 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 13 Oct 2021
10.000.002 A.D. A cantankerous scholar slipping into obscurity is out for revenge.
He time-travels to the year 2022 to stop his nemesis, Scott — a successful scientist at a competing university — from thwarting his research into the origin of a mysterious phenomenon, the Great Convergence. Shrewd and ruthless, Scott will stop at nothing to defend his tenure track. The feud quickly spins out of control and the damage to reality grows unchecked.
Caught in the crosshairs are three characters responsible for triggering the Great Convergence: an art-hating professional art critic who, unbeknownst to him, spontaneously switches between universes wreaking havoc as he goes; a talentless artist whose sculptures act as trans-universal portals; and a schizophrenic astrophysicist trying to avert the invasion of alternate versions of himself from different realities. As their paths converge, the apocalyptic event takes place and the inescapable tragedy of human existence unfolds.
A subversive philosophical science fiction and a social satire, the Great Convergence will take you out of your comfort zone, exposing the absurdity of many ethical and intellectual ideals.
If you like the wry humour of the likes of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, or the philosophical insights of Stanislaw Lem this could be the one for you. Click the buy now button and enter the world of tomorrow today.
"This is a rare novel: one which I think I can recommend to everyone. Absurdism is an acquired taste, but this book is a lovely gateway to this delightful drug. The comedy is good, the philosophy makes you laugh and think, and the logic tries to convince you it works with a big mischievous grin on its face which tells you it's up to no good. A definite must read." -Reedsy Discovery, Savyasachee Jha