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Epic science fiction series of six books. Set in an alternate universe where the world is flat, the oceans are light years across, and the stars are light bulbs screwed into a solid blue sky.
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R.P. Nettelhorst, Author of The Tableland Chronicles
R.P. NETTELHORST’s latest nonfiction book, A Year with Jesus, was published by Thomas Nelson on November 1, 2011. The Bible: A Reader’s Guide was published in September 2011 by Metro Books in the U.S. and New Burlington Books in the U.K. A Year with God, was released in November, 2010 by Thomas Nelson. The illustrated hardback, The Bible’s Most Fascinating People, was published by Reader’s Digest Books in January, 2008. It has since been translated into 13 languages. It was reissued by Chartwell Books in February, 2012.
He has written numerous science fiction novels and short stories, some now available as e-books for the Kindle through Curious Arts Press.
His academic articles have appeared in Biblical Research Monthly, the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Quartz Hill Journal of Theology. They have been quoted extensively (for instance in Josh McDowell's The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict and Raymond E. Brown's The Birth of the Messiah). He writes a weekly column for Ridge Rider News, a newspaper in northern California. He is also the founder and Academic Vice President of Quartz Hill School of Theology where he serves as Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Los Angeles Baptist College with a 4.0 GPA and a major in history. While a student, he spent two summers working on a kibbutz in Israel. He went on to complete his graduate work at UCLA in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, majoring in Semitic languages. Before founding Quartz Hill School of Theology, he taught at Christian Heritage College, Los Angeles Baptist College, and the Master’s College. He is listed in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2004 he was a volunteer with the X-Prize Foundation, working in media relations during the two launches of SpaceShipOne when it won the ten million dollar Ansari X-Prize.
He also serves as Webmaster for Quartz Hill School of Theology’s website (www.theology.edu), which receives in excess of forty thousand visitors per month. MSNBC.com and Slate.com (among others) have linked to his articles there.
He is married, with three daughters. He resides in Lancaster, California.
Q: The Tableland Chronicles is very strange. Where did you ever come up with such a story?
A: It is loosely based on the Gilgamesh epic. I did my graduate work at UCLA in Semitic languages. One of the languages I learned was Akkadian. It's the language in which the Gilgamesh epic was originally written many thousands of years ago. In the course of learning Akkadian, I was required to read and translate quite a bit of that epic tale and I found it an intriguing story. That then combined in my head with the idea of alternate universes and some of the theological implications of that concept: specifically how it could relate to the origins of angels and demons. From all that an idea developed that turned into the novel. I originally wrote a single book that I called What Dreamers Be These Rocks. My first reader, Dandi Moyers, encouraged me to expand parts of the story and so I ultimately did.
Q: First reader? What do you mean by that?
A: After I finish about the third draft of one of my novels, I give copies of it to different people to read and give me feedback. Dandi has done this for me for years now; in fact, reading one of my novels--Antediluvian, I think--is what contributed to our ever becoming friends. But she is an honest and reliable reader; she tells me what works and what doesn’t and lets me know what needs to be changed. All authors need first readers to look at what they’ve done and tell them what’s wrong so they can fix it. Cheerleaders are fine for boosting your ego, but you need a good first reader who will offer genuine and helpful criticism. Ego boosting cheerleaders don’t help make a book turn out well or improve your writing.
Q: Some will doubtless criticize your use of bad language, sex, and the extreme violence in your novels, especially in The Tableland Chronicles. How do you respond to that?
A: I had an editor once suggest to me that I needed psychological counseling because of some of the stuff in my books. Of course, simply being a writer may be reason enough. But bad guys tend not to be very nice; they do bad things and say bad things. If you’re going to have bad people in your books, then that’s kind of inevitable. Some Christians look at me and wonder how a Christian, deacon, Sunday school teacher and theologian could ever write some of the stuff I write. I suggest they read the book of Judges in the Bible and get back to me. They should also take a gander at 1-2 Samuel. Judges like Jephthah, Samson, and an unnamed Levite, or the kings of Israel such as Saul, David, Solomon were not squeaky clean people. In fact, they were shockingly vile people a lot of the time--and they are presented in the Bible in all their unpleasantness doing hideous things. Human beings are often rather horrible and the Bible doesn’t shy from showing it all. So why should I? Stories need conflict; they are uninteresting if you don't have bad guys and good guys not getting along; and the good guys aren't always so perfect, either. Real life tends to be messy, after all.
Q: Do you have a website or blog?
A: Yes, at www.nettelhorst.com