[FoRK] Why Do So Many Republicans Really Hate Obama?

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Oct 19 15:18:17 PDT 2012

On 10/19/12 12:47 PM, Joseph S. Barrera III wrote:
> I was curious about these novels so I looked one up on Amazon:
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/AFOOLGHI4EGU5/ref=cm_pdp_rev_more?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview#R2UWM7CWUEXPM4
> 399 of 458 people found the following review helpful
> 4.0 out of 5 stars*Great series*,July 29, 2009
> *This review is from:Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth's Last Days (Left Behind No. 1) (Paperback) 
> <http://www.amazon.com/Left-Behind-Novel-Earths-Last/dp/0842329129/ref=cm_aya_orig_subj>*
> This is a review of the entire series, not an individual book.
> Here's a detailed review of the series.
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> Essentially this series is about world domination. An advanced alien civilization is trying to enslave the human race with minimal 
> physical effort over a long period of time (2000+ years or so.) They appear to humanity and demonstrate acts of "magic" which is 
> obviously technology advanced enough to seem like magic to undeveloped civilizations. They tell the humans that they're going to 
> take away a portion of humanity to signal their return after an undetermined period of time, at which time they would rule the 
> world. They also go in to detail about some other events to signal their return, such as temporarily distorting the sun's visible 
> light spectrum. They then disappear, but not before they put some sort of genetic marker on a portion of the human population. 
> Humanity progresses with some societies passing down stories of the amazing magical being. Fast forward to present day and the 
> aliens return to abduct the descendents of the humans that received the genetic marker, now numbering in the millions, thereby 
> fulfilling the "prophecy."
> This is where the science loses me a bit. The marked humans disappear completely, leaving clothes & jewelry behind. I'm assuming 
> this is some sort of teleportation system that locks on using the genetic marker, but I'm not entirely sure because the authors 
> didn't go in to detail. Regardless, the humans are transported to a storage facility (another planet or dimension?) and held for 
> use later in the series.

Heh, "science".  But surprisingly science-fictiony.  And socialization of the "any sufficiently advanced technology is 
indistinguisable from magic" meme to the religiously inclined is a seriously positive move.  From that many useful insights and 
conclusions can flow.

> The disappearance sparks a world-wide civil war, pitting those that believe the aliens are some sort of deity against those that 
> don't. Many of the alien prophecies come true, the Sun's light disappearing, etc., which makes sense since they planned it all along.
> Nuclear civil war destroys the infrastructure of the world, much like why Skynet planned in the Terminator franchise. At the end 
> the aliens finally reappear and bring back the millions they've had in stasis. They use some sort of neutron bomb/weapon to 
> obliterate one side of the civil war--I can't remember which. The surviving side now worships the aliens as deities and they 
> assume complete control over the Earth.
> I hope there's a few more books planned describing the after effects of this enslavement. What do the aliens want? Breeding 
> ground, resources, slave species?

See "How to Serve Humans".

> On 10/19/2012 12:40 PM, Bill Humphries wrote:
>> On Oct 18, 2012, at 10:53 PM, J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
>>> The "Left Behind" novels were popular fiction with some fringe religious types during the run-up to Y2K; I knew people that read 
>>> them. This is the first I've heard of them in years. Consequently, I doubt they are material to anything going on this election 
>>> cycle. I have never read the books; were I to find myself with copious time to read schlock literature, I can't imagine spending 
>>> it there.
>> http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118061012
>> "Nicolas Cage is in negotiations to topline "Left Behind," a mainstream reboot of the Christian-themed movie trilogy that will 
>> mark the first film from Stoney Lake Entertainment, a new production company led by Paul Lalonde of faith-oriented banner Cloud 
>> Ten Pictures."
>> You ever get tired of your triangulation stitckt, Rodgers? Must be lonely being the only sensible human on earth.
>> -- whump 


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