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Danielle Gasket’s search for ancestral secrets is imperiled by warring factions that agree about nothing but that Danielle must die.
Danielle’s home is a dystopian city beneath the earth’s surface. People have lived underground for so long that knowledge of the surface is preserved only in dwindling communities of persecuted heretics. According to the heretics, a prophet called “the philodendrist” led people underground to repent for their violent conquest of the natural world.
Following a string of clues while eluding pursuit, Danielle races toward the long-forgotten path of ascension to sunlight, relying upon her wits and valor to make it through. Finally, her mercy toward her fiercest persecutor convinces him to help her ascend to the pure waters of the sunlit world.Jed Brody wrote The Philodendrist Heresy as a call for the preservation and resurrection of the great forests of the earth. “Philodendrist” means “tree lover.”
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Pull Quotes—Heresy Series
‘The hawk doesn’t stop to eat the hare in mid-flight. Do one thing at a time.’
‘We must be the dark, fertile soil that guards the seeds of the visions we’re given.‘
‘In times long past, a raven stirred atop a tower. She pressed her wings upon the wind and spiraled from her roost. Above her there was sky, and below her there was sky, and anything on which the tower stood was too distant to be seen. She circled the tower, lower and lower, and its windowless walls were scraped and pitted from untold impacts. Whenever she tired, she returned to the top to perch upon the stone. And when the quaking of her feathers was only from the wind, and the heaviness in her claws was only from the stone, she set out again, always pressing a little lower, but no closer to the bottom.
‘Tower, who made you!’ she called out during her descent. ‘What secrets do you hold!’ But the tower maintained its immutable silence. And the raven knew she had flown too low and hadn’t the strength to return to the top. So she rested her wings and fell like rain. And the rush of the air forced shut her eyes, and its gusty embrace felt something like sleep. But before she dozed, did she smell the sea? And did she hear the roar of lions?
‘And when she waked, she could no longer move. And when she tried, she could not even speak. And high atop her immutable silence, she heard a tiny rustling. It was a raven, stirring from its sleep. And the raven is mind. And the tower is matter.’
Welcome to the bizarre and chilling world of a subterranean future where all your needs have been anticipated and provided by society’s long dead planners . . . except freedom. You’ll cheer Brody’s plucky heroine on as she makes her break for a rumored heaven somewhere beyond her familiar hell – the very heaven we are now foolishly destroying, tree by tree.—Stephen Wing, Free Ralph! An Evolutionary Fable
The beauty and extraordinary natural nuances of our rivers are wonderfully captured in this book. If we are to preserve and nurture this essential but threatened resource, then our motivation must come from the heart. The richly varied yet delightful chapters in this book are from the heart. The result is a powerful, emotional exhortation to preserve and regenerate this vital nourishing life-source. —Charles Massy, Call of the Reed-Warbler
With her acerbic wit and unsettled intestines, Danielle Gasket may make an unlikely heroine. But her arduous journey, from techno-dystopia to a full embrace of the natural world, offers a necessary parable for our ecologically troubled times. —Kyle Kramer, A Time to Plant
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About the Author
Jed Brody is a Senior Lecturer in Physics. His short fiction has appeared in Creative Loafing and an anthology of Science Fiction by Scientists. His essays have appeared in Physics Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and One Hand Does Not Catch a Buffalo: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories: Volume One: Africa. His technical articles have appeared in the American Journal of Physics, the Journal of Chemical Education, Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, Progress in Photovoltaics, and Solid-State Electronics.
He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where he taught high school physics and chemistry. He studied solar electricity at Georgia Tech. As a member of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, he traveled to India five times to teach physics to Tibetan monks and nuns.
He enjoys yoga, qigong, birdwatching, swimming, and reading, but usually not all at the same time.
Author: Jed Brody
Release date: April 4, 2019
RRP: AU$29.99 (pbk), 9.99 (ebk)
Territory: English language market
Format: Paperback and eBook
Size: 203 x 128 mm
ISBNs: 978-1-925856-11-8 (pbk), 978-1-925856-12-5 (ebk)
Publisher: Stormbird Press