Book Review: Another World

12 Oct

Traveling by mag-sled, Japh overnights in a bronto-infested floating forest. A scream in the night, a sudden devastating crash of devastation and flight becomes the only option, beginning a stunning chain of events which will change not only his life, but the entire course of history.

At every turn, evil has flooded the earth. Unbridled deceit, immorality, murder, and mayhem leave the godly remnant in dire straights with constant peril the only certainty. As the earth is shaken, its very survival and the fate of humanity hang in the balance.

Philip Stott was born in England in 1943. He studied at Manchester University, where he obtained B.S. (with honours) and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. He lectured at universities in Nigeria and South Africa and carried out research in the analysis of geometrically nonlinear structures. He shared the Henry Adams Award for outstanding research in 1969. While lecturing at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, he studied biology. After leaving Wits he joined an engineering consulting firm. His ongoing interest in all aspects of science led to studies in mathematics and astronomy with the University of South Africa and, later, to four years of part-time research with the Applied Mathematics Department of the University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  After many years as a firm atheist, he was converted to Christianity in 1976. Following several years of studying the conflicting claims of secular science and Scripture, he actively entered the Creation/Evolution debate in 1989. In 1992, he was invited to address a conference in Russia and since then has lectured, addressed conferences, and taken part in debates in eastern and western Europe, America, Canada, and southern Africa. Venues have included the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), a UNESCO International Conference on the Teaching of Physics, and the Russian Academy of Sciences. Philip Stott is married to Margaret (born Lloyd). They have two children, Robert and Angela; and two grandchildren, Sean and Julie. They live in Bloemfontein, South Africa.


My Impressions:

Have you ever wondered what the world was like in the time of Noah?  The Bible tells us it was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence (Genesis 6:9).  Phillip Stott’s new Biblical science fiction novel, Another World, takes us back to the days of Noah with a decidedly different view of the pre-flood world. The world is filled with technological wonders.  Mankind has excelled in everything, including sin.  No one is safe on the streets.  Promiscuity, drugs, alcohol, and crime, including murder, are rampant.  God is a myth believed in only by crackpot fundamentalists.  Remember this is a story of our past, not our present or future!

Enter Noah and family.  Noah has been preaching for years about God’s judgment, but things only get progressively worse.  He and his family have also been working on a huge boat per God’s directions. When the unthinkable happens, many remember Noah’s words.

I was swept into this story that is so different from Sunday School pictures of Noah and the flood. Dinosaurs range freely.  People travel via advanced transit systems.  Communication is available to all across vast distances.  But the thing that struck me the most was the depravity of the times.   Genesis 6:5 states — The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The sins described in Another World are almost unbelievable, almost.

Another World is a rollicking adventure, a science fiction mind bender and a cautionary tale all wrapped in one.  I will recommend this books to adults and older teens.  (Please note:  not suitable for children under 16 due to adult themes).


(I received Another World from Pump Up Your Book in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

3 Responses to “Book Review: Another World”

  1. Cheryl Malandrinos October 12, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Thank you for the outstanding review of Philip’s book. This is the second review in a row that sang the book’s praises. I am definitely going to need to check this one out.



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