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The GAIAD: A Novel

by William Burcher

Page Count: 328
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Published: January 19th 2016


In a society increasingly buried under the weight of its own insularity, an ancient and shadowy group selfishly guards a secret with the power to change everything. Tonight, on a stage in front of thousands, one of their members commits a horrible, shocking act. In the audience is Detective Fleur Romano. Bitter and world-weary, she vows to uncover the reasons behind the horror she just witnessed. In the process, she’ll discover that she's led her lonely life ignorant a fundamental truth, a truth first discovered by a man who walked the earth millennia ago, a man mysteriously familiar.

In this powerful debut, William Burcher is willing to explore unique and fantastic themes with realism and grit. The GAIAD boldly poses big questions. What do we lose, as we separate ourselves from the earth and each other? What would the future hold, if suddenly something changed with that most fundamental of relationships—the one we have with our own planet?

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About the author

While Will has always known that writing and the exploration of the human condition would be his “end game,” he has sought out varied professional and educational experiences—resulting in a unique view of our contemporary collective circumstance. He grew up in a conservative military family and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.

While at CU, Will discovered Eastern philosophy, notably Zen Buddhism and Taoism. He chose to obtain a degree in Economics for uniquely personal reasons—viewing the swings and fluctuations of a free-market economy seeking balance as an expression of “the Way” of natural autonomous systems, or more largely, the “Tao.” He worked in commercial real estate and in finance before making a professional shift toward government. Will served as both a sheriff’s deputy and police officer outside of Denver for six years. As an officer he saw evidence daily of a nascent personal thesis—the necessity for modern American society to embrace fully the concept of deep personal responsibility, with larger implications for the future of humanity and the natural world.

Will is a strong supporter of an expanded exploration of space and believes that the perspective gained by simply looking up can change the world. Moving up and out while gazing honestly within—toward these pursuits will we encounter our potential. Will lives in Colorado with his two dogs, Taurus and Sterling.

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