a holder of Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a former head of On-line Data, Inc, lives in Texas
with his wife and their three children. He has written articles in national periodicals and this is his first book. His book
site gives ample information about his novel at www.stelzerstravels.com
TRAVELS is a literary fiction novel that is set both on earth and on another planet, Luxenben. The story is about two
men who travel to this Utopian planet and confront a new reality so very different from the one on earth. The author
reveals details about the political, economic and social systems of Luxenben which are all based on the laws of nature.
The book is divided into 5 sections, each one dealing with a new part of the story and a new problem. The two men had different reasons for wanting to escape from earth, but they shared a common exasperation with the
way humanity was running the place.
the author touches sensitive issues all related to our ‘real world’ on earth. For example, on page 33 he
writes about TV news that ‘pours despair’. Another problem Dan mentions is that of the economic development
on earth which destroys our ecology. Luxenben, on the other hand, has saved their eco system. The writer also
focuses on religious issues. All the topics he mentions are those we face on earth and they need urgent attention.
He even mentions education, criminal justice and political issues, giving the reader his own views and solutions to our planet’s
language Dan uses can be characterized as ‘highly elaborated’: rich vocabulary, complex sentences and sophisticated
style combined with academic writing at times. He writes in the first person, since Stelzer, the main hero of the story,
identifies with the author. Stelzer is a businessman turned philosopher
who comes to enjoy a better life on a well-managed, pollution-free planet. His friend, Neuman, begins as a religious
fanatic who eventually reconsiders his theories about life and is totally transformed. Through this novel the writer
is seeking the ideal society on an ideal problem-freed planet.
TRAVELS caters to an audience who love Utopian realities and philosophy. It may also cater to sociology students and
those who do research on social and environmental matters. It is suitable for deep thinkers and those who are keen on
philosophizing about the future of the earth and the human species, but it also caters to those who plainly love fiction,
mystery and a highly original topic. To sum up, this novel addresses an educated audience of adults.