"Ultimately, for this reader, OUTWORLD is not just a tale of the world after unchecked climate change, even though it does portray a frighteningly plausible scenario. It is a commentary on how people treat one another in extreme situations, when basic humanity is put to the test." Lisa DelCol, Red Dirt Report, December 15, 2014.
"In OUTWORLD N. Harold Donley shows a future that has not yet come to pass, but sits frighteningly on the horizon of what could be … Anyone who cares at all about how precious life on earth is should read Outworld…", Erinn Gavaghan, Oklahoma City, OK"
"OUTWORLD is prescient (in an Orwellian sort of way) and a very unique take on the human condition…", Debra Levy Martinelli, Norman, Oklahoma
"OUTWORLD by N. Harold Donley is a fast paced novel that extends the lines of current political unrest into an artfully imagined future.
As in “The Time Machine” the earth has changed and two diverse groups have arisen. The Dome Dwellers are predictably enclosed physically as well as culturally. Hierarchal and highly controlled, they live a life built on the past and resources that will soon dry up. The Gnomon are a fascinating study in cultural anthropology as the author brings together, in a credible narrative, elements of popular culture, Native American custom and religion, progressive Christian theology, evolution and climate studies. The main characters are complex and the plot unpredictable. The ending leaves me wishing for the sequel…" The Rev. Dwight N. Helt, Norman, Oklahoma
From the Author.
These are only a small sample of the reviews by both media and readers over the past four years. OUTWORLD has helped to provoke thought on climate change, but, as important, as Lisa DelCol cites, it has also provoked discussion of how we treat each other.
It would have been fairly simple to write another "us against them" survivalist tale.
That was not what I wanted to write. Instead, I wanted to explore the "better angels" of our nature and see what would manifest if we fashioned a community, a society, built upon family, cooperation and living in balance with the world around us.
A few central questions lead me on my writing journey, principle among them was one as old as the New Testament, What if the 'meek' did, indeed, inherit the Earth?. What are the parameters of non-violence? and What if, instead of descending into dystopian violence and lawlessness,we saw an opportunity to radically change our culture and ourselves...for the better?
An altered climate, resulting from the pitiless way we treated our home, our planet, our "Garden", is the setting, but the way we regard one another in that world is the story.