Rise of Man Book 1: Ascendance

Life in the Stone Age was hard for Karg and his tribe. Because of the dangers in the lower forests they were forced to live in the cold mountains where food was scarce. During a hunting trip, he came across a hidden valley with all the food, water and wood they could ever want. There was a problem though. It was the nuclear test range for the Kthpok. And the Kthpok had just learned abou More
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About E. Wayne Stucki

E. Wayne Stucki lives in St. George, Utah with his wife, Franece. They have been married for 33 years. Together they have 5 children. Wayne has served a mission to Ontario Canada for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Utah. Wayne continues to be active in the LDS faith and has served in various leadership capacities in local congregations. He is an avid Scouter having received the District Award of Merit and Second Miler Award.

About the Series: Rise of Man
Mankind began its rise to prominence during the Stone Age. They were enslaved by the Kthpok, an intelligent dinosaur and rise to cover the galaxy.

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Review by: Richard Lung on Aug. 6, 2017 : (no rating)
Rise of Man
book 1: Ascendance
E Wayne Stucki.

Extreme culture clash between primitive and modern man is a well worked theme in the SF genre. And it is well worked by this author.
The opportunity is well taken to make some easy but still amusing sly digs at colonialism.

Most of the story follows an imaginative reappraisal of how early man might have grown in skill, by having to adapt to the environment. In the process, it is a rather pleasant evocation of the simple life, without having to endure its hardships. The family even stumbles upon a garden of Eden or earthly paradise.

There seems to be an enduring hankering after the nuclear dream, amongst some science-fiction writers, ever since the over-the-top propaganda of the 1950s. They have not woken from their dream, to find that it is a delusion. (Because civilian [uranium fission] nuclear energy was, first and last, a hand-me-down and stooge to military nuclear weapons.) There are hints of that naivety here, and have been, at least since Walter M Miller Jr wrote A Canticle for Leibowitz. For them, the cloud of nuclear fallout has its silver lining, with some compensating adaptation, frequently miraculous, to weigh against the undoubted genetic devastation.
For the radiation research geneticist, Alice Stewart, it posed a threat of irrepairable harm to the human gene pool.
However, this issue does not spoil the plot, which does not depend on a nuclear bomb radioactivity as a causal factor. And it cannot be said from the book what the author actually believes about this issue.
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