Random Chance and the Paradise that is Earth

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Singin' his way through space, Random Chance is a happy hippie. Unfortunately, the Man is after him. After narrowly escaping, he makes his way to the only woman in the solar system who truly understands him. Still, there's far more to Random Chance than she's aware of. What will happen when she finds out? Read on! More

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About Shawn Michel de Montaigne

I'm a writer, illustrator, and fractalist. A wonderer, wanderer, and an unapologetic introvert. I'm a romantic; I'm inspired by the epic, the authentic, the numinous, and the luminous. Most of all, I'm blessed.

I'm very deeply involved with an extraordinary, beautiful woman who has been with me now for a decade. We have forged, through awful times and amazing ones, a life that I feel every morning is worth waking up to and contributing to.

I'm interested in connecting with folks who enjoy my art and would like to be part of whichever world or worlds I've discovered and shared. I'm deeply political, philosophical, and opinionated; and I have no patience with manipulators, salespersons, stalkers, bullshit artists, and the psychotic and insane. For that reason, I'm not everyone's cup o' tea. I'm good with that.

Most of all, as I said at the beginning, I'm blessed. If you would know anything about me or my attitude as I go through my days, that's the truest and most relevant one.

About the Series: Random Chance and the Paradise that is Earth
He's a thirty-fifth-century hippie named Random Chance. He lives in a spacegoing RV that looks like a sea turtle. He loves ancient rock n' roll music.

He christened his ship The Pompatus of Love. The deep space between the planets of the solar system is his home.

He's got friends, most notably The Pompatus' computer, whom he named Hewey, and a more-special-than-most girl named Mia who's made her home on the mining asteroid of Vesta. He wants to see her soon.

Unfortunately, that's going to have to wait, because Random's uncle is hot on his tail. He captains a warship for an oppressive interplanetary government named the Oligarchy, and he's been looking for Random for some time now.

Random has a unique gift, one that he's going to have to employ if he wants to get away from the Garkies and his uncle and make it to Mia. What he doesn't know is how much using it is going to change the entire solar system and the course of humanity forever.

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Review by: James Jenkins on March 9, 2019 :
Not overly good or bad, I read it all, but not really interested in continuing the series.
(review of free book)
Review by: KJH Cardinalis on June 30, 2016 :
Random Chance and the Paradise that is Earth is a difficult book to describe. In many ways, it feels like a snippet, a slice of life—one of a myriad adventures of the eponymous main character. And that’s a good thing. Much like a TV pilot, this book drops you into the middle of Random’s life. It makes you curious about his past and anxious about his future, and you find yourself eager for the next episode in his unfolding story.

There are two “halves” to this story. The first part follows Random as he makes a narrow escape from the ruthless Oligarchy that holds dominion over the solar system. The second part follows his visit to Vesta where he meets up with Mia (Random has girls in many ports, but this one is special) and acquaints her with his best friends—who are both AI programs.

Without giving a lot away, there is something for everyone here. Suspense, politics, more than a dash of romance, and plenty of fun and philosophy. Vesta is an intriguing, beautiful and unusual place. Reading about it, you find yourself wishing you could explore it further, or visit it yourself—and you immediately find yourself trying to envision the rest of Random’s universe—all those worlds just waiting for you to discover them. And because Random’s solar system is so delightful, you end up all the more caught up in his story, which at times is a desperate, frightening struggle for survival. That such a fascinating world is subject to tyranny fills you with outrage.

From a philosophical perspective, this story delves into the nature of intelligence—and moreover, different kinds of intelligence. It asks a lot of questions: Are human beings really fundamentally “good?” Is intelligence our greatest survival trait, or is compassion? Does intelligence necessarily refer to computational abilities, or could it encompass a broader definition? Where does consciousness come from—and what about conscience? We typically define “intelligence” in AI as the ability to learn and decide. Is that ability fundamentally linked to the development of a moral compass (or vice versa)? If so, when in their lifetimes do human beings truly acquire intelligence—and how?

One great thing about this book is that it asks the questions but it doesn’t hit you over the head with firm answers. Instead, it presents you with a vision of the future—a set of possibilities—to use as a lens to think about complex topics.

In short, it’s great sci-fi. The emphasis is on “if.”

And there is so much “if” left to explore. I can’t wait for Random’s next adventure, and a chance to explore more of his universe—and delve deeper into the many questions his first adventure raises!
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
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