Writer, naturalist, and historian David L. Witt is author of a novel, The Prairie Suite, An old world…a new beginning, and four award winning nonfiction works: Ernest Thompson Seton, The Life and Legacy of an Artist and Conservationist; Taos Moderns: Art of the New; Spirit Ascendant: The Art and Life of Patrociño Barela; and Modernists in Taos from Dasburg to Martin. He is curator of the Seton Legacy Project at the Academy for the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Special interest in alpine and tundra botany. Publications at: www.davidlwitt.com. Environmental issues related to The Prairie Suite novel at the blog: www.theprairiesuite.com. The life and legacy of artist/naturalist Ernest Thompson Seton blog at the blog: www.setonlegacyproject.blogspot.com.
There is a widely held belief that we are exempt from the laws of nature. And further, that we can treat the living earth without regard to consequences. Our species may endure, but our purposeful environmental destruction threatens the survival of wild nature and the civilization we have built. We need to examine what might remedy or mitigate the situation and address the underlying cause.
Two millennia after civilization-wide collapse, a new people, the Anaphorans, have arisen. To them has come a bodhisattva of the Prairie Suite teaching a philosophy of harmony connecting humans to nature. New dangers—physical and metaphysical—have shown up as well, forcing them to confront the question: How far will we go in the name of good to fight evil? First in a series. Word count: 122,000.