Hold On to A Godly Frame of Reference; Don't let America Become Another Jonestown
WHO IS MICHAEL A. BOWIE?
Besides being a character in the Christian science fiction novel, LEDNORF'S DILEMMA [see page 94], Michael A. Bowie is a living, breathing young man whom I met in the early 1990s. It was a chance meeting (if there are such things as genuine coincidences). While in a Tower Book Store, I had wandered into the section on science fiction, UFOs, and other dabblings in mysticism. It is my custom, when in book stores, to check out the latest literary endeavors in the outer regions of humanly inspired imaginings.
Young Michael stood there with similar curiosity until, and I honestly do not remember which, one of us wondered audibly if there was anything of real significance among the strange covers and titles. And there began a rapid assent into freewheeling philosophical exchanges and several historical observations. I'm frank to admit that I had never before or since met anyone quite like him. His brain appears to run in overdrive and there's a lingering impatience to unload the scores of ideas, plots and insights that would be damaged due to friction--as with a sack of beautiful jewels--if he were not to release them out to the world for the perusal they surely do deserve.
I'm pleased to report that years later he became a solid Christian and now excels in apologetics. And we both to this day wonder about the remarkable "coincidence" whereby Michael, having read THE CULT THAT DIED just a few years earlier when he was in Seattle, found himself standing next to the co-author of that very book.
Michael, I'm glad to say, continues as a human reservoir of ideas. Yet I am sad to say that he is still plagued with his age-old struggle wherein his ideas and unique plot lines are so tightly packed that they become like a hopeless traffic jam whenever he attempts to transfer them from mind to manuscript. Consequently he sees only one effective way to utilize his great imagination. And that is to give anyone, who so desires, an access to his story themes and his wealth of apologetic science fiction plot lines. So, to any and all young talents who would be energized by some new and unique story ideas, I will say this: you will be surprised and delighted when you tap into Michael's treasure chest. All he asks is, when one of his ideas works for you, that you give him attribution such as "based on an idea (or ideas) from Michael A. Bowie." Additionally Michael says that, if the story sells, you may feel free to bounce a bit of the royalty back to him. It's purely up to you.
Michael is a great conversationalist. Just chatting with him is an experience.
You can leave a message for him on this website, enclosing your phone number. The list of inquiries will be sent, and he will then phone you. Who knows? A great little story or tome could well be the result. Use the "Feedback" link above, and say, "Please have Michael A. Bowie call me."
David Conn co-authored THE CULT THAT DIED (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1980) and is the author of LEDNORF'S DILEMMA (Authorhouse, 2008), THE SPECIFIC DENSITY OF SCIENTISTS (Authorhouse, 2012), and THE PLEASURE OF FIENDS An Orthodox Study of Evil And the Meaning in the Jonestown Cultic Horror (David Conn, 2013).