Human beings come upon a world with an ancient, non-technological civilization that is locked in a rigid culture allowing no unanswered questions. The answers have all been given and the people are... More > expected to simply memorize all the questions and their appropriate answer. Conflict results when the people of this ancient culture are suddenly confronted, thanks to the humans mere existence, with the entirely new, which lacks both question and answer.< Less
Paul Wilcox is 83 years old. When his friend invites him to visit an unusual archeological site in Lebanon, he never suspects that it will change his life. Archeologists have discovered evidence of... More > an advanced human civilization wiped out over a hundred thousand years ago in a biological war when the first virus was created from scratch and unleashed on the world. All the viruses known to humanity have their origins in an ancient weapon of war gone haywire.
But that is not the only wonder uncovered; an advanced computer from that ancient time still exists and gives Paul a secret that will change his life—and the lives of everyone else in the world—more than any other secret from the past: the secret to eternal youth.< Less
A child is placed into a totalitarian society, grows up as an ordinary member of it, and works his way to the top levels of the authoritarian government. But he is no ordinary child; he is a mole,... More > placed there to overturn the tyranny and establish freedom.< Less
Aramond Smith O’Reilly is a trader in human misery who, for a price, moves desperate workers illegally from depressed time periods to more prosperous periods of history. Aramond’s story... More > is a story of redemption. It is somewhat reminiscent of the story of former slave trader John Newton who went on to be a defender of the faith and author of Amazing Grace.< Less
Milton Filby was a nice man, tolerant, easy going, kind to those around him, educated. Decent. But he wakes up to find himself on trial and doomed to Hell together with Adolph Hitler, a man... More > responsible for killing millions. Then there’s Katrina Harper, admittedly a very good woman, far better than Milton could ever hope to be—and a faithful churchgoer. Poor Suliman Ababa, a slave, was only twelve when he died horribly in a fire after his village in India was attacked back in 1735 BC.< Less
If you had made different choices, would things really have turned out better?
If you have suffered tragedy in your life, and someone offered you the opportunity to change it, so that it never... More > happened, would you take him up on the offer? Could you make your life turn out better than it has, if you really knew then what you know now?
Or when the Bible says that all things work together for good, does that mean that this is the best of all possible worlds? That it can’t be better than this? Does that mean that if you did go back and prevent the horrible tragedies of your life, and your bad choices, and thus changed your past, does that really mean that the world and your life would actually be the worse for it?< Less
R.P. Nettelhorst is the editor of Quartz Hill Publishing House, a small, academic press associated with Quartz Hill School of Theology in Quartz Hill, California. We publish mostly theology, with some poetry and fiction on occasion.