Ian Lenathen discusses The Alters
Welcome to author Ian Lenathen!
Ian Lenathen was born in Scotland and emigrated to Canada as a seven-year-old.
Lenathen is an intelligent and a curious thinker, capable of birthing original and critical thought.
Ian is the proud father of two boys and four grandchildren, all living in Canada
He is also a long-distance swimmer – a computer and internet technology exemplar, an intuitive empath, a poet, and a seeker of compassionate and empathetic contemporaries.
As a world traveler, Ian lived in Scotland, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Miami and has worked and played in forty-two countries. He gained many loved and connected friends on our shared planet. Lenathen includes the knowledge, understanding, and tolerance gained through his travels within the location, theme, and plot of his writing.
Ian completed over eight hundred open water scuba dives and is a certified rescue diver – with published underwater photography. He loves swimming with sharks.
Ian’s hope? - To die young at an old age.
There is always more to do if we choose to do it.
https://www.ianlenathen-author.com - Author website.
Tell us about your life outside of writing.
Do you have a work in progress?
Yes, my work in progress is: ‘Thoughts and Feelings – Time and Space (Musings of a free thinker).’ A book of poetry and short stories. This work is an anthology of truths I have experienced – not as a memoir – but more as a book of events and consequences. The short stories are non-fictional, laying out self-evident proofs. – The poetry is abstract – some in rhyme, some in prose – with original photographs sprinkled in the mix.
What was the most difficult section/piece you ever wrote? What made it difficult?
‘The Alters - We live in many mansions’ is a book that uses the current base of knowledge regarding quantum physics, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, computer science, and religion using the story of Adam and Sarah as the communal point of interest carrier.
The most significant difficulty is putting these advanced concepts into a simple and exciting story while keeping the readers interested. I sometimes assumed my readers knew as much about these topics as I do. Not so. I have been studying and researching these topics for most of my life.
As Stephen King says, ‘Sometimes we have to kill our darlings.’ I had to re-write and sometimes eliminate a paragraph or two, which were darlings to me – but a yawner for most readers. Editing out your darlings is a difficult thing to do.
If we understand a complicated subject, we should be able to explain it to a child. Writers have a responsibility to our readers regarding the understandability and readability of our plots and characters.
Every chapter in The Alters begins with a poem. Poetry adds a higher layer of abstraction, which must complement and support the tenets of the story. Linking abstraction and reality can be difficult but is worth the effort – adding congruence within the ethereal and aesthetic flow of the story.
What sort of research do you do for your work?
First of all, I do believe evolution is still happening in unexpected ways.
Over the past twenty-five years, I have used the internet as a credible source of research. Every subject is available for a shallow or deep dive.
I believe in subliminal learning too.
Over the past 20 years, I have listened to lectures, audiobooks, arguments, and discussions on many subjects, including; classical and quantum science, religions, philosophy, economy, computer science, Artificial Intelligence, deep learning, neuro networks, and literature.
I do this every night and over the past twenty years – listening to an average of 6 hours per night, which equals about 43,800 hours of subliminal high-quality deep subject learning. I also read books and academic papers on various subjects.
For example, in the knowledge silo of Neuroscience, I have queued up lectures from the top professors at universities worldwide. My favourite in this field is Dr. Robert Morris Sapolsky, an American professor with a Ph.D. in neuroendocrinology from Harvard – currently teaching biology, neurology, and neurological science at Stanford University. Lectures are available on the internet. Professor Sapolsky also offers a book - Behave (The biology of humans at our best and worst) - a must-read if you are researching this field. Behave is a large meal, but it is delicious.
In the area of Quantum Science, my research includes books, journals, podcasts, papers, and lectures providing access to the incredible life work of Albert Einstein, Niel Bohr, Erwin Schrodinger, Hugh Everett, Sean Caroll, David Ting, Max Planck, Richard Feynman, Freeman Dyson, Manolis Kellis, and more.
For other subjects like Philosophy, Religion, Computer Science, and Literature, I read and subliminally learn from experts, every night of my life. This method of learning does not help in cultivating a blossoming romance with those who would like to spoon with me. Alas, such is the lonely life of a research-intensive writer.
The story of Adam and Sarah in The Alters puts forth the idea that all knowledge is one knowledge – all learning is one learning. All are intelligently entangled.
What books and authors do you read for pleasure?
Most reading is for pleasure, no? In my early days, I enjoyed the good against evil books – like The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, enjoying the part where Gandolf the Grey turns into Gandolf the White --- as Bilbo Baggins jostles with Gollum – a low and distressed fallen Hobbit. The following trilogy did not interest me as much; it diminished the true Tolkien hero (to me) – Bilbo.
I became interested in the collected works of Oscar Wilde after reading The Picture of Dorian Gray – where Dorian sold his soul to remain young and beautiful – against the natural flow of aging and entropy. On a trip to Paris, I stopped off at Père Lachaise Cemetery, then gave a reading from ‘The Ballad of Reading Goal’ by Oscar’s grave – receiving a sitting ovation from a small crowd which formed as I was reading.
I found ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by ‘you know who’ – a pleasure to read. Then I read his other works too. I traveled to Havana and toasted ‘Papa’ with a Cuba Libre by his statue in one of his favorite bars – El Florida, and spent time at his choice hotel – Hotel Albos Mudos.
In my early teens, searching for meaning, I devoured the journals surrounding the life and deeds of Edgar Cayce. I drove to Virginia Beach and spent two weeks buried in the archives of his work at the Association for Research and Enlightenment.
After reading the bible a few times, I traveled to Ephesus to visit the House of Mary and the Basilica of St. John (who wrote Revelations on the Island of Patmos). While sitting in Mary’s church at the top of the corkscrew road hill – I found this to be one of the serenest places I had ever experienced. I drove down the hill towards St. John’s Basilica and had the padlocked door opened by a stranger walking by. I sat one meter from the red clay grave where the body of John once rested and spent time reflecting on the book of Revelations. Though I have become less religious over the years, I am deeply spiritual; my religion is love. My faith bathes in kindness. The literature of the bible offers a further layer of understanding – I did enjoy and ponder the words of John, the apostle in Revelations, and am grateful for the stranger who opened the padlocked gate – allowing me to enter that sacred space.
The rest of my authors are mostly science-based.
Books on Einstein, String Theory, Quantum entanglement, Deep Learning, Artificial General Intelligence, Neuroscience, Psychology, Philosophy, Endocrinology, and more take my time and satisfy my thirst.
Was there a person who encouraged you to write?
Mrs. Gallagher was the first – she was my grade nine English teacher. As she handed out a graded writing assignment, she told the class we had done well, but she wanted us to hear one piece which received an A+. I wrote it. After the class, she told me I had a gift and could be anything I wanted to be – but she said – no matter what you do, always be a writer too. She was a significant influence. Kindness matters.
Thank you, Mrs. Gallagher!
THE ALTERS (We live in many mansions) – SYNOPSIS
Genre – Visionary Fiction
The story of Sarah and Adam - spiritually entangled, born at the same time, in Baton Rouge and Toronto.
Sarah, an empath savant - Adam, a quantum savant - both fully functional autistic-like and gifted human beings.
The characters in the story include psychopaths and saints. Nasty and nice together.
Some situations are dark, but in the final events and instances of our four-dimensional experience, light is always a possible consequence.
We have the choice to transcend - the option to choose kindness first, in all situations.
The Alters is meant for mature readers. The story includes sexual encounters since we are sexual beings too, reflecting our communal experience - cruel and dominating sex and loving and soul-satisfying sex. We salute the needs of our lower three glands.
The Alters moves from our Darwinian construct, defined in four dimensions, embracing the compassion and empathy of our higher aspirations.
Your perspective alters as we move from our Darwinian prison defined in four dimensions, towards kinder and higher consequences.
We possess the ability to escape these chains of blue skies if we desire to do so.
It takes a leap of faith and an altered perspective of thought, time, and space.
‘Space is stitched together with the thread of quantum entanglement.’ P(x) = |ψ(x)|². Multiple instance reality. This tenet is the basis of The Alters, wrapped into a humankind story - no math required. Take a read - you may be surprised and enjoy it as a page-turner, a thought-invoker, even an interesting and fast-moving, slow, soothing wine companion.