FLOAT is speculative
fiction, but not science fiction, set in eastern U.S. cities
in the 1980's. Lead characters are bright young journalism
professionals who love linguistic adventure (puns) and physical
adventure (mafia intrigue). The story concerns their arrival
at the idea of combining the world food shortage problem and
the world prison problem by promoting construction of a huge
international satellite to grow food, inhabited by inmate
laborers. Their problem is promoting the idea among selfish
governmental factions, complicated by mafia interference.
It is also a love story, interspersed with thought-provoking
self-examinations of Christian values, and culminating in
project success and an exciting wedding.
Slant is toward technically and spiritually curious, intelligent
readers. There are no vulgar or bloody or sexually explicit
scenes, though there are implicit references to all three.
The theme is character development through experience. The
purpose is to broaden reader perspective through vicarious
adventure. There is a hint of divine guidance behind it all,
but the book does not advocate nationalism or religion. Rather,
it encourages international cooperation and religious tolerance
by demonstrating that solutions to global problems lie in