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    Christopher Steinsvold

ISBN: 9781942546344

The Book of Ralph

by: Christopher Steinsvold

A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

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Christopher Steinsvold received his PhD in philosophy from the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center. He is currently an adjunct professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. In his creative writing, he uses his background in philosophy to feed his imagination.
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A message appears on the moon. It is legible from Earth, and almost no one knows how it was created. Markus West leads the government’s investigation to find the creator.

The message is simple and familiar. But those three words, written in blazing crimson letters on the lunar surface, will foster the strangest revolution humankind has ever endured and make Markus West wish he was never involved.

The message is ‘Drink Diet Coke.’

When Coca-Cola denies responsibility, global annoyance with the beverage-industrial complex becomes indignation. And when his investigation confirms Coca-Cola’s innocence, Markus West becomes one of the most hated men on Earth.

Later, five miles above the White House, a cylinder is discovered floating in the night. It is 400 feet tall, 250 feet in diameter, and exactly resembles a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup. Nearly everyone thinks the cylinder is a promotional stunt gone wrong, just like the lunar advertisement. And this is exactly what the alien in the cylinder wants people to think.

Ralph, an eccentric extraterrestrial who’s been hiding on the moon, needs Markus’s help to personally deliver a dark warning to the White House. Ralph has a big heart, a fetish for Andy Warhol, and a dangerous plan to save the world.

Looking upon the cylinder, Markus realizes we are not the ones in control. The unexpected guest becomes the host, and somehow humans never belonged: “We are the homeless orphans peeking through the banquet window. We are the frills of the universe gazing upon something unspeakably more central than ourselves.”

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ISBN: 9781942546344
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2016
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“Steinsvold shows his philosopher roots in this offbeat first-contact story.” —Publishers Weekly

“Like Vonnegut for the Adbusters generation. A wry and philosophical take on the first contact novel, in the tradition of Douglas Adams. With Kardashians!” -Christopher Brown, author of Tropic of Kansas

“This is a disarming tale of extraterrestrial visitors on earth and human reaction to them. . . . A marvelously enjoyable read. The light side of the book is ballasted by truths and observations about humans. . . .” —Library Thing

“An interesting, enjoyable, off-the-wall read!” —January Gray Reviews

“The writing is crisp, the observing eye is keen, and the bittersweet ending is simultaneously cinematic, sentimental, and thought-provoking.” —Foreword Reviews

“It’s a captivating story that raises some thought-provoking issues about the type of world we live in and the consequences of our beliefs. Highly recommended, especially if you’re looking for some original science fiction.” —Simon West-Bulford, author of The Soul Consortium and The Beasts of Upton Puddle

“…I enjoyed Christopher Steinsvold's Book of Ralph. Christopher wrote a great book…a gem. First-contact stories are tricky. Christopher took a creative spin. The book was more than charming and funny. It was thought-provoking and humbling.” –Quarkytrons