This award winning nonfiction book, A Search for Meaning from the Surface of a Small Planet, is both sober and lighthearted, sometimes awed and sometimes irreverent (toward both science and religion)-but always intensely personal, rational, stretching and pressing toward a wedding of scientific understanding and mystical thought.
Although Don Pendleton (1927-1995) did not come draped with academic honors or letters, his extensive background in science and communications-as a telegrapher, an aerospace engineer-a metaphysical scholar, and author, gave him the ability to take a reader very far beyond themselves, whether it be in fiction or in nonfiction.
In this book, Don dramatically investigates the sciences, religions and philosophies with a view toward dignifying the human experience and provides a frame work in which the individual reader may validate his/her own life and dreams relating to the whole. Don's slant into the material is unique; often humorous; the findings evocative; conclusions satisfying for the rationalist; inspiring; and, perhaps, even transformational for the true seeker.
For those who wish to be challenged by innovative thinking and daring ideas-reaching with their minds to coax out an understanding of the world as well as the meaning of their own lives-will find this book takes them on a spiritual search as well as an intellectual one
"Don Pendleton was not only a writer with a strong sense of how to use language, but he was also an interdisciplinarian whose interests are far-ranging. A SEARCH FOR MEANING is nothing less than an attempt to synthesize metaphysics and physics. Yet, the tenor of the book invites a broad audience to read, to think about, to puzzle over the many questions he asks in his quest to understand the meaning of ‘meaning.' Integrating many domains of knowledge, Pendleton touches on questions of religion, God, relativity, and brain research, among other fields...all in all, this book is a must-read for a general audience." -Gabriele Rico, Ph.D., author of the best-selling, Writing the Natural Way,
Professor of English and Creative Arts at San Jose State University, and
Independent E-book Awards Judge, 2002.
A Search for Meaning From the Surface of a Small Planet won the Independent
E-book 2002 Best of Nonfiction Award and the Digital Literature Best of Nonfiction, 2002. Available in Tradepaper and Kindle.