Qualicum Beach author launches another novel

A view of the future where dolphins rule the world

When our civilization ends, who or what will rule the planet?

It’s not a new thought, but a local author has created an intriguing fictional scenario in a series of books where a highly intelligent and social species is at the helm — dolphins.

Hendrik Witmans has been interested in science, technology and mankind’s position in nature since he can remember. He grew up in Holland and studied science in University before emigrating to Canada in 1967. He attended the University of Waterloo and studied psychology and philosophy as well as writing.

He is now retired and living in Qualicum Beach, where he’s putting the finishing touches on his sixth and seventh novels in his Oscar series.

Witmans began writing the initial trilogy of books in 1997 and that led to the idea for the prequel books (leading up to the original books.)

“People kept asking me, how did this happen? How did the dolphins come to rule the world?” he said.

From there he wrote The Thought Killer, a gripping book about a scientist who is fed up with the state of the world and decides to try and change it. He creates a virus that raises human consciousness to a more spiritual, less materialistic level, but things don’t go exactly how he had planned.

That book and the second volume in the series, called The Mind Cleansers, are available from www.amazon.com, and the paperback edition is available through www.createspace.com.

Those sites are also selling Witmans’ book Problems with Portals, an anthology of futuristic short stories.

Witmans said he doesn’t write to get rich, but instead to try and get his message across.

“We think we own the planet and we don’t, that’s my philosophy behind all these books. And the only way we’ll ever change is if we change our thinking.”

A link to the sites to buy Witmans’ books can be found on his website, along with more information on the author: www.qbwriter.blogspot.ca.

Email him at sfwriter@shaw.ca or call him at 250-752-4581.