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The Whole World is Evolving: Look Who’s Reading Darwin–Viviann Napp

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Viviann Napp, reading Darwin at the Yellow Deli, Chilliwack BC

People from all over the world are evolving with Darwin’s Paradox…. Artists, construction workers, teachers, students, healers, entrepreneurs, councillors, and shop-keepers … all journeying together toward the singularity.

Look who’s here today:

“I’m a boomer with zip,” says Viviann Napp, who has been visiting new ports of call since she was 19. “My sailing highlights include a transatlantic crossing on a famous pop star’s lawyer’s sailing yacht.”

Boats, art and teaching English are high on Viviann’s list of interests. Her official schooling includes a BA in French, a MSci in Special Needs and an MA in ESL.

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Yellow Deli, Chilliwack, B.C.–photo by Davina Rogers

A world traveler, entrepreneur and adventurer, Viviann’s recent ventures included the creation of a vintage vacation rental home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay to the rehab of a 1930s four-story apartment building in Tallinn, Estonia where she lived for 15 years. Her adventure in Estonia included the birth of a successful art gallery where she co-created exhibitions with the British ambassador to Estonia.

“My parents were émigrés to Canada from Estonia, so I grew up embracing two distinctly different cultures. It’s been a lifelong pursuit for me to find my place in this arrangement,” says Viviann. “I have arrived at the ‘home stretch’ of my personal Hero’s Journey where I still strive to keep growing out of myself.  I have recently joined CrossFit where I am inspired to post articles on my blog www.ViviannNapp.com.”

Viviann Napp Darwins Paradox 300x168 The Whole World is Evolving: Look Whos Reading Darwin  Viviann NappThe photo of Viviann reading Darwin was taken at The Yellow Deli, in Chilliwack, BC, Canada. Says Viviann, “This homey, wood-paneled eatery provides the perfect ambiance for fire side reading a book you can’t put down. Warmed by a hefty mug of coffee and a savory serving of home-made vegetarian chili, I’m settled in to read author Nina Munteanu’s book from cover to cover.”


Participate in Look Who’s Reading Darwin:

If you are a Darwin reader and wish to share your favorite place to read Darwin, email me your shot of you reading the book and I’ll feature you. Include a little about you and what you’d like to promote (yourself, a group, an event or place, world peace…) and a link. Email me at: nina.sfgirl@gmail.com (message line: Look who’s reading Darwin).



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Nina Munteanu Teaching “How to Write Science Fiction” at George Brown College, Toronto

George Brown College 300x215 Nina Munteanu Teaching How to Write Science Fiction at George Brown College, TorontoInternationally published author of science fiction and fantasy Nina Munteanu will be teaching “Creating Science Fiction” at George Brown College, Continuing Education in Toronto this Spring/Summer.

The course starts April 16th and runs for 12 weeks through to July 2nd, 2014. The workshop-style course runs two hours from 6:15 to 9:15 pm every Wednesday.

The course covers the following:

  • world building
  • premise and story promise
  • storyboarding
  • plot approaches (including the Hero’s Journey)
  • research & ideas
  • language & style
  • promotion and marketing

The course will be taught at Toronto’s downtown King Street campus. Register here.

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Darwin’s Paradox Considered Eco-Fiction and Climate Fiction

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JP McLean reads Darwin’s Paradox in the Gulf Islands, BC

Nina Munteanu’s eco-thriller Darwin’s Paradox and its prequel Angel of Chaos are described as climate fiction, an emerging sub-genre of science fiction.

In an article in Amazing Stories, which later appeared in Europa SF, Nina Munteanu wrote about how the trend in science fiction has moved toward environmental issues.  Munteanu cited her experience at the 2009 World SF Convention in Montreal where she sat on a panel with Tor executive Tom Doherty in which Doherty shared that their publishing house was currently looking for stories and heroes who worked to achieve an environmentally sustainable world through innovation and creative technology.

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George reads Darwin’s Paradox at Brighton Pier

In 2013, Wired Magazine defined climate fiction as a “sub genre of dystopian fiction set in the near future [science fiction], in which climate change wreaks havoc on an otherwise familiar planet.” Other definitions are not as restrictive.

Munteanu’s eco-SF thriller duology, DARWIN’S PARADOX and ANGEL OF CHAOS examine humanity’s co-evolution with technology and nature in a climate-changed world.

From the author:

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Rick reads Darwin in his favorite place

My books Angel of Chaos and Darwin’s Paradox (both with Dragon Moon Press) are stories about human evolution in a post climate change world. Climate change has created the harsh heathlands of a former Ontario and hastened the extinction of many species of wildlife. Humanity retreated into self-enclosed ecosystem-rich megacities called Icarias, protected and separated from the inhospitable wilderness.

The community of megacities is overseen by the Circle, a government of deep ecologists, trained in the laws of “Earth wisdom”.

It was a harsh and rude environment, Julie concluded. Like thieves in the night, bell heather, gorse and purple loosestrife snatched everything for themselves, leaving nothing for the others. Like many things in nature, the heath plants, though beautiful and fragrant, were ruthlessly greedy.” (Darwin’s Paradox)

Angel of Chaos and Darwin’s Paradox tell a story of hope and renewal. The duology explores the greater perspective of “creative destruction” on a planet of great resilience and creativity. In Angel of Chaos and Darwin’s Paradox, the destructive force of climate change is connected to the planet’s ability to renew itself through evolutionary change. With each “destructive” trigger, there follows a burst of creative opportunity.

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Enlightened Carina reads Darwin under the tree

Julie, the main protagonist, finds herself the key to the next step in humanity’s evolution, triggered by climate change and the subsequent creation of enclosed cities. She is a “veemeld”, someone who can “talk to the machine world” in her head. She is also seemingly immune to a deadly environmental disease that has emerged within the enclosed cities.

Gaia, the head ecologist of the government Circle, suggests that the genetic makeup for these two traits in veemelds is by evolutionary design, and likely existed long before they were needed. She posits a new race of beings who, will inherit the new paradigm on Earth. Gaia shares this incite: “ Even a crisis that introduces a new source of chaos is likely to increase the order created by evolution. The asteroid crash millennia ago, for instance, created vast destruction and subsequent chaos; yet, it seemed to hasten the rise of mammals in the niche previously dominated by reptiles and dinosaurs.” (Angel of Chaos)

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Noah Chinn on the ferry to Sechelt

In Angel of Chaos and Darwin’s Paradox, Julie’s father is a fractal ecologist, whose Inverted Loop Model, conceived from the heretical stable chaos theory, predicts the fall of Icaria: Stable chaos, [her father had] insisted, permeated everything and everyone. Like fractals of a larger interconnected universe, each person had his or her own cycle of creative destruction to experience before merging into a greater community of consciousness. (Darwin’s Paradox)

Angel of Chaos and Darwin’s Paradox explore the greater consequences and larger ecological and evolutionary possibilities of calamity, such as that posed by climate change, and renewal.

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Outer Diverse Excerpt — Chapter One

OuterDiverse web 1 300x300 Outer Diverse Excerpt    Chapter OneNina Munteanu’s first and second books of The Splintered UniverseOuter Diverse and Inner Diverse — are now available for purchase in audiobook form through Iambik and Audible.com. Narrated by Dawn Harvey.


Excerpt of Outer Diverse (Chapter One):


InnerDiverse web 300x300 Outer Diverse Excerpt    Chapter OneOuter Diverse and Inner Diverse are currently available in 3 formats: Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook. The third book of the trilogy, Metaverse, will be released globally in Spring 2014 by Starfire World Syndicate. A major launch is anticipated in certain locations with start in Toronto May of 2014 (venue to be disclosed early 2014)


About the Book & its Heroine:

Rhea Hawke is a Galactic Guardian, and I love to say her name. Her name alone let’s you know that there is a bad ass super hero of a woman on site. I can picture her boots, her great coat, and her side arms. I want to be her when I grow up. Obviously, you can tell I developed some hero worship for her by the end of this book. I really got wrapped up in this novel. Yes, the characters only grew a little bit, and that growth was mainly on Rhea and her relationship to her mother, but I really connected with her. I loved all the fancy tech and the variety of alien races, with humans barely hanging on as a species. I will definitely be keeping my eye out for Book 2.”–Amazon Review

“…Rhea Hawke is the cop who breaks all the rules, the outsider cop.”–Amazon Review

Harsh, lonely, intense, complex, naive, betrayal, secrets…”–Martha’s Bookshelf

Nina Munteanu creates a human future on the edge of chaos, and a multiverse that flows back and forth, one universe feeding into another. Religion and science are not entirely separate in this world as ideas of the spiritual and the rational interact with each other.”–Speculating Canada

You are presumptuous, Rhea. You speak half truths.  You are a paradox, so out of tune; a jumble of discord yet surprisingly open for one so closed. You are very cynical for one so naive, so young; but also incredibly naive for one so cynical.”–Ka (in Outer Diverse)

About the Narrator:

Dawn Harvey was the perfect narrator for this novel as it is all told from Rhea’s point of view. Dawn came across as strong and determined without over playing it. Plus, I like how she says my last name with a variety of epithets. The alien voices were challenging, and Dawn met those challenges with gusto.” –Dab of Darkness

Ms. Harvey did a superb job with the narration. She manages to enthuse the personality of the characters into each voice. The wise, gentle Caw has a soft, strong sound that reminds you of a wise old bird. Shlsh Shle She, a slippery, slimy creature has a slurry, garbled voice like a mouthful of mushy, wet food.  Dawn’s reading conveys the loneliness in Rhea, the sexiness of Serge, the frustrated, friendliness of Bas, and the faithful, coziness of Bennie. She is able to bring emphasis to the action or romance, weariness or fear elements of the story. The narration never takes over the story but rather enhances it.”–Martha’s Bookshelf

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Nina Munteanu Self-Editing Workshop Rocks

nina smiling 268x300 Nina Munteanu Self Editing Workshop RocksNina Munteanu’s Self-Editing Workshop and her guidebook The Fiction Writer received excellent response from participants at the When Words Collide Writer’s Festival in Calgary, Alberta this past fall.

Writer Ace Jordyn at The Fictorians in a post entitled, “Serendipity is a Weird Mistress” wrote the following:


When I attended Nina Munteanu’s one-hour presentation on revision at the When Words Collide Conference [in Calgary, August 2013] the pieces to the puzzle fell together and now revising is totally fun!

I was elated to discover that I had many of the skills and resources I needed to revise. What I lacked was structure for the task. Revising, I learned, is a ten-step process. The second step, Dig Deep, is the most exciting for it gives permission to restructure and change things to make the story better. For example, I had been toying with changing the gender of a main character but was unsure. Then, Nina said it was okay. Bingo! When I did it, I discovered that I hadn’t made the original character as strong and unique as I thought – there were trite mannerisms and stereotypical reactions I had subconsciously written. Why should a female wail and a male not? Or did I want either of them wailing? Was that the reaction I wanted? Of course not! Out with the stereotypes, in with more concrete characters and writing. It’s given me a whole new perspective as I examine all my characters.

The other helpful thing about the book is that Nina has a good succinct information on things important to telling a good story such as an overview of the hero’s journey, using the metaphor, getting sensual, the Zen of passionate writing and more. Simply and succinctly written, The Fiction Writer: Get Published, Write Now is an excellent resource which has helped me get my writing to the next level. Simply written (I don’t have the patience for long dissertations), it makes its points quickly on essential things such as the hero’s journey, using the metaphor, getting sensual, the Zen of passionate writing and more.


Nina is a writing coach and teaches online writing courses in addition to her duties at George Brown College and the University of Toronto. You can find her “What Writers Need to Know” e-book series of short e-guidebooks for only $2.99 each on aspects of writing and publishing on Amazon.



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