The Obligation is a modern parable about a young Capitol Hill staffer who discovers that the seasoned congressman he works for is far from a typical politician. An obsession over a mysterious inscription on a plaque in the congressman’s office sparks the young aide’s initiation into a worldview that will challenge everything he thought he knew about space, evolution and humanity. Under the guidance of the congressman, the protagonist is propelled on a journey of mind and spirit that takes him from Washington to California to Arizona and back to the floor of the House of Representatives. Along the way, he meets six extraordinary individuals who help him understand the secret of the Obligation. His emerging consciousness of the Obligation puts him at odds with the woman he loves, an environmentalist who will ultimately provide a critical piece of the Obligation puzzle. The journey is a gauntlet of emotions, ideas and insights that lead the young aide to not only understand the reason why we yearn to explore outer space, but also see the larger responsibility we have to each other and to the planet that gave us life. Once exposed to the full depth of meaning about the Obligation, his life is transformed forever.
What people are saying:
Frank White, author of The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution and Co-Founder of the Overview Institute
"The Obligation is an extremely important book...a must-read for anyone interested in the future of humanity and the universe."
Robert Zubrin, President of the Mars Society and author of Case for Mars
“The Obligation is a fascinating novel of ideas that dramatically recasts the reasons underlying humanity's need to reach for space.”
William E. Burrows, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his book This New Ocean
“The Obligation is an exhilarating ride into the future.”
Charles Miller, Co-Founder of Nanoracks and former NASA Senior Advisor for Commercial Space
"This book will take you to a new level of thinking.”
Rick N. Tumlinson, Chairman & Co-Founder, Deep Space Industries and Co-Founder, Space Frontier Foundations
“Buy it. Read it. And tell your friends.”
Dr. David Livingston, Host, The Space Show and Founder, One Giant Leap Foundation
"This book is an important read if you care about your future, our nation's future, and future generations for it opens up possibilities for success, even greatness…”
Bob Werb, Co-Founder, Space Frontier Foundation
"The Obligation combines all of the varied reasons so many people want to expand our civilization into space into a complete, coherent, pluralistic, metaphysical, almost spiritual philosophy.”
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Published December 13, 2012
Science & Math, Law & Philosophy.