This is the second book Lynard published in 2012. It is in paperback and digital formats, available on amazon.com.

Book_1His newest book is called A Short History of Memory: Neuroscience and the Search for the Mind. Here is the summary of the book:  Memory is the past. Memory is the history of perceptions perceived. In an age in which the world bombards our senses seemingly non-stop, we should have a universe full of memories defining and neatly labeling our past. But what exactly is the past?

 NetGalley Source: Book Review of A SHORT HISTORY

Using foundations laid by neuroscience, A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY opens an exploration into the brain that perceives and the mind that remembers and reacts to the past. It starts with a simple question: Where do the images we experience in nightly dreams come from? Dreams are memories. But there are conundrums embedded in this answer which have plagued philosophers and scientists since Aristotle came up with the idea of a soul or mind. What in the past explains the “un-experienced” in memories? Flying unaided over treetops; being chased by eight-legged kittens; meandering through a jasmine scented field of purple flowers? Never experienced, never consciously remembered, yet a dream?

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“Suppose we have it all wrong. Suppose our consciousness is the simultaneous act of two entities looking at each other in a fun-house mirror we call the universe…”

TG Books_3From visual perception, to the electro-chemical factory of neurons; from neurotransmitters and millisecond clocks; from dreams to déjà vu experiences: An exploration into the neuroscience of the brain and the inexplicable idea of a self-emerging from opposing forces, A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY provides an empirical bridge between science and the conundrum of consciousness.

In this book, some very useful diagrams and graphics are provided to further explain the different details of what you see and what you think. Do you know there is a delay in your mind of what your eyes captured? Funny how the mind works. And what about the dreams we have when we sleep? Those are memories too.

Poetically, the eyes may be windows to the soul, but they may also be the skylight of a prison. In A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY, the biology of the brain and spirituality of Mind as separate pillars of consciousness, are merged to form a new paradigm. “Suppose we have it all wrong. Suppose our consciousness is the simultaneous act of two entities looking at each other in a funhouse mirror we call the universe. . . “.  From visual perception to the electro-chemical factory of neurons, neurotransmitters and millisecond clocks, from dreams to déjà vu experiences, an exploration of the neuroscience of the brain and the inexplicable idea of a Self emerging from opposing forces A SHORT HISTORY OF MEMORY provides an empirical bridge between science and philosophy.  The empirical may not be the dead weight of the spirit after all.  The two may in fact be the counter-balance from which consciousness is merely the focal point.

Rolun: 2120 is available online for purchase in digital format and softcover paperback.

The first book published in 2012 . . .

TG Books_4The story is about a unique female character, Rolun, who is born some hundred years in the future. As she matures from young girl to womanhood, the reader does not have time to analyze her nor the events pressuring and pushing her. She could be any girl, any young woman confronting a future, a career.

We sense rather than know she is battling inner demons and we quickly develop sympathy for her. The calls for conformity, for being a productive member of society are as strong a hundred years hence as they are today. But the future goes one step farther:  conformity, the rules for individuals and institutions being cooperative and productive contributors to society are codified for every level of society.  In Rolun’s world, in this future world, the political and social system into which she is born shapes her just as our times shape us.  But there is what those in this future world call an undesirable side.  First there is Rolun’s cosmetic, genetic deformity.  Minor. In today’s world, we would easily overlook it.  But in the future, it is a marker.  Even as the daughter of one of the most wealthy men in society, Rolun must submit to controls the society has established for eliminating genetic imperfections in the population.  In this regard, Rolun is a conformist–a willful, even passionate conformist. Ignoring the sympathetic outcries of her family, friends, teachers who question the harshness of what is required of her, Rolun reverently submits to sterilization.  She is a believer.  She is a dedicated supporter of a society calling itself a “brotherhood”.

Beneath this facade however is another undesirable marker, a ghostly stream of emotion, rationalization, and irrational longing that only Rolun herself knows.  At times it causes her to openly violate social norms.  At times it makes her unusual, odd in the eyes of others. The inner demons, despite her struggle to maintain the outward appearance of conformity, propels her to a place in the society no others can occupy.  The struggle makes her a pawn in the scheme of others. Her struggle makes her unwittingly a force against the same ideals she seeks to uphold.

Here is the summary of  Rolun: 2120.

Book_2It is the twenty-second century. It is a time of perfect minds in perfect bodies. Every major aspect of list is controlled by committees and councils – entities without personalities, only acronyms. Into this society of pristine dedication and ostentatious perfection, into this post-America type democracy calling itself the “brotherhood”, Rolun is born.

The third in line of the wealthy and powerful Jarvis pharmaceutical dynasty, the seventeen-year old Rolun Jarvis, at the age of passage, is rendered sterile. A genetic flaw makes her undesirable as a progenitor. She accepts this consequence of her physical imperfection because she is in tune with the “mindset” of the times: the perfect mind in the perfect body. (That is very sad even in today’s world.)

Unexpectedly, Rolun is made a candidate to the High Council of the World Body of Governing Democracies. It is the most secret of secret councils; though many candidates are selected, few serve. Dennis Samson, her eighty-six year old “guardian” to the council will guide her career for the next six years as she goes through indoctrination college and on to her temporary community service job as a military instructor. Early on, she comes to realize not only is she being ostracized from the society to which she is spiritually devoted, but there are powerful forces at work intend on destroying both her and her father. Through a struggle not of her choosing, though fears rooted in her need for love, Rolun becomes the paragon of her times.

 

A Deadly Game

Posted: January 7, 2013 in FICTION, NOVEL
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PHOBOS LOCK is intended for the X-Files aficionado–a little science,
a little mystery, a little conspiracy and a bottom line truth.

Combine the old adage about idle hands being the devil’s workshop and the inclination some have to see a conspiracy in solved and unsolved mysteries and you have the basics of PHOBOS LOCK.

TG Books_5At a Thanksgiving celebration, Stephen Steward, the main character, casually tosses out the remark, “to get a secret, you must have a secret”.  He didn’t know at the time that two of his friends, Roger Strayhorn, a conspiracy buff, and Clarence C. Hagerton, an electronics wizard, would spend a couple of months churning the depths of the Internet to eventually become ensnared in the quest for a video tape.  The tape purportedly showed the last couple of seconds of image data from the 1989 Soviet PHOBOS II Mars orbiter before it was mysteriously lost.

Strayhorn is killed before he can pick up the tape from a source he and Hagerton have met on the Internet.  Learning of the death, Steward responds from a sense of guilt when Hagerton seeks to confess his own guilt at arranging procurement of the video.  When Hagerton is subsequently killed in a car bombing, Steward begins a quest to discover the reason. With help from his girlfriend, Stephanie Thornfield, he begins logically and systematically putting the pieces of a puzzle together.  Dr. Jeffrey O’Connell, a former consultant with NASA, apparently shipped the tape to someone in Chicago.  But the more pieces Steward puts into place, the  less the puzzle has to do with the reason his friends were killed. There is a conspiracy apparently to keep the last couple of seconds of the video tape secret.   He realizes he has slipped into the same trap that got his friends killed in the first place. He is unearthing questions and no answers.

Confronted by the possibility of losing Stephanie, he decides to back off. But it’s too late… much too late.

 

This book was published early in Lynard’s life when he had to work extra hard to make ends meet. Nevertheless, he made time to write this book and kept up with his reading.

Neptune_featuredWritten around the time of the break up of the Soviet Union, THE AGE OF NEPTUNE shares information and perspective on some prophecies written over five hundred years ago by Michael de Nostradamus. They address terror as a given, as a commonplace of life after the rise of the United States as a superpower. The focus is not on whether Nostradamus was a seer of the future, but on the political and social philosophy espoused in his writings.

Can anything said five hundred years ago be relevant to today’s super-weapons, super-computers, super-experts and super-statesmen?

By way of a partial answer, the prophecies, like most prophecies, speak of war. But they also speak of the human spirit. We are the human spirit—our dreams, goals and aspirations become the ingredients of history. On another level, our human spirit is an extremely potent ingredient in the shaping of the future. In an age in which even the powerful are contorted by circumstance, it is the human spirit which remains unencumbered and un-terrorized. It is the human spirit which has no destiny, only a future. Man, the mind in terror, has a destiny and it is war. It takes no great seer to determine this. Of Man’s spirit, neither pundits nor seers know much, only that it is the intangible spark of tomorrow.

This book is currently out of print.

We often hear people’s stories on the news, in the newspapers, and on the internet. Some are hilarious, some are sad, some are inspiring. After the thirty-minute break, we most likely forget what was on TV and focus on what is going on in our own lives. We quickly dismiss the news stories because we don’t know those people. What happened to them had very little to do with us.

Like I always tell people, I have my own problems. I paid little attention to stories like people trying to cross the U.S. boarder and get caught in Texas. Or another story about a 72-year old man battling 15-inch snow in brutal freezing temperature in Chicago. He needed to get to his job, taking food to elderly.

That changed when I met the three sisters. I can’t help to think about what happened to them. They came to the United States as refugees after the Vietnam War. Their heart-wrenching struggles for a better life continued after they arrived in the free world.

I met the three sisters in a grocery store one Saturday afternoon. We caught each other’s attention when we realized we spoke the same language, which is Cantonese. My ears pop up whenever I hear people speak Cantonese. They were as excited as I was. We chatted like old friends who haven’t seen each other for decades. I am Chinese from Hong Kong and they are Chinese from Vietnam. We talked and talked. Reluctantly we exchanged phone numbers and promised to meet again.

And we did…

 

The Illinois Author Wiki

Posted: August 2, 2012 in HOW TO
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The purpose of the Illinois Authors Wiki is to develop a vast and comprehensive resource about Illinois authors; highlighting their published books and bringing the authors greater visibility. Lynard Barnes is a long time resident of Illinois ever since he was a young boy from Social Circle, Georgia.

You can insert a key word such as author’s name, book title, or pen name in the search box and clicking either “Go” or “Search” to find the information you need.

Eligibility for the Illinois Author Wiki:

An author may be eligible to be included in the Illinois Authors Wiki if he or she meets at least one of the following Illinois connections:

  • The author is or has been a resident of Illinois.
  • The author writes about Illinois subjects of interest – Abraham Lincoln, Chicago Cubs, flowers of Illinois, etc.
  • The author writes about Illinois, either actual places or fictional places specifically set in Illinois.