My name is Jason Richard Thrift. I have always had the dream of writing since I was a child and last year that dream came true. Prior to 2007 I had been, and still am, working for AnMed Health in Anderson, S.C. as a Registered Nurse. I currently work for Nursing Informatics, dealing with the computer systems Nurses and Physicians use to help take care of the patients in our hospital. In other words, we help the people that help make you feel better!
Now that I have established myself as a full fledged nurse and have done a good job at that for 9 years now, I wanted to finally do something for me. So in the summer of 2006 I sat down in front of my computer and began writing a story I called Civilization. It is the story of how the civilization we came to know and love was originally founded by people from the future. No aliens, no mystical magicians or ancient Gods, just human beings with the aptitude to make time travel possible. The premise of the story was-Man makes time tavel possible, man inadvertently changes time, time destroys man, man escapes time, man creates civilization, civilization leads to man making time travel possible. The premise showed that civilization was caught in a loop of sorts that had people from our time creating the first civilization on Earth in the ancient past, Atlantis. Hence the name of the book, The Civilization Loop.
The book was also entitled this, per the publisher, due to another book being out by the same name. I felt the latter title was more interesting in hindsight. When the new title and the subsequent book cover were put together, featuring Stonehenge as a perfect circle with light coming out of it, that made the book all the more mysterious and thought provoking. I owe credit for the beautiful cover to my friend Janie Jones that also works at the hospital with me.
Publish America picked up the book after having been accepted both there and at Tate Publishing. Nine months after the initial submission, I had a book bound and in paperback for sale with vendors around the world, from Amazon.com to Barnes and Noble.
In the story, the protagonist is Dr. Robert Irwin Peterson, who is the son of Dr. Ben Peterson, who is abruptly killed at the beginning of the story when the first activation of the Temporal Displacment Assimilator (T.D.A.) goes horribly wrong. Thirty years later, Dr. Ben Peterson's son Bobby renames the device (Time Displacement Assimilator) and proves his father's theories correct by becoming one of the first human beings in history to travel through time into the future. From that point on, an ensemble cast of characters helps Dr. Peterson to see the past up close and personal and learn more about the foundations of human society on Earth.
At this same time, an ex-Marine by the name of William Strange is excommunicated from the secret military installation that the time team operates out of, the mysterious Area 51. William is visited by a stranger clad in all black that gives him a device far more powerful than the T.D.A. Dr. Peterson and his team currently use. With this device Will can go anywhere, anytime. He also takes on the persona of someone else, a name that will be etched in history for all time. Willis October.
From this point the story shows how powerful the concept of time can be. How moving and shifting through time plays havoc with the universe and can lead to a disaster of epic proportions. This disaster is the very catalyst for the time team returning to the distant past, at the dawn of recorded history to an uncharted and future nonexistent island in the Atlantic Ocean. There, a showdown between the dastardly October and the more humble Bobby ensues that will hold in the balance the fate of not only our world, but all of existence as well.
So strap yourself in, put your trade tables and seat backs in their full, up-right and locked positions, because once you start you'll find yourself caught in its grasp. Once you are in, you won't be able to put it down until you reach the end. Because in a story where the end is the beginning how will you ever know when you have truly reached the end of...The Civilization Loop.