Book Spotlight ~ "The Universe Builders" by Steve LeBel
A young god graduates from God School and gets his dream job of building his first universe. Plagued by a school rival and aided by his friends, he struggles to create a world he can be proud of.
Read an Excerpt: From the Prologue
Have you ever wondered about the universe? How was it created? What is the purpose of it all?
Well, the answers may surprise you.
Actually, there are a lot of universes out there. They come in every size and shape and flavor you can imagine. And the answers to your questions are very different, depending on which universe you are in.
Some of those universes are amazing. They are full of beautiful planets, intelligent races, technological marvels, and other wonders. And some of them are not so amazing. Each universe is created by a God, of course, as is required for such things. But one of the inconvenient truths is that not all Gods are created equal. Oh, they have the best teachers and the best education possible, of course. And over the ages, the Gods have developed a decent work ethic and a strong desire to do the best they can. But Gods are pretty much like everyone else. They have their own share of overachievers and underachievers, motivated and unmotivated, talented and not-so-talented, and so on. And that explains why some of the universes out there are not really up to professional standards.
This is a story about those Gods. They live in The Town, on a planet called The World. They call themselves The People. And their primary occupation is building universes, which they call The Business. You needn’t be much concerned about their lack of creativity in naming things. They all live in the same town on the same planet. And there isn’t anyone else in the God Business, so they don’t need a lot of fancy names to differentiate these things.
About the Author:Businessmen are serious people, right? Not always. Steve LeBel — hospital president, technology entrepreneur, algorithmic stock trader — is definitely not serious.
Not when he writes.
Whimsy overcomes him at the word processor. Whimsy is at the core of his novel, The Universe Builders, which he tells with a unique balance of seriousness, humor, and imagination.
LeBel lives in Muskegon, Michigan with his wife Marge, and Mindy and Dexter, their cats. When not writing, he is busy planning his next trip, cussing out the stock market, doing tech support for friends, or dreaming up new Universe Builder plots.