"Green’s Discovery is, in some ways, the ultimate fantasy: a group of all-powerful aliens arrive... prompting examinations of human responsibility toward other humans, and raising questions about what the world might look like if it were bettered." Foreword Clarion Review "Dr. Green spent his whole life searching for proof of extraterrestrials. When he does find it, the aliens aren’t at all what he imagined. Tasked with helping the visitors guide Earth to a brighter future, Green travels the world, witnessing and resolving humanity’s worst problems with the ultimate goal of allowing Earth to take its place among other peaceful worlds." Forward Clarion Review
May 6, 2020 - CBC Airplay with Dave White "Yukoner Rick Karp releases third novel" "Rick Karp is perhaps best known in the Yukon as a businessman, but he's been moonlighting as a writer for the past few years and has just released his third book, Green's Discovery." (Click here to listen to the radio interview.)
Visitors from outer space decide that the potential of the earth’s inhabitants is such that they are almost ready to join the larger community of planets, but not without some major improvements to our societal structures. They select astronomer and astrophysicist Sydney Green, who discovered their approach to earth, to assist them in ridding earth of autocrats, dictators, criminal activities, and to get control of the plutocracy.
The collaboration and methods in which Green and the visitors execute their plan make Green's Discovery a must read for anyone who fantasizes that we can live with prosperity and equality for all mankind. I’m looking forward to the sequel.
Dan LeBrun Reactive Design, Whitehorse
First, thank you for asking me to read and review your book – I found it a good read and challenging. I really liked the detail, depth and how the story creates an image in your mind. One example is when the book was describing the journey of Green trying to get to his sister in the Yukon; it painted a picture, which made me intrigued and I wanted to keep reading. I also enjoyed the dialogue of the characters - it didn’t seem fabricated and flowed naturally. I liked this a lot and it also made me appreciate all that went into it. Overall, I would say that as an 18-year-old, that this book would be good for people my age to read and to think about the issues presented. I think that people around my age will like the fictional aspect of the aliens, their technology, how the people in the book behave badly and how Green is helped by the aliens to fix things up. The only thing that I believe may scare some people my age away is how this book is based on politics, current economic structures, and world issues. It does interest me, but I’m not sure that everybody would feel the same way. I would say however that 17-year old’s and up would enjoy the story and all of the challenges Green confronts. People my age do realize what is going on around the world and do care about the problems / issues discussed, and so this is why I think that it would be a good read for people my age!
Your book is a great read. Thanks again for allowing me the opportunity to read it. Kind Regards from Vancouver, Max, High School graduate entering my first year University in the Fall.
When Rick asked me to review his new book, I warned him that I am not a big fan of the sci-fi genre and I was concerned that my lack of interest in this genre as a whole may affect my judgement and perspectives. He assured me that sci-fi is being used as an ‘allegorical’ tool to point a direction for us to overcome the issues dealt with in the book. So, I guess what he really meant was that you do not have to be a fan of ‘Star Wars’ to experience this book.
So, I was relieved.
Overall, I found the book to be a relatively interesting read. The story line is unique and easy to follow as Rick points out the real and complex issues facing humanity around the world, including in the Yukon. The protagonist, Sydney Green, is approached by the aliens and with their help, he agrees to implement solutions to the issues we face. The solutions are quite straightforward and unstoppable, given the aliens’ advanced technology and power. Though from time to time I was disturbed by the description of the problematic reality in the book, I certainly felt contented when the hero could erase the problem, with the help of his alien friends, by simply lifting his hand. Eventually, the foundation for a brand-new utopian world is created, but there are still some mysteries to be resolved in the book. I know Rick won’t keep us waiting too long before he reveals them. Let’s wait and see.
Chaofeng Zhang, Whitehorse
Alien contact, Alien Intervention - the aliens work with Green to fight criminality and organize a new world order by remodelling political, economic, and social paradigms to prepare our world to interact with other civilizations in the universe.