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In the near future, the ravages of a warming planet have worsened, driving a new era of climate refugees. Rohini Haakonsen, a young Indian-American woman, attends a UN conference on the problem when humanoid aliens materialize. Known as the Elders, the aliens present themselves as benign, even offering to help us solve our climate crisis. Can they be trusted?
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Published February 21st 2018 by Calumet Editions
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Deb
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Definitely worth a read. It took me a bit to fully engage with it, but once I did it was off to the races. I learned so much about Daoism, which was an unexpected pleasure. I look forward to the next tale of the Elders and their ambassadors on earth.
Daniel Kincaid
DNF.

30% into this hot mess, and my brain cells were committing suicide.
This book is a hot mess of bad writing, awful to non-existent characterizations, incoherent narrative, and top it with endless clichés. And no to mention, the author seems to be so uncreative and unimaginative, he uses endless- and very pointless- info-dumps that eventually have no impact on the plot (a very non-existent plot, if we're honest), nor does it help you to get to know the characters in the book- in the end, they'
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Grady
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing

‘Without change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.’ - Frank Herbert

Canadian-born Minnesota author Greg Ripley has so date lived that serve as a smorgasbord for topics about which to write. He has lived in five countries, and has worked as a barista in Tennessee, an organic farmer in New Mexico, and an acupuncturist in Minnesota. He studied Chinese religions at the University of Tennessee and Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at NWHSU (Northwestern Heath Unive
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Melissa Espenschied
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
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The Voice of the Elders by Greg Ripley is a very well written book that anyone who has a strong connection with earth and nature would be drawn to right away. This is well received as the book puts a lot of focus on the harder topics of what we face with global warming and as a race if we do not start thinking about sustainability as a complete way of life. It also brings to light the idea that even if sustainability is the best for the planet
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Charlie Vasquez
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of science fiction/ action/fantasy books, so this is a genre I’m familiar with. I’d never read anything from Greg Ripley before, but the description seemed interesting and I was intrigued with the opening pages and the premise. I’m always on the lookout for fresh new talent, so I was curious to see how he would deliver in this one “Voice of the Elders”. While it’s not perfect, Mr. Ripley is unarguably a talented writer and has a lot of important ideas to share, but more than that h ...more
K.J. Simmill
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rohini had worked hard to get where she was, but she had never imagined her first day in the Youth Assembly, a program focused on the development of sustainable energy, would go quite the way it did. Just as the session started, aliens appeared, and delivered a message of hope, and requested ambassadors to accompany them back to their home world when they return. They asked for recommendations, but these aliens, known as The Elders, had their own delegates in mind, and Rohini is amongst them. No ...more
Jessica
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Voice of the Elders is a timely SciFi novel about Climate change and where it will certainly lead us if we do not start changing our way of life in some major ways. The twist in this novel? Aliens come and reveal themselves as the Elders at a UN Conference that is addressing the consequences of climate change and the greedy fossil fuel conglomerates upon our planet. Offering help and solutions to our planet in peril, the aliens ask for representatives which is where our main character Rohini com ...more
Valery
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Voice of the Elders by Greg Ripley will certainly appeal if you are concerned about climate change. As the pervading theme in this science fiction novel, Ripley condemns big corporations, notably big oil, and offers alternatives. Thus comes in the main character, Rohini, a young woman compelled to fight and win when it comes to the environment. While attending a Youth Assembly in that very quest, aliens appear, and not only do they appear, they are here to help. The narrative does tend to get bo ...more
Pegboard
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In The Voice of the Elders Rohini Haakonsen is requested as a young ambassador on a mission trip to another planet. The Elders want to telepathically teach the young UN students about how to protect the earth since they had to learn the hard way on their own planet. Though Rohini is excited about being chosen, she will be trained as a spy, which promises to be challenging against a civilization that can read minds. There ends up being much more in Rohini going than anyone every expected.

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Greg Ripley
Feb 27, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Praise for Voice of the Elders

"A probing science fiction novel with compelling environmental themes, I’d call this book "Daoist cli-fi." A new subgenre..
- Dan Bloom, editor, "The Cli-Fi Report"

"Action, politics, sustainability, romance, ancient Chinese Daoism, intelligent life on other planets...Greg Ripley expertly weaves myriad fascinating ideas into an engaging story...I eagerly await Ripley's next book."
-Heidi Barr, author of Woodland Manitou: To Be on Earth

"In this fantastical blend of rich
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Heidi Barr
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is great read full of adventure, ideas that make you think, and an invitation to reflect on the state of the world, and what might need to happen to shift things in a positive direction. Highly recommended!
Retu Saxena
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great first outing

Good story line. Some interesting facts about Taoism. Can’t wait to find out more about the elders world. Great bad guy who embodies some of the resistance to solving climate change.
Rachell
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really fun and interesting, want to read more of the story in a sequel
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Voice of the Elders is the story of a young woman who attends a UN youth conference on climate change and is visited by aliens offering to help humanity respond to the climate crisis. She soon finds herself on a journey to meet with these aliens and evade the regressive fossil fuel tycoon who will stop at nothing to maintain the status quo and squash any serious action on climate change.

Genres: Climate Fiction (Plot), Sci-Fi (Aliens), Political Thriller, Religious (Daoism)

Genres are dynamic fra
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Greg Ripley was born in Montreal and spent his first five years in five different countries. He lost track of how many jobs he’s had (somewhere over thirty) but along the way he has worked as a barista in Tennessee, an organic farmer in New Mexico, and an acupuncturist in Minnesota. Greg studied Chinese religions at the University of Tennessee and Acupuncture and Chinese medicine at NWHSU. He disc ...more