John ‘Dolphin’ Allen, is author, poet, playwright who invented, conceived and co-founded the Biosphere 2 project – the world’s largest laboratory for global ecology. Biosphere 2 set a number of world records in closed life system work including, among others, degree of sealing tightness, 100% waste recycle and water recycle, and duration of human residence within a closed system (eight people for two years). Allen has also conceived and co-founded nine other projects around the world, pioneering in sustainable co-evolutionary development.
He is currently the Chairman of Global Ecotechnics Corporation. This is an international project development and management company with a Biospheric Design Division engaged in designing and preparing to build the second generation of advanced materially closed biospheric systems and ecologically enriched biomic systems (www.biospheres.com); and an EcoFrontiers Division which owns and operates innovative sustainable ecological projects of which he was the co-founder and chief designer in France, Australia (5000 acre savannah regeneration project), Puerto Rico (1000 acre sustainable rainforest project) and England (www.ecotechnics.edu).
Allen began the first manned Biosphere Test Module experiment in September 1988, residing in the almost fully recyclable closed ecological system environment for three days and setting a world record at that time, proving that closed ecological systems would work with humans inside. As the vice-president of Biospheric Development for the project, as well as Executive Chairman, Allen was responsible for the science and engineering that created the materially closed life system, as well as the development of spin-off technologies.
John Allen reads one of the poems from his book, the Dream and Drink of Freedom, entitled “Record”.
Far Out and Far Away is a highly imaginative science-fiction novel of emergent evolution. Sharing the boon of his climactic ecological experiment Biosphere II, scientist and poet John Allen, Johnny Dolphin, portrays a delightful and humorous tale of humanity’s potential, should we wise up and become conscious of our own evolution. Set fifteen thousand light years distance from Earth and some fifteen thousand years into the future, Far Out and Far Away takes the reader on wild ride through many of the implications of the science and ecology of today, all the while thoroughly grounded in the rigorous, but adventurous thinking of one of the brightest and most comprehensive minds of our time.
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Far Out and Far Away navigates though a fictional future of human destiny with moments of reflection on the current state of our planet’s life, technics, cultures and thinking that are viewed through the piercing retrospective eyes of a group of audacious travelers in the distant future. It’s a gem of a story; exploring hidden treasures in various realms, including nuggets of scientific significance, profound philosophies, artistic aspects and some hot, hot history, some of which might easily be overlooked in more conventional contexts. Evidently, the story having been influenced by the author’s individual life and experiences, giving it a original and comprehensive point of view. It’s unconventionally drafted in a manner which is able to incorporate an epic and poetic, perspective in a simple and well structured layout. An enjoyable and interesting read. Far out and Far Away captures the magnitude of views reminiscent of those in 1984, Brave New World, Wheelers. Actually, it’s a on a(totally)nother level. Wow. —Omar Fayed, November, 2011, from Amazon Reviews (Four Stars)
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