Biology senior Shaheed Abdulhaqq will hold a book signing for his recently published science fiction novel, Type III, Thursday, Dec. 6 at 11:30 a.m. in The Kanbar Campus Center Living Room.
Published by Pittsburgh publishing company Dorrance Publishing, Type III is based on the Kardashev Scale—named for Soviet astronomer Nikolai Kardashev who first proposed it in 1964—that categorizes how technologically advanced a civilization is by its hypothetical “type.” The scale is often used by science fiction authors as a device to describe efforts to detect extraterrestrial life. Type III on the Kardashev Scale, as referred to by Abdulhaqq’s book, is regarded as a highly sophisticated civilization capable of harnessing the energy of a single galaxy.
Set in the year 2060, the novel explores human, societal and governmental first-encounter reactions to an advanced civilization, and that civilization’s impression of humanity. “Although it is set in the future, the story also deals with contemporary issues, such as our impending energy crisis, global warming and the seemingly perpetual stagnation in global politics,” said Abdulhaqq, who, as a teenager, previously authored several copyrighted science fiction short stories, including Mars Imperative and Mars Manned Mission.
Written over a two-year span, Type III grew out of his longtime interest in reading and watching science fiction stories. “Writers are often advised to write on what they know,” he concluded. The book also incorporates knowledge he gained from his Philadelphia University physics and biology courses. “The editing of the work took place while I was attending classes at Philadelphia University,” he said. “Therefore, much of the scientific content of the book is based in the science courses I took here.”
With hopes of continuing his studies of microbiology and molecular biology after graduation, Abdulhaqq, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and National Dean’s List, is currently applying to graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland. When asked if he would write again, he noted, “For me, writing is a cathartic practice. I have always dreamed of writing books with both contemporary and future relevance and plan to continue writing long into the future.”
To learn more about Type III by Shaheed Abdulhaqq, visit www.dorrancebookstore.com/typeiii.html.