by Gina Osterhaven
This book is a mix of science and spirituality; where links are made between astronomy, quantum physics, philosophy and the near-death experience.
In this debut novel, Gina Oosterhaven (Øster) combines current knowledge and existing theories with her own ideas into an exciting story on the border between fiction, non-fiction and science fiction. Questions such as ‘What happens after death?’ ‘Where are we going?’ ‘What is consciousness?’ And ‘Who is it that actually dies? are being answered…
Summary: It is 2036. Experiments are taking place in SITCO’s laboratory in Colorado as part of the AfterLife Project. A team of scientists, physicians and experts in near-death experiences are looking for an answer to the question as to whether there is life after death. They think they have found a way to make the journey to the afterlife. This method allows people to undergo a near-death experience in which they come close to or even go beyond the threshold of death and then return to earthly life.
The project is controversial and meets a great deal of resistance, especially from religious communities. Some of these have submitted their cases to the United Nations International Court of Ethics, which will determine whether the experiments should be permitted or prohibited.
The initiators of the project are questioned by the judges of the court. They try to clarify which major technological advances have been made in natural and medical sciences in the past decades. According to them, this knowledge can be linked to the near-death experiences that many people have encountered. The AfterLife Project aims to demonstrate this connection in experiments in which people actually reach the border between life and death and gain insight into what happens after we die.
During the court hearings, the experiments continue in the utmost secrecy. Will the answer to the question of whether there is life after death be found before the court reaches a verdict?