In our latest Insight, we talk about a Facebook message we received about an experience that is similar to one that Whitley wrote about in his book Transformation! Question: Could there be machines among us that we don’t even notice, because they are so human? This is the premise behind Whitley’s new novel, titled "Hybrids." How would humans feel if a robot touched them? (this could be important in the future, when robots perform some of the jobs, such as nursing, that humans do now). NOTE: Subscribers can listen to all three of these Hybrids chapters, plus the "mind control" chapter of his new nonfiction book "What is to Come").
Shortly after we posted the download for Whitley’s out-of-print Communion sequel "Transformation," we received this Facebook message: "I wanted to tell you of an experience that I had this evening. It immediately reminded me of something I read in one of your books, about a couple of small beings that were seen in a bookstore when Communion came out.
"I was walking to a friend’s house, when I saw this little person come towards me down the sidewalk. As he got closer I noticed he (and I only say he because I had that impression) had something wrapped or put over his head, and his movement was like someone quickly shuffling along, a little on the wobbly side even, then he cut the corner and headed towards the upper road. I can describe in detail the jeans he was wearing, and he was wearing a white tee shirt and the wrap or whatever it was on his head was beige, a slightly darker shade than the shirt. I do slightly recall seeing black darkness between the strips of cloth or whatever was on his head. "This was so strange, this odd little being I saw, that it made me giggle a little. But the strangeness doesn’t end there.
I thought I was going to have to spend some time going through your books to find that similar part, when I was just sitting there on my bed and saw Transformation sitting on top of my bookshelf. I picked it up, flipped it to a page, and the name of the chapter caught my attention: "The Visitors Emerge." I started to skim through the paragraphs, and there it was, in Chapter 21. I get the impression that they just want me to know that yes, they are here? I will be thinking of this one for a while."