"Name that Book" contest (Update - contest over)

It's a universal rule that sequels suck, but all generalities are false (including this one). I present to you the sequel to my first novel, Into the Fifth World. The story is complete but a proper title has yet to emerge out of the chaos.


Send me a message anytime Saturday, April 21st, to enter the contest to "Name that Book". First acceptable title submission wins a free signed copy and will be listed in the acknowledgements. You may connect over email or Twitter @palamping. Read more on the Characters page.

Below is a synopsis.

The story of Cyrus, brother of Proteus.
Into the Fifth World presented the story of Proteus, a scientist who bounces about as a pawn of secret societies struggling in vain against the machinery built by their own utopian delusions and lack of creativity. Proteus finally embraces the path the universe wills for him, fulfills the prophetic visions of an ancient Hopi nation seeking the final catalyst to emerge into a new mindset of life, all in time to keep his own life preserved, but damaged.
The follow up story explores the path of Cyrus, a man compelled to retrace his elusive brother's steps and reunite his family. Cyrus immediately becomes a tool of several planning cabals. He uses their own mechanisms against them, making progressive gains until he finally discovers the one unseen force behind all the disparate groups, the one exploiting human doubts, superstitions and fears, the one directing global strife and anarchy leading up to the 2012 hysteria.
Cyrus skillfully navigates the globe, from Doctors Without Borders camps in South America to the vast research labs at CERN to the simple villages in the Tibetan Himalayas. Cyrus chases the clues and finds himself more and more like Proteus. He, too, must submit to the will of the universe and endanger his family to stop a global catastrophe engineered by a would-be leader and his legion of like-minded lackeys.
Readers will read the tale of Cyrus to see if the Fifth World will begin on a strong foundation or whether humanity will divide itself and prepare the way for a conquering. They will experience ways to begin to solve the ailments of mind, body and soul in this fast-paced follow-up.

Feel free to use these keywords, because I used them a lot in Book 2:

  • Emergence
  • World Encircler
  • Chaos
  • Entanglement
  • Destiny
  • Shift
  • 2012
  • Fifth
  • (Mayan) Long Count
  • (Hopi) Purification
  • Placebo
  • Viral
  • vaccine
  • Drawn
  • (universal) will
  • coincidence
  • synchronicity
  • harmonic/harmony
  • frequency
  • probability
  • vibrations
  • Tibet
  • lost
  • Konarka
  • Mithras
  • Cyrus
  • Jewel of Wishes

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April 30, 2012
The Finals

This is it -- the Final Twosome.  Winner claims the "Title."

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 TBD  Destiny's Harmony

 

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Proteus

Apr-30 9:57pm

"TBD" means I don't like the other titles and I'll pick one on my own. It's had a strong showing so far, but can it survive the last hurdle? Actually, "To Be Determined" would be a good name for a book. As would "The Last Hurdle."

Proteus

Apr-30 10:14pm

I also reserve the right to add a subtitle (did I forget to mention that?).

Jason M Waltz

Apr-30 10:34pm

TO BE DETERMINED does have merit :)rnrnI'm thinking LOST IN THE FIFTH WORLD pulled some strings or something, cuz no way was that winning over THE CHAOS VACCINE back in the Elite 8! The fix is in!

Cyrus

May-1 9:06pm

The "To Be Determined" entry is 'Cyrus to the Rescue' right?

Proteus

May-1 9:18pm

No, Cyrus, you were merely a passenger on the rollercoaster that I designed (and Destiny was the constuction materials). The TBD title is 2012: Viral Entanglements.

Jason M Waltz

May-1 9:28pm

"Viral Entanglements" does have a ring to it. I understand the marketing angle to using the '2012' but that bit sort of clangs for me. May the bestest title win!

Proteus

May-1 10:01pm

Hey, Lost in the Fifth World had some positive qualities. In any case, neither of them would have defeated Destiny's Harmony in the semi-finals.rnrnSure, there's some degree of a "fix" going on here, but it's my contest so what are you going to do?


April 29, 2012
Final Four

It's down to 4.

 

 Visitor  Home
 TBD  Into the Chaos Twenty Twelve
 Lost in the Fifth World Destiny's Harmony

 

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Proteus

Apr-29 10:51pm

I don't remember who recommended "Into the Chaos Twenty Twelve." Someone remind me.


April 28, 2012
Elite 8
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 2012: World Encircler
 TBD
 Beyond the Fifth World
 Into the Chaos Twenty Twelve
 The Chaos Vaccine
 Lost in the Fifth World
 Destiny's Harmony
 The Recursion Nightmare

 Your Elite Eight is set.  Destiny has spoken.

 The To Be Determined entry will be announced tomorrow.

 

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April 26, 2012
Playoff time!

I still can't decide.  To make it easier, I'm starting a playoff system.  A Sweet 16.  But I only have 14 entries, so I will add 2 more and call them "To Be Determined".

 Here are the match-ups (randomly chosen to introduce Destiny into the equation).

 

Visitor vs Home
 2012: World Encircler
   Meiosis
 TBD    The Twelfth Hour
 2012: The Purification of Chaos    Beyond the Fifth World
 Into the Chaos Twenty Twelve
   The Protean Dichotomy
 The Chaos Vaccine    2012: Coincidence or Chaos?
 Lost in the Fifth World    Into the Fifth World: The Cyrus Chronicles
 2012: The Fifth World and Beyond
  Destiny's Harmony
 The Recursion Nightmare    TBD

 

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Proteus

Apr-26 11:03pm

Who will make the Elite 8?


April 24, 2012
4 new entries today

These entries came in the other day (unfortunately I didn't know to change the "Comments" settings to 'auto-approve').

 

  • 2012: The Purification of Chaos

  • The Chaos Vaccine

  • Destiny's Harmony

  • 2012: Coincidence or Chaos? 

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Jason M Waltz

Apr-24 9:39pm

Now there's a Top Four list!

Proteus

Apr-24 9:42pm

Don't get ahead of yourself. The universe will sort this out.

Jason M Waltz

Apr-24 10:05pm

Ok, Ok...but I really like that 2nd one, I might take it back and save it for one of my own ;)

Proteus

Apr-25 6:52pm

OK, you can have any that I don't use. I'm partial to the 3rd one.

Jason M Waltz

Apr-25 8:36pm

I like that too, though I was really trying to get DESTINY HARMONIC to work (I like 'harmonic') but it just doesn't sound right in the ears.


April 23, 2012
Top 10 Candidates

Here are my Top 10, in no particular order (don't you believe that).

  • Lost in the Fifth World
  • Into the Chaos Twenty Twelve
  • The Protean Dichotomy
  • Into the Fifth World: The Cyrus Chronicles
  • Meiosis
  • Beyond the Fifth World
  • 2012: World Encircler
  • The Twelfth Hour
  • The Recursion Nightmare
  • 2012: The Fifth World and Beyond

Shall I open it up for votes?

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April 23, 2012
New entries today

Six more entries today:

  • Vehemence
  • Meiosis
  • Intestinal Fortitude
  • Lost in the Fifth World
  • Into the Chaos Twenty Twelve
  • Beyond the Fifth World: Into the Apocalypse

I'm compiling my Top 10 list now.

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April 22, 2012
More suggestions

Late entries continue to trickle in, therefore the contest will continue for the next few days.  I had a minor head cold Saturday night and had to rest.  I did receive these suggestions:

  • use the world 'Destiny' in the title
  • 'Paradigm Shift
  • Into the Fifth World ... The Chase

And someone suggested the title end with the words Twenty Twelve, such as:

  • Compelled: Twenty Twelve
  • Damaged: Twenty Twelve
  • Catastrophe: Twenty Twelve

 

No clear victor yet.  Some of these are catchy titles that could be used for other projects, like a video game.

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Jason M Waltz

Apr-22 8:15pm

2012: The Purification of Chaos


April 21, 2012
Don't forget The Proteus Blog

http://palamping.com/proteus/

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April 21, 2012
Read this Excerpt

To get you acquainted with the flow of the story, read this excerpt .

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April 21, 2012
"Return" is fitting
Returning to the Fifth World

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April 21, 2012
I have to save this one for later...
The Recursion Nightmare

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April 21, 2012
Alliteration is good
A Millennial Malady

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April 21, 2012
More entries
  • Beyond the Fifth World  (catchy and fitting)
  • Power Over (might be a good title of a different book)
  • The Marshall Itinerary   ( "Marshall" has multiple meanings)
  • The Protean Dichotomy (possible)

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Jason M Waltz

Apr-22 8:14pm

The Chaos Vaccine


April 20, 2012
Definite candidate

When I narrow down the "Name that Book" contest entries, at least 1 of my top 3 candidates will have to include "2012" to take advantage of the timing and the 2012 theme involving the Mayan Long Count.

 Personally I think that movie "2012" did a disservice to the 2012 genre, being that it sucked energy away from other movies that may have actually included 1 thing remotely Mayan.

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April 20, 2012
Concepts to consider

One common concept of the book that may be incorporated in the title is that of the "World Encircler."


In Egyptian lore, the World Encircler is a deity who precedes the solar boat that crosses into the underworld (chaos) every night where the solar deities (such as Atem) are reborn and rise each morning as the sun.  In the context of this book, the World Encircler is anyone or any device whose small actions link to global events as if connected through the ether by a mysterious force like quantum entanglement.

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