Hulagu’s Web – The Presidential Pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge
Houston, MS (Vocus) April 22, 2009
Visitors to the 2009 Flywheel Festival will have an opportunity to meet David Hearne, author of the new popular book, “Hulagu’s Web – The Presidential Pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge,” which features Houston’s own Sundancer Solar Race team.
Hearne will have a booth at the Flywheel Festival along with the members of the Sundancer Solar Race Team this weekend, April 24-26, 2009 and will have autographed copies of his book available for purchase. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit the Sundancer Solar Race team.
The new novel is a fast paced thriller based on the attempted assassination of presidential candidate, Senator Katherine Laforge . Alternative energy was one of Senator Laforge’s main campaign themes . While researching green energy, Hearne became aware of the Dell-Winston Solar Challenge and after meeting the Houston, MS Solar Race Team knew he had to write about them in his book. Portions of the book relating to the Solar Race team are based on the team members and faculty advisors from 2003.
Chronicled in the book, “Hulagu’s Web – The Presidential Pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge” are many of the details of the first few days of the 2003 Dell-Winston Solar challenge. The Houston, Mississippi team won that seven-day race that stretched from Round Rock, Texas to Cocoa, Florida. The book paints a realistic portrait of that race but it also spoke of the symbolism of what the actions of these students really met.
“The book paints a realistic portrait of the race and also speaks of the symbolism of what the actions of these students really means,” Hearne said. “Some of what they have done must be attributed to the guidance of Keith Reese, and other wonderful staff members of the Houston School District. What was accomplished from this academic program is the result of faculty and students of the Houston School District and a supporting community coming together with a vision and implementing it.”
An excerpt from the book quotes Senator Katherine Laforge stating: “These young men and women should not just be seen as racers of solar cars, but as national champions who are helping to usher in a new era of power.”
Their fascinating story represented something he wanted to weave into his book. He felt if his story was to inspire anyone, it needed real life heroes like these teenagers from this small Mississippi town.
“In today’s culture of idolizing self-serving celebrities, it is very refreshing to find youth that aspire to strive for real greatness,” Hearne says. “The Sundancer team are catalysts for change and have helped usher in new innovations in the alternative energy revolution. For years they have inspired and lived a life worthy of imitation by their peers.”
Many lives are effected by the Sundancer Solar Race team’s endeavors, as this quote from Hulagu’s Web illustrates,. “People lined the route to see these apparitions of the future. Some resembled Jetson bubble cars while others had the alien look of a Star War’s creation. But these vehicles were real, not movie props or inventions of big industry, but the realizations of teenagers unfettered by the politics of profit. Their creations were a window into a tomorrow of new energy innovation.”
An excerpt from a speech by Senator Katherine Laforge in Hulagu’s Web echoed the same sentiment, “When I was invited to this event, I had no idea of the education and excitement that this race generates. It is easy to become enamored with these vehicles of the future and this unique group of young men and women. What these students from Mississippi, Colorado, Indiana, New York and Mexico have demonstrated in the last three days is harnessing solar energy is a reality that big industry needs to embrace.”
If you purchase your copy of the book chronicling the 2003 solar car race directly from the Houston Vocational Center or from the Sundancer’s booth at the Flywheel Festival, the proceeds will greatly benefit the racing team’s future endeavors. The book is accompanied with a portrait of this year’s Sundancer Team and their solar car. The book can be bought autographed by the current team members. “Please show your support for these inspiring teenagers and their upcoming Solar Car races by purchasing ‘Hulagu’s Web – The Presidential Pursuit of Senator Katherine Laforge.’” Added Hearne, “Your purchase will be greatly appreciated by these young men and women of the Sundancer Solar Race team.”
You can buy your copy of this book chronicling the 2003 solar car race from Texas to Florida by contacting Beverly James the director of the Houston, Ms Vocational Center at 634 A Starkville Street, Houston, MS 38851, phone 662-456-3748.