Reviews of ITP Future Hope

"Future Hope" is Book One of the ITP series of books by David Gelber. This science-fiction novel begins with General Moosewood, Chairman of the ITP.

This book is very well written and there is a little bit of everything for everyone, romance, gambling, politics and corruption, demons, new technology, space travel and God. You will like it regardless of religious preferences, just let the author take you through his wonderful imaginary world. If you like SCI-FI. you will like this book.

It's the year 2156 and humanity is not the same. Dr. Tennyson has found the formula for Interdimensional Transport Protocol (ITP).

The first solo mission is being lead by pilot David Sanders and the hope that he will enter one portal then exit through a different portal a few minutes later and find he is several light years away. This will give humanity the ability to explore the universe and gather the supplies to sustain an ever growing population. Everything seems to be going fine when Major Sanders takes flight. He's so happy about the doors that this stint will open for him. Little did he know, he was about to get stranded. Things don't go as planned and David never exits. This leads to an investigation back on Earth by a corrupt Senator who wants the entire program shut down. Meanwhile, David has crashed on a mysterious planet that will start him on a journey that will cause him to question the direction of life back on Earth as well as the decision of mankind to turn their back on their creator. This book has it all - drama, danger, the thrill. The next book in the series is "Joshua and Aaron" be sure to look for it in your favorite book store or online.

Edna Tollison

Our earth, zoom ahead a couple hundred years, subtract God and you’ll have the basic idea of where this enchanting story begins. Science and Technology is very advanced; medical woes easily repaired, diseases all but eradicated, starvation and poverty controlled and corrected—what’s not to like? Well, hardly anyone turns to God anymore. Those who hold on to any vestiges of faith are sequestered off by themselves, outcasts because of their intolerant religion. But this issue is merely a side-story in one of the grandest Future-World Tales I have ever read.

Science can only take you as far as your earth and nearby solar system can provide resources for your burgeoning population. The solution? Travel through a newly discovered trans-dimensional portal in space in a special spacecraft designed for the purpose and seek out new resource planets. A Horse-Racing Enthusiast best friend, a top-notch female mathematician, a capable but hotshot astro pilot, and a Westie Terrier named Little Bit take us on an unforgettable journey through space, time and dimension.

To Eden.

A Biblical Eden where Adam and Eve didn’t eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and their families grew many generations without staining their perfect world. Everything was perfect, that is, until after-the-fall earthling Major David Saunders crash lands on their Eden planet and changes things up by his presence alone.

Author David Gelber spins us a yarn that will wow as well as entertain. His world-building skills are out of this galaxy, expertly explaining the conditions of this future world, detailed histories that got them where they are today, military and civilian governmental proceedings, character medical issues, and space-flight complexities—all expressed to the reader with flair and aplomb. I was spellbound and unable to poo-poo any of his futuristic predictions of what we might be like then.

But more than all of this, I love the book because of the last few chapters…I love the resolution so much. I won’t give it away, but I guarantee if you enjoy books in this genre, you will love it too.

Nicely done, David! Bravo and a million thumbs up!

Ellen C Maze
Author Rabbit: Chasing Bet Rider RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER

Future Hope is a science fiction novel written by David Gelber.

The novel is set in the year 2156 and the Earth is getting a pretty crowded place. While many of the social and economic problems have been eradicated - along with most illnesses, new problems have taken their place. Principal amongst these are the strains on resources a long-living healthy population is demanding, along with a large overpopulation problem.

When a breakthrough in interstellar travel is uncovered many see the chance to find other planets that would be fit to colonise. Major David Sanders is Earths very best astropilot and is chosen to be the first person to travel though the ITP (Interdimensional Transport Protocol) and visit a distant solar system. This first manned mission goes wrong however and David Sanders crash lands on another planet with little hope of escape.

The novel itself shows a good amount of world building however the prose is very well written and the style fairly easy going. There is a strong descriptive element which outlines a vision of the future which is quite plausible. As with many of the late great Robert Heinleins' novels, this future is one of longevity, lack of disease and illness where most menial tasks are performed by technological advancements and many social factors have changed. There are a number of genuinely original and thought provoking ideas here within the story and it would be interesting to see how they develop further.

The main characters are intriguing but the central protagonist does remain somewhat aloof and is someone I had difficulty in bonding with. The underlying theme here is one of humanities over reliance on technology along with a general decline in religion and personal faith. Future Hope is an exciting novel full of intelligent ideas which are thoughtfully laid out and promises even greater things to come in the next novel of the series.

Antony, editor, Science Fiction and Fantasy

In a Huxley-esce world where man has surpassed God and has purged all manner of faith in favor of a synthetic comatose lifestyle, the Interdimensional Transport Protocol has been formed to gallop forth into a new frontier. This may sound familiar, but David Gelber's ultimate edge is the combination of cliched science fiction themes with a new twist that sends "Future Hope", the first book in the ITP Series, in a refreshingly new direction. Mankind's future self collides chaotically with its mythic origins, as David Sanders discovers the Garden of Eden and rekindles the faith that humanity has long forgotten.

Sanders is the superb model of the 1950's science fiction hero. He's a daring pilot, a cunning scientist, and a rock-hard lady's man with a soft spot for that special one. I'm reminded immediately of Rex Reason's character from "This Island Earth", but there are innumerable others. Of course, Gelber's intention is to lure his reader into that sense of security that comes with the familiar. Even the cover of "Future Hope" is a subtle callback to the scifi hayday; a missile shaped silver rocket headed into the void, where lurks a strange world of technicolor foliage. However, the world is suddenly upended upon discovery of that universe, which seems to have evolved with opposite respect to ours. Rather than building on science to a point of breaking, Eden has chosen to live a humble and happy Christian existence. They teach him the ways of the Creator, and reluctantly David's eyes begin to open.

"Future Hope" is undeniably Christian in nature, but it doesn't gear itself toward a Christian audience. Gelber does a wonderful job of drawing the reader in to his world to pose a natural question, which way is better? Nothing feels forced on the reader in the way that Christian Fiction makes the natural assumption that the reader is devout. Instead, Gelber paints an elaborate series of portraits and provides various links between them. As the ITP crew feverishly searches for their missing pilot, they are forced to confront their own views on faith.

Perhaps the greatest testament to the success of "Future Hope" is that unlike any of the pulp science fiction novels that it emulates, all of the characters come out utterly and believably changed by the end of it. This is a rare and exhilarating change, particularly for a series. It's a daring and riveting debut that begs for debate, and demands an encore.

Eric Jones, Book

This novel is nothing but super! I really liked this book about what happens when the resources of our planet are about to run out and science must come up with a way to save the people.

Their first thought is to look for other planets where the people might live. As they haven’t found any in the immediate “area,” they decide to look outside our dimension and develop a space ship that can go through the portals to other worlds.

Interesting idea, don't you think?

However, that may be the premise of the book, but the story is more about the people themselves and their relationships, including with God. You see, 200 years from now, publicly talking about your belief in God could land you in jail and owning a Bible is a major crime.

Then, as the first astropilot breaks the dimension barrier and travels to parts unknown, what do you think he encounters? Why another Eden! All the people in the Bible live there and unlike Earth, they haven’t eaten that forbidden fruit, so they have been able to remain in Eden and haven’t been banished to the cruel outside.

I’m not going to tell you any more about the story because I really think you should read this book yourself. It was just recently published (January) and apparently, it is part of a series, which I definitely want to look into.

This book does have an ending, though, that can stand on its own, so I don’t think it’s an absolute must to read the next one. I’ve read series like that and it can be quite frustrating because unless you pick up the following book, you never find out what really happened.

I’m very glad this book isn’t like that and I hope the subsequent stories will also be individual.

Review by Luann Morgan
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Future Hope

"Future Hope" is Book One of the ITP series of books by David Gelber. This science-fiction novel begins with General Moosewood, Chairman of the ITP (Interdimensional Transport Protocol) Committee presenting his annual report to the Joint Congressional Committee on Interplanetary Travel and Commerce. The year is 2156 and Earth has consumed its resources and those of the entire Milky Way. In order for the planet to survive, resources need to be searched for elsewhere.

Several unmanned probes have been sent through a portal into the interdimensional plane and achieved positive results. Even probes carrying live animals, such as a mouse and a dog, have successfully gone there and back. Now the time has come to send a manned ITP vehicle. This step will open up new areas to explore and hopefully find more resources available to the Earth. The person chosen to man the ITP vehicle is Major David Sanders. Many see him as reckless and too sure of himself, but he is a very talented astropilot. What is supposed to happen is that he will exit through one portal and emerge at the Alpha Base One colony which is three light-years away, and then come back through the portal. Will all go as planned? I will say this, Sanders journey leaves him, and the reader, with much more than expected.

"Future Hope" is a fascinating story. This is definitely not your generic, "run of the mill" science fiction book. I found the plot to be surprising and unexpected and the characters to be very interesting and captivating. Gelber’s writing held my attention from the moment that I picked the book up until the last page was read. The author has a creative imagination which sets his writing apart and makes for a unique novel. The subject matter is very intriguing and will really make you think about what the future will be like. I look forward to reading more from Gelber in the years to come. I think he is a talented author and enjoy his style of writing.

David Gelber Greenleaf Book Group LLC (2010) ISBN 9781934572344 Reviewed by Kam Aures for (01/10)

David Gelber’s ITP: FUTURE HOPE is such a strong thought provoking Christian Science Fiction novel that there is a danger in writing too much or too complexly about it.

The narrative opens in the year 2156 where we can now voyage beyond the confines of our solar system. A new possibility exists called the Interdimensional Transport Protocol (ITP) permitting us to explore countless other solar systems with the ultimate goal of finding intelligent life elsewhere in our universe. ITP provides a passage to a place outside of time and space where we will discover, along with the first intergalactic pilot, Major David Sanders, something quite incredible.

The brilliant Dr. Deborah Tennyson, who has doctoral degrees in mathematics and physics, has developed ITP. The program’s development came about due to a consensus among many individuals that we are using up Earth’s resources as well as those of our neighboring planets and moons. ITP will now open up the entire universe and according to those who have been involved in the project it is of vital importance to the continuation of humanity on Earth. Unless new inhabitable worlds are found, life on Earth is doomed.

The novel is populated with diverse characters such as the clairvoyant Joshua, who loves to play the horse races and is a friend of Major Sanders.  Major Sanders has such trust in Joshua that he even consults with him prior to the mission seeking his input. Joshua tells Major Sanders that he feels something is not quite right and he bases his observations on a previous similar unmanned mission where a dog called Little Bit was placed into the spacecraft. When the dog returned to earth its behavior seemed to have changed. Joshua goes through the entire space adventure without any recognition even though he plays a vital role in its outcome where he is involved in such antics as tracking down violent gang members, delivery an unsanctioned baby, breaking and entry, and battling demons.            

Major David Sanders is depicted as the classic all-world male who is quite a ladies’ man who had majored in mechanical and extraterrestrial engineering at Stanford University. In fact, there were some who considered him to be hedonistic and a selfish man who only cares about his own pleasure and personal fame.

As we find out, something goes wrong and the space ship’s very efficient sensors carries Sanders to an unknown planet and to a garden called Eden. It is here where he meets up with humans who are lovingly cared for by their benevolent Creator providing them with all of their wants and needs.

To make the plot even more interesting, Gelber throws in another character, the unethical and devious powerful US Senator, Adrian Leavitt, who is Chairman of the Interplanetary Committee. Leavitt also happens to be connected to a sleazy character Aaron Diblonski who has personal interests in putting an end to the ITP project and who bribes Leavitt with invaluable art -work to make sure that this will happen.

Parts of the book are a touch baffling and not easy to read, principally the scientific descriptions of the ITP program and the actual flight, however, you are still likely to stay with this multidimensional and well- calibrated novel for several reasons.

The story never gets dull and there is the sheer fascination of speculating what life on earth will look like in the twenty-second century. Will such a voyage as that taken by Major Sanders be possible?

As for the yarn itself, you will want to know what happens to Major Sanders and the rest of the cast as well as the ITP program. The story is intense and full of the unexpected. Gelber surprises his readers by interweaving into the plot a vivid and dreamlike biblical landscape pregnant with telling details while at the same time making some very gigantic metaphysical and moral points. Moreover, he has a knack of creating intriguing moments that engender conflicting and unexpected emotions.

This is particularly evident when Sanders lands in Garden where he meets the beautiful Ruth who nurses him back to health. Undoubtedly, all of this will keep readers willing to persevere until the very exciting conclusion.

Norm Goldman, B.A. LL.L, is the Publisher & Editor of

Dear Dr. Gelber,

Let me preface these comments with telling you that I am generally in the habit of reading 3 to 4 books at a time. One of those books is always for the shear enjoyment of reading. That is exactly what your book brought me. I believe that you have a very engaging literary style that is quite descriptive. The references to God and His redemptive work were a testament to the the fact that His work in us is reflected in all of our work.  I was aware of a style that is similar to another writer that I enjoy who has enjoyed much success with Christian fiction. Perhaps you have read some of his works? His name is Ted Dekker. Thanks for taking the challenge up.  I sensed a possible sequel at the endan I look forward to your next offering.

For Him alone,
rmn Pastor

I found the whole premise of ITP: Future Hope to be fascinating. I thought it was well written and VERY interesting. The storyline captured my attention and I think Gelber did an excellent job on his debut novel.

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Science fiction, romance, Christian theme, suspense, and action--what more could a reader ask for? ITP Future Hope by David Gelber has an excellent plot. The citizens are fully dependent on the government. However, natural resources are quickly diminishing throughout the solar system. Does Dr. Deborah Tennyson have the answer with ITP (Interdimensional Transport Protocol)?

The plot is brilliant as it asks the question, what if man had not listened to the serpent in the Garden of Eden? David Gelber challenges readers to speculate on man’s future. “My goal is to open some eyes about where mankind may be heading and at what price.” The characters are well developed. This is a must read. The plot is timely and sure to hold the reader’s attention. 5 stars, Timely…

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The following comments are from a colleague Dr. Amin Ebeid, surgeon and author of several scholarly works on history and religion. This is an e-mail he sent and it refers to the first draft of the manuscript. There were some changes to this draft although the major plot lines were not altered from the original draft. His comments may reveal much of the storyline; so if you haven't read the book you may want to skip this.

To Dr David Gelber, Surgeon and Author.

Dear David,
I just finished reading your fascinating book!

I am not a rapid reader and I failed a couple of serious attempts to become one. Yet it only took me 4 days to read your entire manuscript. The credit goes to the captivating plot that you have constructed. And, as in all good novels, the more I read, the more I desired to follow the unfolding of the story.

At first it was the science fiction segment that kept me glued to your manuscript. I am very impressed at your ability to use very plausible science fiction and construct a network of characters that keep a reader spellbound.

If I understand it correctly, your concept of Inter Dimensional transport is not far from real science. Indeed after Einstein discovered the principles of relativity, modern physics wondered into the world of quantum mechanics. And at each revolution in physics; scientists seemed to be in need to add more dimensions to the universe. First they added space time to the conventional three dimensions. This was followed by the need of multi dimensions associated with the ‘string theory’ whose theorists are betting that extra dimensions do exist. In fact the superstring theory (according to Rick Groleau) requires no less than 11 dimensions (See ‘Imaging other dimensions’ in Nova).

I also liked the way you introduced holographic images to modern, ‘everyday day’, living. Also your description of computerized devices, in modern dwellings and house hold appliances, makes very interesting reading.

I think you were right on target to include in your narrative some prophetic statements about the danger inherent in the way the American understanding of government is shaping up. In page 83 you seem to be warning the readers about the imbalance of the three branches of governments. (Today; the danger seems to reside in the usurpation of power by the Judiciary, but in your 2075 tale; it is the executive that would loose power for the benefit of an all powerful legislature.). Your point is very well taken, and will, I am sure, be very effective in warning your readers that:- any imbalance in the branches of government would be very dangerous to a democracy.

The way you addressed the Biblical message was masterful. The rediscovery of Eden and the tragedy of a second fall are, to my knowledge, a novel and unique parable! You wrote these most dramatic segments with a powerful passion that punctuated each shocking and sequential fall!

You also tackled the mystery of evil at the most appropriate passage. I mean by this; David Sanders accusation of the Creator: “He did this”. But then, you adroitly called in Miriam to confess: “The Creator did not cause this. We did”[1]. Your description of her confession (in page 116) gives a meaning to the entire parable of the second fall.

There is also a flavor of C.S. Lewis’ heavenly description of soft grass which, in your novel, permitted the Edenites to walk barefoot.

I also like the way you described the fallen men and women as vengeful and hypocritical beings. This, you described in page 127 when the unrepentant Edenites tried to stone the ones responsible for their fall. Their excuse reminds me a little of the reaction of the radical Wahabi Islamists[2]: “Creator, we are avenging your name”. Did they not understand that God is perfectly capable of avenging any blasphemy against Him?

Most of your theology seems to be in harmony with that of mainstream Christianity, to the extent that your text may be used as a form of Christian instruction. There is one passage with which I disagree. Yet the view with which I differ, does not appear to be yours but rather that of one of your characters, namely that of Major Sorino, your well-meaning but misguided characters. You will find his comment in page 160. : “The ITP provides a passage to a place outside of time and space. If there is a God, this is where He is to be found”. The problem with his statement is that God is Transcendent and Immanent. He is not confined to space, nor is He kept outside space. He is a spiritual Being and as such cannot be located by material means. Moreover, from a scientific perspective, it is not possible to conceive of a space ship that crosses the “event horizon” which delineates time-space[3]. From the point of view of an observer (on planet earth or elsewhere in the cosmos), if this happens; what has crossed that horizon cannot be seen or detected again. Moreover the problem is that there is no way to cross to a spiritual realm by the use of material contraptions. Thus the ITP space-ship will simply extend the material universe even if the ‘major’ believes that he has managed to ‘pierce through’ the event horizon. In other words any thing that is observable, measurable and quantifiable has to be included in our material universe. This would render the event horizon an imaginary barrier that separates what is physically detectable from what is not. Having said, a science fiction author has the right to a license denied to scientists. And yet Jules Verne license was often benefit prophetic to real science.

Your story is also enriched by wonderful insights and words of wisdom. One, of such examples, is found at the end of your manuscript. You had Jessie address Joshua who managed to console her: “You have brought me out of the depths of despair….I also think that you should listen to your own words and believe what you have convinced me is true”. This is so true in the life of faith of ordinary believers.

In conclusion, I think that you have written a wonderful tale that utilizes ‘space adventures’ and even spaceships duels as well as the Bible to transport your readers from despair to Hope. I congratulate you for writing such a well constructed and captivating story and I hope that you will find the time to write other masterpieces! You have the ability to write well and very clearly, and you demonstrated that you can join various ideas, concepts and observations into a unified whole, a bit like a symphony. Don’t neglect this gift!!

Jailane joins me to send you and Laura all the best. She has not yet finished reading my book. Yours will, no doubt, be the next.

I hope to be able to make a Texas visit perhaps next year if the family problems that we are facing permit it, if not it will have to be in two years if we are still alive.

PS [I]. I noted that David Sanders (p.161) called himself a second John the Baptist commissioned to prepare the second coming. Is this your way to prepare the readers to the fuller story of redemption and the love of Christ for all men and women? This seems natural since Christ (Whom you called the ‘Man’) sent him to call back the lost sheep of the world with a promise of suffering, in this world, and eternal joy in the next. Your last paragraph seems also to call for another book that will deal with Joshua and Diblonski. Am I right?

Once more Congratulations David on a great work! May your gift to construct great stories and your zeal to honor the Lord be joined to those of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis!

PS [II]. You should soon receive my book (I hope that the Egyptian mail system honors its service as much as the US priority mail did with your book!).

PS [III]. Did you find a publishing house? Also I think you need to have a copyright on the book. You will find the application on the internet (Library of Congress). The price for such a service is around $40 only.

[1] - Making such a choice is, of course, the price of freedom that is essential in our faith. If God is Love and if He expects us to love Him in return, then we must be free. Automatons may be made most obedient but cannot love.

[2] - The difference is that the radical Wahabis used violence to defend their Prophet (not God) after the Danish cartoons. This will always remain a powerful proof of their spiritual bankruptcy.

[3] -The concept, of event horizon, is also used to study black holes.

Warmest regards,

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