A Science Fiction novel by Peter James Bach.
Charles Dalwell is a simple and ordinary man leading a boring life. However, after he is visited by a strange man dressed completely in white, he discovers that the human race is not alone in the Universe.
Charlie is transported to an alien world, where he meets a man who claims to be the head of the Christianity Corporation, part of the largest experiment ever undertaken by the all-encompassing Universal Alliance. The purpose of the operation is to determine the best way to govern the Universe. Charlie learns, among many other things, that all religions are just successfully marketed businesses — with matching plans, that good deeds by humans are currency, and that every human has had their entire life catalogued into a giant computer system.
The head of the Christianity Corporation tasks Charlie with saving this failed experiment and in doing so he becomes friends with a foul-mouthed rat, a brainwashed alien cultist, unemployed Greek Gods, and a ‘self-renowned’ humanologist who seems to know nothing at all about the human race.
About the author
Peter Bach was born in Brisbane, Australia on 15 September 1989. He was educated at Anglican Boys Grammar School, “Churchie” in Brisbane from Year 5 through to Year 12. At the age of 19, Peter joined the Royal Australian Navy and after completing officers’ training at HMAS Creswell, he joined the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) in Canberra where he began a Bachelor of Business degree.
Peter was well-known, well-liked and respected by his friends and peers. He excelled in his academic studies as well as in leadership. Peter was also a keen rower and represented both Churchie and ADFA Rowing.
Peter will always be remembered for being a courageous, caring young man who was tremendously kind, loyal, humble and passionate in whatever he decided to do. Having an incredible sense of humour, he had the ability to bring people together and get to know them for who they were. He was a confidant to many and always offered his support to those in need. Peter was a true humanitarian and strived to make the world a better place for us all to live in.
Peter’s legacy lives on in this book and in many other ways. His name has been added to the Wall of Honour at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra, and in the ADFA rowing shed you will find a scull named in his honour, MIDN Pete Bach.
To say that The Strange Adventures of Charles P. Dalwell meant a lot to my son Peter would be an understatement. The thought, passion and commitment that went into this book are, ironically, difficult to put into words.
Peter dedicated his life to helping others, as well as finding ways to make the world a better place.
The proceeds of this book will be donated to the White Bear Foundation, which works with children and young adults to help build their self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect through adventure workshops in a fun and safe environment. I hope you enjoy reading the science fiction novel The Strange Adventures of Charles P. Dalwell — part of Peter’s vision of a beautiful world come true. — Maria Bach
The Strange Adventures of Charles P. Dalwell is the work of an all-round, well-loved wonderful friend, writer, colleague, confidant, observer and listener and is the greatest work of a very talented young writer. It is the world’s loss that none of us will be able to read any more of his works.
Pete was a generous and sympathetic young man who had empathy, wisdom and understanding of the inner machinations of people far greater than someone of his 22 years. His love for reading and writing in general, and his enthusiasm for the work of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams (to whom he paid homage in this book) all shine through in this story. His work here remains a legacy to be preserved, treasured and passed on.
Pete shared his plans for the book with me and was excited and proud to have written it. We lamented the fact that everyday life on Earth couldn’t be more fantastical. Anyone lucky enough to have known Pete and to have been privileged to call him their friend has evidence that we had magic with us when he was around. — Sabrina Smithers