Dr. Rajiv Omteten|
Created By: Garry StahlThis is a work of fiction. All characters, places, and situations are fictional. Any resemblance to persons, places, or situations living or dead is coincidental.
Appearance: late 24th century
Full name: Rajiv Omteten
Birthplace: The Hague
Birth date: 2335
Height: 6' 1"
Build: medium slender
Marital status: married
Description: Tall with a square face framed in an Enstein like shock of hair, but neater. He is clean shaven. He wears all white suits impeccably tailored in the modern style.
Skin coloring: Swarthy Indian (dots not feathers) features.
Eyes: Ice blue
Hair: White and receding
Routine Activities: Book tours, "A" list parties, research, writing.
Skills/Training/Professional Skills: PhD in xeno sociology, MA in Standard Literature
Financial Status: Wealthy. Mr. Omteten enjoys the significant contributer level of income.
Group Affiliations: Terran Writer's Guild, all the right people.
Personality: Self effacing, quiet and understated. In truth a master of social situational manipulation. You leave "the presence" convinced you were the one person he wanted to talk to that night.
Ambitions and Goals: To prove that Earth culture has not yet peaked, and the dog is anything but old.
Physical/mental Problems: He is in average mental and physical health maintained by the best of Federation medicine.
Enemies (And Why): Those people small enough to fear the success of others. He is successful, they are not, either through lack of good ideas or less than stellar execution.
Special Abilities: A people person in the truest sense.
History and Experiences Which have Affected Character Greatly: Dr. Rajiv Omteten was a middle of the road social researcher with and unusual field of study, Earth. While his class mates and colleagues went to the stars, Rajiv stayed home and studied his neighbors.
Rajiv then read some of the works of Mian Hya. Her attitude made him angry, in a non-confrontational sort of way. Earth culture wasn't dead. Indeed the lack of internal conflict had produced a flowering of art and culture. Rajiv set out to prove her wrong, by writing a great work, set on 24th century Earth.
"Midnight in the Garden of Revelations" is that work. It took Rajiv five years to write his book. Drawing on inspiration from all of Earth Rajiv tells the tale of three couples enjoying a relaxing romp and quiet party in a garden of Earthly delights. Together and separately the nine books of the massive novel interweave the lives of the characters. Through parables they tell each other and conversations within the garden on a single night each is revealed to the reader, if not entirely to each other. Each couple parts with the dawn, the garden left fresh and awaiting the next set of revelers.
Critics have called the book a rambling, plotless, allegory heavy, excuse for the modern age. Others say it is a brilliant piece of character work that lays open the heart and soul of Earth has she is, and will stand the ages. The ages have yet to weight in on the matter, but no one is neutral. No matter the opinion, the book is on the lips of anyone that is anyone. It is the must read of the decade.
Rajiv and his wife Barbara are the current guests of choice at all the big social functions.
Rajiv is currently working on his second book, one he promises, to the disappointment of some, and the relief of others, is not a continuation of "Midnight". Rajiv also writes more scholarly papers and shorter popular pieces.
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