Raima Larter was once a chemistry professor in Indiana who secretly wrote fiction and poetry and tucked it away in drawers, but now she writes full-time and out in the open. Her work has appeared in Utopia Science Fiction, Gargoyle, Chantwood Magazine, Cleaver, BULL, Linden Avenue, Funny Pearls, Another Chicago Magazine and others. Her first two novels, “Fearless,” and “Belle o’ the Waters,” were published in 2019 and her nonfiction popular science book, “Spiritual Insights from the New Science: Complex Systems and Life,” was published in May of this year. Read more about her work at raimalarter.com.
Spiritual Insights from the New Science: Complex Systems and Life
Spiritual Insights from the New Science is a guide to the deep spiritual wisdom drawn from one of the newest areas of science — the study of complex systems. The author, a former research scientist with over three decades of experience in the field of complexity science, tells her story of being attracted, as a young student, to the study of self-organizing systems where she encountered the strange and beautiful topics of chaos, fractals and other concepts that comprise complexity science. Using the events of her life, she describes lessons drawn from this science that provide insights into not only her own life, but all our lives. These insights show us how to weather the often disruptive events we all experience when growing and changing.
The book goes on to explore, through the unfolding story of the author's life as a practicing scientist, other key concepts from the science of complex systems: cycles and rhythms, attractors and bifurcations, chaos, fractals, self-organization, and emergence. Examples drawn from religious rituals, dance, philosophical teachings, mysticism, native American spirituality, and other sources are used to illustrate how these scientific insights apply to all aspects of life, especially the spiritual. Spiritual Insights from the New Science shows the links between this new science and our human spirituality and presents, in engaging, accessible language, the argument that the study of nature can lead to a better understanding of the deepest meaning of our lives.
Motherhood and Other Magical Realms2022
Belle o' the Waters2019
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Press and Media Mentions
- Interview by the Little Patuxent Review: "Q&A with Raima Larter, a double-threat in science and fiction writing"
- Bedtime Stories: August 2021 August 25, 2021 What do book lovers have queued up on their nightstands and ready to read before lights-out? We asked one of them (Raima Larter), and here’s what she said.
- Review of Novel, "Belle o' the Waters" by the Historical Novel Society
- Review of "Belle o' the Waters" by the Washington Independent Review of Books; "A sweeping, 19th-century saga of persecuted Mormons fleeing west to Utah."
- Review of "Belle o' the Waters" by Historical Fiction Reviews