With public order threatened, the reputation of the ruling engineers at stake, and criminal elements seizing the opportunity to gain control, authorities seek help from Earth—itself recovering from decades of war and environmental crises. With assistance from the Vatican, they recruit Father John Francis McClellan, a parish priest from Boston and a retired US Marine Corps expert in “high-defs”—the artificially intelligent three-dimensional printers that built the new world.
A Printer’s Choice tells a story of faith, the future, and the power of free will. It explores questions about sentience, choice, and the necessity of choosing well. Set in locations on Earth and in the orbits, the story takes place in a future extrapolated from today’s geopolitical and ecological turmoil.In this epic debut novel, author W. L. Patenaude illuminates not just the struggles of our world, but also the promises and implications of building a better one, one choice at a time.
Educated in engineering and theology, W. L. Patenaude has been writing and speaking on the intersection of faith and reason for almost two decades. Raised Catholic, Patenaude abandoned the Church in his teens. He adopted pagan and agnostic beliefs as he pursued his degree in mechanical engineering, and later his career with Rhode Island's Department of Environmental Management—an occupation he’s still enjoying after twenty-nine years. In 1999, Patenaude returned to the Catholic Church and soon after began writing about the Catholic understanding of ecological protection. In 2011, he received a master’s degree in theology.
With this diverse background, Patenaude has reached beyond his environmental regulatory career by serving as a special lecturer in theology at Providence College, providing religious education for local parishes, and writing for national publications, including Catholic World Report. He's also provided analysis for The National Catholic Register, Catholic News Agency, Associated Press, National Geographic, Crux, theWashington Post, and theNew York Times.
Patenaude is a Knight Commander with the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. When he’s not writing, regulating, or teaching, Patenaude takes care of an elderly parent, exercises, gardens, and spends time pondering the heavens that have inspired his debut novel, A Printer’s Choice.