Richard Dietrich Maddox grew up in the Midwestern United States and graduated with honors from Princeton University. After graduation, he spent five years in Europe studying literature and preparing to teach meditation. He then taught meditation for two more years, before serving as the Vice President of Sales for seven successful high-tech startup companies. In 2005, he retired from the business world to concentrate on writing.
Richard Maddox spent most of his life preparing to write Remembering Eternity, his epic nine-volume enlightenment novel. In preparation for the work, he extensively studied a wide variety of spiritual traditions, including: Indian Vedanta, Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Islam, Jainism, and Judaism. He spent decades studying the intricacies of the English language, etymology, color theory, musicology, the history of fashion, geology, mineralogy, meteorology, botany, and other subjects.
Over the course of the five years of seven-day-weeks during which he wrote and edited the series, Maddox continued his research in order to guarantee the meticulous accuracy of the material covered in the novel.
Remembering Eternity is utterly unique in the annals of literature: its scope has been described by readers as "breathtaking." The novel covers the latter half of the 20th century, ranges over two continents and five major cities, and includes more than 100 characters. The series tells the fascinating story of a modern soul's search for enlightenment, for that most elusive of goals, perfect and permanent joy. But unlike works written by saints, which ignore the stony approach to the goal, this story relates the struggles, failures, and perplexities of the hero, Skylar Seequn, as he makes his way down the evolutionary road.
But Remembering Eternity is far more than a story of enlightenment. The novel features characters so real that they seem to appear as holograms before the reader's eyes, scenery so exquisite that it seems to rise up clearly in the reader's field of vision like an hallucination. The series brings the rebellious period of youthful America in the early 70s to life. It presents the evolution of the protesting idealists of that period into the aggressive entrepreneurs of the 80s. The books sing with the music of the heyday of rock and roll; they tantalize their reader with dreams and visions of a paradisal life on earth; and they fascinate her intellectually with numerous original theories about art, spirituality, love, and life.
Lastly, Remembering Eternity is written in a polished and elegant prose, delightful to anyone who loves the English language.
If you open the book, one thing is sure: you will not close it until you have finished it.