Thus Spokes Solar Rickshaw : Reflexions of a Rickshaw Puller, a book by Thomas Lundy (98 pages, 2013) is published on bravenewbooks and on Amazon (also as e-book on Amazon's kindle edition) as well as Lulu, the latter version featuring a more psychedelic cover design.

This title is a play on words from Prussian philosopher Nietzsche's novel Thus Spoke Zarathustra (also called "Thus Spake Zarathustra"), published in 1883. In this case my book's title uses "Spokes" because in addition to the past tense of the verb "to speak" (spoke), that word also means the spokes in a wheel. 

Thus Spoke Zarathustra also happens to be the title of one of my favourite classical music pieces by Richard Strauss (in German, "Also Sprach Zarathustra", composed in 1896), immortalized in the opening scene of my favourite film, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968.)

For this book's title, I opt to use the older British spelling of Reflexion with an x instead of the more common spelling "Reflection"; also because I am based in Amsterdam and this city's flag is composed of three X letters (see flag of Amsterdam on wikipedia here.) Furthermore the first six letters in the word Reflexions denote the physical reflexes necessary when rickshaw-maneuvering through dense Amsterdam city traffic.

I also symbolically use rickshaw puller instead of rickshaw/pedicab chauffeur, driver or triker (trike/triker = 3 wheels; bike/biker = 2 wheels), indicating the Japanese historical origin of the rickshaw (or ricksha, rickshah) and as a sign of respect to those who still toil as literal rickshaw pullers today in the 21st century.  

Abstract as it appears on back cover:


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Artist/innovator Thomas Lundy is delighted to introduce the world’s first* semi-solar powered rickshaw, or 'bike taxi' (retaining a part of the Japanese invention of a human powered vehicle, namely cycling.)