Gabriel's Magic Ornament









The Quest for Asdin

About the Author

Randall Bush's fantasy fiction novel, The Quest for Asdin, is the culmination of twenty-five years of ideas and creative efforts that began back in 1978. In that year, he and a friend, David Parnell, organized a fantasy-writing group that was inspired by the styles of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. "At the time," says Bush, "the works of Tolkien had made a come-back, and we decided to try our hand at writing in the fantasy genre. Eventually, I started work on my first Ph.D. dissertation on F.W. Dillistone's theory of symbols. The Quest of Asdin became a creative reflection of deeper academic interests rooted in Dillistone's thought. Indeed, much of the novel reflects the influence of his thinking on my own quest for meaning and my search to find answers to life's deepest questions."

"Later, when I was a student at the University of Oxford," Bush continues, "I was delighted to discover that my college, Regent's Park, adjoined The Eagle and the Child, the famous pub where Lewis, Tolkien, and their fellow Inklings met to discuss their work. The influence of my Oxford experience can be seen at various places in the novel. Anyone who reads it will at once recognize various architectural influences of 'the city of dreaming spires' on my descriptions of the city of Chartra.

The Quest for Asdin is Bush's second work of fantasy fiction. His children's Christmas fantasy, Gabriel's Magic Ornament, was published by Pristine Publishers in 2002. Written for an older audience, The Quest for Asdin is filled with mystery, adventure, suspense, and romance. At a deeper level, however, it represents a quest for answers to some of humankind's deepest questions.

Bush went on to earn his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1990.  He is now Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee where he lives with his wife, Cynthia, his son, Chris, and his daughter, Laura.

Among other life experiences, he has lived and traveled abroad extensively, done social work in a Houston barrio, lived on a Texas ranch, served as a part-time minister in a British church, and taught ninth-grade English in an inner-city Houston School.  He is also an accomplished pianist, organist, and vocalist.