|In the Ekcolir Reality.|
Original cover art by Edmund Emshwiller
and Edmond Swiatek.
This month I was fairly busy working on A Search Beyond, what I now imagine as the first book in the Exode Saga. Of those blog posts created during December, the most popular one was Hierion Femtotubes (as of 2/18/2017 it is the most visited post from December with 583 page views). Since I'm running more than a month behind in posting links to my new blog posts on Twitter, I had to update this after about a month and a half into 2017.
|Secret of popular tweets: #Asimov|
2nd place. The second most visited blog post for November was Alternate Arkady. This was a fun post for me because it combined two of my Sci Fi hobbies: 1) discovering science fiction writers who I wish I had known earlier and 2) imagining how my favorite authors (such as Jack Vance) might have written alternate stories in an alternate Reality.
|To Cool the Sun|
I slowly realized that when I set out to write The Start of Eternity I had opened a big can of worms. I discovered dozens of unanswered questions about the mysterious aliens who were the opponents of R. Gohrlay in the Time Travel War. In an effort to answer some of those questions, I decided to begin an investigative science fiction story called Exode. The chief investigator was to be an Earthling named Hana, but then Exode exploded in my hands.
|Noÿs Lambent and Andrew Harlan|
beside the time kettle.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. However, Exode gradually grew from the planned novel about Hana to a trilogy and then, this year, to an even larger five part Exode Saga. There is no doubt: I'm addicted to the "alternative Asimov" sub-genre of investigative science fiction.
|In the Ekcolir Reality. Original cover|
art by Robert Fuqua and Arnold Kohn
In the Exode Saga, I imagine that R. Gohrlay deployed robots like Daneel on Earth and throughout the galaxy as her secret agents who guided the course of human civilization in the Foundation Reality.
Asimov became aware of positronic robots when Grean made use of Asimov as her own time-traveling agent on Earth. Asimov helped Grean remove the last positronic robot from Earth, but he went on to help his analogue in the Asimov Reality write the first science fiction stories about positronic robots.
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|The Phasi Intervention|
|The Trysta Extraction:|
fiction from the Ekcolir Reality.
Original cover art by Edmond Swiatek.
We must wonder if Trysta was allowed to die on Earth. Perhaps only her memories were saved and removed from Earth. If so, the remains of Trysta's biobody might be waiting to be discovered somewhere near Blaubeuren.
|The Trysta-Grean Pact|
In his novel, The End of Eternity, Asimov played around with the question: what if you tried to make a Reality Change, but then you decided that you had made a mistake. Could you then go back through time and prevent yourself from making that Change? In Asimov's case, he imagined that the power to make Reality Changes was in the hands of a rather ponderous bureaucracy which carefully evaluated the implications of each proposed Change. Normally, nobody within Eternity even gave a thought to the possibility of "going back" and rescinding a Change.
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Special thanks to Miranda Hedman (www.mirish.deviantart.com) for the DeviantArt stock photograph "Black Cat 9 - stock" that I used to create the blue "sedronite" who is in the image to the left.
Under the conditions of distrust that existed during the Time Travel War, and the issue of time paradoxes that can arise from people knowing their own future, it was inevitable that there should be a few tricks and surprises involved with the creation of the Final Reality.
That advanced Reality Viewing equipment allowed Trysta to view entire Reality Chains, not just a single possible future Reality. Trysta and Grean were able to look ahead through the Rkcolir Reality all the way to the Final Reality. They were able to find a Final Reality that was suitable to both the Huaoshy and R. Gohrlay and that is what allowed the Trysta-Grean Pact to go into effect, ending the Time Travel War.
Other posts in my 2016 Jack Vance celebration series:
March 6 - Mirky Porod
April 9 - Vance +100
May 7 - Scutinary Vitalists
May 15 - Director of Forestlands
August 7 - Secrets of the IPX
August 13 - Pallis Atwrode
August 28 - Origins of Jack Vance
September 4 - Altramar
September 6 - The Junius Revolution
September17 - 100x
October 23 - Gharks and Hoos
November 20 - Alternate Arkady
|at Wible's Resort|
Working together, Kirth and Karalin learned about the strange genetic experiments performed on the planet Sogdian by Retz, a colleague of Demon Prince Viole Falushe.
In order to infiltrate the secret organization known as Zodiac Control, Karalin had to be in disguise, so as not to be recognized as one of the Drusilla clones.
|The Femtobot Hack|
The fact that human technological innovation could be boosted by exposure to nicotine was of central importance to the development of an industrial civilization on Earth right up until the Ekcolir Reality. That was the first Reality in which a new type of femtobot endosymbiont was deployed on Earth: what the Retrofuturians call the Phari endosymbiont. A Phari endosymbiont can allow human brains to control their zeptite endosymbiont without the need for nicotine.
|Knitting humans: pek 2, Phari 1|
|In the Ekcolir Reality.|
Original cover art by Arnold Kohn
and Frank Freas.
In the Foundation Reality, Asimov had contact with Grean and access to some stories that could be traced all the way back to the First Reality. That analogue of Asimov was provided with special nanites by Grean. Those nanites allowed Asimov to "take the place of" John W. Campbell after his death.
The replicoid of the analogue of Isaac Asimov from the Foundation Reality went on to staff and direct the Writers Block, which controlled the development of the science fiction genre in the Ekcolir Reality. The Atlantis Clones (including Ivory Fersoni) were able to read science fiction stories from the Ekcolir Reality and reconstruct certain aspects of life in the First Reality. Later, Alpha Gohrlay was able to confirm some of what Ivory had inferred about events in the First Reality.
The core concept behind 'science fiction in Deep Time' is that the science fiction genre was "invented" (re-invented) in the Ekcolir Reality as a way to prepare Earthlings for first contact with the alien Fru'wu.
The topic of teleportation was raised in that blog post, and I've become rather obsessed with teleportation during 2016. The poor suffering replicoid of Isaac Asimov must endure the disorientation caused by repeated teleportation events in A Search Beyond, but it sure saves wear and tear on the old space drive.
|The Connatic's Library|
I had fun creating several illustrations for The League of Yrinna. Maybe in 2017 I will include a few of them in A Search Beyond.
Next: historical research in 2017
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