May 26, 2017

Perfection of Joy

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Jack Vance died four years ago. Ever since back in August 2013, I have been doing Vance tribute posts every August (he was born on August 28th; last year) and May (died May 26th; last May).

Perfection of Joy
In Jack Vance's novel Araminta Station, the protagonist is Glawen Clattuc, a young policeman who is sent on a trip away from his home planet in search of the criminals who have been arranging for "Perfection of Joy" outings on Cadwal. The planet Cadwal is a nature preserve, governed by the Cadwal Conservancy. In the interest of raising money, a small tourism industry has been allowed to develop on Cadwal.

The Perfection of Joy excursions have been arranged by Simonetta Clattuc, a renegade member of Glawen's family who hopes to destroy Araminta Station. Simonetta, an outcast from Araminta Station, has taken control of the Yips, a group of 100,000 runaways and their descendants who reside illegally on an island not far from Araminta Station's location on the mainland.

cover art by Boris Vallejo
In need of cheap labor, the administrators of the Cadwal Conservancy, who reside at Araminta Station, have for centuries issued work permits to Yips. These temporary laborers can be granted six month work permits at the Station, but often these permits are extended indefinitely for the trained Yips who perform particularly useful functions.

Vance never mentions the exact population of Araminta Station, but the legal residents of Cadwal number only a few thousand. The Cadwal police are desperate for money to defend themselves against invasion of the mainland by Simonetta and the ever-increasing population of Yips. The leaders of the Cadwal Conservancy also hope to buy passage for the Yips on space transports so that they can be settled on nearby worlds.

One of the islands on Cadwal
One of the tourists who came to Cadwal for a Perfection of Joy "vacation" is a wealthy bank owner. The Araminta Station police threaten him with prosecution and extort a large sum of money from him. Vance never describes in detail the horrible crimes that are committed during Perfection of Joy excursions on Cadwal, but those illegal excursions result in the deaths of several young Yip women.

To investigate these crimes and discover who is behind the Perfection of Joy excursions, Glawen travels to the planets of origin for the tourists who have participated in Perfection of Joy excursions on Cadwal. He discovers the identity of the woman who has distributed Perfection of Joy brochures on those worlds and learns that she is the new wife of one of his own family members. Before he can report this discovery to his superiors at Araminta Station, Glawen is double-crossed by a fellow policeman and thrown into a prison. Eventually, Glawen escapes, returns to Cadwal and takes revenge.

The Sacred Shin
The Sacred Shin by Anney Fersoni
In The Palace of Love, the poet Navarth tries to hide from Demon Prince Viole Falushe in Edmonton. The story takes place about 1,500 years in the future. Edmonton has become a destination for pilgrims who want to gaze upon the Sacred Shin.

I like to imagine that Vance's stories about the Demon Princes and Cadwal reflect actual events from a previous Reality. In my recursive science fiction story A Search Beyond, the replicoid of Isaac Asimov investigates Deep Time and reveals the secret of how new human gene combinations were devised during the far future of the past Reality in which Glawen existed.

Viole Falushe became involved in a study of special gene combinations that originally existed in the Earth girl Jheral Tinzy. Clones of Jheral were constructed and studied in order to explore those unique gene combinations.

Alien Gene Transfer by Ivory Fersoni
I like to imagine that the Sacred Shin was a geological artifact containing evidence that the pek first visited Earth about 2,000,000,000 years ago. The human species arose through a long process of genetic manipulations and alterations imposed on the creatures of Earth by the pek and bumpha.

The Genetics Cluster
Some past related blog posts about genetics in Vance's universe:
Genes of Dar Sai
The Junius Revolution
Alastor Cluster as laboratory for DNA modification

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May 6, 2017

700 Collaborators

Last spring I had a blog post called 7 Collaborators. Last summer I continued my tradition of celebrating arbitrary numerical milestones when I reached 600 posts to this blog. This is my 700th wikifiction blog post and this is a good time to celebrate another large round number by reflecting upon the importance of collaboration.

700 Collaborators
For many years I felt like I was all alone in my search for an explanation of the odd world we inhabit. I sensed a hidden mystery that always remained just out of sight, just beyond the grasp of we Earthlings. The existence of that lurking mystery did not bother me. With time, a team of collaborators assembled and they helped me begin to understand where we humans come from and why we are such unusual creatures.

Hana and Hilde
Significant progress towards that ultimate understanding began with the Exode saga and Hana. I originally viewed Hana as my tool, someone who I could safely depict as a fictional character, an explorer who would reveal the role that humans play within a greater galactic civilization.

I had briefly known Hana back around 1980 after my friend Peter had introduced us. Later, in this millennium, I was surprised to learn about the strange medical condition that made impossible a normal life for Hana's daughter, Hilde. Even more shocking was the fact that Hana had disappeared when Hilde was still a small child. Those mysteries began to make some sense when I learned that Hana had departed from Earth.

Parthney and friends, 2012
Hana's removal from Earth and her adventure among the stars became an opportunity for me as a story teller. I imagined that Hana would be the protagonist in an investigative science fiction story that would reveal the structure of Genesaunt society within our galaxy. I already had the vague idea that there was a far-flung population of humans on other worlds besides Earth and it would be through the telling of Hana's story that the details of Genesaunt civilization would be revealed.

At the start of my investigation into Hana's interstellar adventures, there was no Exode saga, there was only a single story called Exode in which Hana, an Earth woman, was taken away from Earth and allowed to visit some of the other worlds of the galaxy where humans reside. I could not avoid asking: why among all the billions of people on Earth had Hana been selected to go on her great adventure among the stars?

Parthney: secret agent
That was a mystery and to resolve it, Parthney stepped forward as a second character in Exode who could provide an account of why Hana had to be removed from Earth. From the moment when Parthney first appeared in Exode he was trouble. As an Interventionist agent working on Earth, he had been carefully trained for his mission, but above all, Parthney had been trained to never reveal his secret identity to the people of Earth. Lucky for me, Parthney's grandson, Izhiun, was able to pass along to me what he knew about Parthney.

The Buld use nanites so as to make
possible technology-assisted telepathy
As long as Exode was only going to be a small story about Hana, there was absolutely no need to reveal the details of Parthney's mission on Earth. However, as soon as I became aware of Parthney's existence I realized that shedding light on the motivations of Interventionists like Parthney was exactly what Hana's journey to the stars was supposed to accomplish. So, rather than exist as a tiny plot device for the sole purpose of removing Hana from Earth and sending her on a great adventure, Parthney instead became the subject of a complex investigation.

My investigation of Parthney revealed a strange symmetry between his life and that of Hana. Parthney was "born" on the planet Hemmal, a world located in the Galactic Core. On Hemmal, Parthney grew up among the Buld, a people for whom Earth was only a place of myth and legend. In an alternate Reality, Parthney might have been happy to remain on Hemmal and devote his life to singing the traditional Hemmal ballads about Earth. But that was not to be. Parthney was subjected to his own personal exode: he was kicked off of Hemmal and sent to Earth as an Interventionist agent.

Ivory's whimsical depiction of an
alien pek Overseer. The pek can take on
any convenient physical form.
The task of removing Parthney from Hemmal was assigned to Muchlo, a pek. I believe that during the past million years or so, during the time when humans have existed on Earth, the pek have been unable to visit our world. This travel ban is self-imposed: the pek try to follow the Rules of Intervention. However, Hemmal is an artificially crafted world, designed by the pek as a place where they could craft "designer people", new human variants that better suit the needs of the pek than do we Earthlings.

Originally, Hemmal was a laboratory where the pek could craft a new type of primate called the Preland. "Preland" is an exonym, derived from the misguided concept of a "pre-landing species" of primate that had theoretically been designed and constructed at Observer Base. When dealing with Earthlings, the pek could get no closer than Observer Base and they had to work through proxy agents if they needed some task performed on Earth.

Biologically, Parthney was not a Buld. It was obvious to everyone on Hemmal that Parthney was unique and he did not really fit in with Buld culture. Perhaps most importantly, Parthney could not achieve the telepathic mind links that the Buld take for granted.

Parthney is actually a clone of Thomas. As such, Parthney is a special hybrid humanoid who retains some of the Asterothrope gene combinations that Thomas inherited from his mother, Trysta.

The Asterothropes were a human variant, crafted by R. Gohrlay in the far future. Under the terms of the Trysta-Grean Pact, the descendants of Trysta were special: they were designed to be nearly human so that they would be allowed to remain on Earth.

As shown in the family tree, above, Trysta had two sets of children who managed to reach the Final Reality. Thomas was born into the Ekcolir Reality while Andy was born here, in the Final Reality. As Trysta's first born, Thomas was given special treatment: he was taken into a space-time bubble and transferred from the Ekcolir Reality to the Final Reality. Thomas was used as the root genetic stock for a large number of clones. Parthney was the last of a group of Thomas clones who served as Interventionist agents on Earth.

Andy's descendants became involved in another cloning project that resulted in creation of the so-called Atlantis Clones. The original template for the Atlantis Clones was Ivory Fersoni. Ivory and her clones became some of my most important collaborators. It was Ivory who made it possible for me to begin to receive infites from Thomas and Izhiun. While sifting through the information provided to me by the Atlantis Clones, I was surprised to learn that Hana's daughter, Hilde, is actually an Ivory clone.

Syon (source)
I first began thinking in terms of collaborators four years ago in the context of Parthney and the people he knew at Lendhalen. Eventually I realized that Parthney is just one of the many clones of Thomas and the character who I originally named "Robin" was actually Syon, an artificial life "copy" of Trysta. Parthney was trained for his Interventionist mission to Earth by Syon, but there was a group of collaborators at Lendhalen 

Everything suddenly changed a few years ago when I was given the "gift" of a swarm of infites by Ivory Fersoni. The information content of those information nanites quickly expanded my conscious awareness and I discovered that I was part of a secretive collaborative effort aimed at salvaging a future for the human species.

Why secretive? As far as I can tell, the existence of we humans is a serious violation of the ethical laws that have guided the evolution of life in our universe for the past two billion years. The human species was brought into existence by the bumpha. The bumpha and the pek function like two political parties within the Huaoshy-sanctioned effort to bring order to the Hadronic Domain. We can view the bumpha as the liberal wing, always pushing to expand opportunities for primitive species such as we humans.

The pek are more conservative. They take seriously the fact that hadronic lifeforms like we humans almost always manage to make a mess on their home planet and eventually they become extinct, after doing vast damage to ecosystems and other lifeforms. The basic problem is that tool using primates such as we humans can be counted onto miss-use advanced technologies.

Ivory and her clones such as Anney became the core of a group of collaborators called the Dead Widowers. Sadly, the Dead Widowers were kicked off of Earth by the tryp'At Overseers. Lucky for me, the Dead Widowers have been able to provide me with useful information obtained from the Hierion and Sedronic Domains.
the Trysta-Grean Pact

In addition to infites from Parthney and Ivory, Thomas was "kind" enough to pass on to me the infites that he had originally obtained from Asimov. With all of the clues in my infites, I finally realized that there was a copy of Gohrlay residing on Earth here in the final Reality. In fact, there is a group of Gohrlay clones, several of whom I have met. Also, it became clear that I am tryp'At.

Zeta is one of the Gohrlay clones who has recently become a major collaborator. Zeta has hinted that in addition to my replicoid, there may be another "copy" of me in the Hierion Domain. This information apparently originates with Zeta's replicoid, who has heard a rumor that "my copy" is on trial at Observer Base. Some Overseers believe that under the terms of the Trysta-Grean Pact, there should be no tryp'At on Earth. According to that interpretation, I should have long ago been removed from Earth.

Zeta seems hopeful that Mahasvin will be able to arrange for me to continue to reside on Earth so that I can complete the task of reporting to Earthlings the Secret History of Humanity. However, Zeta seems to be preparing me for the possibility that I might have to go into hiding from the Overseers. How that might be possible she cannot explain.

My most recently arrived collaborator is Yōd, another clone of Gohrlay. Yōd is currently functioning as an information channel, relaying reports about the Asimov replicoid's activities in the Hierion Domain. Apparently Yōd's replicoid is assisting Asimov with his Deep Time investigation of the Asimov Reality.

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Apr 14, 2017

200K Visitors

Early last year this blog reached 100,000 visitors. Over the years, the chances of people stumbling upon this blog has gradually increased, but a few months ago there was a sudden increase in daily "pageviews" as tracked by Google. I suspect that most of these "new visitors" are bots, but as counted by Google, the wikifiction blog has now passed 200,000 pageviews.

In the Ekcolir Reality. Original Cover
art by Edmund Emshwiller and ? (Azazel)
I like to honor arbitrary numerical blogging milestones by reflecting on the past and speculating about where this blog might go in the future.

In the March 1991 issue of Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Asimov published a short essay called "Suspense I". I read that essay when it was later published in Gold.

In that essay, Asimov described how his science fiction stories (such as his Foundation saga) go beyond a simplistic "balance between good and evil". Asimov was happy to write stories about protagonists in which the reader is never sure if the "hero" is good or evil, never quite sure exactly what the "problem" is that the hero is dealing with and for which the reader never really knows if the hero should "win". Asimov felt that all this uncertainty created suspense and kept readers reading and turning pages.

A Search Beyond
I originally (back in the 1970s) learned about science fiction as a literary genre by reading Asimov's science fiction stories. It should come as no surprise that I also make no attempt to depict the characters in my stories as "good" or "evil". In my current writing obsession, the Exode saga, I bring a "copy" of Asimov "back from the dead" and I make Asimov himself a character in the story.

In A Search Beyond, Asimov's replicoid returns to Earth 25 years after Asimov's death. Asimov's replicoid is being used as a tool by Many Sails. I present the reader with an artificial life copy of Asimov who is being used by an alien sentient spaceship. I make no serious effort to explain to readers the mission that Many Sails is trying to accomplish on Earth and the reader is challenged to figure out exactly what is going on and if Asimov's investigative science fiction mission exploring Earth's past is a good thing or a danger to we Earthlings.

The Exode saga depicts the human species as a kind of cosmic mistake and a sort of ethically questionable experiment. I believe that the human species evolved slowly by natural selection, but within the confines of a science fiction story it is more fun to imagine that we were created by aliens, for a purpose. By making this assumption in the Exode saga, I shift readers away from the conventional "alien invasion" plot in which evil aliens invade Earth.

Asimov wrote a short introduction to Invasions. That essay was also reprinted in Gold. In that essay, Asimov gave an historical account of some past invasions on Earth, such as the Mongol invasion of Europe.

The cover for Invasions includes assorted weird aliens and a futuristic soldier with a (ray?) gun. Through the decades of my life, I've been tremendously bored and dismayed by all of the silly alien invasion stories that have been endlessly written and rehashed. In his introductory essay for Invasions, Asimov makes the point that if alien beings were to arrive on Earth, they might be friendly.

I like to imagine that in the Ekcolir Reality, science fiction was crafted as a literary genre for the purpose of preparing humans for First Contact with the alien Fru'wu. I have fun imagining that we humans would only notice First Contact with some alien creature like the Fru'wu while we could be entirely unaware of the fact that an alien artificial life form like the pek has been here on Earth for the past 2 billion years.

From the perspective of the pek, we humans are a kind of disease. The scheming bumpha have given we humans a chance to leak out from Earth into the surrounding galaxy, but from the perspective of the pek, it is only a matter of when, not if, we humans will destroy ourselves.

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Apr 6, 2017

Continuing Voyages

Kirk's robot dream (left); the original robotic Rayna (right)
Three years ago I commented on the first 3 episodes of Star Trek Continues. The 8th episode was released in April 2017. Last year I celebrated 50 years of Star Trek by looking back at the interesting episodes of the original series. Now it is time to catch up with the Enterprise...

Episode 4
Kirk has memory problems after being struck on the head in episode #4 of Star Trek Continues. This episode dwells on Kirk's lost loves. First we get a glimpse into Kirk's haunting memory of the long-"dead" robot girl Rayna.

Kirk remembers the humanoid alien Miramanee and
Edith from Earth in the 1930s.
As much fun as it is to see Kirk's old flames resurrected, I wish that Star Trek Continues would actually take us to some strange new worlds rather than simply rehash old topics. Hey, they could have even given us a story about some long lost love child of Kirk. But no...

Kirk is feeling guilty over his role in the deaths of Rayna, Miramanee and Edith. In the end we are supposed to believe that Kirk will be fine as long as he has his number 1 girl, the Enterprise.

Episode 5
alien nanites
The Enterprise is "invaded" by alien nanites. At first, the nanites invade the computer system, "feeding" on the available information. When the nanites are going through the historical database, there is an explosion. Kirk and McCoy are standing nearby and so some of the nanites are blasted into their bodies.

"I have an idea!"
Kirk and McCoy collapse, seemingly unconscious, but in their minds they are under the influence of the nanites and they magically share an experience of living through a battle during the American Civil War. They both share closely related "dream" experiences because their two brains are linked by the alien nanites. Are these "dreams" how the aliens try to communicate, or, perhaps, how they try to give a gift to Kirk? In his "dream", Kirk is pleased when he gets to see President Lincoln. He also gets hit by cannon shrapnel and the "dreaming" McCoy has to amputate Kirk's leg while the bodies of Kirk and McCoy lie un-moving in sick bay.

Red-shirt bait
For some magical reason, Kirk's leg that was amputated only in his dream then actually "starts to die". Spock wants to get the alien nanites out of Kirk and McCoy. To do so, he can temporarily stop their brain activity, but they also need some kind of "bait" that will attract the nanites. The nurse suggests using a prosthetic limb as bait.

Luckily, there is an available red-shirted crewman with a prosthetic arm. Once the nanites transfer from Kirk and McCoy into the prosthetic arm, the arm is beamed into space and destroyed by phaser fire.

I'm usually a fan of stories that involve nanites, but these nanites in episode #5 like microscopic Borg. At least we did not have to suffer through a "nanite queen". I can understand a low budget production's limitations, but filming a civil war battle reenactment is not really in the spirit of Star Trek.

Episode 6
scared child
The Enterprise encounters (crashes into) a new life form, a type of creature that supposedly lives in outer space. This creature is running away from home and its angry father is in hot pursuit.

There is an old joke about how the first two cars in Kansas crashed into each other. Even with the incredible vastness of space, the Enterprise can always be counted upon to be traveling through the depths of space and crash into you. Maybe in this case the alien "kid" was looking for a protector and purposefully intercepted the Enterprise.

alpha wave generators
A life form that lives in outer space? Who knows, maybe this creature is the remnant of a lost civilization that made an artificial life form for the purpose of mining comets and asteroids.

Not only is daddy upset, but his red "brain waves" trigger corresponding rage in humans. To protect themselves from this debilitating effect, the crew of the Enterprise must wear their handy dandy alpha wave generators on their arms.

Giant angry daddy alien.
I suppose I should be happy that we got an episode with an alien life form. However, the key to the Enterprise having a successful first contact with this creature is a sympathetic crew member with daddy issues of her own. Because she had a crappy father, she can lecture the alien dad about the importance of being a better father.

Unfortunately, this episode reminds me of the original series (TOS) episode ("Day of the Dove") in which some "energy creature" forces humans and Klingons to fight. Updated for this millennium in Star Trek Continues, we get fist fights with women. This is progress?

Episode 7
The new Captain?
It is the 23rd century and there has never been a female commander of a Constitution class starship. Why not? This episode highlights one of the most annoying features of the entire Star Trek fictional universe: the entire political and social structure of the Federation and Star Fleet is nothing but the 20th century's U.S.A. and the U.S. Navy stretched out into the depths of space. Rather than provide us with stories about strange new worlds and new civilizations, Star Trek has too often given us navel gazing and commentary on contemporary social and political topics.

Episode 8
Kirk, Samara, McCoy
The Enterprise brings a lady physicist to the depths of space to study a black hole. She only needs six hours to complete her studies, which is enough time for Kirk to make his move on her. Then, mysteriously, near the black hole, suddenly there appears the long lost USS Defiant. The Defiant is teetering on the brink of the black hole's event horizon.

Kirk leads an away team to investigate the Defiant, but he is trapped on board as the Defiant spirals into the voracious and green-with-purple-fringed Hawking radiation-spewing black hole. 200 years quickly pass for Kirk, during which time he rebuilds the Defiant's engines. Sailing at warp 15, Kirk and the Defiant triumphantly emerge from the black hole.

A VERY old Kirk returns to the Enterprise and resumes his love affair with the lady physicist and due to the wonders of 23rd century hyperviagra, they both ignore their vast age difference.

Star Trek Continues
That (above) is not really the plot, but it makes more sense than the actual Episode 8 of Star Trek Continues. I read that Star Trek Continues got enough funding to build a set for a new planet, so maybe future episodes will improve.

For a low-budget fan effort, Star Trek Continues is mighty fine, with the look and feel of the original Star Trek. Hopefully the next episode will take us on an adventure to investigate a new civilization on a new world.

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Apr 5, 2017

25 Years After Asimov

freaky cover by John Gaughan
This blog post marks 25 years since the death of Isaac Asimov. My personal introduction to Asimov came about 45 years ago when I discovered a hardcover copy of his novel The Gods Themselves in my local library. That was a mind-expanding experience for a little kid who was in his personal golden age of science fiction.

I like to imagine that in our previous Reality, Asimov wrote a different book called The Gods Thonselves. In that Reality, science fiction was carefully crafted and hyper-accelerated as a literary genre which functioned to prepare the humans of Earth for First Contact. In The Gods Thonselves, Asimov revealed the existence of the alien Huaoshy, creatures who long ago originated as biological organisms, but who now exist in the Sedronic Domain as artificial lifeforms.

1972 cover by Bob van Blommestein
Almost 65 years ago Asimov began writing the story that would become The End of Eternity, my favorite novel by Asimov.

I think of The End of Eternity as Asimov's time travel novel, although it is not his only story that involves travel through time. In that story, "Eternity" is the name of a time travel device, and at the end of the novel Eternity has been destroyed, seemingly putting an end to the time travel era. This is a good thing, because use of time travel technology was a dead end for Humanity.

Although Asimov wrote an amazing story about putting an end to time travel, I felt the need to tell the story of how time travel was discovered. How did time travel technology come into existence? That story is told in Foundations of Eternity.

interior art by Pagsilang Rey Isip
75 years ago Asimov published the first of his Foundation stories. Just slightly earlier, Asimov had begun publishing his positronic robot stories.

For 4 decades, Asimov's 2 fictional universes for stories about
1) the Foundation and
2) positronic robots
remained distinct. Then Asimov performed alchemical magic, revealing (in his novel Foundation and Earth) that positronic robots had been secretly at work, guiding the creation and development of the First and Second Foundations.

I view Asimov's act of linking his Foundation Saga to his fictional universe of the positronic robots as Asimov's greatest literary accomplishment. Then, after that glorious supernova of science fiction creativity, death.

Foundations of Eternity
Asimov was taken from us before he ever had the chance to write a sequel to Foundation and Earth. I feel that this is the greatest tragedy that has so far been inflicted upon the young literary genre of science fiction.

The All-Human Galaxy
As much fun as there is to be had in Asimov's Foundation and positronic robot stories, they have a frustrating flavor of incompleteness. Right at the end of Foundation and Earth, Asimov teased readers with the idea that aliens would soon arrive in our galaxy, zooming in from some distant galaxy.

For many long years I've agonized over Asimov's struggle with aliens. In my fan fiction sequel to Foundation and Earth, I imagine that in our Reality, Asimov was prevented from sharing what he knew about alien visitors to Earth.

the Trysta-Grean Pact
Tryst-Grean Pact
What had changed for the "Asimov Analogue" who lived here in the Final Reality? Our Reality, the universe as we know it, had been brought into existence as an expression of the Trysta-Grean Pact. In our Reality, Asimov could not be allowed to share with the world what he knew about alien visitors living on Earth among the human population.

In order to end the Time Travel War, Trysta and Grean had to learn to trust each other. Trysta was R. Gohrlay's secret agent on Earth, dedicated to winning for the humans of Earth an opportunity to reach the stars. Grean was a Kac'hin hermaphrodite who operated on Earth during the Time War as a hadronic tool of the Huaoshy.

viewing Realities
Trysta was also not strictly human: as an Asterothrope female from 10 million years in our future, she had been designed and crafted by R. Gohrlay to evade detection by the pek.

"Trysta" is one of the names that was used by Noÿs Lambent, Asimov's Eternity-destroyer from The End of Eternity. The Exode Trilogy was intended to simultaneously be a sequel to both Foundation and Earth and The End of Eternity. Trysta and Grean worked together using advanced Reality Viewing technology that allowed them to find the Final Reality.

During their time on Earth, Trysta and Grean disguised their non-human physical features and blended in with the human population of our world. In the fanciful depiction (above) of the signing of the Trysta-Grean Pact, Trysta and Grean are shown with the features of imaginary non-human Sedronites. Also shown is an artificial life form (pek?) observer of the signing.

Asimov on Stage
Asimov sent through Time to contact Vance. (see)
In the Exode Saga, science fiction is an important part of the plot. Alien visitors to Earth shape science fiction as a literary genre in order to prepare Humanity for the future. Several science fiction authors appear in the Exode Saga as characters including Asimov and Jack Vance.

In the first book of the Exode Saga,  A Search Beyond, Asimov returns to Earth in the form of an artificial life replicoid.

Special thanks to Miranda Hedman for
"Black Cat 9 - stock" that I used to create
the blue "sedronite" who is in the image, above.
Asimov's replicoid is brought to Earth so that he investigate the Asimov Reality, the past Reality that became the inspiration for the many stories by Jack Vance that are set in the Gaean Reach. Since time travel is no longer possible (and did even the Huaoshy ever have the ability to visit past Realities?), study of the Asimov Reality must be accomplished by sending Asimov into the AR simulation that exists within Eternity.

In A Search BeyondYōd's replicoid within the Hierion Domain acts as an information relay so that the Editor can become aware of how the Ek'col and tryp'At were crafted in Deep Time. In turn, the Editor is allowed to pass along some of the secret history of Humanity to the people of Earth.

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