I’ve been into science fiction since I was a kid, but more often than not I find myself wishing it was a little less stuffy and pretentious, and a little more human and real. I’m far less interested in the nuts and bolts of sci-fi than I am the idea of everyday people reacting to and adapting to extraordinary circumstances.
Douglas Adams made science fiction fun for me, and I always wanted to write something in the vein of the Hitchhiker’s books, but more serious and impactful. Not too serious, though.
I believe I’ve accomplished that with this trilogy. That’s not to say there’s no humor, because there’s a ton of it, and what I learned from Douglas Adams is that humor in print works best when it stems from normal people being thrust into outlandish situations. He never seemed like he was trying to be funny—it just felt natural.
Caldo, Bingwen and Kryuss have existed for hundreds of thousands of years, and it shows. Their minds are full of accumulated information and they babble a lot. They’re eccentric, as one would be after hanging around for several millennia, and the contrast between them and the human characters is where that naturally occurring humor comes from. It’s never forced. Thanks for showing me how to do that, Douglas Adams.
Eccentric tech mogul and cult leader Richard Kryuss has developed a system of storing and transmitting data organically, via trees containing within their DNA the entirety of recorded human knowledge. Could his Terrestrially Regenerative Enhanced Extranet, or T.R.E.E., be a boon to mankind, or will it spell doom for the human race?
In this eagerly-anticipated followup to 2019’s “Effugium: The Time Remaining,” Caldo and Kryuss have failed to prevent the grisly deaths of nearly all of the inhabitants of the planet Galenia. After fleeing alongside a handful of survivors, they return to an almost unrecognizable Earth ruled by a tyrannical artie dictator from Caldo’s past who now calls himself The Sovereign. Will they succeed in overthrowing him and restoring freedom and order, or will they die trying?
A penitent Richard Kryuss travels to the Galenian colony world of Bellum with a proposal for the retaking of Galenia from TREE. It’s a risky scheme, but with sinister ulterior motives in mind, Bellum’s warmongering leader, Proeliator Latro, agrees to assist. Kryuss, however, habors ulterior motives of his own. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to either, TREE has other intentions for them…and everyone else.
After being stranded for seven years on a hostile, unforgiving desert world ruled by gangsters and murderous megalomaniacs, one man must risk everything in order to rescue the woman he loves from enslavement and leave Anshar forever.
Cool, I’ve been waiting for this.
I’ve read it six times in the past two weeks and I’m really pleased with how it came together.