I’m working on a new novel (Exode) set in the Exodemic Fictional Universe. The main character in the story (named Parthney) was born on a planet (Hemmal) that is located in towards the crowded core of our galaxy.
For Exode, I’m imagining that most Earth-like planets near the center of the galaxy suffer from frequent catastrophic events such as being hit by blasts of radiation from exploding stars and material dropping into the central black hole. These harsh environmental conditions result in a region of the galaxy where there are many Earth-like planets that have only evolved relatively simple forms of life. These planets provide convenient locations to which the Huaoshy have often transplanted humans. The Huaoshy had their biological origins about a billion years ago in a distant galaxy. They first reached our galaxy about 7 million years ago and started transporting humans to Hemmal about 200,000 years ago. Hemmal is about 20,000 light-years from Earth, in towards the center.
Parthney grows up in a carefully designed human culture where there is no knowledge of Earth or how humans came to exist on Hemmal (the Huaoshy don’t reveal themselves to lowly creatures like humans). The people of Hemmal have never had a fighting chance to develop a scientific theory of human origins. In fact, science of any kind is quite rare among the humans who live on worlds of the galactic core. What kind of religious beliefs might they have?
I’ve previously written about the fact that the Huaoshy are a form of artificial life with advanced technology that could make them seem god-like to primitive creatures like we humans. However, the Huaoshy are not interested in being worshiped. Within the Exodemic Fictional Universe, human evolution has been guided and directed by the Huaoshy during the past 7 million years. In a very real sense, the Huaoshy created humanity. The humans on planets like Hemmal are genetic experiments of the Huaoshy. Hemmal is a world where humans can be subjected to artificial selection and domestication. What about the humans of Earth?
Where no man has gone before. The original Star Trek started out with “These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” Strangely, as the Enterprise explored the galaxy it found human-like “humanoids” on worlds all through the galaxy. Just how human-like?
One of the most silly episodes of Star Trek was “The Omega Glory“. This was one of the amazing episodes where the space aliens on a distant planet, “where no man has gone before”, look just like humans. Some Star Trek episodes such as Return to Tomorrow danced around half-hearted attempts to imagine how aliens might long ago have influenced human evolution or seeded humanoid species on many planets of the galaxy.
Star Wars took the amazingly-human-like-“humanoid” alien concept to a new level: a galaxy “far, far away”.
In The Omega Glory there was no attempt to explain how we humans were so biologically similar to the residents of a distant planet. Nor was it explained how it was possible that the aliens speak English. And that distant planet had a nation in which the flag, pledge of allegiance and constitution are the same as ours. This astounding example of convergent evolution allows Captain Kirk to impress the natives with his knowledge of the “holy words” and save the pointy-eared Spock from being mis-identified as the Devil.
Exode. I’m deep into inventing a religion for the people of Hemmal that is based on Intelligent Design. Unlike poor Spock on planet Omega IV, I am saved from dealing with a Holy Book because the people of Hemmal do not have written language. Why not? They have been given everything that they need by the Huaoshy, in particular, robotic servants who provide for all the material needs of the humans. Although the people of Hemmal have never actually seen the Huaoshy, they believe that they have been created by gods who travel between the stars. I’m tempted to name this imaginary religion of core worlds like Hemmal “Danikenism“. The Exode story is still under construction and collaborating authors are welcome.
The God Blog. I started thinking about the nature of religion on Hemmal today after seeing this blog post. Could God be replaced by a scientific theory? After the big boson news of July 4 there have been some amusing online discussions about “the god particle”.
John’s Search for God. I was inspired to search the CERN website for the word “god”.
Using google’s search engine I found one mention of God at the CERN “public” website. I do not recall any mention of God, religion or philosophy during the seminar on July 4. It should come as no surprise when modern scientists find no need for God, gods or magic in their descriptions of the universe.
God cannot be displayed. However, it is fun to imagine a world (Hemmal) where logical people must contend with convincing evidence that they originated by intelligent design. Further, they do not imagine other options and they have no chance to study evolution by natural selection. What if humans were created by extraterrestrials, but there is no way for us to talk to our creators and confirm the truth of our artificial origins? Parthney grew up under those conditions and then in Exode has the chance to visit Earth. He’s rather shocked to learn the 4,000,000,000 year history of life on Earth, but unlike those of us stuck here on Earth, at least his religious faith provides him with a true (if incomplete) understanding of the role aliens played in creating humanity.
Making fun of The Omega Glory:
More ideas about The Religion of Exode.
One of my favorite SciFi stories that includes religion: The Last Starship from Earth
Also good: Contact (can there be objective evidence that the universe was created?)