The Exode Saga

The Exode Saga is recursive investigative science fiction. A team of Retrofuturians created and crafted the science fiction genre within the Ekcolir Reality. Now, due to the momentum of Time, the Dead Widowers, here in the universe as we know it, find themselves constrained to follow the lead of the Retrofuturians and investigate the mysterious origins of the human species.

The first book in the Exode Saga is called A Search Beyond. The artificial life replicoid of Isaac Asimov returns to Earth, 25 years after the untimely death of the biological Asimov.

The Asimov replicoid soon learns that he has been recalled to Earth in order to to investigate the Reality that existed in Deep Time just prior to the Ekcolir Reality. In that Reality, the humans of Earth were provided with a gift by space aliens: the gift of interstellar space-drive technology. Of course, that gift amounted to a serious violation of the Rules of Intervention.

No problem! Everyone involved had agreed that a Reality Change was coming, so the entire Asimov Reality would ultimately be erased and forgotten. But then a funny thing happened. The science fiction story writers of the Writers Block refused to forget about the events of the Asimov Reality.

That little “bug” in the system soon became the critically important feature of the Final Reality that allowed for the Trysta-Grean Pact, a negotiated end to the Time Travel War.

Using the knowledge of human genetics and femtobot endosymbionts that had been gained in the Asimov Reality, a new type of Sedronite was crafted by the pek. These new creatures, the Ek’col, became the tool that could allow a select set of Asterothrope genes to be inserted into the human population of Earth.

The prototypical Ek’col was a male named Ekcolir. He was designed and crafted for one mission: to go to Earth and melt the heart of Trysta, the last Asterothrope. Tyrysta and Ekcolir, the third book of the Exode Saga, tells the story of how Ekcolir was able to win Trysta’s heart and allow her to start collaborating with Grean the Kac’hin on their new joint goal: design and creation of the Final Reality.

Just before the Final Reality, Parthney the Interventionist was sent from the Galactic Core to Earth. As told in Exode, the 4th book of the Exode Saga, Parthney would be present on Earth at the time of First Contact, when the Buld spaceship finally arrived in the Solar System after its 15,000 year long voyage from the Galactic Core.

With the arrival of the Buld on Earth, the time had come for the alien Huaoshy to change the Dimensional Structure of the universe and put an end to time travel. Now, locked into the invariant timeline of the Final Reality, the Dead Widowers need to investigate the hidden secrets of Deep Time and the past Realities of Earth in order to find clues that what will guide Humanity into our dangerous future.

Part of the story of Deep Time is the First Reality, the original timeline of Earth where time travel technology was first developed. The fifth and final book of the Exode Saga is The First Reality, the story of how the human species was converted from a disposable primate into a type of Sedronite that could spread from Earth to the stars.

The First Reality is the story of the Escapist Clan, the first human science fiction writers, and how they struggled against the pek plan to replace the humans of Earth with Prelands.




The Exode Trilogy

When I first began constructing the science fiction story Exode, I wanted to sketch in some details about Genesaunt society and the origins of Interventionists. My intention was to post the entire text of the story here on this blog, but I could not adapt to the user interface…it is too slow and larded up with things like this. Anyhow…

Exode was to be a “stand alone” novel, but I eventually realized that Exode is the final book in a trilogy. The Exode Trilogy begins with Trysta and Ekcolir. Trysta is an Asterothrope, a humanoid from 10,000,000 years in our future. Through the wonders of time travel, Trysta ends up on Earth in the 20th century where she becomes a real thorn in the side of the Huaoshy.

The Huaoshy are not “evil invaders” from outer space, but they are largely indifferent to human concerns. The Huaoshy long ago transformed themselves into artificial life forms that exist in the higher dimensional Sedronic Domain. Here in the three dimensional universe of conventional matter, the pek make sure that life on worlds like Earth does not grow out of control.


Old cover art for Trysta and Ekcolir (new)

Trysta is a temporal anomaly that the pek cannot deal with. The Ek’col are a human variant that must be crafted as a tool that will allow the Huaoshy to reach an accommodation with Trysta and put an end to the Time Travel War. The Ek’col were crafted and designed in order to make Ekcolir, an Ek’col male who wins the heart of Trysta.

The middle book of the Exode Trilogy is The Foundations of Eternity. It is the story of a Neanderthal named Gohrlay who has her brain pattern converted into the fundamental template for all positronic robots. R. Gohrlay learns to make use of time travel technology, but “she” is constrained by the Three Laws of Robotics.

I wrote Isaac Asimov into The Foundations of Eternity. Asimov plays an important role in ending the Foundation Reality. I imagine that in the Foundation Reality, Asimov was an investigative journalist who stumbles upon the fact that there have been alien visitors on Earth for the past seven million years.

Exode, the final book in the Exode Trilogy takes place within our Reality. The Time Travel War has ended and the Huaoshy have imposed a change on the dimensional structure of the universe that makes time travel impossible. The remaining question for Earth is if we humans are now truly free to explore the Stars and if we can manage not to misuse technology and destroy ourselves.


God in Science Fiction

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.

Green: galactic habitable zone. Red: too many exploding stars (SNe).

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.

Space alien from The Omega Glory

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?

Pointy-eared devil of planet Omega IV

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?

Humans humanoids in a galaxy far, far away

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”.

An Ardanan, one the many alien species that happens to look just like we Earthlings.

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”.

I was amused when I got this result:

I searched for “god” and was told “there is a problem with the resource you are looking for”. This became less amusing when I found that this search result was not unique to “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.


Omega IV’s Old Glory

Making fun of The Omega Glory:




Related reading…….

More ideas about The Religion of Exode.

Slavery in Science Fiction

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?)