This is the afterword to Book III of The Anahita Chronicles, Andromedae. I am re-releasing the series soon, and I had to re-type this, as I did it inspired me all over again. I wanted to post it here just to shout it from the rooftops.
Earth in the dark
was difficult to write. Not because I didn't have a story to tell,
and not because of the characters, who I love and who flow out of my
fingertips easily, but because of the subject matter. Weapons of mass
destruction are a reality in our world, and the will to use them is
present. Our species is capable of terrible things. So upon our
creation of a weapon capable of destroying planets, what would the
response of an alien species be? If they have paid any attention to
us, they would understand that we simply cannot be trusted with that
have always been an optimist, and I am still, even in these troubled
times (I re-type this in 2017). I believe in our potential and the
inherent compassion within us. Humanity has done incredible things,
we have broken down the walls of the impossible and stampeded across
the incredible. But when writing this book, I had to face the
darkness we have committed and try to weigh our sins against our
potential. I had to look at us the way a highly advanced species
might, and that is where I faced the great problem. How do I NOT turn
this into a moral lecture, a thesis on ethics and our
responsibilities to the world?
was quickly becoming a story without action, but with very serious
and heavy debates going on between the characters. While perhaps
intellectually laudable, this has not been the focus of the previous
books in the series, and my readers certainly have expectations that
I was not meeting.
I wrote Mercury, I wanted only to tell an action adventure story that
laid out a great potential for us as a species. When I wrote War, I
wanted to up the ante and tell a story of conflict based on our
natural violence, the threat of humanities inhumanity was enough to
make the Makhar deeply wary of us, and even impressed by us. In War,
Jane Hobbs tells the Makhar of our violent history and capacity for
horrific action even against our own kind, she does this to frighten
them into leaving us alone. Her plan backfires, and they escalate the
conflict, but ultimately the Makhar are so like us that they are able
to come to an understanding with humanity, and forge peace in the end
of the book. In Andromedae, this is simply not a possible resolution.
The new antagonists are a species millions of years more advanced
than us, a people that can build cities and titanic spacecraft
without effort from programmable materials. A species that long ago
mastered the technologies that we are just now developing in the
story. They established a moral standpoint aeons ago, and enforce it
freely. They literally just show up, and destroy our entire power
base by flicking a switch. Lights out humans, you have been naughty
and we are taking your toys away.
Andromedae observe us, and judge us. As they did, so I had to also in
order to write them. I looked at mankind, and what I saw troubled me.
We are a broken and angry species, locked in self annihilating
conflict for our entire history. Belligerence and self righteousness
plague us. Greed and xenophobia often seem to be our only societal
motivations. Look at history objectively and it is impossible to
dismiss. At what point in the living history of the world have we
truly been at peace? How could we then ever hope to establish peace
with an alien species so very fundamentally different from us, when
we cannot even make it a reality here on Earth between people whose
only differences are ideological?
is no greater evil in an enemies heart than in our own. We are all
human. We cannot simply invade and conquer, we cannot simply fix
these problems, because these problems are inherently human. They are
a part of us. The conqueror always becomes the oppressor. We have had
war since before we had fire, and I fear we always will. It boils
down to team spirit, us against them, you see it in a junior hockey
game, you see it in international military conflict. We are right,
they are wrong. Our God is real, theirs is false. We are the good
guys, they are evil.....
get the point. Andromedae has every right to take our toys away, I as
the author have found myself forced to agree with the antagonist in
my story. How the hell do I write that? Are they the protagonists
now? Are my heroes going to turn into monsters three books into the
series and launch a world killing missile at people who are in
the moral right? Ugh..... What
have I done?
you just read the book, and I hope that I was able to illustrate
these issues and resolve them to your satisfaction, while maintaining
a fun and action filled pace. Ultimately what motivated me to solve
the problems I faced was the other truth, the one that is harder to
see but absolutely beautiful when witnessed, that we are trying.
There are wars and crimes and horrors on Earth yes, but there are
also movements of peace and enlightenment. There are people who are
working to cure disease, educate the poor, people building energy
alternatives that could save the world, people fighting for the
rights of the oppressed and for endangered species, and trying to
save entire ecosystems. There are people and scientists working on
making our dreams real.
book is dedicated to those people, I will name an few but please know
there are many, and that they are the hope of us all, and the future
of our species. If we are ever to come out of our self destructive
and selfish world and become a truly beautiful and creative people,
then it is because of the work these and so many other people do and
you. Thank you to everyone who inspired me to see that we are not
hopeless, that we can achieve greatness and that the future can be
bright. This book exists because of you.
strongly encourage my readers to spend some time watching TEDtalks,
they got me through some dark moods and made me dream again. I also
strongly encourage my readers to look into the following technologies
and organisations. Even if you disagree with or doubt them, you can
see that they are TRYING to build something better for us all, and
frankly, I don't doubt them.
This book is dedicated to:
CSA, ESA, ROSCOSMOS, JAXA, and every
space agency around the world.
just.... for everything man. Thanks. A solar roof on a house with an
electric car in the garage solves so many problems for the world.
Herbert Hoover once dreamed of a car in every garage, and something
about chickens, I dream of a Tesla in every garage. SpaceX, Open Ai,
Tesla, Hyperloop, and this new brain interface jazz I'm hearing
about... If we have a future, you are going to be its father. All
hail emperor Musk.
Physicists working on real space-time warping FTL (Faster Than Light)
tech, the Alcubierre drive. If they can establish proof of concept,
this would make science fiction become reality, and put the stars
within reach. I don't know if it will work, but I truly hope so, and
I encourage with all my heart the scientific study of this
technology. This is the dream, and it might be possible.
Boston Dynamics Robotics Laboratory. I cannot stress enough how awesome their work is. Look them up of youtube. As a child I dreamed of being a robotics engineer when I grew up, there was basically no such job at the time, so I was actively discouraged from the pursuit, but my first great passion was robots, and it is still a fascination for me. I hope beings like this book's own android Stalina are a reality soon, people like Boston Dynamics make that dream plausible.
Naval Research Laboratories.
Scientists there have developed a technique to extract and refine
rocket fuel from carbon in sea water. They expect it to be
commercially available in 7-10 years at prices comparable to oil.
This could render oil obsolete, and reduce critical carbon levels in
the oceans. Proof of concept has been established.
and Julie Brusaw – Solar Roadways.
This technology could render coal, oil, and nuclear power obsolete
overnight. If adopted, this technology will create about three times
more energy than the Earth uses, as well as reduce worldwide carbon
emissions by an order of magnitude. The Brusaws are creating a
technology that could literally save the world, and we should all be
standing in ovation to their work. Proof of concept has been
other similar ventures, private and federal. The Mars One project is
a terrifying and incredible goal, and one worthy of the greatest
respect. Their plan is to create a permanent Mars settlement by 2024.
I will sign up as soon as they have a decent Irish pub established
there and I can get a pint of Guinness and a burger. Until then, I
wish them the best of luck.
no other organisation in history has done so much for the world and
our future. They have fought countless environmental battles for
selfless and truly noble reasons, against incredible odds and
powerful opposition. The people of Greenpeace have my utmost respect
and deepest thanks.
Shepherd Conservation Society. Our
oceans are our life. Whales and dolphins are the beating heart of our
oceans, and absolutely an intelligent and sentient race of beings.
Our treatment of them is one of the greatest ethical failings of our
species. Sea Shepherd is doing what needs to be done, and they are
having a clear effect. We owe our future to those who sacrifice for
it. These people are the front line army fighting against
catastrophic global species extinction. I salute you.
(Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence). We must seek to find. I
believe it is a certainty that life has evolved on other worlds. It
is mathematically certain, and and S.E.T.I. Is working hard to prove
it. Their radio surveillance and spectral imaging of extra solar
planets is our best hope of discovering advanced alien life. Perhaps
we could then finally come together as a world, and see ourselves as
I am not talking about clone animals, I am talking about clone
steaks. Petri dish produced beef and chicken. Imagine a real beef
burger that was never a cow. Never had a brain, never had a nervous
system, never required grazing land, or produced methane. Never hurt
or felt a thing. This technology could replace one of the most
ethically disturbing and environmentally damaging problems our world
faces. The simple fact is that we require a high protein diet, best
provided to us by animal meat. I am not a vegan, but I do understand
and deeply empathise with this problem, and I want a solution.
Cloning is very real, and such meat already exists, it is perfectly
ethical, clean, and disease free. It is even supported by P.E.T.A.
There are many companies working on the process and trying to reduce
costs, including NASA. The world's first cloned meat burger was
cooked and eaten in 2013, and it is estimated that it should be
commercially viable in a decade. Imagine a fast food industry with
absolutely zero animal cruelty. That is a wonderful possibility, and
it can't come fast enough.
on you beautiful scientists. I honour you, and I can't wait to see
the future you are building. In the depth of global environmental
crisis and seemingly endless war, I find hope and happiness knowing
you are out there, doing what you do. You inspire me, and I hope I
can in turn inspire others through my writing.