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Imperial Sigil by Tanna Borrell
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I know I will get in trouble with some people for even contemplating a book that contains any mention of psyonics. The Ghost Chronicles theme is based and propelled in the idea of psyonics. I wrote about this subject because I grew my reading teeth on Andrea Norton and the Suttons. I was both intrigued and interested in the topic. The idea of secular psyonics seems troubling to some people, and I'm not sure why. In the Ghost Chronicles, I wanted to use psyonics to give a secular basis to multiple spiritual topics. I do this to promote a spiritual world view. The first and most important is the eternal state of the spirit and soul. In Ghost, I try to show this duality of spirit and soul. Den, loses his soul and the spirit-soul of Fredrik-Keris is trapped in the body of Den Protania. Den gains the whole of the being and mind of Fredrik-Keris. The soul of Den is gone, but not his mind. Throughout the Ghost Chronicles, Den becomes less and less. Subsumed by the soul and spirit of Fredrik-Keris, while Fredrik-Keris takes on many of the characteristics of the mind of Den Protania. Hopefully not too many of the negative characteristics.
Second, I wanted to promote the oneness of the being of Nata and Den. This spiritual oneness is paralleled in their physical life too. Natana drive this part of their life. That is the character I gave her. You can see the reticence of Den and Fredrik-Keris in this part of their lives with Nata. Nata may be a slightly unusual character for a woman, but I don't think she's that far fetched. She knows what she wants and she gets it. Nata drives unintentionally, Den's flashbacks. She propels his initiative. She moves his sex life. She still hangs back about some things--isn't that interesting.
Third, I wanted to show the dangers and the advantages of a possible far future where psyonics was possible. This is very tightly drawn and very gray in the novels. The Empire, the Reps, the society on Jouray, the society on Acier, each has problems. Each is affected by the psy. The Empire and the Reps are destroyed by it. Jouray is paralyzed by it. Acier has potential, but subjugated it out of fear.
Fourth, with Nikita, there is healing in psyonics. Already we can see how it has helped her and how she used it to help others. This is assumed in the other novels under Natana, but with Nikita you get to see it full on.
You might conclude that pure science fiction requires no research--this is an absolutely wrong idea. Good science fiction requires a basis of the real world with a projection of authentic science overlaying it. If the world does not match the proper sense of the reader, the story is ruined. If the science is not convincing and logical, the unique feel of the future is gone--the novelty of the science part of the fiction has been lost. For me, writing science fiction is like developing a new idea in engineering. I can see it in my mind, and I try to describe both its effects and its design. The research is through constant immersion in engineering and in fiction. This way, the imagined worlds are real and the science comes alive.
The world of the Dragon and the Fox is a projection based on the idea that genetic manipulation was required for humankind to conquer the worlds they discovered when they traveled into space. The genetic manipulation was used to create great doctors, technicians, scientists, and leaders. Eventually the society became moribund and turned into something akin to feudalism--the Human Galactic Empire. Against this backdrop, the Dragon and the Fox fight for honor while their world and civilization is falling around them.
The technology of the Dragon and the Fox is also a projection. All of the concepts described are potential technological solutions. The big idea isn't the technology or the changes to the human species. The big concept is how little technology and human changes have really affected the fabric of human interaction. The one specific change that is very evident in the world of the Dragon and the Fox is the differentiation between men and women. This change in human culture historically reverses itself based on the organization of society and the identification of the differences between men and women. The world of the Dragon and the Fox highlights this differentiation based on the feudal and genetic leadership base of their society. I don't advocate these roles or this type of society--the ideas come out of the question that brought about the world of the Dragon and the Fox.
The End of Honor asks a unique question: what can be the ramifications of personal relationships when they are ultimately based on political ends?
We applaud Prince John-Mark and the Lady Lyral. We applaud their happiness, love, and pleasant agreement. However, this agreement results in the death of John-Mark's father, Lyral herself, and provides the tipping point for the entire Human Galactic Empire. We love the characters. We see the honor in their actions and lives. But when we reflect on the harm they have caused, we wonder if honor is enough. Good intentions and good people are often the cause of much suffering. That is more akin to the theme.
The theme of
Would you be willing to give up everything to attain true honor even if that meant your own degradation, pain, and suffering.
5 May I decided I finished the fist cut of Regia yesterday--yea! I put it together for page count etc. Always painful using the outline mode in Word and I'm always worried about loosing text. The denouncement for Regia will be very surprising and there is still the entire rest of the story to complete. I guess that means another one or two Ghost novels. I am working on the marketing materials after I make another cut on the novel.
27 April Kita has to confront a enormous problem on the ship and with her friend. Nichol is cutting. She is a singer and writer, but Family Trading ships don't need singers and writers. Nichol is a special and a member of the special's girl club--she is Kita's friend. Only Kita knows Nichol is cutting and the reason. A fieldtrip to the surface of the planet Acier by Kita's class brings Nichol's greatest fears to the forefront. Nichol is terrified that the ship will leave her planetside one day. She can't imagine the horror of having to live on a planet like Acier--only dust and sand. Kita confronts Nichol and promises a solution. She loans Nichol her doll Alice--so Nichol will remember not to cut (her promise to Kita).
Now Kita is skipping work, training, cabinwork (homework), eating, and sleeping. She is trying to determine a solution to Nichol's problem. Her adopted mother and father are on Acier for the next seven-days--part of their special project. Just what does Kita have in mind.
25 April Kita has gone from eating garbage to building complex navigational solutions in school. She has a job third shift working as a grease monkey in shuttle maintenance for Master Slate. The last hour of third shift, she gets to train in shuttle with Master Larsen. She can reach the pedals because Master Slate made her a ceriplast extension, and she can see over the glareshield and reach the other controls because Master Slate made her an acceleration pad seat. She just flew Fujin and made a survivor landing. And Den and Natana, her parents, the Captain and First Officer, have no idea. Kita can't imagine how this might be a problem.
Her other problem is Alex. Kita can't stand being around too many people. Crowds and closeness are difficult if not impossible for her. It took a long time for Kita to let Natana, her adopted mother, hold her, and Den doesn't even ask--Kita's distrust of men came directly from Carnival. Alex is the leader of the boys in her class and the bane of her girl's club. Alex has taken a special dislike of Kita. She brings a fancy lunch, target one. She is really smart, target two. Her parents are the Captain and First Officer, target three. She is puny, target four. She is unusually good in soccer, target five. She's the new kid, target six. She's from forward of cargo, target seven. As if Alex needed that many reasons, but he adds more. He eavesdrops at lunch and challenges Kita to a shuttle approach fly off. He and the others have no idea of her special skills or Master Larsen's clandestine training. He's about to find out. All the kids compete in the flyoff. Challenges are encouraged by their teacher, Master Polar. Of course, Kita gets the highest score they've ever seen. Now Alex is really mad.
22 April Nikita has taken the Regia Anglorum by storm. She has her issues, but she is a lovely child. All she wants to do is learn and experience life. She wants to be an astrogator, like Natana, and she wants to fly shuttles, but she can't reach the pedals or the other controls. She can't even see over the glareshield. She is malnourished and has to eat fancy high carb, high protein and fat meals. This sets her apart from the other children. A girl club asks her to join because she is special, and she is special.
16 April I think you will love Kita. She lives on garbage in the streets of Carnival and hides from the creeps and catchers. Her life is enlivened by watching the shuttles land through the spaceport fence and reading the papers Father Benedict leaves for her on the top of his garbage--sometimes he can leave some edible garbage for her. Kita's life is tentative but she is living. Then she feels a mind of unprecedented power and beauty in one of the shuttles--her life is about to change.
9 April I'm starting to flesh out Regia. I want to add a new character--a powerful psyonic girl from a terrible planet. I'm thinking of naming her Nikita - Kita for short. I'm thinking 8 to 10 years old and on her own for a long time. The planet will be egalitarian in the sense of Vance's seminal work Wyst: Alestor 1716. He used the term egalitarian instead of socialistic to not get up the hackles of the current intelligentsia. I don't think I have to worry about that in this day and age. Most today think socialism is not good at all.
4 April I'm still reviewing Cying and Lamb before I start Regia. I like Ghost better every time I go through it. On a side note, I've been imagining how great these novels would be as Manga or Anime. The Goddess novels would make great Manga and Anime too. The same is true for the Dragon and Fox and Ghost. The best would be Children and Warrior. These books kind of lend themselves to Manga with unusual, strong girl main characters, their interaction in school and with others, and supernatural twists. Plus both have an oriental setting for part of the novel and fantastic (literally) oriental characters--Yinglong and the Pheonix.
28 March for those of you who like my SiFi, I'm working on Athelstan Cying and Twilight Lamb with the purpose of finishing Regia Angelorum. This is the Ghost ship chronicles. I hope OakTara picks this series up, otherwise I'll be looking for someone else to publish it and that is always a pain. OakTara is evaluating the Ghost Ship Chronicles for publication--they are a continuation in the far future of the Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox.
16 March I'm incorporating my readers notes and comments into Warrior. The novel is really different and exciting. I will probably work on the secrets for Shadow of Light.
10 March I incorporated my reader's notes into Children. I am waiting to get Warrior back. I can't wait to read it again. Warrior is a really neat novel. I don't want to start another novel yet. Too busy.
28 Feb I'm working on my reader's notes to The Children of Light and Darkness. I have The Goddess's Warrior and The Goddess of Light out to readers.
12 Jan 09 Right now I am working on my readers notes for The Goddess of Darkness. I will be incorporating my readers notes in The Shadow of Darkness and The Shadow of Light next.
I don't know where I will go next. I'm thinking I'll start on Aegypt VII. We shall see.
Length of Novel:
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Keywords and Market Focus:
Science fiction, space, adventure, intrigue, space ships; will appeal to adults and young adults interested in science fiction/adventure
Ghost: Regia Anglorum is a unique novel but the concept is similar to Jack Vance’s To Live Forever or many of Andrea Norton’s mind swap novels.
The continuing adventures of Den and Natana Protania now in their own Family Trader ship: Regia Anglorum.
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Ghost: Regia Anglorum is the third novel in the Ghost series.
The Ghost trilogy is a follow-on from the distant future of the universe introduced in the Chronicles of the Dragon and the Fox.
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