Steven Gamella, “Precursor”
Excerpt from Book 1 of SF Series Precursor, (Page 85)
Andrew stopped looking at the massive broadcast screens and walked into a pharmacy, these contained bottles of pills manufactured by Solation Pharmaceuticals, and on the shelves were the entire repertoire of drugs that Sei Ikkiku and the Pleiadeans had created. There were “smartpills” infused with “smart dust,” tiny, biological computers that linked with a person’s brain and allowed them to learn everything about a certain subject after 24 hours, because the dust remained in a person’s system, so the pills’ effects were permanent. Schools were no longer necessary as a result of these pills, except for Universities and colleges, increasing productivity in youth and letting children of all 135 Imperial races take a full regiment of pills at age 6, learn everything they need to know overnight, and spending their childhood years at Imperial conditioning schools where they learned loyalty to the State, and after age 18 they either attended University if they were rich, joined the Legions if they were not, or were married off to a wealthy family if they were attractive enough young females to wealthy males of their respective species, drastically increasing productivity in society by pharmaceutically eliminating childhood and adolescence, and all the deviance it brought. Any retired veterans from the Legions would be granted a 100,000 Dactyl salary every year for life, guaranteed, and access to a job, housing and social opportunities, all on the government dime to maintain perfect order and societal efficiency. There was a drug called Tranquility that suppressed all emotion, a person, after taking the drug, felt no emotion whatsoever, only pure, unmitigated focus, making the person a perfectly efficient machine at whatever they did by eliminating every human emotion permanently once the drug was started. There were T-cell based gene-enhancement injections that would mix a person’s DNA with that of an animal to grant them super-senses or increase the rate of evolution, making a human being look and act far more advanced to the point where they barely looked human anymore, injections of enhanced blood plasma that would grant any ordinary person superpowers, allowing anyone to launch fire, electricity, water, ice, control other organisms or even other people’s minds, and even teleport by forcing positive genetic mutations. There were nanobot pills that would constantly replenish the body’s energy level, making the need to sleep, eat or go to the bathroom unnecessary, a steady regiment of these pills made a person infinitely more productive as per Imperial law, a full range of steroids that increased muscle and brain function by 300%, tripling a person’s IQ or muscle mass, so that ANYONE could be a genius or a professional athlete, eliminating all “special talent,” there were even virility drugs that kept a person capable of reproducing well into old age, it was not uncommon in this day and age for 85-year old men to father children with their equally-geriatric wives, and this pharmacy was a licensed Regenera Strain distributor, the drug that could create life, revive dead life, and keep life young and attractive forever. All of these drugs had been created by one company, under the rule of one Empire, and if people didn’t use them, they were seen as disloyal and used as test subjects for new drugs, much like any other members of “inferior races.” Shen Ryujin was correct, that science had reversed the effects of the Original Sin, human beings could now be perfect again, thanks to medicine and therefore, according to him, religious morality was no longer necessary. The Troika, the New Gods, maintained all the order necessary in the universe. There was no God, there was no Devil, there was only Mankind, and the Troika were the God-Emperors.
Rationale of Precursor, including material written to date
For as long as Mankind has walked this Earth, he has searched for something more than what lies in front of him, and every individual on Earth, regardless of background, has the same goal and desire: to be truly happy. For every person, however, what makes them happy is always subjective. Some may seek love, true, unfettered love, if such a thing exists, that will release their emotions, like an ancient rain of calmness trapped within a lover’s dream, pouring out of every pore in their bodies with fantasies drops, as they embrace each other for dear life, realizing that for that moment, and for that time, they are the only things in the universe that matter to each other, and once that feeling of being in love resides, love is all that remains; some may seek power, their cathartic voices carried across vast plazas, cities and towns with the force of 21 symphonies, allowing them to meet a vision of God face to face, look him in the eye, and reject him completely. Some seek knowledge, their minds focused solely on knowing what cannot be known, learning what cannot be learned, and seeking the impossible. What it all boils down to is true happiness. Humans, above all else, seek happiness. They seek meaning in their lives, something that gives them a reason to live…but look at this world around us. We live in a world where millions have scarcely anything to eat or drink, more people are living in bondage than there were in the year 1800, where U.N. estimates have calculated that the cost to end world hunger would be no less than $30 billion, well within the yearly budget of the United States military, a world where people live their entire lives not knowing the meaning of the word “happiness.” Why? The very forces that drive society upwards, war, power and struggle, are also destroying it. So, it would seem that society is doomed to succumb to the inevitable demise that awaits all societies, the Egoist Crown, the weight of all society’s flaws upon its head like an Iron Crown of Thorns…but he who thinks that humanity has only one destiny is narrow-minded indeed. The wars we fought, the power won and lost by all the great leaders of history, and the struggle, discourse and strife that has defined human existence, have now given us the tools to end the factional nature that has defined humanity from our very nexus. There will be war. There will be strife, there will be chaos, there will be bloodshed, but just as Europe emerged from the chaos of the first Renaissance as a true Imperial power, so too will the world, and united, the human race will finally break the bounds of Earth and become a truly transcendent, truly immortal society. New challenges will doubtlessly arise, but as a united front, humanity will meet them. Nationalism and race will count for nothing by themselves, as Pantheon Doctrine, the framework that states that in its broadest definition, there is no equality in people, only equality in ideals, dictates that once the natural inequality and differences of individual humans are accepted through the lens of Darwinism, racism will cease to exist, and nationalism will follow racism into the wastebasket of history, people will no longer see themselves as a member of this nation or that nation, but as each a unit in the whole human race. Individual juggernauts, supreme within our own spheres, united as one under an overarching global government. That is the future I see after this New Renaissance, and quite honestly, I cannot wait. Things fall apart…but they always rebuild, and we will soon see exactly what we are capable of building. The series from which the excerpt is derived is an answer to the question: Where are we headed, and where are we bound? And, what good, if any, will come out of all that is happening in the world? The ideas for this 14-volume series originated when I was 10 years old, and ever since then, I have developed the Pantheon Doctrine from using the world as my laboratory. The Doctrine is purely deductive, garnered from 14 years of eavesdropping on people’s conversations in public, following them around and observing them in very casual ways that they hardly notice, such as walking around outside with my headphones in to make it look like I’m listening to music, when in fact I’m listening the the conversation right next to me for information, reading random people’s Facebook posts, personal blogs, looking at their pictures online, and scientifically observing their behaviors and likes, fears, desires, wants and dislikes like a scientist and historian, taking notes and tracking trends. I have been observing both sexes for the past 14 years like this, not caring for social contracts at all, because, as a writer, I feel that I am above them, I have observed both men and women. All of this observation and research has forced me to come to one, logical conclusion: that humankind is severely flawed, not just metaphorically, but biologically, as is every other species. So, in layman’s terms, this series is the ultimate product of 14 years of “creeping” on people, using their habits as test subjects for my own theories and deducing conclusions about society from what I observed in a scientific manner; the result is Pantheon Doctrine, and the companion idea, Cataclysmic Succession, which resulted from a blend of this doctrine with my own deductions about Darwin’s theory of evolution. Pantheon Doctrine is explained in one sentence as: “There are no equal people, just equal ideas.” The doctrine itself is broken up into four pillars, as I have termed them, The Paradox of Self-Sufficiency and Destruction, the Ignorance Complex, the Seven Doctrines of Societal Absurdity, and the Ideology Fields. These ideologies are represented by a drawing of a man, called the Societal Gestalt, with a massive, iron Crown of Thorns upon his head, called the Egoist Crown, standing in front of a Black Sun Rune, an ancient Norwegian symbol of a New Order and New Dawn. The explanation of the Pillars are as follows: The Paradox of Self-Sufficiency and Destruction is defined by a serpent consuming its own tail, encircling a white, five-pointed star with a lightning bolt in the center of it, states that everything is created by the very same forces that destroy it, and vice-versa, a cyclical paradox that pertains to every universe withing the multiverse; the CERN Large Hadron Collider has proven that there are infinitely-many universes, and with the confirmation of the Standard Model of Physics and the Higgs Boson’s discovery proving the Standard Model of Physics correct, we now know that the universal continuum is made up of an infinite number of dimensions where all possible constants are represented, and that every dimension, that is, “alternate universe,” is likely infinitely-present, meaning that the Big Bang is not the beginning of time, but just a phase change, so time, in actuality, had no beginning and really does not exist. Time only exists to us because of our brains’ biological perceptions of the multiverse and the vast distances that accompany it. Thanks to the laws of thermodynamics, namely the first and second laws, involving energy conservation and entropy, tied in with Schrodinger’s Paradox and its connection with Boltzmann’s Constant, the amount of overall energy for conversion into work in the universe never changes, indicating that every universe is an infinitely-existing, but finite-expanse entity that has no beginning and no end, there was no creator and there will be no destroyer, because the First Law of Thermodynamics states that matter is never created, nor destroyed. These principles also explain the diversity of life, there is no mystery, life began as an inevitable result of thermodynamics and the natural interaction between matter and energy, and evolution in the process in which life changes as the universal continuum changes, so that it can continue to survive. Cells began to divide simply because gravity began pulling them apart, allowing for multicellular life to begin, so just by the laws of physics existing, life was inevitable. And, not to mention, the laws of physics created life, so too can they destroy, with massive disasters and cataclysms, such as gamma-ray bursts, asteroid impacts, volcanic eruptions, and even, for example, evolution itself, as the Cambrian Explosion 500 million years ago, and human evolution has shown. Hence, the Serpent Paradox. However, this paradox begs a question, if the universes are always changing, and nothing is ever constant, how can we ever “know” anything? Here lies the next pillar of Pantheon Doctrine, The Ignorance Complex. Represented by an hourglass with two people in profile on each side of it, “ignorance” in this definition is synonymous with Chaos Theory, or the fact that no real order exists in the universe and that everything that happens is a result of some random fluctuation on both the quantum and real level. In that case, The Ignorance Complex actually states that there is no purpose for anything that happens. It just does, and everything in the universe is all just one big stroke of luck and chance, because in the multiverse, all constants must be represented, and more than once, so that means there is another universe just like ours somewhere out there, just in a slightly augmented reality. Think of it like this: I have a deck of 52 cards, and I deal them to three people. There are only a certain number of ways that I can deal these 52 cards, but if I were to deal them an infinite number of times, you would inevitably see the same patterns over and over again, so the Ignorance Complex along with the Serpent Paradox mandates that there MUST be life elsewhere, and if not in this universe, in some other universe!
These two aspects of Pantheon Doctrine have so far dealt with the universal state of being, but very little about humans actually appear here until the second two Pillars, starting with the Seven Doctrines of Societal Absurdity. This Pillar, represented by the Blind Lady Rune, a blindfolded young woman wearing a Jungsturm-Nordsterne ballroom gown with blonde pigtails crucified on a pentagram, declares that there are seven aspects of humanity in society that differentiate humans from other, non-human forms of life. These principles are Law, Emotion, Religion, Sympathy, Greed, Hate and Language. Each one of these principles is either uniquely human or far more developed in humans that it is in any other animal, and they all define human society as what it is…each Doctrine has its own flaw, one that is represented on the Egoist Crown. Law’s biggest flaw is those people who are tasked with enforcing it, the police, are, more often than not, flawed themselves. Police, even though they are in positions of authority, they are only human, and are usually blinded to proper judgment by their own petty judgment, and are often influenced by the droning, dogmatic views of popular culture, which is a lethal pitfall of society. For example, I have given speeches about Pantheon Doctrine and Cataclysmic Succession at my other universities, and immediately, the police get involved, thinking, “Is this kid dangerous?” That is the flaw of Law, the first Doctrine of Absurdity, that law provides a sense of security, when in fact, there is no such thing as “safety” or “security.” I am not safe, just as much as you are not safe…or a police officer is not safe. Just because a law exists does not mean people aren’t going to break it, murder is illegal, but there are still murders every day. Robbery is illegal, but there are still break-ins every day. The point is, no one is truly safe, and we just have to live our lives like we have a million more ahead of us, but also like today is our last day. No one can guarantee anyone’s safety, not you, not I, and certainly not the police. The Egoist Crown is best represented in the paradox of law and security, or, more accurately, lack thereof. Society is self-destructive, yet ironically it is required to exist for modern humans to have a good quality of life. This fact, the fact that human beings cannot be self-sufficient, dooms all societies. The Egoist Crown sits atop the Societal Gestalt’s head, and the weight of the Crown grows over time, until society is crushed under the weight of its own flaws. The nation and people then collapse into anarchy, until a new society can be built…and then the process begins again. Law, and those who enforce it, Police and Soldiers, are, far from being agents of security, they are agents of self-destruction in society. Society is masochistic in that regard, it likes the pain that the Egoist Crown provides, because it gives a sense of security, with the omnipresent police forces and soldiers everywhere. The only way to stop the Egoist Crown is to mobilize and universally disobey those who keep it in place, the police and the soldiers. If millions and millions of people simply stopped listening to the police and people like the National Guard, their power would become meaningless, and unless they resorted to terror to get the masses back in line, which is not likely in a liberal “democracy” like the United States, despite the fact that because of popular culture, American democracy has become a sort of “inverted totalitarian” state where the agent of tyranny is not the state, but the armed civilians with guns and their own violent opinions, power would rest completely in the people’s hands.
The next Doctrine, Emotion, ties directly into this last point. All human beings have two aspects, Reason and Emotion, Freud described them as the Id, the Super-Ego and the Ego, and they exist in a constant state of tension within any human being. The constant detraction from Reason to Emotion is the cause of all crime, the fact that people simply “don’t think.” How many times have you heard a criminal on T.V explain that “I wasn’t thinking straight when I committed the crime?” This is the direct result of the “everyman” concept, the “psychomachia” of every man, the eternal clash between virtue and vice, reason and emotion, and also, though I loathe the two grossly general terms, “good” and “evil.” The major flaw in society here is that emotions, far too often, defeat reason and create some of the worst atrocities in human history, people just don’t think, or they think that they can somehow justify their actions by inventing stories and stretching the truth. This also ties directly into a very common logical fallacy that has doomed many an alibi. People have a curious tendency to think as if someone or something is controlling them, that is, that even though they may be committing terrible acts and crimes, for example, their “pure” essence is somehow untouched by their bodily actions. This is the infamous “Ghost in the Machine” paradox, the fallacy that describes the belief that a human being is two separate entities, a mutable, sinful body, and a pure, diamond-hard, incorruptible soul. Though this belief is rooted in medieval concepts of self and place in a divine hierarchy, people in the 21st-century still fall into this trap. A promiscuous woman might dress in short skirt and tank top, and then tell people something like “I might dress like this, but don’t look at me like an attention whore,” or a compulsive liar might say “I may have stretched the truth every now and then, but I’m no liar.” This paradox is another lethal pitfall in society, and this human tendency to believe silly things leads directly into the biggest Absurdity of all.
The next doctrine, Religion, is a uniquely human trait that is perhaps the most absurd of any human doctrine. From a reasonable, rational standpoint, the idea that some all-knowing being is in control of every single person’s destiny with no proof that he, she, it, whatever IT is exists is nothing short of a mental illness. I think Bertrand Russell, quoted by men such as Richard Dawkins, Vic Stenger, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Stephen Fry, Stephen Hawking, David Attenborough, George Carlin and many other atheist and secular thinkers described the phenomenon of “religious delusions” very well. Russell stated that “there is a teapot, too small to be detected, orbiting between Earth and Mars, and I have seen irrevocable proof that it exists.” This famous “Russell’s Teapot” analogy is a good example of the effect of religion on a population. Anyone can say anything exists, as long as they give a convincing story for existence, validity of the story and the burden of proof notwithstanding, this is the whole concept behind lying, and more specifically the “Big Lie,” or a story that, despite the fact that it is so distorted and ridiculous, it is believed by millions because people hear it ad nauseum and eventually take it as the gospel truth. This is the premise behind the Bible. To say that the Bible is the absolute truth simply because the book says that God commanded humans to follow it as law is the same thing as saying that the teapot exists because I say it does. The Bible is the ultimate Big Lie, and one that has been seen as truth for far too long. It is in the same class as Hitler’s Big Lie or Mussolini’s Fascist doctrines. So then, why is anyone who believes in the literal existence of Russell’s Teapot or Hitler’s lies labeled as a psychopath, hatemonger and a childish fool, but it is perfectly acceptable and condoned to believe in an almighty God in Heaven and an ultimate evil in Hell controlling the fates of mankind, despite the fact that the Big Lie of Christianity has killed more people over the centuries that all other wars and dictatorships combined? Pantheon Doctrine does not seek to answer this question, it seeks to simply ignore mainstream faith altogether. Arthur C. Clarke, in his landmark book “Childhood’s End,” stated, through his alien character Karellen, that the best way to destroy a belief is to simply stop believing in it. Pantheon Doctrine will be the ideological framework for this new society, and millions of other contrarians will likely agree that some alternative to the established society must be founded to challenge it on nearly everything. Pantheon Doctrine is that answer. Pantheon Doctrine chooses not to blend with people it sees as incapable of understanding or identifying with its practitioners. Pantheon Doctrine is also NOT a religion! It is a secular doctrine that blends some pre-Christian religious themes and pagan symbols with cold, hard, unbiased, true scientific and historical facts and theories, and interpretations of those facts, as well as simple deductions about people based off of observations of people in society. A Pantheon follower sees humans as tools from which to learn, they see all of humanity and the world in general as a living laboratory, with every human being existing as a test subject with which to test the Pantheon follower’s psychological machinations on, without the subject even knowing that they are being studied…Pantheon followers must be self-sufficient and very good a deductions, and not care about typical society’s expectations at all. I fit that description, and I plan on rallying other people with a similar mindset to do the same, and begin a counter-normalcy culture movement, to defy and change the societal perceptions between “normal” and “strange.” Therefore, Pantheon falls outside of any religion or creed, but shares some parallels with Universalism, except Pantheon states total inequality, rather than equality for all people, but states that all ideals are equal.
The next Doctrine, Sympathy, ties into Religion in the fact that most faiths teach us to be sympathetic, but far more often, a human flaw emerges that blinds us to the sympathy we are all capable of showing, Greed and Hate. These three Doctrines, Sympathy, Greed and Hate are tied together by a common theme, the theme of manners and societal expectations. The human flaws of Greed and Hate often make true sympathy impossible, and therefore not expected. Greed and Hate are by-products of human consciousness, and this is best exemplified with the Technology/Environment Cycle. As per natural selection, the environment influences evolution, and the organisms in any given ecosystem evolve to keep up with the change. However, when we put humans into the equation, our consciousness allows us to invent technology to alter the environment. Humans become an agent of change on Earth and in the Universe, and as the technology changes the environment, so too does the environment change technology. An example of this is the “green” movement, which is a response to our fossil fuel burning changing the climate, and the environmental change driving the need for new technology. This cycle defines human interaction with the environment on Earth, but because of our need to consume and desire to obtain more and more than we actually need (greed, and necessity,) and our natural tendency to compete, see others as inferior and covet things that others have, (envy and hate), true, long-term sympathy and understanding is impossible, therefore, human equality is not just impossible, it is biologically and scientifically unrealistic and wrong. Humans, because of their basic biological instincts, will not and cannot understand others or be aware of others’ difficulties without being nurtured in that direction. Pantheon does not give people the benefit of the doubt, based on biological evidence and scientific, sociological principles, it is completely nurture over nature, it does not believe in “good people.” People aren’t “good” unless they are taught to be good by some other entity. It does not have to be religion, as a matter of fact, Pantheon discourages the use of religion to teach morality, based on religion’s historical propensity to commit mass genocide and preach hate, intolerance for all ideals and war. Rather, true morality can only come from self-sufficiency and good parental guidance as a child. Greed and Hate are the two Doctrines that make Sympathy Doctrine impossible. The final doctrine, Language, is critical to understanding human perceptions of what is “normal” and what is “strange.” Take, for example, the following quote from one of my rough drafts:
“Surely, the world is mad! No, you say, there must be a mistake, for there are flaws everywhere. Yet at once, there is finally peace and serenity in this world gone mad and humanity is in the midst of the true Renaissance, not that brief lull in the medieval drama that teased us with the false hope of enlightenment in the 16th century. The question, however, is how this world came into being. ‘This world,’ in my own words, is not referring to the Earth itself, but this particular reality that has swept the Northern Union realm during the first decade of the 22nd century. The answer to all madness lays in something so simple yet so profound, that only the most brilliant or the simplest of individuals can see the truth. The root of our New Enlightenment lies in words and words alone. ‘Words’ are an arbitrary concept, just a sequence of letters, symbols or characters implied to mean something because someone says it does. Where, however, does this meaning’s origin lie? My contemporaries, such as my colleague Antonio Marduk and my fiancée, Helena Morgendorfer, both extraordinarily talented writers and animators, like to argue about which takes precedent in written and visual forms of media: style or content. In this argument, I side with Antonio; even though Helena gets annoyed when I correct her, she cannot be right all the time. To see why Antonio’s emphasis on style is of far greater importance than the content of any work, one must simply look in the dictionary at the definitions of “style” and “content.” To “style” a piece is to arrange the words or images into a form understandable and enjoyable by an audience, but “content” is, by definition, something contained by something else, like a person getting into their robotic maglev car, the person becomes the car’s content. This, in actuality, means that content is just a by-product of style, content is contained within the vessel of style in any form of literature, which is in turn a by-product of words, derived from arbitrary meanings associated with symbols and characters used to form sounds. Words by themselves, of course, have no meaning. Suppose I write this word: “cat.” Three letters, c-a-t. By itself, the word means nothing because there is no additional content to give the word meaning, no adjectives to describe the noun. If I wrote “furry cat,” or “sleepy cat” or “meowing cat,” the cat is now being placed within the context of another word, another sequence of symbols. The first two cats are being described by adjectives, telling us something about the cat in question, and the third cat is being described by an adverb, a verb that describes the cat’s actions. Also, the arrangement of words and phrases matters too, these three cats are THREE cats; as far as we know, we do not know if this is one cat being described twice and then meowing, or three separate cats doing three separate things. To express the idea through a crystal-clear lens, we would write: “The furry, sleepy cat meowed loudly when the dog stepped on its tail.” This is a perfectly good sentence. It places the cat and an additional subject, a dog, into context, there is one cat being described twice and doing something once, with an adjective describing the adverb, “meowed loudly.” The tense of the adverb has changed, but the meaning is still understood as to be the sound that a cat makes when its tail is stepped on by a clumsy dog. The meow is the same, just in a different temporal alignment with the rest of the sentence. This basis, the idea that all language and all aspects of it are pure perception of human minds and consciousness is the basis for all order and communication, and the very central part of what makes us human. Human…indeed, but, of course, one knows that humanity is capable of much darker, stronger, more irrational things than simply writing about some clumsy mutt tripping over a fat, lazy housecat’s tail. This is the root of all madness. This is where the human zeitgeist, every ideology that has ever been postulated by mankind, originates, and from there, we get every aspect of society we see in the 22nd century. I, an Inheritor degree holder and one of the youngest men ever to hold such an honor, have embraced not one, but all ideologies, as has the government of the Northern Union. This is Pantheon. Pantheon’s most basic teachings can be seen if I revisit the meowing cat and the clumsy dog again. The sentence about the cat and dog is perceived by readers with a sense of “normalcy.” The image of a housecat and a dog in clumsy, awkward interaction is something anyone who has spent time around cats and dogs has seen and can remember. However, this is the way of the Old Society, before the Real Renaissance that began with the ascension of Cassandra I to the position of Gothic Empress. Pantheon would state that a sentence like “The seafaring sled-dog tripped over the cat’s tail, thinking it was a banana peel” is just as acceptable as “The furry, sleepy cat meowed loudly when the dog stepped on its tail,” because it just operates on a different logic, it doesn’t make the typical sentence ‘better’ or ‘righter’ than the atypical one, even though the sled-dog mistaking a cat’s tail for a banana peel is something that goes far beyond the acceptable boundaries set by society on that sentence, because it is not “normal.” Pantheon DOES NOT CARE FOR THE OLD SOCIETY’S CONCEPTS OF NORMALCY IN THE PUBLIC SPHERE. The Northern Union has built a New Order, one on which the crucible of normalcy has been snapped and torn asunder. Those pretentious, narrow-minded fools tell us to ‘blend’ with society. Pathetic. We have chosen to ignore societal concepts of normalcy, and not just ignore them, tear them down and build a new Zeitgeist in its place, a society where there is no delineation between “normal” and “abnormal,” no societal judgment on “insane” or “sane.” The word “Pantheon” comes from the Greek phrase “all knowledge,” or “all gods,” and that is what I preach. All knowledge is equal; there is no “good” and “bad” knowledge, only inferior and superior people. Empress Cassandra gave this speech once, and she is right in every sense of the word. There is no good and evil. There is no God, there is no Devil; there is only Mankind and the ideologies he portrays through 4 philosophies, central to Pantheon thought: The Serpent Paradox of Self, the Know-Nothing Complex, the Seven Doctrines of Absurdity, and the Gestalt Fields. Each one of these encompasses the entire human knowledge base. We are Pantheon, the Immortal Legion, Divided by Zero, God’s creators and His destroyers, and together, we stand on guard for a New Order, an era of order and peace…”
This quote, from one of the original rough drafts for “Precursor,” exemplifies Language doctrine. Words have no meaning unless we give them meaning, they are completely arbitrary. So, there is no such thing as “insanity;” insanity is only what we say it is, as is anything. In that case, doesn’t that make us all “insane,” by Webster’s definition of the word? (Not understanding reality, because reality does not exist unless we say it does?) This is the very basis behind society. It is only a construct and a concept, not an actual entity, just like currency and stock markets, there is no standard on which to base our concepts of society. I have been questioned by police at least 7 times because of this ideology, because I KNOW that society really doesn’t exist, just like money really doesn’t exist, but as long as the few elites in power say it does, however, it will continue to be a factor in guiding our lives, however unjustly. As powerful as they are, police and their employers are NOT the Thought Police, and they have no business in Hell telling me that I cannot write a book or express myself. I respond to my questioning officers with this: Police forces of the world, in all countries, need I remind YOU that society is only a construct, it only exists because of purely abstract, artificial concepts and the desires of the uneducated masses. Your power is only an illusion created by the farce of law and the financially-connected power elite, whose hold on people, as we know from history, is very tenuous indeed…
Finally, we have “Cataclysmic Succession.” In my research of the natural world along with humanity’s behavior, I have observed many fossils in museums and in books and take a very keen interest in the late Pleistocene-Early Holocene wildlife extinctions, and have been formulating a theory that would potentially allow the world to discover the identity of all life on Earth, living or extinct. I have noticed that after the five major mass extinctions in Earth’s history, the rate of evolution accelerated to fill in the open niches, without any known catalyst, aside from the very driving force behind all evolution, the changing environment. What is missing was the exact reason why the gene mutated; science had long tried to justify that with chaos and the laws of probability, but Pantheon Doctrine, the philosophy of all existence and knowledge having a purpose to the environment and a genesis point from some scientific, natural, rather than supernatural force, human or otherwise, stated that all occurrences in the universe, or any other universes in the infinite multiverse, happen because of energy variations. My theory states that after a cataclysm, be it a natural one such as a plague, bolide impact, atmospheric composition change, Ice Age, super-eruption, radical climate shift, cosmic gamma ray burst, or a man-made one, such as a nuclear war or habitat destruction, vast amounts of species go extinct. The definition of “cataclysm” is open to interpretation, as well; the Cambrian Explosion probably destroyed entire phyla of primitive life, paving the way for complex life about 500 million years ago. For about a million years after the cataclysm, the rate of genetic mutations increases dramatically, and an explosion of new life arises to take the place of the previous age. Eventually, the rate of evolution slowed down to normal levels, but eventually, the biosphere became too crowded and too specialized, and another cataclysm wiped the slate clean, beginning the cycle again, because the biosphere’s evolutionary flaws became too uniform and too broad, the level of diversity petered out to where the biosphere was ripe for extinction. The mechanism behind this rapid change was the cataclysm itself; disasters were mutagens, in the same way that radiation and gene errors were, and the disasters, through physiological and psychological effects on the survivors, caused mutations and gene errors that allowed for evolution to happen, therefore, species never actually go extinct, they just are modified by the environment, which would allow me to trace the DNA of any organism that has ever existed…and even clone it, destroy it or enhance it, even create an entirely new organism, all from simple organic chemicals and genes. So what does this all mean? In all this chaos, all this uncertainty, all this nonsense that we call “existence,” what are the constants, the cogs that drive the upward march of human evolution? The answer? War, Struggle and Power. Humans are, by nature, an aggressive species, our desire to conquer knows only the bounds of its current time period.
So, extrapolating our own evolution onto the universe, it wasn’t so much of a stretch, given the perfect storm of circumstances, to see a grand future world through my lens, a lens of One God, One Law, One World Order. The definition of “God” is simply an entity on a higher level than ordinary Man, or a force that resides in sublimity, something beyond human control or understanding. It does not have to be supernatural. My character, Supreme Pontifex Alexander Arditi, the Emperor of this grand new world and Head of the State, has created a multiracial society stretching over a third of the known universe that acts as guardian of a millennial future, where he is the One God, under Pantheon Doctrine and Cataclysmic Succession. I leave you with that message, readers as you take a trip into my mind and my world, where we have a glimpse of just what humanity could become if we simply cast off our artificial societal constructs.
Though this work is 14 volumes long and completely original, nobody writes in a vacuum. Various science fiction tropes found in various other sources are used in this text, to help answer the basic epistemological and philosophical questions the text asks: What are the limits of science and faith, where is society headed as a collective, and how much can actually be known? Faith and science, two eternal rivals, have never truly coexisted, and various groups of individuals throughout history, from the Nazis to the Catholic Church, have weighed in on the debate. Science seeks to answer questions based on observable evidence and proven facts, whereas religious people do not seek answers to these questions, but trust in their faith in God to answer all questions for them, aside from religious apologetics, who try to justify their faith with concrete evidence. These two polar opposite philosophies have clashed many times in history since Galileo’s Inquisition trial, and this is going to continue far into the future. In this excerpt and the overall text itself, the claim is clear: There must be an even balance in ideologies for society to prosper, too much faith is a detriment to society, but so is too much fact without moral guidance. The text puts forth an ideology called “Pantheon Doctrine” that states that, in its most basic definition, the world cannot achieve true peace without unification, and that unification must come from a “One World Pantheon” where all ideologies are seen as equal, but science and religion must be kept separate. That means that religious apologetics, those that try to justify religious beliefs with science, are enemies of the State, and are quickly and decisively dealt with, as mentioned in Chapter 6 of Book 1, where the character Victoria O’Brien mentions the “Great Purge” after the end of the Great Sinh (pronounced “shin”) War 700,000 years before, where all apologetics, and others that the genetically-augmented and immortal Troika saw as useless to the new society, such as homosexuals, given the fact that they cannot reproduce during sexual intercourse were eradicated, and a firm, undeniable dividing line was ensconced between faith and fact.
The result of this application, however, is the first and most blatant trope displayed in the book: dystopian realities. The drugs introduced by Sei Ikkiku, the CEO of the Pleiadean-owned Solation Pharmaceutical Corporation, have given the government the ability to limit and even prevent emotional responses from millions of people, remove their childhood, their memories, their basic biological functions and their very mortality, and in many respects, their very humanity. The 135 Imperial Races have no free will of their own anymore, they are completely dependent on the Troika and the safety and security these three leaders provide. Their ideology is the Troika’s ideology, there is no dissent, no discourse, no questions asked. Dystopian realities are a very common trope, and to create this dystopian world, the series uses three other sources from SF and various historical examples, such as the Holocaust, Imperial Europe, Stalin-era Russia and Nazi Germany, along with many original ideas to create one of the most dystopian political worlds ever seen, according to some of the people on various blogs who have read the description. The three SF sources, 1984, Elfen Lied and Equilibrium, all deal with various representations of dystopian realities, 1984, famously written by George Orwell, described a State where the needs and selfishness of the individual appeared as nothing, and an overarching government, known as “Big Brother,” controlled every aspect of society, right down to a person’s thoughts. In Precursor, the government is completely totalitarian and uses the Solation Pharmaceutical drugs to enforce its will, but also possesses something called the “Eta Carinae High Council,” a group of Pleiadeans, a race of all-female humanoids living in a completely matriarchal society, that use their telekinesis to keep a “thought database” of every citizen in the Empire in the Pleiadean archives on Alcyone, their home planet in the Pleiades Cluster. As in 1984, privacy does not exist, everything, down to a person’s thoughts, in completely public and accessible by government officials, and I demonstrate just how easy it is to find information even now, by looking up people’s profiles on the Internet and scanning them for useful information by simply writing this series, as explained in an 8-page rationale at the start of the first book. The Empire also uses propaganda and “spin” to create a completely fabricated mythos, rewriting the histories of all 135 Imperial Races as the Troika saw fit, for example, the “Martyrdom of Sakura Morgendorfer” is an official story that stated that a young woman named Sakura became so enthralled by the Troika’s power and might that she dressed in a gaudy, black-and white dress ballroom dress style called “Jungsturm-Nordsterne,” blindfolded herself and crucified herself on a pentagram as a sacrifice to the Troika, therefore granting them immortality and allowing the Empire to prosper for eternity. The truth, however, was that Sakura Morgendorfer, far from being a Messiah or Virgin Mary-type figure, was actually a pretty blonde-haired girl that one of the Troika was in love with before the rise of the Empire. She was murdered by the dean of her college, who, unfortunately, believed in a pagan philosophy that demanded human sacrifice, and wracked with grief, the one leader, Alexander Arditi, decided to publish the Pantheon Doctrine, just as the Seras, an advanced alien society, arrived on Earth. Arditi and the other two members of the Troika then used the alien technology to augment themselves and become immortal. The “Martyrdom” is a complete lie, but one that has become a huge facet of the Imperial mythos.
Elfen Lied, a Japanese sci-fi anime series, depicts a genetically-augmented humanoid escaping from a laboratory, befriending a Japanese high school student and trying to avoid being recaptured by the Japanese government, given the fact that the humanoid, called a “Diclonius,” is extremely aggressive and dangerous when provoked. The student names the humanoid “Lucy,” and teaches her that people are not all bad, despite being tortured by scientific experiments her whole life. In Precursor, experimentation on people is a fact of life in the Empire, and occasionally, tens of thousands of people will die in a massive experiment gone wrong, such as the Enma-O Incident, where a government fertility experiment, conducted by Headminister of Science and eugenicist Shen Ryujin, resulted in the rape and termination of 30,000 test subjects aboard the research vessel Nuzak Spire. The Empire, however, simply chalked those deaths up to “necessary losses,” and declared that science demanded sacrifice for the greater good. Morality, the concepts of “right” and “wrong” and justice in any form are completely absent, as long as Solation Pharmaceutical Corporation makes a profit and technology is advanced by the Empire.
The third source, Equilibrium, a science-fiction movie where a Fascist government has eliminated all emotion with a drug called “Prozium,” is parallel with the drug “Tranquility” in Precursor, but the methods in which the two governments use the drug are different, in Equilibrium, the government mandates that everyone take the drug to keep them under government control and eliminate the desire to rebel. In Precursor, the drug is placed on the market in pharmacies, encouraging users to eliminate their emotions and increase personal efficiency by a huge margin, eliminating frivolous emotional responses and streamlining society into a “perfectly efficient bureaucracy,” as George Orwell described “Oceania” in 1984. It is not mandatory that citizens take Tranquility, but it is mandatory that citizens take at least some of the Solation Pharmaceutical drugs as part of “civic duties,” to prove loyalty to the State, and many of the side effects of these drugs are not pleasant, though their intended effects border on magic.
The historical events that inspired the Empire in Precursor are too many to list in entirety, but the Holocaust, namely the Nazi Lebensborn experiments, the collectivized dictatorships of Maoist China, Stalinist Russia and North Korea, and the politics of the 19th and 20th-century Empires, such as Japan, Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Russia all factor in more than the others.
The second major SF trope used in Precursor is vast planetary environments. Several sources come to mind here, such as Frank Herbert’s Dune, Joan Sonslowski’s “A Door into Ocean,” and George Lucas’ Star Wars. In Dune, the action is largely confined to one planet, Arrakis, and the culture of that planet is the sole focus of the world-building throughout the novel. The same is true for “A Door into Ocean,” but the planet is oceanic, not desert, though both Herbert and Sonslowski mention other worlds in their novels and Dune begins on another world, other than Arrakis. “Star Wars,” on the other hand, deals with many different worlds, but the world-building is not as detailed except on the major worlds, on account of the larger variety of environments. The “Star Wars” planets are generally simple tropes, yet wonderful environments all the same, such as the “desert planet” for “Tatooine,” which was directly influenced by Arrakis in Dune, right down to the crime lords, spice chewing and slave concubines; all are present on both Tatooine and Arrakis. There’s also a “water planet,” the planet “Kamino” in Star Wars is the site of the cloning facilities that created the Imperial Stormtrooper Corps, which was a strong reference to Sonslowski’s planet “Shora,” in “A Door into Ocean.” The Kaminoans even look a bit like over-exaggerated Sharers from Sonslowski’s book.
Precursor’s planetary environments fall within a balance of these two extremes, there are multiple planets in the story; Alcyone, Valhalla, Arcana II, Lilliana V, Kraid, Stronghold, Earth and Malalaklese II, just to name a few of the major ones, but the majority of the action takes place on these planets only and in space on huge space colonies; there are multiple worlds, but they are few enough in number so that they can be extensively built up over the course of the story. The planets follow the Star Wars-type tropes, Arcana II is mostly an “ice planet,” while Lilliana V is a “tropical water planet,” and Malalaklese II is a straight-up “tropical planet” with a very dark secret. The environments, however, are much more detailed than simple descriptions, however, Arcana II is known for its cold weather, its dark elegance inspired by Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” its nightlife, its affluence and its bizarre cult-worship of one of the main characters, a socialite named Ai Takada, for her “odd” powers and her dazzling electronic dance shows at the huge resort spa she owns, a hot-spring bathhouse/resort complex built into a volcanic field called the “Midnight Sun.” Lilliana V is known as an idyllic paradise world, with a global, shallow, pristine lake bubbling up from the aqueous planet core, the planet is covered in a carpet of water lilies, which bloom a crimson red in the summer, staining huge swaths of the planet a pinkish-red hue when viewed from space, dotted with floating cities, huge yachts, and other amenities that suggest a very high style of living.
In all, Precursor is a work of epic science fiction that seeks to not only entertain, but answer a major philosophical question and state a personal philosophy: Where are we headed as a society, and what good can come of humanity existing? The book is a statement of personal philosophy; one that that states that our society can only succeed and prevent its own destruction by openly defying and mass-resisting societal norms, while still operating within legal limits; I’m not technically breaking any laws by writing this book, but by defying every societal norm and social contract I can think of with this book, it still makes everyone around me wherever I go extremely uncomfortable and causes a great deal of worry and suspicion amongst anyone who has read the drafts, but doesn’t understand their true meaning. Some of the scenes are so depraved, graphic or inappropriate that I have already been investigated by police multiple times, and only 2 of the 14 books are finished. As long as I don’t actually break the law, thought, the police can’t do anything, and they know this, so it just makes them extremely angry and annoyed; I’ve been labeled as an “intellectual deviant” in several police officers’ own words.
Starting with the book itself, the format is the first method which the text uses to convey this message, the novel is written in narrative prose, which is an effective method to convey meaning in a story, rather than engage the audience directly. The book uses this style to describe vast worlds and ethereal dreamscapes, for example the descriptions of the planets Valhalla and Alcyone, while at the same time using evocative language to create a very vivid image of the settings and events in the reader’s mind, while at the same time making metaphoric and allegorical references to many different ideological clashes, from Marxism vs. Capitalism to nationalism vs. multiculturalism and ethnic paranoia. It is, in many ways, much like a work of 19th-century literature, as the majority of classics, written by authors like Tolstoy, Poe and Shelley, used narrative prose when they wanted their entire book to convey a deeper meaning than what face value gave, and my novel does the same. The book is not intended solely for entertainment, but to make a very distinct set of points about the world through the lens of a novel. The book is part manifesto, part sci-fi novel. Even though the style accomplishes everything it’s supposed to do, the general public might see it as dull and detached, because most other books in the modern era actively try to engage the audience, especially in the science fiction genre, whereas mine, while well-developed and will all the hallmarks of good sci-fi, is written in a style that hasn’t been popular since the early 20th century. Critics may love this departure from the norm, because most book critics crave to see an author break the rules purposefully in the interest of writing a uniquer and better story, but most people aren’t interested in reading that deeply into a work of fiction, especially if the work contains scenes as depraved as mine and a sinister ideological undertone that would probably be seen as akin to mass brainwashing by society at large. To make a long story short, this book might very well get critical acclaim, but finding an audience with a open enough mind to understand what I’m trying to say and actually engage in civil discourse about the messages in the book at this point in time is going to be very difficult. Honestly and realistically, I’m more likely to be questioned by police every week, find myself as a permanent fixture on U.S. government “person of interest” lists and banned book lists and seen with a very high level of concern and suspicion wherever I go for the rest of my life when I publish this than to become the next Suzanne Collins, author of the “Hunger Games” series, or George Lucas, director of the “Star Wars” films. I’ll be horrifically misunderstood and shunned by everyone until the day I die, but by this point I am used to it, and it’s a risk I’m willing to take, because I really don’t care about societal norms. I do what I want because it works, even if it is not what “normal” or “typical” people do. Quite often, it is the exact opposite of what is considered “normal,” but I have still achieved every goal I’ve set out to do in life so far, except for making friends or getting a girlfriend. This book is just another demonstration of that “screw people’s twisted ideals of normalcy” attitude that I’ve had my whole life. So, the format, a narrative prose novel, justifies my book’s purpose, not just a means of entertainment, but a political statement and a statement of personal philosophy, and adds to the theme of non-conformity by deviating from the modern popular norm in sci-fi writing style to a more antiquated one, resembling more of an H.G. Wells or Arthur C. Clarke story than a modern pulp story like Star Wars or The Hunger Games.
The key features of this series, in keeping with its purpose, are that it is not just purely meant to entertain, it has a very distinct message. There is an 8-page invocation essay, stating a personal philosophy for writing the book at the beginning of the first volume as a prologue, and every character represents some form of ideology in conflict or agreement with another character. For example, the Troika of Emperors is representative of Fascism taken to the extreme, with the excerpt provided showing the results of the complete lack of morality in the Empire’s government. This comes into direct conflict with Pleiadean Queen Sei Ikkiku, who represents enlightened despotism and an abhorrence of wanton cruelty and pointless destruction. These four characters are the main governing figures throughout the first couple of volumes, named Alexander Arditi, Antonio Marduk, Sylvain Anteon and Sei Ikkiku, and all four have very sharp personality contrasts. Sei Ikkiku, the Pleiadean Queen, CEO of Solation Pharmaceutical Corporation and one of the Imperial Grand Dukes, is, for the most part, directly responsible for the drugs in the excerpt, but at the authorization of the Troika, so the ultimate burden of responsibility lies with the supreme leaders of the government. Sei is from an all-female race of humanoids on Alcyone that have a very conservative approach to showing emotion, they are Machiavellian to the core and do not care about any obstacles, moral, ideological or physical, to obtaining knowledge. Therefore, Sei’s pharmaceutical company does not care or show any empathy at all towards society, as long as she learns something and the Pleiadean Archives of Knowledge are expanded at the end of the day. This includes producing and distributing drugs with a high risk of lethal side effects and calling any deaths from the product “necessary losses for the advancement of science,” completely altering the very nature of human life to where “super-race” augmented humans are the only legal form of humanity, everyone uses some of Solation Pharmaceuticals’ drugs in some form as mandated by law, and those that do not use them are seen as inferiors and killed outright, or used as test guinea pigs for new drugs in experiments worse than torture…all in the name of science and making a profit. In other words, the Pleiadeans are Machiavellian geniuses that are based directly off of the legend of Lesbos from Greek epics, but they have a very strong sense of justice and are the only Imperial Race that has the authority to challenge the Troika on anything, and the Pleiadeans regularly do so, especially in regards to the Troika’s utter detachment from the Imperial citizens and unwillingness to pursue any goal that is not in the their own self-interest.
If the Pleiadeans are enlightened despots, then The Troika, however, are the quintessential tyrant overlords. They are brutally iron-handed and have achieved what every dictator before them has only dreamed of: total domination and immortality, thanks to the Regenera Strain drug. They are also completely uncaring for the “selfish, worthless needs” of the individual, surrounding themselves with a plethora of Guard troops, namely the Indiction Guard, a cult of 82 genetically-augmented “wizards,” the White Order on Arcana II, the Pleiadean Ordo Sororitas Praetorium, the Sigtyr Nokturnal Mortum Kvlt assassins, and a 24-member Inner Sanctum, consisting of the 24 Grand Dukes of the various Imperial sectors. This group of aristocracy surrounding the Troika is directly above the Imperial Pantheon, the appointed Imperial Senate and main governing body of the Empire. The Legions, the vast, marching, spacefaring military force, keep the Empire’s millions of galaxies and holdings secure with their huge fleets of Odin-class capital ships, huge, armed space colonies the size of the Russian Empire on Earth. Thus, the Empire is much like many other galactic civilizations seen in other sci-fi stories, but much, much larger.
These two character examples demonstrate that character interaction and dialogue all serve to advance the purpose of the book, not just the plot, and even though each character is unique in appearance and personality, many of the Imperial nobility resemble genetically-augmented Elegant Gothic-Renaissance nobility in their outfits and style of dress, referred to as “Jungsturm-Nordsterne,” meant to reflect a culture of lordly privilege over 1/3 of the known universe, they all fall into two camps: “Conformist characters,” ones that like the Empire or are otherwise content with it, and “nonconformist characters,” those that want the long-standing social and political order to change. Each character’s wants and desires all reflect where they stand on the issues and events in the story, but the dichotomy between conformist and nonconformist is not always so black and white. Characters occasionally switch sides, some non-conformists will dress in a conformist style and vice-versa, various individual cultures between the Imperial races will occasionally produce anomalies, such as Pleiadean Queen Sei Ikkiku, a nonconformist character, wearing an Imperial aristocracy dress but in a different style called “Ethereal Aristocracy” to distance herself from the Empire she is so discontent with, and so on and so forth. Despite the anomalies from character to character, the characters all fall into the conformist or non-conformist camp. These quirks and idiosyncrasies only serve to make each character more memorable and give them more dimension, characters that do not provoke any thought beyond a simple black and white dichotomy do not usually stick with readers.
There are, however, two characters that distort this trend so much that it is fair to say that they, from a literary perspective, are the most standout characters in the series. They are Andrew Eisenheim, the Hand of Fate, and Asaga Kanagashima III, a rival, rogue Emperor opposed to the Troika. Eisenheim is, by the literary definition, a protagonist, he is a young time traveler from the 19th century and therefore not from this fictional universe, the problem he faces is that he must choose a side; however, he has a distinct advantage. He knows that all of this is going to happen before it does, because he is actually a prophesied individual known as the Hand of Fate, whose arrival would supposedly herald the “Second Indiction,” a time of great upheaval foretold by the Troika and the Indiction Guard. He, in his own time period, wrote his predictions down in a massive encyclopedia called “Egoist Crown: A History,” and built a time machine to prove that his predictions were true by traveling into the far future, and in a clever reference to H.G. Wells, ends up fulfilling the prophecy by arriving on Earth in a post-industrial age. Eisenheim uses his knowledge of the time period to fulfill his destiny as the Hand of Fate, the one man who will decide the fate of the Empire and all who live in it.
His arrival largely coincides with the emergence of a very grave threat to everyone in the Empire, both conformist and non-conformist characters alike: Asaga Asoka Kanagashima III, a psychotic genius whom, having been kicked out of the Imperial military academy for a hideous crime stemming from an equally hideous upbringing, Kanagashima creates a rival faction for the Troika, called the Aokigahara Ascendancy, raises an enormous Imperial Navy of his own, using alien technology from an ancient race known only to the Pleiadean Archives as “The Great Precursors,” all while trying to enact a grand plan that Kanagashima calls “Eisenwolfe-Lichtbringer,” literally “Ironwolf Lightbringer,” this scheme involves plunging the Universe into civil war, a graphically-detailed Rape-Holocaust against women and girls in huge planetwide concentration camps built on planets that the Ascendancy fleets conquer, and searching for Great Precursor ruins at the request of a mysterious group of humanoids called “Rangers” on Malalaklese II, these humanoid creatures are vicious and nearly invincible in combat, they occupy an otherwise tranquil paradise world, its idyllic nature concealing the threat in a very innocuous kind of way. The Rangers and Kanagashima are the main leaders of the Ascendancy, and more than anything else, this faction is what gets the cops called on me when people see that I’m writing about such horrific crimes that the Ascendancy commits, from the Rape-Holocaust to the Oumi Academy Massacre; between that character’s actions and the overall purpose of the book, this whole series is a very difficult and disturbing pill for most people to swallow, one that most people would not want living next door to them if they were raising a family with young children, or something like that.
Though the imagery, such as the planetary environments, the truly breathtaking size and scope of the battle scenes, the setting, the year 803,000 A.D and the action taking place in 1/3 of the known Universe, the narrative prose style and evocative language used to describe key events in the book all play a role in the overall world-building, it is the characters and development of those characters that truly exemplify the point and purpose of the story.
So, when it gets right down to it, Precursor represents a long-held dream of mine, and a deep desire stemming from the very point that I opened this rationale with: All human beings seek happiness. I have spent the last 14 years developing this story, these characters, these tropes, and these plot lines, and this, after 1,024 rough drafts, this is the final realization of that goal. I have let this book develop in place of social relationships and romantic relationships, spending every hour of my downtime in my room writing or observing people and nature for ideas, and just trying to make sense of it all. I don’t care what society thinks. I don’t care what anyone thinks. I care what I think, and I’m going to write whatever I want, because I feel that someone has to say something even if it is unpopular, and besides, I feel that this book will be shedding light on questions that people are too afraid to ask, questions that those in power have feared would jeopardize their status quo. I live in the United States, a country where I know that I am committing no crime by writing this story, despite its nonconformity and extreme avant-garde, almost revolutionary and rebellious overtones, and I, honestly, think I’m doing the world a solid favor by publishing this series. I will, hopefully, be setting an example for millions of others who feel that society, now, is deeply, deeply flawed and twisted beyond all belief. I may not convince everyone, but if I can change even one person’s mind, I have succeeded. That is why I write. That is my purpose on Earth.