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Genesis: The Formation of Something New

September 6, 2013 Leave a comment

By that definition every book is a genesis. Every work of art, every idea, every conversation, every relationship, and every new life. Damn near everything we do as people. Well I’m taking it to the extreme with my newest book, Vitalis: Genesis.

Genesis picks up as Vitalis: Provenance is ending. Technically before it even ends, since there is a run in with the Independence as the doomed ship rockets toward Earth on a crash course. No words, waves, social indiscretions, or bodily fluids are exchanged in this encounter, however.

What that leaves is a transport ship bound for the research station on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. They’ve got supplies, equipment and a new rotation of employees for a couple of positions (maintenance / janitorial staff and the station’s resident mechanic).

Why Europa? Well it’s a frozen ball smaller than Earth’s moon but it’s got a few things going for it. The surface is mostly smooth ice theorized to be a hundred or more kilometers thick. In the Vitalis setting  (as in a popular current theory), the tidal forces caused by Europa’s orbit around Jupiter keep the water between the solid metal core and the icy crust warm enough to remain in a liquid state. Here on Earth deep in a few ocean trenches I can’t remember the name of life in pure darkness has been discovered with a food chain independent of solar activity (it feeds of thermal vents from the ocean floor). So if you combine what we’ve witnessed here, what we’ve theorized about as possible, my imagination, and the amazing abilities found in the Vitalis setting…well, there’s going to be a whole lot of cool stuff happening!

And that, my friends, is what science fiction is all about. Exploring the depths of imagination to determine what is possible. In this case what is possible is also extremely dangerous and out to protect its own interests using whatever means available.

I’ve even considered trying to find a way to turn Jupiter into a secondary star, but it’s just not big enough to support such an action. Unless I cheat and use some Vitalian technology / physics… hmm. But not to worry, even in our universe if Jupiter were to become a star it wouldn’t have any appreciable impact on Earth. Other than being roughly 80 times brighter than the moon, that is.

The cast of characters for Gensis at present consists of:

Lita Osgood

Vernon Phearson,

Sgt. Jacob Conners

Dr. George Winters

Ron Snyder

Dr. Kathleen Hale

Lydia Husaim

Matt Dota

Kelly Walliczek

As for what they’re roles are and if there’s anyone else? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m only 5 chapters in so far, but that’s not bad for 5 days of work. Hope to get a lot more done this weekend, amongst many other things.

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