Science fiction as a genre is that tight rope between solid science and fiction. In other words, the physical, measurable aspect of the here and now is molded in such away that the impossible becomes the more probable, the unlikely becomes the expected. Hopefully the reader is willing to make the leap into the world of science fiction provided we don’t make them leap too far. So it was withIntelligent Design: Revelations.
There were a number of challenges with writing about a planet that was hiding from ours just on the other side of the sun. Such a presence would have been detected long ago via measurements of gravity, acceleration and other natural forces known to early astronomers. Visual evidence would have become evident early on in the space age with all the satellites and space crafts hurtling in and outside of our solar system. One way to rectify this was to acknowledge that the measurements and physical sciences are right and that a planet couldn’t be on the other side of the sun without us knowing. So if the science is true but there is a planet out, the only explanation is that the planet does not want to be found. That requires motivation, a will, and technological know-how to do that. Add complications, conspiracies, interpersonal relationships of real people, and existential questions, you know have a story of a technologically advance species that are on the verge of being discovered by their human neighbors. Both species are intelligent, clever and pursue the truth. And both species are related.
The next layer of this mystery-planet was how to make the species there similar to our own. The research into early human development pre-dating the pyramids and early large scale civilization has exploded over the past twenty years. There are a number of theories indicating that the our species had contact and cohabited for a brief time with another species known as Neanderthals. The science and fiction here is what if the Neanderthals were still alive, in a thriving civilization? What they were not too different from us in skills, intelligence, emotions and spirit, just as some of the research indicates? If you were to add master artificial intelligent computer to help guide that species, how might they surpass us in a technological and spiritual fashion?
To make the story come alive, the human characters need to be real. Even today there are many that believe the government is keeping secrets. Maybe yes, maybe no. There are conspiracies abound and plenty of websites that promote the existence of a “planet x,” “aliens living among us,” and how the government “can and do spy on all of us through our own computers” (that one could be real). How would a human on planet Earth with all of their baggage, past, hopes and dreams discovered the conspiracies were real, and in retrospect made sense?
Intelligent Design: Revelations was an attempt to put together all of these sciences and technology, past and present, in a simple way so as to transport the reader to a place called “What if the story is real?”
J. M. Erickson
Therapist, Professor & Indie Writer
Intelligent Design: Revelations
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