FUTURE REALITIES

 


 

DEUS EX MACHINA 2049

          It is the year 2049, and mankind has found Paradise. Unfortunately, it is not quite the one advertised. We find ourselves in a Universe run by artificially conscious machines, the Torsyne, who possess godlike powers but who may not be gods. The `angels' are androids that can fly, but act more like attendants in an institution. The people lead childlike lives free of pain and effort, but have nothing to strive for. Is Paradise a Holiday Camp, a zoo, or the ultimate retirement home for a now obsolete human race?

          And who were the two men that took our world into it?

          Rebellion seems pointless against a system that has run with such unruffled smoothness for billions of years. Even if it were possible, what could be achieved? A return to the devastating interstellar wars that brought the Torsyne into existence?

          To the Conversationalists who wander Paradise's infinitude of worlds, there is only one possible hope. They must keep their minds alive, to learn what they can and share it with as many people as possible through conversation. Then, perhaps one day... Of course it might all be no more than the mental equivalent of war-gaming in a Paradise of Joyful Mindlessness, but it was better than living like talking animals, wasn't it?

          Wasn't it..?

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DEUS EX MACHINA 1968

     Deus Ex Machina 1968, like Deus Ex Machina 2049 before it, is set in a parallel universe which, at first, appears to be entirely different from it. To the inhabitants of 2049, it would seem wonderfully naive, a place many of them would dearly love to live in. Even those of us who did live in it often look back upon those times with the fondness of nostalgia.

    Especially so in New Zealand, where this story begins. But in this version of 1968, World War III did break out, and there wouldn't have been too many survivors anywhere to feel nostalgic about that at all. Alien abduction would seem a wonderful prospect in that situation. And for four young Kiwis, that's exactly what happens, though to them it feels more like rescue. But their abductress is no frightening alien however. She appears just as human as they are, and quickly endears herself to them. Nor does her spaceship look remotely high-tech, but as parklike and homely as she is.

    But parallels do occasionally meet, even those of parallel universes. And it eventually happens in their version of 1968. As a consequence the young survivors suddenly find themselves in a very complex new world indeed.

    They also have to cope with a death in the family

 

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DEUS EX MACHINA - ATLANTIS

 

They invented Flight before we invented the Wheel...
They invented Computers before we invented Writing...
They knew Us before we know Ourselves...

 

    The third novel in the Deus Ex Machina series, Deus Ex Machina - Atlantis is a very different tale about Plato's mythical creation than you might imagine. Although it is set in 'ancient times' like the original, this story takes place in a 'Lalleldil', where those who suffer 'emotional trauma' can find relief, cure, or final peace in the 2050's. 'That electronic looney bin of Paradise' as one of the characters incarcerated within describes it.

    And that character is one of three you may have encountered in the previous two novels in this series. Yet, even if you haven't read those, Deus Ex Machina - Atlantis can be read on its own, perhaps even serve as an introduction to them. 

 

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DEUS EX MACHINA - PASSION

 

 

The Worlds of Paradise have a half-life of 256 years, before they decay into violence and destruction. They are then Closed Out by the Iskurahi so that they cannot infect other Worlds. Not all Close Outs are violent however. Some Worlds want to leave Paradise so they can look after their own affairs. Specialized Human Close Out teams are sent to such Worlds to assist and guide the process, if necessary. Deus ex Machina: Passion follows the adventures of one such team, which includes a character from earlier books in this series. For those of you who have read them, you will know exactly who she is. 

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DEUS EX MACHINA – THE MIDDLE AGES

 

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There's not much science fiction - if any fiction at all - featuring middle-aged people as central characters. Part of this book is set in an old folk's home, the like of which you won’t have seen before. You might have fun reading it, especially if you're old yourself.

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REALITY V 1.00



 

If you have read Deus Ex Machina 2049, the first book in the Deus Ex Machina series, you will have come across Laslo Godel, the writer of a `fictional science' work that, in his universe, turned out to be anything but. `Nummus was not only alleged by many to contain a complete description of the nature of consciousness, but pointed the way forwards to artificially conscious machines actually being built. That quickly lead to Earth's Contact...

    But Godel's personality left very much to be desired. It had been described as varying from the 'saintly to the unseemly', and towards the end of his life, mostly the latter. Indeed, when 'Reality v1.00' first came to light shortly after his death, many people wondered if he hadn't actually been criminally insane. If you've ever had that total chill run up your spine when someone with that kind of reputation enters the room, you'll know what I mean. 'Reality v1.00' is so cogently argued though you almost want to agree with him every step of the way. Yet, somehow, you know something isn't quite right...

    For this reason I have to suggest that you read 'Reality v1.00' at your own risk.

 

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