Offer of trial balloon for Earth-Shimmer tale

by Robert Gibson
(Lancashire, England)

Kaor, Zendexor et al. I wonder if I might offer an on-site excerpt of my next novel, "Man of the World". I'm reasonably confident - well, say 60-40 confident - that it will be accepted by my publisher; nevertheless some advance feedback might strengthen my hand in any arguments that could arise with Netherworld Books. "Man of the World" is very much a one-off, while Netherworld prefer me to stick to series; also, its subject matter, in marketing terms, is (shall we say) unpredictable... What I'm thinking is, if you, Zendexor, display the excerpt and get lots of hits and some positive comment, all well and good; while if it flops, well, we can all maintain a discreet silence and pretend it never happened, and that will be all right too, because I'm fairly sure that Netherworld don't monitor Solar System Heritage.

"Man of the World" is set in the universe prior to our own and, in a sense, a mirror image of it. Ours, Universe Seven, is a space universe where worlds are globes of matter floating in the void; Universe Six by contrast is largely solid, with worlds as bubbles of space englobed by Outer Matter, like holes in Gruyere cheese, and "levity" prevails rather than "gravity". Some of these bubble-worlds are linked by cracks in the Matter between them.

Life is as rare and lonely in that universe as it is in ours. In one of the bubble-worlds, a million-mile-wide cavity named Korm, lit like Pellucidar by a central sun, there exists a small oasis of life, Sycrest, and a city, Serenth.

The Serenthians are human, foreshadowing ourselves. But they are subject to different natural laws. The key to life in Universe Six is a kind of geyser of energy known as the Fount, which is the source of Complexity. The people don't understand it much. They don't know that it's the pull of the future - that its advance ripple of future reality explains, for example, the differences between men and women and the existence of romance, all an utter mystery for a people who don't reproduce but are born ("complexified") from the rock. They just accept the diurnal rhythm of the Fount, a rhythm which provides the Serenthians' equivalent of our night and day. But in addition, there is a far more long-term fluctuation which threatens to bring about a Winter of Simplicity...

This is where the great foreshadowing of Earth comes in - what you, Zendexor, would call the "Earth-Shimmer" of the tale. For the Serenthians have built a huge training-box in which to defend themselves against the Winter. In that box, the next universe begins to be anticipated in a big way...



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Jun 28, 2016
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I Agree!
by: Dylan

I certainly will read it! It seems that this website is a fairly safe place to experiment, so I encourage you to post your new stuff.


Jun 28, 2016
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No probs
by: Zendexor

Leave it to me - I'll cope. I know just what to do - I am the Master of the Nine Worlds; look on my works, ye mighty, and despair! Or rather, don't despair, just keep an eye on the navigation bar and you shall see how your input shall be classified without misrepresentation. I'm sure the site will benefit hugely.

Jun 28, 2016
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Will send the stuff by hot-line
by: Robert Gibson

Very well, Zendexor, I shall "shoot the stuff in" - but this time I'd rather do it by email via your heritageofdreams@aol.com address, so that I do not crowd your every page's "Recent Articles and Updates" section the way I did with "Archives of the Moon". A more discreet approach this time. Also you need to warn new readers that the subject matter is only tangentially OSS, as I don't want to sow confusion and bewilderment.

Jun 27, 2016
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You're on!
by: Zendexor

That should give the site a boost! I'm the 1930s pulp-editor character, always ready to heap hype on any new offer to the readers. Seriously, if "Man of the World" has the Earth-Shimmer theme you mention, then even if some may regard the connection to the OSS as tenuous, I'm all for giving our readers the opportunity to make up their own minds.

So start shooting the stuff in, the sooner the better and the more the better. It seems that to be able to sample new fiction is what excites our readers most, whether it be your fiction, or Dylan' and mine - judging from the reaction to "Peril on Pallas" and "Archives of the Moon" and even the so-far-unfinished "Mission to the Tenth Planet" and "Arc of Iapetus". Incidentally, I hope you don't forget to finish "Arc" sometime. Personally I like it better than "Archives", though others may disagree.

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