Technological advances usually follow a need based origin. Rarely is anything created simply because it can be. In the hit television show Star Trek, we see this theory carried out. The tech used on the ships and in the lives of the character all have purpose. So, creating a world where sci-fi roots are overshadowed by seemingly fantastical themes can be problematic. However, cross-overs do and should happen between fantasy and science fiction. Where would science be without the minds that fantasized a better way of doing something?
In the text of the first installment of the Trailokya Trilogy (The Shadow Soul), nano-tech and Tesla type free energy is installed among characters that have normally found their home inside of texts that are today dismissed as the antithesis of scientific research. I hypothesize that theology, mysticism and myth were the creation of archaic men and women struggling to explain the natural world and order of things. Was there a literal Zeus? It’s possible that a king by this name existed centuries before any written record was made, and that his stories, cleverly embellished, were tools of socio-political use, as well as philosophical and scientific. Without the basis of curiosity, and these preliminary ideas, humanity might have stalled out along the progress line.
Anyway, that is a discussion for a different arena.
The tech of The Shadow Soul is there to ground the fantastical characters into a plausible reality. It serves more as a backdrop, happenstance, than the focus of the narrative. The tools used allow them to cross multiple dimensions, carry heavy loads of armor unhindered, and it powers their weaponry. My choice not to delve too deeply into the inner workings of the portal system (worm holes?) and nano-tech armor and weapons, was that it would take a long time to explain—perhaps many texts worth of explanation, on a technology that we do not, as yet, have access to.
In the main plain of existence in the book, Zion, everything is powered by free flowing energy of the kind that Tesla dreamed. His quotations at the start of each book are thus rightly placed. The man had some of the most amazing ideas yet to be seen. Were they plausible? You can build your own spirit radio at home and a number of other inventions he left humanity with, and literally find out for yourself. What I was more concerned with was his theory of free energy. I didn’t discuss how it was implemented, I just used it. Aside from bogging down the narrative with things that can be googled, the theories become a forgone conclusion in Zion.
Portals and way-gates are activated by the use of the free energy. A character raises their hand and suddenly a dial of some kind appears in this lurid blue light—they’re called seals; the Samsaran (this is where we live) one resembles an astrological chart. They punch in the coordinates and off they go. Travel in this manner is limited to certain races, so the tech must be access coded. Another form of travel, outside the conventions we understand on our planet, is sliding or blinking. Sliding would be like standing still on a skateboard or surfboard as the world seemingly flies past until you reach your destination. It can be a head rush! That takes a lot of energy to accomplish that kind of displacement. Blinking is much faster—almost like the transporter of Star Trek but without the odd magical sound and light show. Atoms blink regularly when observed by physicists. One moment it is in the north east quadrant of the examining space, and then suddenly it’s moved untraceably to another section. Why couldn’t an entire grouping of atoms that make up a person do the same? How could that be accomplished. I wish I knew, me and my subsequent generations would be wealthy in perpetuity.
The nano-tech armor and weapons are dealt with in the same manner. The duta, a race of beings that humans have come to call Angels and incorporated into theology and myth, wear badges decorated according to the different orders or positions they hold in society. They’re very organized, to the point of having a bureaucracy that can manage the zillions of souls that are sent into the Samsaran Universe without the bat of an eye. True, some burn down, as they call it; fail in their ascension. This badge is called a penannular. Once activated, it produces armor and some limited weaponry. Some duta have armories to augment what the badge can hold. The activation changes the appearance of the penannular and that is because what it is made of has created those items the duta would then be wearing/using. How is that even possible? It’s such a small space. Well physics tells us that the space items take up are mostly empty space. That’s an amazing thought when you pick up a hammer and it feels so heavy and solid in your hands. But that’s how. The spaces are compressed to tuck the armor away, and expanded to put it on.
The most unique bit of technology of which I made use, and this is in my opinion, is the Bio Interface Apparatus, or Skin Suit. Our human bodies, or alien because they wear them too, are suits, like space suits. We’re inserted into one being built by the female apparatus, given half its directions from a male apparatus, and then it is slowly grown in size as we learn and expand to adulthood. The human body is a fascinating machine, most biologists will agree. Bodies are complex machines—so making them out to be tech felt quite natural. Bio tech is a burgeoning field currently, so imagine the future…
In the end, Zion is a world of high advancements, a place you’d imagine Angels living—without illness or the need to literally take in nutrients (they’re fed by the light), unless they’ve expended a great deal of energy accomplishing some task and need to replace it quickly. The necessities of everyday life are met. A discordant Utopia at best.
The Shadow Soul is the first part of The Trailokya Trilogy, a fantasy series that follows the rise and fall of fabled races and souls at the junction of three worlds: Zion, Earth and Jahannam.
K. Williams weaves a tale that will leave you questioning long held convictions about the human legends of Heaven and Hell. Are you ready to enter the gates of Zion and learn the truth?
Captain Maiel is a duta warrior of Zion, a race of giant, winged guardians and chroniclers of the lesser souls. Maiel’s assurances are shaken when she nearly loses a young human girl to the dark forces of Jahannam, the prison realm where the lowest beings reside. To avoid answering to the leaders of her world, Maiel seeks refuge on Earth, but she is pursued by a baron of Jahannam intent on destroying her. Can she be saved before time runs out? Or will she be sacrificed to secure the borders of Zion and to hide the lie her journey uncovers?
With each step further into darkness, long held secrets are revealed and shadows rise from the past to challenge absolutes.
Read and excerpt on Wattpad.
Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, K.Williams embarked on a now twenty year career in writing. After a childhood, which consisted of voracious reading and hours of film watching, it was a natural progression to study and produce art.
K attended Morrisville State College, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany, home of the New York State Writer’s Institute, gaining her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art. Topics of K’s writing include the environment, animal welfare, gender limitations, racial disparities, and the trauma of war.
Published novels by K include the Civil War drama Blue Honor, the Second World War spy thriller OP-DEC:Operation Deceit, and the controversial science fiction/fantasy series The Trailokya Trilogy. In addition to writing novels, K enjoy’s the art of screenwriting and has worked on the screen spec 8 Days in Ireland, and the adaptations of her current novels. Currently, K has completed the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice. In 2015, K. Williams became an official member of International Thriller Writers.
K continues to write on this blog weekly, producing commentary Mondays and Fridays on hot topics with some fun diversions for your work week. Whether it’s cooking, learning a foreign language, history or dogs, you’ll find something to enjoy and keep coming back for. Always a promoter of other artists, K uses Guest Blog Wednesdays to showcase artists from around the web and bring you interesting readings to expand your horizons. A sequel to her second novel, OP-DEC, is in the research phase, while the screen adaptation is being considered for production by film companies.