GORILLA REVIEW – Introduction To The Diva Incident

Rather than put together a traditional synopsis we like to introduce novels by quoting their prologue. What follows is the prologue to the novel, The Diva IncidentThis is book one of the Continuum Series.  If you like old fashioned SciFi combined with cutting edge science, The Diva Incident is for you.

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FLEET NOTES (An Historical Perspective):

To fully understand the historical significance of the Diva Incident it is necessary to gain an appreciation of the unique time in which it occurred. As we now know, projections of the rate of scientific advancement rendered in the 21st century were outrageously optimistic. The resulting unrealistic goals and expectations played a pivotal role in human history by setting mankind up psychologically to fail. Fleet sociologists are in agreement that the critical error in these projections was their reliance upon an extremely unique historical period as an experience base.

For example, in the year 1645 A.D. Miyamoto Musashi was fighting sword duels in feudal Japan, the Turks were at war with Venice, and Oliver Cromwell’s army fought its decisive battle with Charles I, at Naseby, Northhampton. The earth was a violent, ignorant place. It was a place where even the most modest advances, such as the use of electricity and the internal combustion engine, were yet to come. Medicine barely qualified as a science, and English scientists were forced to hold their meetings of the “Invisible College” in secret.

Less than 21 years later, Isaac Newton developed integral calculus and the “Invisible College” became the “Royal Society”. As if suddenly awakened, the human race accelerated through the early landmarks of science. The laws of planetary motion and gravitation passed in the blink of an eye. Group theory, the Special Theory of Relativity, the General Theory of Relativity and the Uncertainty Principle flickered past on the ever quickening pages of history. Barely 317 years after Mushashi sat in his cave and wrote Go Rin No Sho, Sputnik 1 roared skyward and orbited the earth.

Between 1645 and 1957, homo sapiens advanced further than in all of the preceding years, and it was just beginning. In the next hundred years, the pace doubled. Vostok 1, Surveyor 1, Mariner 4, the Eagle, Salyut, Apollo and Venera took their place in history, all within a span of 14 years. Viking, the Voyagers, the Pioneers, Mir station and the Hubble space telescope followed suit in the less than a decade.

In 2010 A.D., the pace quickened again with the launch of Surveyor AC, the first antimatter-fueled rocket to reach Alpha Centauri and return. In this context it is no wonder our ancestors believed in a golden future of possibilities without end. The apex was finally reached with the creation of the first functioning superlight drive. After this high point, the rate of advancement fell off drastically.

By 2520 A.D., the human race found itself unfulfilled and searching frantically for new mountains to climb. The quest for alien life was a dismal failure, and what was once perceived to be a wondrous age of expansion rapidly became a commonplace grueling business. In essence, we were robbed of our dreams.

Without external challenge, we turned upon ourselves, and in so doing were cast adrift without compass or sextant. Frustrated in our efforts to find other sentient life forms, and failed in our dreams to make liaison with God, we became lost. With our present science, the cause of the malaise was predictable. Humankind, although a complex organism, is still an infant in the cosmic life cycle. Genetically speaking, our species is very new. We have not been around long enough to dilute the various competitive qualities that were originally necessary to the survival of our kind. Without a ready vent for our creative and competitive urges the base instincts begin to run unchecked.

2700 A.D. marked the beginning of the Second Dark Ages. Colonized systems fractured along political lines. The great democracies failed like stuttering engines run out of fuel. The next 300 years saw the revival of feudal lords on a planetary scale. Internecine warfare followed as the major powers consolidated their holdings. In 3500 A.D., Sarkan of Alpha Centauri became the first human to slaughter the entire population of a world. In the same year, the Marhad a’ Ded began their 400 year Jihad against the Tau Ceti, Zephron sect.

And so it went, until 4545 A.D., when the unspeakable occurred and we obliterated our birth planet. The total destruction of Earth struck the collective mind and heart of man with such profound impact that we finally laid down our weapons. Now, truly an orphan in the cosmos, humankind drifted in fear of itself, without solid social structure or any advancement of significance. 6700 A.D. found the human race lost in stagnation waiting out its allotted time.

Yet, there were still a few humans in whom the primitive flame of adventure burned. Like their ancient seafaring ancestors, the miners sailed the uncharted waters of their time. A rough, crude lot, governed only by the dictates of their Union, they lived their lives aboard superminers in perpetual search of precious semi-metallics. The miners have often been described as the gypsies of their time. They have also been pointed to as the last repository of a pioneering spirit gone quiescent in the general populace. However characterized, one thing is certain; the miners did not suffer from the malaise that had permeated the rest of the human race.

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