Someone asked me today why I chose to write a fiction series about the history of everything. Was I just jumping on the Hawking train? (I wish! As far as I can tell, I have absolutely NO aptitude for physics.) And although I had already "seen" the entire core of the series from beginning to end prior to meeting Tobin the Star Child, much of what I've learned and realized since meeting this unlikely individual has helped the story evolve into what it is today.
Recently Tobin and I were involved in a deep philosophical discussion, which is what we normally end up doing when we get together. On this particular occasion, as is often the case, I was struck by something Tobin said.
We were discussing the wide variety of people's thoughts on current events and Tobin said, "Everyone is at a different evolutionary stage, both in life and in their thought processes."
I had never heard it put that way, but I think it's an accurate statement.
When I was young - back when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth - we were taught to question everything and it's kind of stuck with me all these years. So when I "saw" the story the first time, I looked into things and was stunned by how few people now question what is being taught.
I'm not calling out anyone who believes the things the story contradicts. Just a short while ago the most highly-educated individuals on Earth believed the earth was flat, that it was the center of the Universe, that the Sun orbited the earth, etc. Should anyone call out those people? Of course not. The technology of the time, or lack thereof, was why they believed those things.
Today, newly-developed technologies have allowed us to discover hidden clues, never-before seen ancient archeological sites and more leading to a past possibly - if not probably - filled with evidence of visitations and possibly even interventions from intelligent beings NOT originally from Earth. Scientists have even surmised that there is at least one site where a nuclear explosion occurred... a nuclear explosion!
And to paraphrase the late Carl Eagan, how flippin' arrogant we are that we would think ours is the only planet in the Universe with intelligent life!
Before I'd met Tobin, the story I've written was just that... a story. But now that I've met this half-human half-not individual, the ideas and ideals in the story have become more. They're guideposts, scenarios asking, "What if...?"
Why did I write this story? Simply put, I had to. I was compelled to write it. It became my life. And now it's pulled Tobin in. He's so enthusiastic about getting the story out to the people, about seeing it through and helping me and others to see how we can learn from it that I can't imagine it without him anymore. For me, he has become an integral part of it.
And now for something new...
I'll finally be making Book One of the ENLIGHTENMENT series available at some point in the next weeks. So if you've ever wondered how people came to be here, what happens when we die, why we're here, if aliens really exist and just what's in store for the human race next, then you should read the ENLIGHTENMENT series. But be forewarned: Once you learn a thing, you cannot UNlearn it.
Don't say I didn't warn you!
Thanks for reading and please feel free to post a question or comment here. You can't imagine how much I love hearing from people who believe the same things as I.
Teagan Brody is author of Sci-fi/Fantasy novels. Her writing helps guide the people of Earth toward a better future. Her most common expression is, "What would Thomas Shelby do?"