Seeds of Memory
by J. Richard Jacobs
J. Richard Jacobs
SPACE ... once believed to be a vast and vacant void, has been found, in fact, to be filled with all sorts of things - things that roam freely and at random.† Our little spaceship Earth is no longer as secure as we once thought it to be.† There are clouds of dust and gas so hot that their mere passing would scour our little system of planets with a breath of death and destruction complete.† Clouds so massive that just their passing could throw all our little planets from of their peaceful orbits into the deep cold of a sunless darkness and fling our star out and on its way to being one of the eternal roamers of our galaxy, or even throw it into an intergalactic journey to who-knows-where?† Black holes; blazars; blasts of deadly radiation from nearby super-novae; stars; burned out hulks of stars; super-dense neutron stars; rocks (small or incredibly large), and a host of other things - none of them welcome visitors.
IN THIS INCREDIBLE, SWEEPING SAGA across thousands of years and hundreds of light years we come face to face with our fears and deep prejudices. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we get an idea of what it means to be "HUMAN" and what "HUMAN" really means. It is here, in SEEDS OF MEMORY, that we are confronted with the need to know colliding head-on with reality. Are we, HOMO SAPIENS SAPIENS, truly the only form that humans can take, and is our history the only history? Might there not be others, or others created out of the very stuff of life who are, after all, our brothers and sisters - kith and kin.
In this story we find that the lines that divide have indistinct, fuzzy edges, and that we are the ones who make those divisions. Here we discover humanity at its magnificent best, its seething worst, and everything imaginable between, while we make an uncertain attempt to reunite two peoples separated by time and space...and other things...
One of those unwelcome visitors has arrived and we are pitifully unprepared.† This is a speculative look into a far-flung future disaster that could actually happen (and well might, someday) and how the human species reacts to it. It could even be said that it is a look at a future history - a history we might not be able to survive.
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Science Fiction Fiction/Adventure
†Well, hello to you and welcome. Iím J. Richard Jacobs, but you can call me "J". Iíve been an avid and active amateur astronomer since my "first light" through a telescope in 1947 (is he that old?) and began writing professional level in 1956. Technical writing, copy writing and technical illustration were the income generators until 1965, when I†turned my attention to†naval architecture. There was a brief (28+ year) hiatus in my writing while I spent my time doing the science and engineering involved in†the†largest moving†structures on Earth, although I continued to write papers and articles on applied math, science, engineering, design,†and astronomy.
These days, now that Iím "retired," I write Science Fiction in both the hard and soft varieties. I tend to cross genre a lot because of the way I feel about populating a story with reachable, touchable characters with all their strengths, weaknesses, successes, failures and foibles. I write Fantasy, too, but Iíve never managed to do it successfully in novel lengths--just canít seem to hurdle that short story wall, but I have a lot of fun with the short stories I write. Usually in an urban setting. Iíve tried my hand at Horror, but, for some reason, Iíve had trouble with that, too. Someday, when Iím in a particularly nasty mood, I may be able to do it. In the meantime, my horror pieces tend to be very short...and funny. Oh, well...I guess Iím stuck with Humorous Horror, again usually in an urban setting.
The first review of this book is on its way. When it arrives it will be included here (good or bad)...
First review of XENOGENESIS is now in and I am delighted...
"Xenogenesis is one of those rare books that manages to catch even the most jaded of sci-fi readers off-guard. Somewhere between the description of cities in stratified levels of wealth and the injection of nano-machines, we realize we are somewhere between the world we inhabit and the world we only dream about, which makes the entire book something beyond a simple novel of escape. This combination of biotechnology and space travel with a hefty dose of hard-boiled detective fiction in the character of Patrick Dalworthy allows Jacobs to create a work that is both fantastic and close to home, one that tackles the subject of what it truly means to be human in a rapidly advancing world and answer it with aplomb.
Jamie A. Hughes"
What makes this review doubly important to me is that it comes from the very person who did the editing. That means she had looked at the book with a hypercritical eye before she did the review. ††††