Deep Time: Prophet of the Godseed is another work from David Stewart, however, this one is a complete story rather than just a first act as my review of Dissonant Tides was. I’ll start by saying the premise alone is what intrigued me enough to spend the dollar something on Amazon. The main crux of the story revolves around the concept of a sci-fi set within the confines of relativity rather than ways around it (such as in Star Trek), including the role time dilation would play on space-faring culture’s perception of the universe while traveling at near-light speeds.
On top of relativity, Stewart also weaves in ideas such as a technological singularity, interstellar colonization, ancient aliens, and religion. The story follows the Macbeth clan, part of a culture of planetary “seeders” who travel the stars planting human colonies on multiple worlds with instructions to avoid the singularity that had destroyed human individualism back on Earth a thousand plus years prior. Around each world was placed a “Quantum Gate”, which utilize quantum entanglement to communicate instantaneously across the galaxy, the idea being that the seeded colonies would one day contact the seeders and provide them with resources and such to help them on their journey, perhaps even join them. However, it was the malfunction of one of these gates that lead them to Terranostra, a planet torn apart by war over their various interpretations of the Cha’taer (Charter), written by Malcolm Macbeth, the clan leader, as instructions to extract resources they needed for their ship. The meat of the story involves their investigation into how such a travesty occurred.
If you want to find out, you’ll have to buy the book!
I don’t have any major criticisms on this one, other than the usual typos and missing words that usually accompany self-published works. I found the themes of sci-fi and religion worked well together, albeit the culture of Terranostra could have been fleshed out a bit more. However, this was a rather short novel and one part of probably several. The characters were interesting, particularly Moses, an individual from post-singularity Earth who is childlike in many ways after regaining his individualism when separated from the collective Borg-like conscious of what I assume to be a Trans-human civilization. It’s not exactly clear how he ended up traveling with the Macbeth clan, but I suspect it will be revealed in subsequent installations. There are also several strong female leads, for those of you who care about such things, among a general ensemble cast of characters. Despite being little over novella length, Stewart manages to pull all of these elements together in a meaningful way – I rate it 4/5.
I will add this to my list of recommendations – and at 0.98 USD (1.29 CAD, 0 with kindle unlimited), it’s well worth the price!
Note: this is a repost from my author blog, ARG Press.