The turn of the twenty third century saw the first of the great swarms leaving Neptune for their journey of exploration and settlement across the galaxy.
It also saw us throw off the increasingly burdensome shackles of The Treaty, which had competed its task of reducing tensions between the zones and creating global stability. With the turmoil generated by two Industrial Revolutions now subsided the birth of a new era, the flowering of the Second Enlightenment, was emerging.
For we of the Brindabella High Plain, our ‘little plain hemmed by a fairy ring of hills’, it also saw the scattering of the initial spores that have mushroomed into the vibrant community we now enjoy.
The Brindabella Valley (image credit)
When Mary decided to resume the quest of her great grandmother Sara she had no idea where it would lead her. She would never have guessed that the trail ended in a shallow rim pool deep in a cave. The only thing she had known for certain was that Sara's quest had vital significance for Arkadel's swarms.
Brindabella 2200, is the story of this scientific quest. Along the way, the participants explore the questions of what we are as humans and what we are as individuals, and how our brain, mind and consciousness evolved.
For Mary and her Arkadelian culture there is also the question of how reliably a Personal Archive can capture the character or spirit of a person and propagate that through time and space beyond their physical existence.
Book 2: Brindabella Aftermath – With Spindles to StarsBack in Arkadel, as she tries to understand and quench the furore and fear that the results of their quest unleashed, Mary explores the worlds of the secretive cybs. They expand her understanding of swarming – the goal of all Arkadelians to send their PAs out into the galaxy on expeditions of exploration and, eventually, human settlement. She wonders whether this hope for the future is what has made Arkadel relatively immune to the fear campaigns. She realises that a key to understanding the behaviour and evolution of whole cultures is childhood – in particular the importance of children's stories.
Illustration by Paul Bransom in The Wind in the Willows
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A reading from Brindabella Aftermath (short test)
Book 3: Brindabella Trust – The Evolution of Gods
From Marduk to Moses
In Brindabella Trust, Karl and Mary discuss the shift in physics from the classical world of Newton to the supraclasical, or supranatural, world that exists where nature forms structures in the realm between chaos and harmony. Their examples range from quantum mechanics through to patterns in social interactions, to the evolution of solar systems and the significance of the Golden Mean. Tom extends this to his view of the brain and our perception of beauty and the supernatural, while Clare points out that this was the intuition she'd been trying to describe all along.
Index of Explanatory Notes:
Galactic Exploration –