About The Ido Chronicles

The Ido Chronicles is a work of science fiction, currently under development by Geoffreyjen Edwards. The scope of the project is large. The story is told from the perspective of several people in about A.D. 500000, after humanity has populated billions of planets or other habitats within a small part of the Milky Way galaxy (a region called the Humanitat). Humans are not limited to living on terrestrial planets - as a result of biotech and nanotech (collectively called "binach" in the Chronicles), humans can thrive in many environments we would consider extreme. For example, the most popular habitats are so-called "spindle cities" that float in the atmospheres of gas giants, planets like Jupiter or Saturn in our solar system.

In addition to the main story set out in The Ido Chronicles, a number of additional novels have been written as well as extensive additional notes. The Ido Compendium is a series of volumes with broader scope, providing details of  technology, habitats, flora and fauna, alien species, history, linguistics, sociology, economics, and so on.

The Ido Chronicles is what I call a "braided quintet", it consists of five trilogies :

  • Trilogy 1 : The First, Second and Third Books of Deo

  • Trilogy 2 : The First, Second and Third Books of Uma

  • Trilogy 3 : The First, Second and Third Books of Eng

  • Trilogy 4 : The First, Second and Third Books of Eco

  • Trilogy 5 : The First, Second and Third Books of Ido

Each volume tells the story of one of the five main characters. Hence the Books of Eng focus on the story of Oreph Sodenheim, an engineer. The Books of Deo tell the life story of Vanu Francoeur, a religious devout. The Books of Uma recount the story of Joere Arkelte, an artist. The Books of Eco focus on the life of Maeve Penlow, an ecologist, while the Books of Ido tell us the story of Grolier Desius, a kind of visionary bureaucrat. Each volume intersects the others - they all tell pieces of the same overall story from very different perspectives and in different, but overlapping time intervals. Of interest also, perhaps, a version of The First Book of Eng has been developed as a short one-act opera.

Technical Note : As a physicist by training (an astrophysicist, actually), I try to present plausible science - however, I have had to "invent" new science applicable to the time frame of the story, the far future. One of the disagreements this work has with "standard science fiction" is that it does not accept the idea that faster than light travel will ever be possible from a practical perspective. Therefore, in this universe, all star travel is slower than the speed of light. However, to get around the narrative issues this creates, it was necessary to "invent" a way to slow time down - this provides a plausible solution to the problem of star travel within one's lifetime, as opposed to faster than light travel. The characters in the Ido Chronicles, therefore, have the ability to control "tempo", that is, the way their bodies experience time. They cannot speed time up, but that can slow it down. As a result, human lives are counted in Ido Era years, a humanity-wide average of tempo rates, not in real time years. Hence although the events take place 500000 real time years from now, they take place only 1500 Ido Era years from now - in other words, the story takes place, to all intents and purposes, only 1500 years into the future. As a result of tempo control, people may travel large distances in terms of light years, return home, and still find their friends and family alive. All is not so simple, but this provides a rich temporal framework for story telling - at least as rich as with faster-than-light travel, but, based on our current knowledge of the world, more scientifically plausible.

The books are in the process of being edited and published by Untimely Books (the book publishing arm of Metapsychosis). The first of the 15 book cycle, Plenum : The First Book of Deo, will appear at the end of March 2021.

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