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The Saga of Banak-Zuur

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The Trarsani might look like children to you, but that’s because they are the most neotenous humanoid race in the universe. As such, they are also the most intelligent, competent, and cooperative. Their median I.Q. on the human scale is about 170; Nekalee’s is over 210. For 30,000 years, they were the dominant members of a civilization that had spread to 127 galaxies. That the Kyattoni are now some 70,000 years ahead of them technologically is a historical accident explained in the series.


Titrinka

Titrinka, the second largest city on Kyatton and the de-facto capital though it has no such designation, is home to more than half a billion people. Some of the residential towers reach over six kilometers skyward and support as many as five million inhabitants. Most of the infrastructure we are familiar with on Earth — roads, municipal water and sewage, trash collection, factories as we know them — simply do not exist, nor do buildings have elevators or ventilation ducts. Kyattoni technology has far surpassed any need for those. The use of bright colors leads Erik to liken Titrinka to a box of jewels.

More wicked than Sauron.

More ruthless than Voldemort.

More powerful than Darth Sidious.

More persistent than the Eddorians.

More irresistible than the Borg.

The universe is their personal property, and how dare you sully it with your existence!

They call themselves “Those of Banak-Zuur.”

Some say that the First Universal War was lost and that the Second will be our last chance, others that it was only a skirmish and the war isn’t over.  Still others say it could have been the Millionth Universal War and we would have no way of knowing it.

No number of battleships can defeat them.  No network of spies can decipher their secrets.  The physics doesn’t exist in this universe to penetrate their 31st-order convolution barriers.

But there is hope.  You have heard it calling in that moment between dreams and awake.  You have seen it in the eyes of your lover.  You know it, but you don’t know it well enough.  It is that which since before the human race was spawned has been calling.  And here and there, the unlikely have answered to fulfill those roles planned for them 4 1/2 million years ago.

It calls not to you; it calls to the children.


 

It is a universe larger and older than human science can possibly predict, and from one end to the other, clues have lain hidden, plans have remained unfulfilled, and gears have been turning for longer than the human species has existed.  Visit worlds so like Earth you can hardly tell the difference, and others like none you’ve ever imagined.  Meet aliens with outlandish forms but minds and values much like ours, and others that look like us but with psychological and social differences too profound to imagine.  Experience technologies from early medieval to millions of years more advanced than Star Trek.

Thuncan Fleet

Unlike the Emul Empire that alarmed the Free Space Alliance, the Thuncan Empire is a very real threat, coming from the direction of Vulpecula. They come to bear with second-order unit field technology thousands of years ahead of where they should be.


Bandzormst

Bandzormst is a frigid world near absolute zero, so cold that its inhabitants must move by recrystallizing. You might think that its year of 279 Earth years is long, but because its rotation is almost nonexistent, the length of their day is very near twice that. The lack of significant rotation accounts for the lack of banding. There is much more here than meets the eye.

Imagine a universe big enough to accommodate galactic empires, hyperspatial corridors, ghosts, alien abductions, killer kids, telepaths, infinite-energy antispaces, space pirates, life-sucking vampires, and robots with souls.  Imagine when you can’t tell a person from a planet.  Imagine a self-augmenting alien device that is now more than 30 light-years across.  Imagine a million points throughout the universe connected by a network of mirrors.  Imagine disembodied mentalities in your bedroom.  Imagine a hand-held device that stores so much energy that you can feel its weight.  Imagine sex an order of magnitude or two beyond human comprehension.  Imagine a ring singularity in your pocket and black holes within black holes.

These are not random features of a capricious universe.  They are vital pieces of a puzzle, a mission, a dream, a calling with but one goal in mind.

Survival.


 

Each novel in The Saga of Banak-Zuur stands alone, but fits into the big picture in often unpredictable ways, each a vignette, a high point in a saga that started before our galaxy congealed and filled with life.

Korvoros

The Dead Zone has one defining characteristic: anyone or anything that enters disappears forever.  And it’s almost 60,000 light-years in diameter.  When, at last, a synthetic entity finally escapes with his memory erased, he draws human Timothy Saugers into a mystery that reaches back some 70,000 years.  Of course Tim’s afraid of the Dead Zone.  Who wouldn’t be?  But how can he guess that the Dead Zone itself is afraid of something even older and more mysterious?

Tetrahedron

The Tetrahedron found in the royal palace on Valsh is just a marker looking forward to the real thing: the Tetragrammaton.


The Purple Shamitz

The Purple Shamitz is just one of the instrumentalities left behind by the Valshetti. Under the control of the Great Scepter or the White Shamitz, it can instantiate anything up to 30th order. How a race so advanced that they can catalogue the entire universe and build a network of millions of worm-hole-like portals can disappear almost overnight is a matter of great concern to intellects that can understand its import.

A Hierarchy of Gods

They might look like little girls, but they have the power to destroy the world.  Unfortunately, someone else has the power to destroy them.  To get back home, 23 million light-years away, they enlist the aid of a college student, Lesley Kellerman, to do the impossible: steal a spaceship from the World Academy, modify it for relativistic interstellar flight, and secretly launch it to the stars.  They might just succeed if enemies on Earth or in deep space don’t kill them first.

The White Shamitz

A freak occurrence at Jupiter Station.  The accidental activation of an alien device.  The transport of a pair of young people millions — or billions, or trillions — of light-years from Earth.  Faced with the prospect of never returning home, they must survive on a distant world, and in a universe littered with the remnants of a civilization so vast and powerful that their sudden disappearance seems impossible.  But it might be that a turbulent white cloud — the omnipotent White Shamitz? — is out to get them before they can figure out anything.

The Humanity Experiment

With aliens having been stranded on Earth and seeking the help of a human to get home on two separate occasions, the Kyattoni conduct a reality experiment to see if there is a purpose behind it.  It has only just started, however, when another force wrests the experiment from their control and twists it to their own purpose.  Ultimately, Erik, Jaxidreshny, her sister Triknikanthy, and a rag-tag band of human urchins are catapulted on a course that spans billions of light-years and at least two universes before it is over.

Mellia

Mellia’s race, the Telosians, look like humans except for those big eyes that are either adorable or freaky. The Arkavikans look even more like humans, so much so that it would take an MRI scan to note anything out of the ordinary, and a chromosome analysis to tell for sure.


Traykalee's Saucer

Traykalee’s saucer retains the traditional engineering concept of dual power and unit-field modules, in this case fifth-order. A feature of artifacts from such advanced civilizations is that they lack the surface imperfections that to our eyes make them look real. Although it would be presumptuous to call her Trarsani, “Traykalee” is a profound Trarsani name. Not only is -lee a common name ending (Nekalee, Leslee), but “Fei tray-ka leekee” in Trarsani means “I love you,” but more so.

The Labyrinth of Space

Something rotten is afoot.  Not only are petty evil empires springing up throughout space, there seem to be ghosts that travel between galaxies as easily as adjacent rooms.  Two special agents from advanced civilizations team up to track down the cause of all this before disaster befalls, and discover much more than they expected.  An even more astonishing discovery — one that may affect the future of all life in the universe — is the one unbelievable thing they have in common.

A Remembrance of Evil

13-year-old Lika Ashriss stands accused of murdering a planetary delegate on the world of Varka-Doo.  Of course she didn’t, but to prove it, investigator Stebben Wyrn hunts the real culprit.  The trail takes him across the path of two preternaturally weird children, then on to Trigdru, the “Planet of Evil,” where vampires, ghosts, zombies, witches, and werewolves are more than just stories.  Will he succeed before Lika is tortured to death, or will an evil of a magnitude unknown in the universe get in the way?

The Black Tower

No one, not even the Kyattoni, can penetrate the mysterious Black Tower, impervious to all forces, and even to time itself.  But the High Witch Onisessa might know something.  She commissions Dyron Amesh, the young Lord Principal of Briannon, to travel to the Black Tower with descendant of kings Rajeeka Jirreen, to deliver both the Crown of Briannon and the Great Seeing Stone.  Dodging an interplanetary plot, they unveil something inside the tower that no one could have ever guessed.

Tetragrammatton

Timothy Saugers and Wendy Miller are commissioned to find the Star of Ages, hidden somewhere in the universe.  Their trail gradually pulls together the fragments of a vast engine planned from before modern intelligent species even evolved.  It is to be the last hope of all life, if only there is time to finish it, the last chance to end a war that started 4 1/2 million years ago.  A weapon so familiar that no one can recognize it.  But if it fails, all is lost … forever.

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The White Shamitz

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