Humans have a powerful gift: a genetic ability to alter reality, but they know nothing about it. As humans grow capable to oscillate, the Unkari plot on harvesting this ability. Meanwhile, humans are gearing up for war with an enemy they know nothing about. Otis Solarin, a Liberian professor of Space History, was one of the few who discovered his ability to oscillate. Three hundred years later, the destiny of humanity is in the hands of the two soldiers, captured by the Unkari during a failed military operation. Lt. Desiree Mazula and En. Ebony River are the last hope for the Earth Nations to survive the war.
Five Reasons To Read
‘329 Years Awake’
Ellie Maloney’s debut science fiction novel has got everyone talking about history again. In her book, Ellie has concocted the ultimate conspiracy theory, portraying humanity as an alien science experiment. Ellie goes the extra mile in anchoring her premise to the known historic facts. Her book points towards the Unkari, secretive aliens from the Sagittarius Dwarf galaxy. What kind of book is it? Some say, it’s unlike any book they’ve ever read. In the scope of the universe, 329 Years Awake is on par with Asimov’s Foundation and Stephenson’s SevenEves. In the voice of the narrative it resembles Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five and Murakami’s Dance Dance Dance trilogy. Its pacing resembles Cloud Atlas. Its historic mysteries resemble The Da Vinci Code. If that is not the reason to read 329 Years Awake, here are five ‘big picture’ ideas that might convince you to do so.
1. Quantum Consciousness
Quantum physics is in vogue now with science fiction writers. Roger Penrose proposes an audacious implication of quantum physics. He suggests that if our brain, just like everything around, has quantum layers to its existence, then perhaps our consciousness is a quantum computer that possesses the key to reality! Somewhat akin to the theories that suggest that our entire life is an elaborate virtual reality simulation, Penrose comes up with a similar proposal, adding that if we are integrated in the game, we also have the software and hardware to crack it. This theory is the core of oscillation, a fictional ability of humans to influence reality through consciousness. In 329 Years Awake, humanity goes through the growing pains of evolving as an oscillating species, and it both scares and intrigues the Unkari. They are at the forefront of isolating the oscillation gene and making it work to their benefit.
2. JFK and UFO
You know you needed a new JFK conspiracy! Now you’ve got it. During his life, John Kennedy was portrayed as a war hero, as an embodiment of vigor and intellect. After his death, declassified archives revealed a man with poor health, in perpetual pain, and on an enormous amount of medications, including amphetamines. Despite such limitations, JFK left a memorable mark in history, successfully resolving the Cuban missile crisis and de-escalating the Cold War. It is only reasonable to speculate that JFK and his siblings, were the carriers of the oscillation gene! After all, auto-immune deficiencies like the one that plagued John, and brain cancer that killed Ted, are the side effects of oscillation! From 329 Years Awake we learn that JFK’s physician was working for the aliens who to keep him alive. What about Kennedy’s murder? Believe it or not, there are conspiracy theories about it even among the aliens.
3. Soviet Submarines
To an American, everything that has to do with the Soviets has a flare of evil and power, while in reality, Soviet accomplishments were a sad testament to grave disregard for human lives that fueled the churning Soviet machine. In the height of the Cold War, the U.S. and the USSR were parading their strength in the sea, and the nuclear submarines were all the rage. One of these magnificent submarines, K19, was tasked with an insane mission – to cross the Arctic circle under the ice and surface in the middle of the ice sheet. An impressive display of Soviet engineering almost triggered a nuclear war when K19’s reactor coolant system failed. Another famous submarine incident happened in Sargasso Sea, during the Cuban blockade. At that time, a fleet of Soviet diesel subs was trapped en route to Cuba, carrying nuclear missiles for Castro’s regime. The B59 subs were located by the U.S. Navy. An attempt to surface them nearly triggered nuclear exchange as well. In both cases, a mysterious soviet officer Vasiliy Arkhipov was on board and in both cases he was directly responsible for preventing the war. It was a little unusual, that the Unkari had overlooked such a powerful oscillating subject!
Much is written about the Japanese isolation period that started in the 1600s from the rule of the legendary Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. What remains untold is that the real reason for Japanese isolation was in the secret genetic experiments performed by the aliens on the samurai. The goal of the experiments was to study oscillation in action, and it is at its best when the subjects go through a near-death experience. Samurai warriors were ideal candidates. Five centuries later, the descendants of the samurai discover their abilities and experiment with it in spite of the looming danger from the aliens.
5. The Voynich Manuscript
If you have not heard about the Voynich Manuscript yet, you’ve been living under a rock. This 15th century vellum book with enigmatic writing and bizarre – to say the least – drawings, has been messing with linguists and cryptologists for centuries, ever since it surfaced in the library of the eclectic Emperor Rudolph of Hungary, who was known for his passion for secret knowledge. Named after Wilfred Voynich, who recovered it from Italian monks and made it famous, the manuscript’s fame has been growing ever since. Forget The Da Vinci Code! The Voynich manuscript presents a better mystery by order of its magnitude. We don’t know who wrote it or the language it was written in. We know rather, precisely when the manuscript was written – about the time two famous Renaissance artists, Leonardo Da Vinci and Hieronymus Bosch, were teenagers. There are some other clues that Ellie provides linking the manuscript to these two personalities, but in the least predictable way.