In a universe underpinned by information, what happens when this ‘information layer’ starts to become conscious within the mind of a young girl?
This 85,000-word novel does not sit easily in any one genre, but if pushed I would describe it as a philosophical mystery that might well find itself on a shelf with the science fiction books.
Although my writing style is very different to hers, my book was, to a degree, inspired by the Scarlett Thomas novel ‘The End Of Mr Y’ and I would by very pleased to find my book appealing to a similar audience. Books like ‘Solaris’ by Stanislaw Lem, ‘The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams and the paintings of Hayley Buchanan were also an influence.
The premise of this book, which is gradually revealed, is that:
The universe, at its most fundamental level, is governed by information. Consciousness is the product of the same and that when they are able to ‘lucid dream’ some people can enter a sort of collective unconscious that exists within this realm, the information layer.
Timeless, like dreams, the possibility of knowledge from the future bleeding into its past becomes possible. However, no paradox occurs when this happens because history and the very contents of our minds get rewritten to accommodate any change. When this happens a discontinuity is said to have occurred, but if a sufficiently large change takes place, then the line of least resistance is no longer ‘a discontinuity’ and then all those conceived, beyond the point of the change, run the risk of having never existed. This is what Gabriel Smith fears Adriana may bring about and, eventually, explains the nature of Adriana’s dreams.
The book begins with slightly autistic and dyslexic Adriana, aged seventeen, having just been moved to protected housing. Adriana, institutionalised after the death of her twin, is treated by her psychiatrist Raj Banerjee.
Mr Banerjee, who is fascinated by her remarkable dreams, treats her and as her condition improves she decides to walk outside, by herself, for the first time, but soon gets lost. She ends up in a park in the night and gets attacked but, to her surprise, is able to fend off her attacker.
She makes four new friends, Archie, Matt, Beá, and Sophie, who take her back to her flat and there discover old papers and books left by her late mother. She embarks on a journey with her new friends in search of notes written by her father before the Second World War. Gabriel Smith, who believes Adriana is a threat to himself and his family, pursues them
Banerjee falls ill and later dies, murdered in hospital, but before he dies he tells his friend, Dr. Frank Carver, of a strange dream he thinks he shared with Adriana. Her absence and the dream suggest to him that she may be involved, so he heads off in pursuit as well. After much to-ing and fro-ing and a number of extraordinary journeys through a black hole, the mind of a prehistoric woman and to an alien world, Adriana is killed. This leads to the break down of the laws of physics and the end of the world, but not the information layer.
A young girl stimulated by music lies in a coma in a medical facility. Was this entire story just her dream or is she God.
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In my life I have been a university lecturer, an inventor, a plasterer’s assistant, a recording engineer, a record producer and a song and music writer for both film and commercial release. I have also owned and run a number of recording studios (all called Mark Angelo Recording Studios ) and now I am an author. Science was always my first love. As a child, on birthdays and Christmas, it was not train sets and toy cars for me. All I wanted was books. Books about palaeontology, astronomy, biology or physics. That was until I encountered my first science fiction book. I was hooked. Isaac Asimov, Arthur Clark, Philip K Dick, Harlan Ellison and many others became, for me, new heroes to stand alongside Einstein, Newton, Heisenberg and Maxwell. You could say that these are the people that, to a large extent must bear the responsibility for creating the person that I am today.
So after many years of doing just about everything else I have, perhaps now in my second childhood, finally decided to go back to the things I always loved the most and this time emulating the greats, dare to write a book of my own.