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The Sunfire is gone. Lexia is forced to endure the loss of not only her ship, but her family. Those who have survived must cope with the aftermath of this devastating event through quotes that delve into their inner thoughts. Explore the world with related images and artwork. Discover the story behind the story with an insight into what led to the creation of this novel. There are Easter Eggs and hidden references to both scifi, science fiction, real life space exploration, and pop culture to help immerse yourself in this fascinating reality.
“Even if death came for me, I plan to make certain that it has a fight on its hands so fierce that it'll regret ever making the attempt.” - Lexia
A scene selected from the book.
The final confrontation is a set of two scenes, the first inside Parallax's mind that segways into what is happening among the crew of the Sunfire using Dryad to connect the two. Visually, it would be an awe inspiring, deeply emotional, heart beating frantically as they have to fight against people who are under the control of an outside influence. They are racing against time as their window of opportunity is small. The emotional lead up to Parallax reclaiming control over her body after it was stolen from her all the way up to the final moment when the blade that Lexia is armed with strikes her is such a shocking, incredible conclusion to this story arc. With the provided music connected to it, it's a perfect moment.
“Anger, hatred, and a yearning to destroy rather than create leaves an individual hallow inside.” - Gold
“I would rather not have my sex life be recorded for the ages by a race of beings who may use that information as reference for the mating habits of humans.” - Lexia
In the original draft, there was a series of scenes in the first hundred or so pages that paid homage to the first five Star Trek series, the original through Voyager. It hinted at the fact that the Cosmic Union was slowly being taken over by an outside force that was guiding people's minds through an ever expanding network of nanites. Due to length of the book and how little this added to the main storyline, they were removed to focus on the main cast of characters.
There was also a series of scenes involving Parallax in a cabin. She meets a group of four individuals. Each begin vanishing. One goes off into the never ending snowstorm, another floats up into the air. One starts out as a younger woman who rapidly ages and then disappears into her room as an elder version of herself. The last simply vanishes inside of his room which becomes empty when he does so. Each represents one of the four Oria. That led to the introduction of Eve. It was cut to streamline an already complicated story with a massive cast.
The last major change was that Zoon was a part of the story until the end, including the final fight. Having him stay behind was a comfortable way for him to exit the series while allowing for Hallie to emerge as a new crew member.
Eve was a unique experience. Her scenes were re-written several times. At one point, she was aware of the author. She would often talk to him. The final version was the end result of dozens of attempts to get it just right without her breaking the fourth wall. This novel had dozens of re-writes per scene, having to change it, fix it, throw out the original idea and start all over since there was so much to address and resolve to conclude this massive four book story arc.
“I have faith that the Universe is in safe hands when Lexiavolk Ivalia Gerna Hita Temer is there to protect it.” - Jamahe
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