The annihilation of a colony of humans leads Captain Lexia of the Starship Sunfire and her second in command, Parallax, on a journey to discover those responsible. Meanwhile, the remaining crew explores the Universe through the unpredictable behavior of a traveler with extensive knowledge of the past, present, and future.
Two paths of discovery lead to ancient life forms, each appearing to be benevolent in nature, but only one will prove to be an ally.
Lexia must discover who she can trust, who will betray her, and save the lives of all on board the Sunfire before it’s too late.
Music often inspires scenes, helps mold the tone of a narrative, and in some cases, defines a character.
What follows is a collection of songs that are the soundtrack to this novel.
This is the opening for the third season of the Sunfire Chronicles as a television series. The opening credits of each season will reflect the changing cast of characters and allow for the opportunity to make numerous references to pop culture when it comes to science fiction and sci-fi, as well as introduce the characters.
An epic battle both on a planet and in orbit between the Cosmic Union and some unknown threat. The Sunfire streaks into the scene, zooming inside the control room where Lexia is casually enjoying a drink as Parallax is intensely focused on dealing with the threats. Then they land as the song ends, the crew disembarks.
This is Lexia's theme song. Nothing is impossible in her mind. She is the kind of person who will leap off a tall building and figure out how she's going to survive on the way down. She's fearless, determined, refusing to accept defeat, and always pushing herself to do the right thing no matter the risk.
This song inspired a "deleted" scenario that does not occur in the novel but would be ideal visually for a movie or television series based off the book. This will add to the experience for the visual representation of the book. Learn more about this new addition below under the "Bonus Scene" section of this page.
This song is ideal for the antagonists in the novel, giving them this sense that what they're doing is for the greater good. They come across as benevolent and helpful when in reality they're responsible for horrible atrocities. The haunting tone reflects the utopia that they offer but at such a tragic, horrifying cost.
A year before the book was written, I first heard this song. I knew then how it would end, long before I began writing it. Dryad is trapped, alone, isolated, separated from anyone else with no hope in sight. The song reflects this desperate cry for help, sending out a message, pleading for someone to find her before it’s too late.
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Having saved the Universe from destruction twice in a lifetime doesn't stop Lexia from pursuing her next adventure. A threat to the Cosmic Union guides her to take a risk for herself and Parallax to seek those responsible. Being human has never held her back, as the captain of the Sunfire accomplishes the impossible.
Parallax began her existence as an artificial intelligence incorporated into the mainframe of a starship. A transformation led to her being trapped in a synthetic replication of a human body. Wounded, nanites were introduced to her body, allowing her to heal herself. This unlimited potential draws the attention of the Oria.
The transformation that enhanced the capabilities that were naturally found within Dryad. Little does she know, the unique life form that she has become has drawn the attention of an ancient species that is seeking to create the ultimate life form. Meanwhile, she is ignorant of this threat for now as she forms an empathic bond with Ter.
Tedorn developed a spoken language based off the way Lexia, the woman he feels saved his life from his home planet of Pintac. The Nimrev, a race of three foot tall fur covered beings, exist as slaves and food for the dominant species, the Grimalkin. His first encounter off planet with one among them is Ter, who threatens to eat him.
Glen is disappointed when he learns that Lexia will be leaving the Starship Sunfire. He is honored that she feels that he is capable of fulfilling the role of acting captain in her absence and promises her that after the crew has honored the wishes of the visiting guest, Dobuho, that he will seek her to the ends of the Universe if need be.
Brent is a synthetic life fom of a race of similar beings that appear human. The Erocatad resemble their creators, who first constructed androids in the ancient past. Gaining the status of a sentient species, they would one day become a founding member of the Cosmic Union. He serves on board the Sunfire as its science officer
With all the changes occurring on board the Sunfire, Gold provides a sense of stability. She attempts to help Parallax with her developing emotional state before she departs with Lexia. In the captain's absence, she helps find balance among the unique personalities as they are sent across the Universe by Dobuho.
Ter is a Grimalkin, the dominant species of the planet, Pintac. They appear to be four foot tall talking versions of domesticated cats once treated as pets on Earth. Born to a lower class among her people, she was forced to survive under bleak conditions. Escaping her home planet, she now enjoys her life as a thief.
Zoon is a synthetic life form created by Jamae, the first among his kind to be able to enter and exit the 4th dimension. He was a prototype, the twins being the next step towards the goal, with Dobuho being the final version needed to travel through time and accomplish a necessary event. Currently he is guarding a giant maze.
Dobuho is an artificial life form, one among the thousands of Jamahe's creations. His form is a green sphere resting on top of a humanoid lower body that allows him to interact the physical world. He can move in and out of the fourth dimension, able to teleport across vast distances as well as travel through time into the past.
Wakka uses his access to resources to go on adventures with starships and their crews that he hires for each of his explorations. He is naive, overly trusting of those he makes deals with, and sees good in everyone. His latest expedition is inspired by meeting with Lexia and Parallax, using a crew of swogs to venture into the unknown.
Jamahe is an artificial intelligence that controls a synthetic replication of a human form. He has created a wide variety of beings, each possessing sentience with a spectrum of appearances, shapes, and sizes. His origin is connected to the earliest Mars Rovers in ancient human history, the end result of a temporal paradox.
Bonus Scene: Not Found In Book
In a movie/television presentation of Parallax's Paradox... In a scene not in the book, after landing on the planet for Lexia and Parallax to find transportation and the others to find a job. Dryad wanders into a type of dance club filled with animal like beings. After finishing her meeting with Waka, Lexia goes in search of her. Dryad slowly moves through the crowd, entranced by the music. As the music nears the climax of the song, Dryad's eyes begin to glow as a representation of her psychic ability that affects all those around her. Realizing that animals eat plants and her crew member could be in danger, Lexia works her way through the crowd to reach her. That is when the captain becomes affected by this psychic projection. This leads to her, Dryad, and a large group around them to dance together as the song ends.
Where would the Author make a cameo?
Stan Lee is notorious for making a cameo in movies and television series based off his written works. With that in mind, where would the author of this novel make an appearance in a visual adaptation of the book?
Finding the author may be a little difficult to spot in this cameo. Why? He will be one of dozens of individuals dressed up as humanoid animals in a deleted scene ideal for a visual representation but not in the book as mentioned earlier. As in Paradox's Paradox, the author is given an opportunity to have fun among a larger crowd as Dryad's empathic abilities guide the actions of those around her including Captain Lexia in a large dance sequence.