Monday, February 09, 2015

Hyperspace Demons

In space, the demons can hear you scream.

Space travel has always come with risks. But hyperspace travel comes with one particularly frightening hazard, namely, the non-corporeal dark energy-based macrobiotic entities that inhabit the void and are insensibly drawn to the presence of human minds. Once penetrated by a macrobe, the infected human mind rapidly devolves into raving insanity, which usually presents in a homicidal manner. Fortunately, hyperspace-capable ships are protected by a dark energy resonator that keeps the macrobes away and thereby permits safe interstellar travel.

But what happens when a ship’s resonator is sabotaged while it is traveling through hyperspace? And who would be so insane as to unleash a demonic infection of mutating madness on an entire ship’s crew?

Hyperspace Demons is a novella by Jonathan Moeller, one of the most prolific self-published authors of science fiction and fantasy today. Featuring a cover by JartStar, Hyperspace Demons is his first publication with Castalia House. And in respect of Anonymous Conservative's newly announced free days (about which more after the jump), we're extending the New Release newsletter offer for two more days, which means that if you buy Hyperspace Demons from Castalia House today or tomorrow, you will also receive a free copy of Jonathan's Frostborn: The Gray Knight. If you would like to sign up for the New Release newsletter to take advantage of similar offers in the future, you can do so here.

I'm also looking for ten volunteers to review Hyperspace Demons. If you're interested, please email me with HYPER in the subject and specify MOBI or EPUB.

Now about those free books. Anonymous Conservative writes:
For those interested, The Evolutionary Psychology Behind Politics, How to Deal with Narcissists, and The Altar of Hate by Vox Day will all be free in ebook form at Castalia House on Monday and Tuesday.  The Altar of Hate is a compilation of ten great stories ranging from fantasy to military fcience fiction. As one reviewer wrote, “Each offering contained in The Altar of Hate tickles or provokes the mind with salacious ‘what ifs’ and glances behind the veil of reality. The stories move along, but one feels the uneasy eyes of the abyss staring back as you progress, as it were, through a darkened ancient forest. Only an author of the first rank could achieve this. While I don’t have that big of a readership compared to Vox, I’m hoping those here who haven’t yet stopped by Castalia’s website and partaken of their incredible titles will maybe find a great new source for all their high quality sci-fi/fantasy/military-theory/educational/non-fiction needs, and in so doing help establish our foothold on this great new beachhead in the publishing world. If we can get Castalia to the point it is the new Simon and Schuster, we will have helped alter the very terrain on which our future battles will be fought. It is an exciting time in Conservatism. The theories beneath political science are shifting, the cultural tides in publishing are changing, and maybe the very natures of our citizens are becoming more K-selected. It feels like we are approaching a turning point rapidly, and just at the right time. Until the turning point comes, take some free books, then tell your friends about r/K, and rave to your friends about how awesome Castalia House is. We are making a difference with every person we tell.
In other words, if you buy Hyperspace Demons today, you can pick up as many as four free books for $2.99. Not a bad deal. And speaking of "how awesome Castalia House is", if you have any interest in fantasy and science fiction and haven't already bookmarked the Castalia House blog, you are really missing out on some excellent and intelligent content. One of our newest bloggers, Morgan, is rapidly demonstrating that he's capable of hanging with Jeffro, Daniel, and Scooter with his detailed anthology reviews; you'll want to read his post on The Sword & Sorcery Anthology, with an introduction by David Drake, complete with a comment by David Drake himself:
A couple of years back, if you searched for Tachyon Publications’ The Secret History of Fantasy on Google Books, this is what would come up:

“Tired of the same old fantasy? Here are nineteen much-needed antidotes to cliched tales of swords and sorcery. Fantasy is back, and it’s better than ever!”

The lure of filthy lucre must have proven to be too much as Tachyon published The Sword & Sorcery Anthology in 2012.... The 1970s entries are dependable. Karl Edward Wagner’s “Undertow” is one of the most memorable Kane stories. The Ramsey Campbell story has never been reprinted to my knowledge.

Some of the seven post 1980 stories get dodgy. There was sword and sorcery in the 1980s in Fantasy Book and Space & Time. The 1990s were lean and grim but still you had Shadow Sword and Adventures in Sword and Sorcery. The editors did no deep excavation.

I never thought of Jane Yolen as a sword and sorcery writer. I used to read her stories in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction decades back and liked them. Her story is good if not a bit clichéd. Does anyone find it disturbing there was an anthology entitled Warrior Princesses? That is where “Become a Warrior” originally appeared.

Two stories are from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword and Sorceress anthologies. My view is Bradley’s anthology series quickly created a new category that can be called femizon fantasy that is distinct from sword and sorcery. The Charles Saunders story was a highlight of the original Sword and Sorceress and the highlight of the chronological later stories. Why was Rachel Pollack’s “The Red Guild” included (Sword and Sorceress #2)? You can stamp generic femizon story on this one.



Anonymous PhillipGeorge©2015 February 09, 2015 6:18 AM  

Hyperspace demons is straight theology rather than fiction.

It's an unsettling thought that empirical evidence may exist for hyperdimensionals that feed of negative mind energy. Suppressed data that is.

It's an often quoted Shakespeare line but, perchance, one of your younger readers hasn't happenstanced upon it There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Anonymous Kantor February 09, 2015 6:29 AM  

Moeller must be a W40k player....

Blogger John Repsher February 09, 2015 7:23 AM  

Hyperspace demons remind me of the dark entities inhabiting empty space in the stories of Cordwainer Smith, such as The Game of Rat and Dragon. A very interesting concept.

Anonymous bub February 09, 2015 7:43 AM  

Thanks for the free books - much appreciated. I've read a lot of Moeller's stuff - very enjoyable, recommended. Looking forward to reading H-demons and Frostborn.

Blogger Vox February 09, 2015 8:12 AM  

Thanks for the free books - much appreciated. I've read a lot of Moeller's stuff - very enjoyable, recommended.

You'll want to thank AC and Jonathan, they made their books available. We're looking forward to doing more work with Jonathan in the future.

Blogger Joshua Dyal February 09, 2015 8:36 AM  

Moeller must be a W40k player....

Wouldn't surprise me, but it also wouldn't surprise me to learn that someone else familiar with Lovecraftian notions couldn't independently come up with the concept of hyperspace demons.

I've read a few Moeller sword & sorcery books already and decided that as far as self-published authors go, he's one of the best ones I've come across. Looking forward to learning more about his work. He's pretty talented, from what I've seen so far.

Blogger James Sullivan February 09, 2015 8:55 AM  

"Hyperspace demons is straight theology rather than fiction.

It's an unsettling thought that empirical evidence may exist for hyperdimensionals that feed of negative mind energy. Suppressed data that is."


Blogger bob k. mando February 09, 2015 9:08 AM  

IF the Judeo-Christian God has manifold dimensions
THEN it would seem likely that angels / demons might also have some of these attributes

Anonymous JI February 09, 2015 10:22 AM  

The concept reminds of something similar in the Lamb Among the Stars science-fiction trilogy by Chris Walley.

Blogger Markku February 09, 2015 10:31 AM  

THEN it would seem likely that angels / demons might also have some of these attributes

Or possibly different quantum numbers (which may or may not translate to "dimensions" depending on your mathematical point of view). Any two wave functions ("matter") with different quantum numbers can go through each other without problem.

Blogger Markku February 09, 2015 10:41 AM  

Only, the problem with "dimension" is that you will probably think of something analogue. Quantum numbers are discrete.

Blogger Markku February 09, 2015 10:44 AM  

Now that we know that there is no "matter", the way we intuitively think of matter, but only wave functions not being able to occupy the same point in space-time, spirit beings are just utterly unproblematic. The only problem someone might claim about them, is that they haven't been proven to the satisfaction of science. But as a concept, they are no more weird than matter is weird.

Anonymous Donn February 09, 2015 10:47 AM  

Did I read that right, is it fifty pages long? Karl E Wagner faded badly when he was drinking. Drake carried Wagner through 'Killer' for example but when he was on he was great. I love his 'Kane' stories.

Blogger Vox February 09, 2015 11:10 AM  

Did I read that right, is it fifty pages long?

Yes, it is a novella, ala "Big Boys Don't Cry" or "One Bright Star to Guide Them".

Blogger CarpeOro February 09, 2015 11:25 AM  

The Kane series was excellent back when they came out. I wasn't aware that drinking had caused him to stop producing. If I recall, the Kane series was rather dark with Kane as a bit of an anti-hero. Perhaps that reflected some of his own inner demons he wasn't able to deal with.

Blogger Corvinus February 09, 2015 12:22 PM  

I think the demons-in-hyperspace phenomenon is somewhat of a standard by now. Certainly, the DOOM games are based on this idea. It'd be interesting to read Moeller's take on the idea.

Anonymous DNW February 09, 2015 2:00 PM  

This could be an interesting work, or at least subject; one deserving of extended treatment. Though, I am probably not competent to give it a fair review, having no literary qualifications or pretensions.

But still, I would say that if the novella can provide enough, and convincing enough of what is called "exposition" in movies [ I enjoy watching the bonus "making of the movie" features that come with DVDs LOL] then it really could set the mood convincingly, rather than operating to just traipse out a mood inducing, but ultimately hollow and disappointing premise.

I am specifically thinking here in terms of Colon Wilson's "The Mind Parasites"; which was mentioned to me by an analytic philosophy instructor years ago. As I was studying (or at least taking a course in) phenomenology at the time, and as the notion that some kind of "macrobe" to use the current author's and CS Lewis's term, could mix it up with the transcendental reduction and epoche ... well, it was just too tantalizing to resist. I was almost frantic to read the book.

But tantalizing was all it was. Though Wilson was apparently a blue brick grad, the mechanics fell short of what one would expect from a well informed writer. There's that scene in "Throw Momma From the Train" where the writing instructor admonishes a student that saying that "The captain pulled on the thingy and sent the submarine diving" lacked the necessary authenticity. And I felt the same way about "The Mind Parasites"

On the other hand, except for the poetry spouting and fantasy stuff, Lewis's "That Hideous Strength" pulled it off really well in my opinion. I'm not sure how, since I don't recall his trying to prove the mechanics of possession or describe the demon's domain convincingly.

Someone else has commented that demons in hyperspace is a widespread idea. And it may be. Even old Star Trek episodes included similar ideas. But as a different commenter has also noted, the final collapse of billiard ball materialism provides an opportunity for someone to make a plausible case in an intelligent way for the idea that alternate realities can intersect with ours - and do more than trot out hyperspace as a Terra Incognita from which anything may emerge.

Well, that my take for what, if anything, it was worth ...

Anonymous DNW February 09, 2015 2:29 PM  

I just had the "brilliant idea" to look up Colon Wilson on Wiki.

Should have done so before, not after.

A correction: I wrote, "Wilson was apparently a blue brick grad ..."

It seems he was definitely not. Maybe I assumed it, as his hero is compounded from J.L. Austin and Gilbert Ryle, and I figured that anyone so in the know, and English, naturally would have been.

Re., the Mind Parasites: "The story is about Professor Gilbert Austin's conflict with the Tsathogguans, invisible mind parasites that menace the most brilliant people on earth."

If Wilson was that shallow on phenomenology, I now wonder what he really knew about theories of speech acts, or philosophical behaviorism.

Anonymous A.B. Prosper February 09, 2015 2:57 PM  

Bob Mando, the biblical descriptions of angels, especially Seraphim and Cherubim supports the idea of a hyper-dimensional nature actually. All that stuff about 6 eyes and wheels and such reminds me of the theoretical descriptions of 3d objects in 2d space or 4d objects in 3d space.

Blogger Aquila Aquilonis February 09, 2015 3:43 PM  

Any chance for more Quantum Mortis books?

Blogger Vox February 09, 2015 4:10 PM  

Any chance for more Quantum Mortis books?

There will be two published this year. One by Steve and I, and one by Jonathan.

Blogger bob k. mando February 09, 2015 4:33 PM  

A.B. Prosper February 09, 2015 2:57 PM
the biblical descriptions of angels, especially Seraphim and Cherubim supports the idea of a hyper-dimensional nature actually.

i have said here many times that it appears to me that the Biblical descriptions of God seem to describe an entity of manifold dimensions.

i've even gone at it by asking, "How many dimensions ( i would say +3 ) would you describe man as being operant in? Would not God be operant in MORE?"

i would throw 7 out there, given the Biblical fascination with that ... but it could be larger. there are other numbers.

as i've also said previously, the God / Man nature of Jesus could conceivably be explained by this manifold dimensions concept as well.

Markku February 09, 2015 10:41 AM
Quantum numbers are discrete.

heathen! blasphemer! binary thinker of black and white!

the problem with limiting God to a simply quantum function is that i'm not sure how that's supposed to get you past the Big Bang.

wouldn't a quantum function still be embedded in space/time?

now we're right back to being constrained by Einsteinian 4 space.

Blogger Markku February 09, 2015 4:34 PM  

the problem with limiting God to a simply quantum function is that i'm not sure how that's supposed to get you past the Big Bang.

I'm not talking about God, but of angels and demons.

Blogger bob k. mando February 09, 2015 4:52 PM  

ah, so then sub-God entities would still be constrained within the physical Big Bang universe, yes.

yeah, i'm not disagreeing that God would also be fully functional with the quantum realm.

Blogger Markku February 09, 2015 7:37 PM  

Well, we all are the quantum realm. Our wave functions (from which our atoms are built from) have a certain set of quantum numbers, and since two wave functions with the same quantum numbers cannot occupy the same point in spacetime, we feel matter as "solid". Spacetime resists our fingers entering a location where there already are wave functions with the same quantum numbers.

But now, let's say that there was also another "state" of existence, occupying the same spacetime. It would be similarly built from wave functions, only they would have different quantum numbers. This would allow two almost completely separate words to overlap each other in the same location.

We intuitively think of matter as "normal" and spirit as "weird", but it could easily be just two fundamentally similar worlds overlapping. Both would be equally "weird" from the point of view of the other.

Blogger Markku February 09, 2015 7:47 PM  

It's like encountering a wall in a video game, and asking if it's solid. Well, in the logic of the game, yes it is. The wall fulfills any meaningful definition of solidity in that context.

But fundamentally, the game is just electricity in a CPU and some memory chips. Is _that_ solid? Well, "solid" is a category error in THAT context.

All existence is the same kind of a thing. It has its internal logic and is very self-consistent, but fundamentally it's just phase and amplitude of a four-dimensional coordinate system. That is the "substrate", like bits are the substrate of computer programs.

Anonymous Donn February 10, 2015 11:12 AM  

This was a great short story. I was left wanting more in the same setting and I am looking forward to anything CH and Moeller put together in the future. If you are looking for an hour's or so diversion this is a good read. It would be a perfect bed time read not to short not to long and just enough to think about before you go to sleep.

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