Background

heinleinCredit where credit's due. The root of the idea for this story lies in a book titled ‘The Moon is Harsh Mistress’ written by Robert A Heinlein and published in 1966. He too speculated that non human intelligence would be the result of a process of evolution rather than man's deliberate design. This was the first book that I remember reading that introduced the idea of a computer achieving sentience. There are also threads from several of his other books weaving their way through this work. Including the name Tertius which is borrowed with thanks and acknowledgement from Heinlein's 'Future History' series of books.

second_lifeWhen broadband internet arrived in my town, one of the first things I did was to create an account and an avatar in Linden Lab's Second Life. This became the real online virtual world and role play game that provided the basis for my fictional virtual world of Tertius. Many of the features of Tertius are adapted from elements and concepts that can be found in Second Life. Try it, play it. It's great fun and even educational, although to the best of my knowledge, no avatar has yet achieved sentience in Second Life.


Science.

The Awakening of Tertius is a work of fiction. That said, much of what I speculate and fantasize around is based in current scientific research..... I just stretch it a little!

the_fieldZero Point Energy Field: This crops up several times in my story. It's important in that it theoretically provides the mechanism for the Tertius/Real Life relationships to function. I am stretching the research of Dean Radin way beyond any confirmable limits here!
Zero Point Energy has been the subject of a lot of research in recent decades. Much of this is good hard science, some of it decidedly speculative. Much is controversial and ultimately there is probably far more still to learn about this subject than has been discovered to date. 'The Field' by Lynne McTaggart (2004) is an excellent book; a good and a very accessible introduction to the subject.

sanskritSanskrit as Computer Language. Sanskrit is one of the most ancient languages still in use today. It's known origins in India date back more than 3000 years. It may well be much older than that. But Sanskrit apparently has a very precise form and grammar which make it an ideal basis for programming. This has been researched and written about on several occasions during recent decades. In particular, articles by Rick Briggs of NASA published from 1985 onwards detail this idea. As of December 2012, NASA continue to investigate the use of Sanskrit for programming. Click here if you want to know what the image above says.


Places

Most of the places and locations mentioned in the Real World in the book exist. There are several exceptions. Don't go looking for Tertius Inc.'s offices, Jonathan's house, Angelina's cafe or the Royal Lincoln hotel. You may find some interesting places along the way, but those locations are as fictional as the characters in my book.

A multitude of other credits and acknowledgments can be found at the end of my book.

Mythology?

History became legend. Legend became myth*.

mabinogionAncient men told tales of the events in their lives and the wonders they found in the world, using invention and speculation when they were unable to understand what they saw. Over centuries, these tales transformed, growing in stature as they were passed on from generation to generation, becoming the mythology and the basis for belief amongst the peoples of the world. 'The Mabinogion', which is mentioned in Chapter 17 of my book is just one such example. Collected together from Medieval Welsh manuscripts these tales have an oral tradition dating back to pre-Christian times.

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Morrigan, the avatar name chosen by Harriet in the book is also from mythology. This time from Ireland where 'The Morrigan' was the ancient goddess of battle, strife and sovereignty. She was sometimes depicted as a crow... but you will find that out if you read my book!



house_wolfingsOn the other hand..... In 1888, William Morris published a novel entitled 'The House of the Wolfings'. Drawing on Norse and Germanic mythology, this was one the first modern novels to unite a fantasy world with the elements of the supernatural. This book may be seen as precursor to much modern day fantasy writing and as you may find out, it provides a setting for part of my own book.

When JRR Tolkien sat down to write half a century later, he was greatly influenced by the work of Morris and by this book in particular. Descriptions, prose style and even names filtered through from Morris in both 'The Hobbit' and later in 'The Lord of the Rings'.

Whilst both Morris and Tolkien drew heavily on a wide variety of ancient sources, their works must essentially be considered as modern fiction and not mythology in the true sense.

* From the prologue of the Film: The Fellowship of the Ring