The goal of this site is two-fold.
First, the aspiration is to use science fiction storytelling to envision new arrangements of power for our planet, arrangements that are socially and environmentally just. Arrangements that support a livable existence for all.
Secondly, this site constructs a context for science fiction writing – mine and yours should you choose to play in this world with me.
FIVE PREMISES AND THE MISSION
The world constructed in this narrative has the following premises and a mission:
There is a huge amount of traditional knowledge of Earth and the cosmos lost in the processes of Christian settler colonialism, in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and South Asia. Western science and the various disciplines of academia have served Christian settler colonialism and heteronormative white supremacy and are based in an overly mechanistic cosmology inadequate to the task of recognizing and describing connections and networks that make this a living planet where “separation is the lie.”
In the early 21st Century, apocalypse is imminent.
This apocalypse is environmental and the result of two millenniums of Christian imperialism and resulting white supremacy, and capitalism.
Through the process of apocalypse, the planet is saving itself from the affliction that is humanity. Using fire, flood, plague and other methods recognized by humanity as the results of climate change, the planet is eradicating a pestilence.
The operating intelligence that is the planet is called the Great Mycelium.
A group of humans who met through a 12 Step Program, Survivors of the Isms Anonymous are collaborating with the planet by reengaging with traditional knowledges lost in the processes of Christian settler colonialism, white supremacy, and capitalism.
We are reborn every 120 years. In our youth we feel the usual intuitive soul connections and haunting deja vu sensations that link us to past lives. The Mycelium awakens in us the memories of past lives when our brains fully develop at age 24. It also gives us a “homing beacon” that calls us to a certain place and historical moment when we are reborn. For example, my main character Atalanta is reborn to the ancient Mediterranean near Brauronia and the Sanctuary of Artemis. This means we can change history. However, this is very, very challenging.
The goal is to leave the planet with a massive biosphere / “ark” / multiversity system that preserves the ecologies of earth, while helping to continue a beneficial process of evolution and engaging in utopian experiments to reform human societies.
The plan is to return after a millennium away in order to restore Earth after the apocalypse has reset the planet.
Write Your Own Fiction.
First, I hope this world provokes and inspires your creative projects. Please develop your own set of characters and tell the story of the part they play in this collaborative space opera.
Simply cite me, Heather Martel, and this site, DidoLives.com in your publications.
The Practical Details of this world are based in research into various sciences and traditional knowledges. As a historian of science, I enjoy playing with understandings of fungus, of the possibilities of life on Venus, of how to recycle all of earth’s garbage, or of what ancient sites like Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids of Egypt, and Machu Pichu might have meant to mark.
However, I am aware that there are so so many things I don’t know.
I have sketched out the framework for this world according to the basic premises above. Maintaining the first premise, what practical problems do you see and how might they be solved, not only through Western science, but by recovering or imagining traditional knowledges obscured through millenniums of Christian imperialism? (And yes, there are other dominant religions, but Christianity is the one that sets the norms in my part of the world.)
When I am ready for input, I will create a way for us to communicate.