Gaia is the word for "unity-of-life-processes". The experiment here is to unify the various threads of voice and sense of self together into an undivided unity. Spirituality, economics, politics, science and ordinary life interleaved.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Three Parties, a writing project from 2004

Back in the dark mid-months of last year I wrote a 20 thousand word novella about a Neanderthal-Sapiens cross-breed in the hills of Jericho, wandering back into his homeland through the Sapiens of the Middle East, among whom he learns the sacred Hunt, back into the Kung Bushmen from whome he learns the Sacred dance, then up to Egypt where he meets a exiled Spaceman living in solitude, the last of his kind, from whom he learns to read and write.

He returns to the Neanderthals and teaches them the Hunt and the Dance, but they die out, so he takes the Sapiens south to the Atlantean and they learn to read and write from the half-breed. The tale ends with the inception of Egyptian civilisation and with the half-Neanderthal hero as high priest of the pharaoh Sapiens.

The next story in the series of three, Vincent Throws A Party, was set in 1995 at the end of University for five friends. They each overcome their fears and gather themselves up for the work of making a living with the same joy and pleasure that carried them through university with spirits intact. It is a tale of survival as well, but of survival of spiritus sanctus, the spirit of youth, into the late nineties era.

The third proposed story, unwritten, a kind of SF joke, was of a part in an orbital station in which evolutionary microbiology is inadvertently discovered when a biocomputer is invited to the party...

The concept was to have Three Parties, one prehistoric, one historic, and the third trans-historic, each giving a distinct slant on human nature at moments of transition.


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