Debut Historical Science Fiction Epic Explains Ancient Archeological Wonders

By Peter H. Green

T. W. Fendley, Zero Time (Fiction), L & L Dreamspell (London, TX), 2011, 347 Pp. and e-book.
An absorbing space-time odyssey, Zero Time, by T. W. Fendley, which its ambitious publisher L & L Dreamspell has classified as historical fantasy, is really science fiction. The tale is set on Earth in 2011 in the present day, 150 BCE, in Teotihuacan and other sites in Mexico; Machu Picchu, Peru, and in an even earlier era, 3059 B.C.E on Earth and the planet  Omeyocan in the Pleiades constellation. In the opening scenes the people from whom Mesomericans were descended emigrate to earth’s favorable environment in a last-ditch attempt to save their race from extinction by overcoming a genetic flaw that prevents future breeding by flawed males of their own species

A brilliant conception that provides plausible scientific explanations for the mysteries of the ancient cultures that founded civilizations at Machu Picchu, Peru; Izpaca, Mexico, the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, and other possible locations around the globe. T. W. Fendley, in her debut novel, transports her protagonist Quilla (Kee’-ah) and other colonists from Omeyocan into three different eras spanning 5125 solar years (or 13 Baktun, in her people’s complex date system) until the end of the Fifth Long Passage through the galaxy, a constellation’s trip lasting 26,000 years, ending and starting over at the hibernal equinox, December 21, 2012, or “Zero Time.”

In the universe she creates, Fendley employs space-time travel across 13 dimensions through “serpent ropes,” virtual pathways through the cosmos that link her planet timelessly with Earth and other way stations throughout the galaxy. Quilla, our protagonist in three incarnations in three different eras, must work with her birth mother Xmucane (shmoo’-kane) , and her father  Xpiyacoc (shoo-pee’-a-cok) to defeat the Lord of Darkness and reconnect with the evil one’s consort and her own wayward sister, to reestablish the Law of One, in which love permeates and connects all things. In the process, the author explicates the role of mystical serpents of pre-Columbian culture, geoglyphs on the Peruvian plain and Aztec human sacrifice (an unintended consequence of the Lord of Darkness’s perversity). The reasons behind construction of the magnificent cities aligned with astronomical bodies through advanced calculations are also explained in this author’s all-encompassing conception of this advanced civilization that traveled to Earth.

The clear, crisp writing style, dazzling descriptions of pre-Columbian cities and sympathetic characters more than make up for the complexities of the story. Readers who master the massive back story, the jaw-busting names of the principal characters and the complex space-time plot and persist to the grand announcement of this epic–and science and archeology buffs are a hardy lot–-will learn how Quilla, in cooperation with the Daughters of Light and her birth parents, saves her people by permitting breeding with earthlings and allowing the propagation of future males of the species. As the story ends in contemporary Philadelphia, she looks back as Keihla Benton, today a science reporter, at her eons of time-travel throughout the universe in her pivotal role of rescuing and perpetuating Omeyocan’s civilization.

The author confesses that creation of this sprawling, dazzling work took years, evolving over several trips to the sites she so vividly describes, and as depicted in the striking photo of Machu Picchu on the book’s cover. While this epic vision of human history requires effort on the part of the reader, its message is inspiring and eerily familiar, echoing the theories of archeologists who have studied Mesoamerican culture and deduced strikingly similar explanations. For those who like to stretch their imaginations–and who doesn’t?–this novel is a fascinating and compelling read. You’d better get it and read it before December 21, 2012. Who knows what the Sixth Long Passage may hold in store?

Till next time, good words to you.

Peter

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12 Comments:

  1. Peter–Thank you so much for the kind words, but mostly for “getting” what I was trying to convey. You did an elegant job of condensing my complex tale. Much appreciated!

  2. It’s a great story, Teresa, and a worthy speculation about the history of Mesoamerican civilizations.

  3. This is a terrific review of a terrific book. Well done.

  4. This was an outstanding review, of what must be a complex work:) I love complex stories, love the depth, and the stretch of the imagination that must accompany it:)
    Congratulations, T.W., on giving the reader such an epic tale:) And to Peter, once again, a very well worded critique of a fellow author’s work:) I always enjoy your “take” on things:)

    Loretta

  5. Great review for a complex and compelling novel!

  6. Thanks for the kind words, Cindy … I appreciate your stopping by, especially with all you have going on to get ready for the upcoming Left Coast Crime convention!

  7. Hi, Loretta — I’m so glad the complexity isn’t a turn-off! I love many types of books, but some of the most memorable for me have been the more complex ones.
    I, too, enjoy Peter’s insightful blog posts…and if you haven’t read his short story–The Night We Ruined the Dog–you’re in for a treat! (It’s on his website)

  8. DK — thanks so much for coming by and for all your support! Isn’t it crazy that a simple word like “compelling” can make you feel so great? Sweet!

  9. Peter and T.W.– It’s always a pleasure to see a review that actually says something, and to hear about a work that’s fueled by imagination and crafted with care. Congrats to both of you.

  10. Thanks, all, for the good discussion. Tell your friends abut Teresa’s book!

  11. Linda — Thanks so much for coming by! I appreciate your interest and agree that it’s refreshing to see a review that goes beyond the basics (especially when it’s about MY book ).

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