World Building, by guest author Michael L. Brachman

A little known secret about the world of Rome’s Revolution is just how the whole 35th century, mind-connected Vuduri element came about. The answer is lengthy but at its core, the truth is, I just wanted to have a dramatic scene where my 21st century hero Rei (pronounced Ray, not rye) was all alone on the surface of a moon, in a spacesuit with no radio. But who the hell would build a spacesuit without a radio? Why, people who were mind-connected, of course. They wouldn’t need radios. With that simple realization, I was off to the races.

I had to postulate a 24th chromosome which imbued my people of the future, the Vuduri, with such an ability. I further realized that if everybody could read everybody else’s mind, there was no privacy, not even of thought. This would cause people to suppress their natural creativity to point of being deadly dull. When Rei first meets my heroine, Rome, she has almost no personality. It wasn’t until she is isolated from the Overmind, the group consciousness that was a byproduct of the Vuduri mind connections, that her soul was revealed. Even though they were born centuries apart, they could not help but fall in love.

With regard to the rest of the Vuduri culture and technology, I wanted to “reboot” mankind so I introduced The Great Dying in the year 2081 AD. Over nine billion people died causing mankind to become nearly extinct. Who was behind this terrible tragedy is at the core of the sequel to Rome’s Revolution entitled The Ark Lords. The remaining handful of humans were knocked back to the Dark Ages so by the time Rei is thawed in the 35th century, the Vuduri have finally created a world which was just past our level of technology but having taken a complete left turn.

Much of the Vuduri creed was to not do things the way people did them in the past so as to avoid the catastrophe that hit the Earth just after Rei left on his Ark. Their power sources are infinite and sustainable. They have an FTL star-drive based on principles known today. They have a healthy fear of sentient computers. And crucial to the central conflict in the novel, they hold us, the people of the 21st century, responsible for the devastation of The Great Dying. They regard us with such disdain that Rome is ejected from the mass-mind (a process called Cesdiud in Vuduri), just for consorting with Rei.

After the initial shock wears off, it takes Rome a little while to learn to think for herself. Eventually she realizes how crucial this is to the survival of mankind and ends up transforming her society into something which is a hybrid of the two cultures. And that is why the trilogy is entitled Rome’s Revolution.

For more details on what it takes to build an entire universe, see my blog entitled Tales of the Vuduri. It is 250 articles to date and I’m just getting started! If you like hard science fiction, there is lots of juicy stuff waiting for you.

RR_Paperback_CoverYou can find out more about Michael on the websites for his books:

Rome’s Revolution:

The Ark Lords:

Rome’s Evolution:

(View a book trailer for Rome’s Revolution here)

You might also enjoy my wiki, entitled “The Science Behind the Science Fiction” –

Twitter: @mlbphd1



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2 responses to “World Building, by guest author Michael L. Brachman

  1. Thanks, Graeme. Another little known fact is that once you build a whole world, it stays in your head and later, when you need a fact, it just seems to pop out of the air. Somehow it sets up shop in your brain and continues to develop all on its own. Weird. Maybe creepy. But true. The same thing for characters. Once you have developed them, they develop a mind of their own and start saying and doing things that you never expected. It actually makes my job as author easier to write dialog. It becomes more like transcribing than writing. It’s a lot of fun!

    • Hi Michael, as a world-builder I can relate. The world my stories are set in has been growing on me for 17 years. Only when I started publishing stories about it did I start writing things down and organizing the many chaotic details to make sure, as they grow larger, there are no contradiction. It’s a lot of fun and makes me think of managing a large office with all its files. It keeps growing, and with that comes a need to keep better inventory!

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