An Abyss of Light (Powers of Light, Book 1) by Kathleen O'Neal Gear

By Kathleen O'Neal Gear

Whilst THE GALACTIC MAGISTRATES - extraterrestrial beings with fantastic harmful strength - compelled international after global to hitch their Union of sunlight platforms, in simple terms the Gamant humans endured to withstand subjugation. For even if the Magistrates' Union introduced peace and prosperity, it additionally stole the uniqueness of its member races.

And to the people often called the Gamant humans, their historical past was once extra very important than lifestyles itself. For they have been the selected ones, blessed with the reward of the Mea Shearim - an interdimensional gateway to God. yet have been the beings of sunshine with whom wearers of the Mea communed truly God and the angels? Or have been they extraterrestrial beings past the comprehension of flesh and blood mortals, a race to whom the Gamants have been mere pawns in a few universe-spanning game?

Either method, the Gamant religion could quickly obtain its final attempt because the Galactic Magistrates mobilized to place an finish to their uprising, at the same time many between them grew to become to a messiah who could betray them all….

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Rathere herself had changed the AI: their interaction, their constant proximity as she embraced new experiences, the AI's care and attentions reflected back upon itself as she matured. It loved her. She loved it back, and that pushed it toward personhood. But now it was blinded. The manual said that an AI unit cut off from stimuli might gain a hundredth of a point or so in self-reflection, but that wouldn't be enough to finish the process. Rathere had to act to save her friend. With only a few days left before they reached the HC, she had to quicken the process, to embrace the most intense interaction with the machine that she could imagine.

Rathere told stories about them to the starship's AI. Tales of their fierce, glacial battles, of betrayal on the mating trail, of the creatures' slow intrigues against the human colonists of Petraveil, millennia-long plots of which every chapter lasted centuries. At first, the AI gently interrupted her to explain the facts: the limits of scientific understanding. The lithomorphs were removed through too many orders of magnitude in time, too distant on that single axis ever to be comprehended. The four decades they'd been studied were mere seconds of their history.

Perhaps the lithos had noticed the whirring creatures around them, or more likely had spotted the semi-permanent buildings around the square. But the lithomorphs' reaction to the sudden human invasion produced only a vague, cosmic worry, like knowing one's star will collapse in a few billion years. For Rathere, though, the lives of the lithomorphs were far more immediate. Like the AI minder, they were mentors, imaginary friends. Their immobility had taught her to watch for the slightest of movements: the sweep of an analog clock's minute hand, the transformation of a high cirrus cloud, the slow descent of the planet's old red sun behind the northern mountains.

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