Category Archives: The Terranaut Diaries

The Terranaut Diaries: Levandra, 8/22/93


Today went well, and I will sleep well tonight. My collaborators have to understand the necessities; most of our fellow Luceri are childlike in their views, and the terrestrials are like wayward dogs, best instructed by force. Our Terranaut children will have the strength of conviction that our weak-willed civilization has drained from us; and we’ll no longer have to languish under this despicable dome, while our backward ancestors enjoy the privilege of a real sky and an entire planet of resources. The day we retake the Earth will be the day we truly rise beyond our disgrace.

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A Few Words About the Terranaut Diaries

About the Terranaut Diaries

As many of you know (and for those who don’t yet, I’ll try to avoid spoilers), the Terranauts are the advance scouts/troops/infiltrators for the enormous undertaking known as the Terra Project. The Terra Project is many things, and its motivations are hard to simplify, but we do know that it’s orchestrated by five disparate Luceri, who collectively refer to themselves as the Directors.

Some of my readers—including some of my thoughtful beta-readers—expressed an interest in learning more about the Directors, the Terranauts, and the Luceri in general. They wanted to know more of their history, their motivations, their relationships—in short, what makes them tick…

In the story of the Directors, and the Terra Project in general, we see a number of things that have precedent in actual human history: good intentions leading to bad policies, intelligent and forward-thinking people becoming embroiled in long-range plans that they come to question, and the fact that history is often more driven by personalities than by ideas. We see the successes and failure of coalitions; we see the undertow of extreme and charismatic personalities, and how said undertow can exert a negative influence on otherwise intelligent people; we see the inclination of intelligent people to behave stupidly and myopically under group duress; and we see how progress can proceed from grim surroundings, just as seemingly ideal surroundings can produce forces that would cause us to regress. In short, we see how nothing about the human condition—progress, despair, success, idealism, cooperation, even struggle—can be taken for granted.

With the Terranaut Diaries, readers and fans will get a peek behind the scenes of the greater backdrop of the Terra Project. The Terranaut Diaries begin with Levandra, because she is the most clearly controversial of the Directors and the most obvious ‘loose cannon’ of their lot. Through her diary entries, we get an idea of the unseen trajectory of the hawkish, acquisitive, vitriolic personality that alters the course of an already questionably conceived Project. Later in the Diaries, we’ll see entries that aren’t diaries, per se; they’ll be anecdotes, scenes and flashbacks from the lives of the terrestrials’ first cousins, whose forbears left us behind out of (mainly legitimate) disgust. You’ll get an idea of how a historically good idea can go terribly wrong, and you’ll hopefully be intrigued enough to re-engage the Terranaut Trilogy when it resumes in the form of a second book.

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The Terranaut Diaries: Levandra, 6/5/1993

(concurrent with the events in First Cause)


These dreams I have, they have gotten so terrible that I barely sleep. What does it feel like, to lose one’s mind? I twist and pinch my fingers to keep myself awake during the day. I must stay focused…I must stay alert. The first generation is almost ready, and my ‘colleagues’ continue to drag Thurondro into their quagmire of equivocation. I hate them. I hate them.

I hate them.

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The Terranaut Diaries: Levandra, 1/20/1993

(concurrent with the events in First Cause)


I can barely control it anymore. The frustration–the burning urge to leap across the table and pull her from her chair. I can barely stand to look at her, so I write these words instead of ripping her eyes from the sockets.

Even worse than her pathetic equivocation is how Thurondro defers to her.  I ask myself if he could possibly respect her. I can only believe that he is duty bound to maintain cohesion, and this is why he holds me back, keeps me from reminding her that she holds US back. This is his weakness, his need to entertain opinions that do not bear entertaining. This is what holds him back from realizing the greatness he is on the verge of creating. I will help him. And when we have succeeded–when the time comes–she will suffer with the rest of them. I must remind myself that they are only in the way for now.

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Check back soon for the first installment of the Terranaut Diaries

Starting with an entry by Levandra Peracz, one of the Terra Project’s five Directors.

The Teranaut Diaries will be here on the First Cause blog, for now; please tell me what you think, and if’ you’ve read First Cause, how you think it contributes to the larger arc of the story.

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