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The Terranaut Oath

From Homecoming: Book Two of the Terranaut Trilogy

We will bring the future to Lucero;

We will bring the future to Earth;

They do not know that we exist;

We will not go down in history;

But we are the key.

This is our purpose.

We are grateful for this honor.

And we will be honored to die.

Lucero will return to its home.

Cover of First Cause


Quote of the Day, 9/4/12

Today’s quote of the day:

“Politics is the control of wealth and power. You are being conditioned to condemn politics as petty and boring, thus granting all the more control to the powers that be.” –Corrosion of Conformity

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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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Happy friday! It’s time for another Quote of the Day…

Today’s Quote of the Day is:

“Toward no crimes have human beings shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences in belief.”

James Russell Lowell

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Paul West’s next radio show on 9/17!

Cover of First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility

Cover of First Cause

Tune on on Monday, September 17th, to listen to Paul West‘s guest appearance on to Ali Talks Live. We’re going to discuss writing, being an author, society, creativity, human possibility and other topics; there are also going to be giveaways! Alicia Justice, host of Ali Talks Live, is soon going to be posting her review of First Cause; as soon as it goes live, I’ll post about it.

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To buy First Cause: A Novel About Human Possibility on Amazon, so you can check it out before the show goes on the air, click here.

Thanks for reading & listening,


Today’s Quote of the Day

Today’s Quote of the Day:

“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike — and yet it is the most precious thing we have.”

–Albert Einstein

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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.

Thank you for reading; I hope you enjoy my work. You can find First Cause on Amazon here.