The Universe is endless and it may be impossible to explore it all. In the far distant future we have used technology to build a space ship that is really more like a planet. We have made clones of some of the greatest artists, scientists, musicians and world leaders that the universe has ever known. Their not completely sure what their mission is but they plan to explore the universe and see what’s out there. This description is just a very short summary of what Farther Than We Dreamed by Noah K Mullette-Gillman is about. The story will have 13 episodes and tell the story of the crew of the USS Shamballa. There has been a book that contains the first 4 episodes of the story and recently I read the fifth volume in the series called Gold.
In Noah K Mullette-Gillman’s Gold Charlie Daemon and the crew of the USS Shambala have arrived on the planet Tertius 17, which has an average temperature of -30 to -60 degrees. The ship’s geologist Veronika Zavada said the planet has gold and their ship has a limited supply. They go to the planet’s surface and find a race of creatures that they didn’t know about and other strange elements that have not been previously discovered.
Gold is a small part of a much bigger story and its everything that good Science Fiction should be. In this book we discover a new planet and see a race of giant turtle like creatures that have a whole eco-system living in their shadow. We also learn about the geft machine, a device that can build any non-organic item. The geft machine can build cities and palaces and has effected society both positively and negatively. What I liked about the geft machine was that it reminded me of 3d printers that are starting to get used and I wondered if in the future if we might have a machine that can build a palace to live in. Though with progress comes sacrifice and the author makes some good points about how getting everything we desire might have a negative effect on the universe. If you could have everything you wanted given to you would you appreciate it? And how would the world around you be effected?
I have to say that I love the concept for this whole series. Each episode looks at something that has happened in one of the character’s past, but the interesting thing is that the character in the present is a clone of that character from the past and doesn’t remember all the details of their past. Episode 5 gets into Charlie Daemon and Kalligeneia’s past and we learn how their pasts have effected the current versions of the characters.
Noah K. Mullette-Gillman has created a vast and complex universe in the Farther Than We Dreamed series. There are a lot of interesting characters with complicated pasts and several concepts here that I would have never dreamed of. What I’ve read of this series is excellent and I hope Noah starts getting a lot more attention for his writing, this is a series that fans of Science Fiction should consider a must read.
If you need to be convinced to give Farther Than We Dreamed a try, here is a video of the author reading the first chapter: