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PostHeaderIconThe Leaves of October

PostHeaderIcon Boxed Sets

 

The published Scattered Worlds books are now available in two ebook sets in Kindle format.

Beyond Our Stars: a Scattered Worlds omnibus ($8.99) contains Weaving the Web of Days, A Voice in Every Wind, All Roads Lead to Terra, A Rose From Old Terra, and The Leaves of October.

Worlds Afire: a scattered Worlds omnibus ($6.99) contains three novels of the Hoister Family: Dance for the Ivory Madonna, The Eighth Succession, and Children of the Eighth Day.

These ebook sets are the most inexpensive way to get up to date on the Scattered Worlds Mosaic.

PostHeaderIcon Beyond Our Stars

Beyond Our Stars
Author/Editor: 
Don Sakers
a Scattered Worlds omnibus
Genre(s): 
Science Fiction
Series: 
Scattered Worlds
Series Order: 
99
Reading order: 
99
Five Scattered Worlds books in one ebook.
One-Paragraph Description: 

Contains 5 Scattered Worlds books: WEAVING THE WEB OF DAYS (intergalactic space opera), A VOICE IN EVERY WIND (adventure on an alien world), ALL ROADS LEAD TO TERRA (two tales of attacks on Earth), A ROSE FROM OLD TERRA (Librarians save the Galaxy), and THE LEAVES OF OCTOBER (the Hlutr: immensely old, terribly wise...and utterly alien).

PostHeaderIcon The Leaves of October

The Leaves of October cover
Author/Editor: 
Don Sakers
How would intelligent, long-lived trees judge the Human race?
Compton Crook Award finalist 1989
Parts 1 & 2 appeared in The World's Best SF anthologies for their respective years
Pages: 
300
Genre(s): 
Science Fiction
Series: 
Scattered Worlds
Series Order: 
8.5
Era (SWM only): 
8.500
Reading order: 
1
The Hlutr: immensely old, terribly wise...and utterly alien
One-Paragraph Description: 

Humans were savage, uncontrolled, aggressive and unpredictable. Should the Hlutr encourage them -- or exterminate them?

Long Description: 

The Hlutr . . .

Immensely old, terribly wise...and utterly alien. Long before life crawled from the oceans of Earth, the forests of the Hlutr stood on a million worlds. Their soundless songs filled space, and their mastery of evolution had brought peace to countless planets.

When Humanity went out into the stars . . .

They found the Hlutr waiting for them. Waiting to observe, to converse, to help. Waiting to judge...and, if necessary, to destroy. Humans were savage, uncontrolled, aggressive and unpredictable.

Should the Hlutr encourage Humans -- or exterminate them?


The Cult Classic Back in print after a decade and a half

Parts One and Two of this book, originally published as Analog novelettes, each appeared in The World's Best SF anthologies for their respective years. The novel was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. Wavelengths Online calls it "an underrated SF gem." Speed-of-C Productions is proud to bring The Leaves of October back into print with a brand-new epilogue written just for this edition.

An underrated sf gem.

-Wavelengths Online

Review: 

Rambles says: The Leaves of October was first published in 1988 and I wish I had read it then. It uses a series of short stories, following two different time lines, to unfold the relationship between man and Hlutr. The stories focus on the interactions between individuals as they tie into the relationship between species. Sometimes they are adversaries, often they are friends, but they change those directly involved and the world around them. The one thread focuses on the relationship between one man as he grows up and a Hlutr. These tales are brief moments, showing the changes he goes through, the important moments of his life as he shares those moments with the Hlutr. It eventually ties in to the other thread near the end of the book. The second thread travels through time to show how the relationship between man and Hlutr grew. Each story is told by a Hlutr as they try to understand man, sometimes amazed and sometimes shocked by what we do. At times they struggle with what to do with us, whether they should save or destroy a species that is capable of so much good and so much that is ill. The answers never come easy and as in all things the past influences the present. Not only are the stories well written, the characters are real. At times you can see the edges of what could have been if they had chosen differently. You also see parts of why they chose to do what they did. And their choices stem from who they are and what has gone before. There is always a reason, and the reasons make sense. ...Don Sakers has woven a wonderful tapestry of tales together into a greater whole with The Leaves of October. Take the time to listen to the tales with heart and mind, to see what they have to show.

- Rambles

written by Paul de Bruijn published 9 August 2003 http://www.rambles.net/sakers_octleaves03.html

PostHeaderIcon Nulli Secundus

Significance: 
Representative of Created Intelligences to the Second Terran Empire
Race: 
AI/Robot
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Birthdate/place: 
c. 20,500 HE
Deathdate/place: 
unknown
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Nulli Secundus was the primary representative of the Created Intelligences in the Second Terran Empire. It was a Ragnarok-series AI constructed on Borshall c. 10,500 CE.

In addition to providing and coordinating AI support for the Second Empire, Nulli Secundus was also a strong voice in the Emperor's cabinet.


PostHeaderIcon Humans return to Terra

Event Type: 
Key Event
Significant Event
Year (CE): 
20000 C.E.
Year-Month-Day (CE): 
200000000
Year (Other): 
30000
Calendar: 
HE
Era: 
8.500

PostHeaderIcon Grigor Haentil aka Loreca

Significance: 
Human philosopher, founder of the Lorecanist movement
Race: 
Human (Fey)
Psi Abilities: 
Schiller-Hertzfeld Ability
Physical Description: 

Skin: Color of dry leaves
Hair:  like webs that hang from long-untouched branches
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Grigor/Loreca is always portrayed with a tall, looped staff of dull metal and acommpanied by a small, shaggy dog.


Birthdate/place: 
7876 CE, Amny
Deathdate/place: 
c. 8000 CE, The Secluded Realm
Biography: 

Grigor studied at the Brandixian School on Amny until he was about 30. Then, being a student of alien philosophy, he persuaded a Galactic Rider to take him to Nephestal, where he eventually found his way into a Daamin philosophy group.

Grigor Haentil was of a Kala Phenkae branch that produced Schiller-Hertzfeld scores in the high 500s. With drugs, he was able to virtually imitate the Daamin Forever Dreams and their peculiar nonlinear causality.

In 7932 CE, when he was 56, Haentil returned to Amny. He got a lecturing post at the Brandixian School there and started on the philosophies that formed the basis of the Book of Loreca. By the time the Book was published (7943 CE), there was a growing community of Haentil's disciples on Amny and even throughout the Imperium.

In 7943 CE, at a pre-publication conference on Amny, Grigor Haentil took the pseudonym Loreca and began calling his movement Lorecanism.

During his life, Loreca had two audiences with the Imperator, and in 7948 CE the Imperator gifted the movement with Credixian land and buildings that later formed the nexus of Circe Mater.


 

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PostHeaderIcon October Leaves

It's autumn in the Northern Hemisphere, and the leaves are turning. What better time to read about superintelligent trees and their ten-thousand-year relationship with the Human Race? Not only is The Leaves of October "an underrated SF gem," it's also a perfect introduction to the Scattered Worlds Mosaic.

 

PostHeaderIcon Forest of the Hlutr, Nephestal

The particular physical collection of Hlutr on the planet Nephestal near the Assembly Hall.

PostHeaderIcon Nephestal (aka Kao Li)

Category: 
Scattered Worlds
Planet Type: 
Habitable

Location: 

Bearing from Terra (relative to Core) (degrees):
Distance from Terra: 10.3 kiloparsecs
Map Reference: G6
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Primary: 
Hira Des
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The Planet Nephestal:

 

The Temple of All Worlds and environs:

Year Founded (CE): 
-120000000
Additional Info: 

The sky of Nephestal is dominated by Rept Kretzlab, the Gap of Remembrance.

Plate tectonics on Nephestal is managed so that the continents do not move from their locations.

PostHeaderIcon The Death

Event Type: 
Significant Event
Year (CE): 
4020 C.E.
Year-Month-Day (CE): 
40200000

Taatokal epidemic wipes out about one-third of the Galaxy's Human population. Many planets, most notably Lucifer, are totally depopulated.

PostHeaderIcon Taatokal

(The Death, Dertodd's disease, epidemic taatokal)

[From The Taglierre School of Medicine Professional Guide to Diseases, 61st edition, Taglierre University Press, Year MDCCCLXXX of the Imperium, in the reign of the August Imperator Antonia IV.]

Taatokal is an acute infection caused by a highly-contagious prion-based agent. Taatokal is acutely fulminant and highly contagious, and causes acute prostration, respiratory distress, systemic distress, and death -- often within 6 to 8 days after onset.

PostHeaderIcon Silchar, Escen

A city on Escen.

PostHeaderIcon Tavoy, Escen

A city on Escen.

PostHeaderIcon Arakan, Escen

A city on Escen.

PostHeaderIcon Moulmein, Escen

A city on Escen.

PostHeaderIcon Magwe, Escen

A city on Escen.

PostHeaderIcon Nerang, Escen

Capital and largest city of Escen. Originally "New Rangoon."

PostHeaderIcon Corella, Karphos

A mountain-city on the planet Karphos c. 7600 CE.

PostHeaderIcon Karphos

Category: 
Human world
Planet Type: 
Marginally Habitable

Primarily a mining center for the solar wind of the unstable star). Convenient layover on main shipping lanes to and from Patala. Tourism and gambling were secondary industries.

Location: 

Bearing from Terra (relative to Core) (degrees):
Distance from Terra: 14.1 kiloparsecs
Map Reference: I4
Other location data:Near Borshall/New Sardinia; strategically located near major shipping lanes (the Aniweta Leap) between Patala and the Transgeled
 

Primary: 
Mu Venarum
System Position: 
1
Irradiation (Terra=1): 
2.79
Distance from Primary (AU): 
0.42
Distance from primary (million km): 
62.4
Revolution (Terran years): 
0.61
Revolution (Terran days): 
222.97
Revolution (local days): 
168.082
Diameter (Terra=1): 
1.32
Diameter (km): 
16881
Surface gravity (Terra=1): 
1.595
Rotation (hours): 
31.8375
Moons: 
0
Other Physical Data: 

Karphos is conjectured to be a former satellite of planet 2, Badhos.

Year Founded (CE): 
2193
Territory: 
The Transgeled
History: 

Primarily a center for mining operations of the solar wind of Mu Venarum and company planet of the Karphos Corporation. Karphos was a convenient layover on main shippings lanes to and from Patala. Tourism and gambling were secondary industries.

In TE 361, Patalanian Union forces met Terran Empire forces near Karphos. The battle was a ringing defeat for the Empire, and allowed the Union to extend its boundaries into the Transgeled. Karphos itself was ruined and mostly depopulated.

c. 7600 CE, a mountain city called Corella existed on Karphos.

 

Additional Info: 

Karphos Corporation Mining Operations

Level One: 20 million km orbit around Mu Venarum

Operations: Mining, packing

Facilities: Six co-orbital Stations (Alif, Ba, Ta, Tha, Jim, Ha), additional substations and ships

 

Level Two: 30 million km orbit around Mu Venarum

Operations: Transfer to Karphos orbit

Facilities: Ships, six co-orbital asteroidal masses for gravity slingshooting

 

Level Three: 62.4 million km orbit around Mu Venarum

Operations: Refinement and separation

Facilites: Karphos and five co-orbital stations: Equilateral East, Counter East, Counter Karphos, Counter West, Equilaterla West

 

Level Four: 1 - 1.6 billion km orbit around Mu Venarum

Operations: Transfer to levels five or six

Facilities: Badhos and seven co-orbital asteroidal nodes, Trenhos and seven co-orbital asteroidal nodes 

 

Level Five: 2.5 billion km orbit around Mu Venarum

Operations: Pickup by Imperial Freighters

 

Level Six: 4.6 billion km orbit around Mu Venarum

Operations: Pickup by Imperial Freighters

 

PostHeaderIcon Hlutr declared sapient

Event Type: 
Significant Event
Year (CE): 
2514 C.E.
Year-Month-Day (CE): 
25140000
Year (Other): 
361
Calendar: 
TE

Hlutr declared sapient.

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