August 14, 2013 by Jen Cudmore
For me John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ is one of the greatest stories ever told. If you want to know why then feel free to see my old blog post on the subject (http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/paradise-lost-greatest-story-ever-told.html). Great stories ask questions, and Paradise Lost asks many questions, deep questions about the universe and our place in it. Classic stories try to answer those questions and that is what Milton did with Paradise Lost. However whenever I read it I can’t help but wonder about some of those.
In many ways we have a greater understanding of the universe than we did in Milton’s time, but he did incorporate the new learning of his time in the story. Of course the physical universe is only a small part of creation and his verse does a marvellous job of bringing the celestial realm to life, expressing the wonder of it in a way that we can understand.
Our greater understanding of the physical realm hasn’t progressed our understanding of the higher realms, except to maybe to try and eliminate it completely. That may be the case, but what if there is something more, how might that fit with our modern theories? That was an interesting idea to investigate.
In Milton’s text the reason for existence is clear; through his writing he expresses his faith. For him God’s existence in itself is sufficient to explain the reason for existence. That still holds true for many people still. Faith and religion is something that has interested me for many years, but for this story I wanted to take it as given that God exists and is the creator of the universe.
With those assumptions a few key questions arise that Milton did answer, but to my mind the answer was a little lacking, or rather it lacked the detail I wanted. Now don’t get me wrong I haven’t written a story to rival Milton’s great work, that would require hubris of Lucifer’s magnitude! However I did want to look at these questions and see what answers I could construct into an interesting story.
Of these questions two really stand out for me, the first is why do we exist? The second, if God did create us, why does he ignore our plight? I wanted to come at this from a different angle from one of faith and see where that took me.
Writing ‘Conversations in the Abyss’ allowed me to explore these questions, and others as well. As a book it was great fun to write and I hope it is as much fun to read.
Conversations in the Abyss: The second book in ‘The Third Path’ trilogy.
Stealing Lazarus’s miracle gifted him immortality. Combined with his natural ability of invading and controlling people’s minds this made him one of the most dangerous people on Earth.
But the miracle came with a price. His punishment was to be imprisoned within the walls of an ancient monastery and tormented by an invisible fire that burned his body perpetually. To escape the pain he retreated deep into his own mind.
There he discovers the truth of the universe and that only he can stop the coming Apocalypse.
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Michael Brookes considers himself a fortunate man. By day he works as an Executive Producer making video games for a leading independent developer, and by night he writes fiction in the horror and science fiction genres.
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