Rex Rising

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Rex Rising

Book One of Elei’s Chronicles

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YA, Science Fiction novel

6th position in the Preditors and Editors Readers’ Poll

in the category of Fantasy and Science Fiction novels published in 2011 (click on the image below to see)

Who is Elei?

In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life as an aircar driver — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren’t inclined to sit down and talk, although that’s not the end of Elei’s troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows in a mad race against time. It won’t be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret – a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known – or die trying.


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Enter Elei’s world – the world of the Seven Islands

In the midst of the ocean, long ago seven islands rose: Ker, Torq, Ert, Aue, Kukno, Ost, and rich Dakru. So wrote Sarpion three hundred years back in his epic “Sarpionia”. The islands rose in a circle with Dakru at their center, and are connected between them and to Dakru with bridges.

Each island is about five hundred square miles, composed of steep central mountain massifs, which are surrounded by lowlands stretching down until they meet the coast. Fresh water springs from the mountains, and the pale daystar traveling the sky produces enough radiation for agaricum crops to feed both races — the Gultur and the other, lower humans.

The Gultur, an all-women race transformed by the main parasite they carry – Regina – rule the Seven Islands with an iron fist, and there are rumors that they are planning a genocide.

Geography

The story unfolds from the capital of the island of Ost, called Sestos, to the central of the Seven Islands, Dakru. Below is the map with all the towns where action takes place in Rex Rising:


Rex Cresting

Book Two of Elei’s Chronicles

Summary:

Still recovering at a hospital on the north coast of Dakru, Elei is convinced that his part in bringing down the Gultur is over. Rex has infected the other race and their dictatorial system is starting to collapse. Not every Gultur, though, has been affected, and on top of that, inside Elei’s body, Rex has matured and goes through another transformation. Elei isn’t sure he can survive Rex’s new strength — but that is the least of his worries, as the Gultur descend on him again.

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Rex Equilibrium

Book Three of Elei’s Chronicles

Summary:

A lot has happened since Elei fled his home island with a bullet in his side and the Fleet on his heels. With the help of his friends, he’s managed to disorganize the regime, run by the all-women race of the Gultur, and he’s on a mission to bring peace to the Seven Islands.

As old secrets come to the surface, friendships are forged and betrayals discovered, and a girl, Alendra, has managed to take hold of Elei’s feelings.

With a map that leads underground and the hope of toppling the Gultur regime, Elei and his companions seek a weapon to tip the balance of power. But unrest within the resistance means that this time they are on their own and, as if crossing a world torn by war while keeping Rex under control wasn’t enough, Elei fears that before the end Alendra might break his heart.

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Rex Aftermath

Book Four of Elei’s Chronicles

Summary:

There is war on the Seven Islands. Elei and his friends have unlocked the weapons held underground, but the Gultur regime is not so easily put down. Mantis and his ragtag army of kids need all the help they can get. Elei, Kalaes and Alendra return to Artemisia to create a diversion, while Hera, Sacmis and Mantis attack Dakru City, in a final attempt to bring peace. But with a net of betrayal closing around them and Rex set against Regina in a final confrontation, the price might prove too heavy.

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A few quasi-scientific notes

Although they may sound like pure fantasy, the parasites described in this novel are based in part on real life parasites. I do not intend to write a diatribe on parasites, neither am I a biologist, so I will just say what I want to say very briefly:

Parasites fascinate me, they are indeed very fantastical creatures. Mostly they cause illnesses and death, but some are useful and we humans have coexisted with them from the beginning of our existence. If you are interested in reading about parasites but don’t want a technical book, I highly recommend the following book:

 Parasite Rex, by Carl Zimmer:

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LINK

In case you are wondering if a parasite can really create a race of women who reproduce by parthenogenesis, i.e. cloning themselves, read about the Wollbachia (http://serc.carleton.edu/microbelife/topics/wolbachia/index.html). If you just type the name in google, you will get plenty of sites.

If you wonder if it is a good idea to control a parasite by introducing another, I admit I don’t have an example – but consider this: in ecology, if a species is introduced in an environment where it has no enemies, it will take over the environment and destroy it. Efforts have been made to control such invasive species by introducing another species. For instance, on the Bat Islands of Costa Rica, rats were introduced by man and completely took over the ecosystem. So, cats were introduced to control them. Now they are reaching a balance. Therefore, I do think that it is a possibility. You can check on the internet about invasive species or assisted dispersion to read more about the topic.

Regarding parasites attracting each other or attracting their hosts, read for instance about the Toxoplasma gondii – parasite we humans often get from cats. Studies have shown that when rats get infected with it, instead of avoiding cats and places cats frequent (marked by cat urine), they actively seek them out. In effect, they seek to be eaten, so that they can pass the parasite to the cats where it will continue its life cycle. Read Parasite Rex mentioned above for many examples of behavior-modifying parasites.

HERA – A novelette set in the world of Rex Rising (about 60 pages long) – FREE!

Who is Hera?

We meet Hera in the opening chapters of Rex Rising. She is one of the main characters and plays an important role in the story. She’s a dynamic girl and I felt her story – the tale of how she decided to get involved in matters that led to her being there in Rex Rising needed to be told.

HERA is available now for free on Amazon US and Smashwords.

HERA on Amazon

HERA on Smashwords

Mantis

A short story set in the world of Rex Rising

Before the events in Rex Rising, before Elei met Kalaes and Hera, another boy reached the island of Dakru, and this one was filled with rage. Because the regime took everything from him and he’d make them pay. This is the story of Mantis (whom you will meet in Rex Equilibrium, Book 3 of Elei’s Chronicles, coming out next month).

Links:

Mantis on Smashwords (Free!)

Mantis on Amazon

Pronunciation guide

A brief guide to the names in the stories that I consider essential. Feel free to ask me for more if you want! (i’m marking with bold the stress on the word)

Elei: E-le-ii

Kalaes: Ka-la-es

Hera: He-ra (as in “her”)

Maera: Ma-e-ra

Pelia: Pe-li-a

Alendra: A-le-ndra

Menes: Me-nes

Gultur: Gool-toor (I understand from the way my friends write the word they read it as “Gultar” – that’s alright. The Gultur themselves pronounce it differently from us mere mortals…) ;)

Dakru: Da-kroo

 

Glossary

You will find that the terms listed below are taken from (ancient and modern) Greek, Latin, ancient Egyptian, (probable) common Indo-European roots and my own whacked imagination…


GLOSSARY for HERA


General terms:

Gultur: Indo-European for ‘vulture’ – the ‘all-women race ruling the Seven Islands (originally their name had been: Gwen Gultur – the Women-Vultures)

Dakron: from ‘Dakru’ (see below in the Seven Islands) – solid, high-energy fuel mined in the mountains of Dakru

Polyesthene: a fabric similar to spandex (flexible fabric made of synthetic fibers) – made-up word from the Greek ‘poly’ (‘many’) and ‘esthene’ (‘feel’ and ending -ene) – used in creating close-fitting uniforms for the Gultur

Nepheline: a semi-transparent form of plastic. From ancient Greek ‘nephele’ (‘cloud’) – used in making everything from chairs to boats.

Aircar: hovercraft (useful for unstable terrain such as the Seven Islands which contain many swamps)

Longgun: semi-automatic gun with long barrel (like a machine gun but requiring the user to reload each time) – favored by the Gultur

Hatha: holy (from the name of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, whose name means “House of Horus”) – used for the elite Gultur line of “Echo” Princesses to which Hera belongs (they have the original strain of the parasite Regina, hence are considered purer than other Gultur and sacred)

Senet: ‘sister’ in ancient Egyptian – used among Gultur as a greeting

Wavebreaker: here, the term is used by the Gultur for their patrol boats – a go-fast boat (I imagine it like a 2010 Hacker-Craft Triple cockpit Runabout)

Regina: ‘queen’ in Latin (here: name of the parasite which has created the race of the Gultur)

Names of persons and places

Nekut: Indo-European for ‘hanged’ – she is the Commander of the Gultur Police

Pelia: Indo-European for ‘dove’ – she is one of the heads of the resistance

Nunet: ancient Egyptian goddess (form of Naunet, one of the gods of chaos and water) – the Gultur tend to worship an Egyptian Pantheon, unlike mortals who only believe in an ancient Greek one.

Sobek: ancient Egyptian god (god of water who has the form of a crocodile)

Mantis: Greek for ‘seer, oracle’

Sacmis: ancient Egyptian name which means ‘she has power’

Hera: ancient Greek goddess whose name means ‘the lady’

Tefnut: ancient Egyptian goddess tfnt (tefenet) of moisture, moist air, dew and rain – here she is Hera’s mother

Moira: ancient Greek name meaning ‘fate’

The Seven islands:

Dakru: Indo-European for ‘teardrop’ (same word in Greek)

Ost: Indo-European for ‘bone’(same word in Greek)

Kukno: Indo-European for ‘swan’ (same word in Greek)

Aue: Indo-European for ‘water’

Ker: Indo-European for ‘head’

Torq: Indo-European for ‘turn’

Ert: Indo-European for ‘earth’

All town names are ancient Greek town names and their origin is not really known (Priene, Thuri, Elatia, Gortyn, Angon), except for:

Artemisia (town of Artemis – the goddess ‘Diana’)

Bone Tower (because of its white towers)

Dakru City (capital of Dakru)

GLOSSARY for REX RISING

General terms:

Agaric mushrooms: enormous mushrooms, large as trees, growing in groves. Sometimes they are phosphorescent.

Aircar: hovercraft (useful for unstable terrain such as the Seven Islands which contain many swamps)

Ama cigarettes: herbal cigarettes which are relaxing

Biotransmitter: small transmitter inserted in the body (partly made of human tissue so the body won’t reject it)

Camo: camouflage tarp (to cover aircars not to be detected from the air)

Dakron: from ‘Dakru’ (see below in the Seven Islands) – solid, high-energy fuel mined in the mountains of Dakru

Gultur: Indo-European for ‘vulture’ – the ‘all-women race ruling the Seven Islands (originally their name had been: Gwen Gultur – the Women-Vultures)

Hatha: holy (from the name of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, whose name means “House of Horus”) – used for the elite Gultur line of “Echo” Princesses to which Hera belongs (they have the original strain of the parasite Regina, hence are considered purer than other Gultur and sacred)

Heavenway: a raised highway

Hoverbarge: a large sort of aircar (hovercraft) for transport

Info-pole: a pillar with a screen where you insert coins and can look up information, like geographical locations

Longgun: semi-automatic gun with long barrel (like a machine gun but requiring the user to reload each time) – favored by the Gultur

Nepheline: a semi-transparent form of plastic. From ancient Greek ‘nephele’ (‘cloud’) – used in making everything from chairs to boats.

Polyesthene: a fabric similar to spandex (flexible fabric made of synthetic fibers) – made-up word from the Greek ‘poly’ (‘many’) and ‘esthene’ (‘feel’ and ending -ene) – used in creating close-fitting uniforms for the Gultur

Rasmus: a brand of an antique semi-automatic pistol, such as the one Elei carries

Seleukids: diamond-shaped, military aircrafts (airplanes) forming the Gultur air fleet. They also carry drones they can send to track down people on the ground.

Senet: ‘sister’ in ancient Egyptian – used among Gultur as a greeting

Surin: isolating film used wrapped around dakron cubes when used in gadgets such as guns (dakron has some toxicity)

Telespeak: old-fashioned telephone where you have to call the operator to connect

Tel-marks (also called “snakeskin”): marks left by the parasite telmion (hence: ‘tel’) on the skin of the infected person.

Wavebreaker: here, the term is used by the Gultur to refer to their patrol boats – a go-fast boat (I imagine it like a 2010 Hacker-Craft Triple cockpit Runabout)

Parasites (all are made-up but based on real-life parasites)

Aioran flukes: like all parasitic flatworms, these flukes infect humans when these eat undercooked or raw, infected meat

Cronion: a protozoan parasite that can be deadly if not kept in check by another parasite (like telmion), it infects the brain, controls certain hormones (which enables it to cause strong adrenaline rushes) and controls one eye, giving infrared vision.

Palantin: like telmion, it is a pathogenic fungal infection. Not as strong as telmion, it can be controlled with suppressants, but if left unchecked, usually proves lethal. On the surface, it manifests as white spiderweb-like patterns on the skin.

Regina: ‘queen’ in Latin (here: name of the parasite which has created the race of the Gultur)

Rex: a relative of cronion, it is even stronger, able to control nerve endings and act almost as an intelligent being to ensure the survival of its host.

Telmion: a pathogenic fungal infection, causing snakeskin, and with the side effects of vomiting and fever which in most cases lead to dehydration

Trieter: like with the bot-fly, the egg of trieter is deposited in an open lesion by a fly, and the larva grows in the skin until it bursts out as a fly – unless a doctor suffocates it and takes it out.

Urion: fluke-lie worms

Names of persons and places

Albi: from Latin ‘albus’ (‘white’) – the woman who raised Elei

Elei (Eles): Indo-European root meaning ‘bend’. Eles is derived (independently from Elei) from the ancient Greek word ‘Eleos’ (‘mercy’)

Fia: short form of ‘Sophia’ (Greek for ‘wisdom’)

Hera: ancient Greek goddess whose name means ‘the lady’

Iliathan: made-up name inspired from the word ‘Iliad’

Kalaes: another form of writing the name ‘Calais’, brother of Zetes, a winged god of the wind in the ancient Greek mythology. Name possibly derived from ‘kalos’ (‘good’) but this is not certain.

Kesh: made-up name

Maera: an ancient Greek nymph. Her name means ‘teacher, guide’

Nekut: Indo-European for ‘hanged’ – she is the Commander of the Gultur Police

Nunet: ancient Egyptian goddess (form of Naunet, one of the gods of chaos and water) – the Gultur tend to worship an Egyptian Pantheon, unlike mortals who only believe in an ancient Greek one.

Pelia: Indo-European for ‘dove’ – she was Elei’s boss

Poena: ancient Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution – here a little girl visiting Elei’s dreams

Shof: made-up name – she is a girl who meets Elei early in the story

Sobek: ancient Egyptian god (god of water who has the form of a crocodile)

Tau: short for ‘Taurius’ (‘of the bull’) – also the letter ‘T’ in the Greek alphabet – he is a street-boy who meets Elei early in the story

Timmy: nickname for Timmus (made-up name)

Zea: made-up name

The Seven islands:

Dakru: Indo-European for ‘teardrop’ (same word in Greek)

Aue: Indo-European for ‘water’

Ert: Indo-European for ‘earth’

Ker: Indo-European for ‘head’

Kukno: Indo-European for ‘swan’ (same word in Greek)

Ost: Indo-European for ‘bone’(same word in Greek)

Torq: Indo-European for ‘turn’

All town names are ancient Greek town names and their origin is not really known (Teos, Tisis, Akmon, Krisia, Sestos, Baris, Pydna), except for:

Artemisia (town of Artemis – the Greek version of the goddess Diana)

Bone Tower (because of its white towers)

Dakru City (capital of Dakru)

Aerica: airy (from ‘aer’ ancient Greek for ‘air’)

GLOSSARY for REX CRESTING

General terms:

Agaric mushrooms: enormous mushrooms, large as trees, growing in groves. Sometimes they are phosphorescent.

Aircar: hovercraft (useful for unstable terrain such as the Seven Islands which contain many swamps)

Ama cigarettes: herbal cigarettes which are relaxing

Biotransmitter: small transmitter inserted in the body (partly made of human tissue so the body won’t reject it)

Dakron: from ‘Dakru’ (see below in the Seven Islands) – solid, high-energy fuel mined in the mountains of Dakru

Gultur: Indo-European for ‘vulture’ – the ‘all-women race ruling the Seven Islands (originally their name had been: Gwen Gultur – the Women-Vultures)

Hatha: holy (from the name of the ancient Egyptian goddess Hathor, whose name means “House of Horus”) – used for the elite Gultur line of “Echo” Princesses to which Hera belongs (they have the original strain of the parasite Regina, hence are considered purer than other Gultur and sacred)

Info-pole: a pillar with a screen where you insert coins and can look up information, like geographical locations

Longgun: semi-automatic gun with long barrel (like a machine gun but requiring the user to reload each time) – favored by the Gultur

Nepheline: a semi-transparent form of plastic. From ancient Greek ‘nephele’ (‘cloud’) – used in making everything from chairs to boats.

Polyesthene: a fabric similar to spandex (flexible fabric made of synthetic fibers) – made-up word from the Greek ‘poly’ (‘many’) and ‘esthene’ (‘feel’ and ending -ene) – used in creating close-fitting uniforms for the Gultur

Rasmus: a brand of an antique semi-automatic pistol, such as the one Elei carries

Seleukids: diamond-shaped, military aircrafts (airplanes) forming the Gultur air fleet. They also carry drones they can send to track down people on the ground.

Senet: ‘sister’ in ancient Egyptian – used among Gultur as a greeting

Telespeak: old-fashioned telephone where you have to call the operator to connect

Tel-marks (also called “snakeskin”): marks left by the parasite telmion (hence: ‘tel’) on the skin of the infected person.

T’e: yes/all right (ancient Egyptian)

Em hotep: greetings (ancient Egyptian)

Imeyer ra: what is your business?

 

Parasites (all are made-up but based on real-life parasites)

Cronion: a protozoan parasite that can be deadly if not kept in check by another parasite (like telmion), it infects the brain, controls certain hormones (which enables it to cause strong adrenaline rushes) and controls one eye, giving infrared vision.

Palantin: like telmion, it is a pathogenic fungal infection. Not as strong as telmion, it can be controlled with suppressants, but if left unchecked, usually proves lethal. On the surface, it manifests as white spiderweb-like patterns on the skin.

Regina: ‘queen’ in Latin (here: name of the parasite which has created the race of the Gultur)

Rex: a relative of cronion, it is even stronger, able to control nerve endings and act almost as an intelligent being to ensure the survival of its host.

Telmion: a pathogenic fungal infection, causing snakeskin, and with the side effects of vomiting and fever which in most cases lead to dehydration

Trieter: like with the bot-fly, the egg of trieter is deposited in an open lesion by a fly, and the larva grows in the skin until it bursts out as a fly – unless a doctor suffocates it and takes it out.

Urion: fluke-lie worms

Names of persons and places

Albi: from Latin ‘albus’ (‘white’) – the woman who raised Elei

Alendra: short form of Alexandra (Greek for: the one who fights men)

Elei (Eles): Indo-European root meaning ‘bend’. Eles is derived (independently from Elei) from the ancient Greek word ‘Eleos’ (‘mercy’)

Hera: ancient Greek goddess whose name means ‘the lady’

Iliathan: made-up name inspired from the word ‘Iliad’

Kalaes: another form of writing the name ‘Calais’, brother of Zetes, a winged god of the wind in the ancient Greek mythology. Name possibly derived from ‘kalos’ (‘good’) but this is not certain.

Kein: made-up name

Leisa: made-up name

Nunet: ancient Egyptian goddess (form of Naunet, one of the gods of chaos and water) – the Gultur tend to worship an Egyptian Pantheon, unlike mortals who only believe in an ancient Greek one.

Pelia: Indo-European for ‘dove’ – she was Elei’s boss

Poena: ancient Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution – here a little girl visiting Elei’s dreams

Sacmis: ancient Egyptian name which means ‘she has power’

Sobek: ancient Egyptian god (god of water who has the form of a crocodile)

Tefnut: ancient Egyptian goddess tfnt (tefenet) of moisture, moist air, dew and rain – here she is Hera’s mother

The Seven islands:

Dakru: Indo-European for ‘teardrop’ (same word in Greek)

Aue: Indo-European for ‘water’

Ert: Indo-European for ‘earth’

Ker: Indo-European for ‘head’

Kukno: Indo-European for ‘swan’ (same word in Greek)

Ost: Indo-European for ‘bone’(same word in Greek)

Torq: Indo-European for ‘turn’

All town names are ancient Greek town names and their origin is not really known (Gortyn, Teos, Olous), except for:

Artemisia (town of Artemis – the Greek version of the goddess Diana)

Dakru City (capital of Dakru)

Aerica: airy (from ‘aer’ ancient Greek for ‘air’)


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