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Question: Having finished TNG, I'm left wondering what the ultimate point to the Neutronium Alchemist was in the saga-sense of the trilogy. Perhaps it's just that there was a 20-month gap between when I finished the 2nd half of TNA and it's not mentioned much in TNG, but I can't help wondering what the necessary thread tied to the rest of the series was? One of the reasons I love to immerse myself in sagas such as this one is to become one with all the connections within them--and I'm having trouble connecting the Alchemist thread to the remainder of the story. (From Dave Markham)
Answer: The chase for the Alchemist was a major part of the theme showing there isn't a physical / military solution. (24th July 2000)

Question: Concerning Quinn Dexter in the end of The Naked God, I'm still somewhat confused. Even with your response to the previous questioner, Quinn's ending is still ambiguious to me. Did Quinn take the souls and release them at the end, ie the physical edge, of the universe or was it the end of time of the universe? (From How-Hing Pau)
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Answer: It was the end of time. (24th July 2000)

Question: What happened to the Tyrathca village, Coastuc-RT, that was featured near the end of The Reality Dysfunction? Did the Sleeping God help out? Were they just overwhelmed by the possessed? Maybe it's a slightly anorakish question, but the mercenaries' encounter with it and their learning of the Sleeping God was the pivotal moment of the Trilogy, as I see it. And if they did survive, were they taken out of the galaxy with the rest of Lalonde at the end of The Naked God? See the Guestbook on this site for my comments on the Trilogy generally. Many thanks. (From Iain Thomson)
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Answer: They weren't helped by the Sleeping God. However, Joshua did move them away from the Confederation along with all the other Tyrathca. (24th July 2000)

Question: Please explain, in greater detail, the difference between a soul and a consciousness in the multiplicity of someone who has died. It would seem to some extent they should be close to one and the same. If so were they removed from the multiplicity at the same time the souls were removed from the possessed bodies. Note I believe earlier you stated these conciousnesses seemed to fade away over time maybe alluding to moving into the beyond. Also were the souls, such as Stephanie's, occupying the serjeant bodies also returned to the beyond. Lastly, if Sinon has a new soul then what happened to his original soul or consciousness within the multiplicity? (From J.D. Stuart)
Answer: The soul (in these books) is the pattern of sentient consciousness imprinted on the energy intergral with all living entities, which then slips away into the beyond at death. A consciousness in the multiplicty is a copy of the memories and personality. They are similar, with the main difference being that the multiplicity requires a physical neural structure in which to function. This will also have a soul that will go into the beyond when the habitat dies. Edenist personalities which transfer over only contribute to the overall habitat personality, and can be as seperate or communal as they feel. They begin to lose their individuality as enuii creeps in, though the rate which this happens varies enormously according to the individual. Stephanie and her group continued living in the Serjent bodies. Sinon's serjent body developed a soul as soon as a copy of his personality was loaded in. (24th July 2000)

Question: A couple of questions about the Night's Dawn trilogy (I've only read the first two books so far): I don't recall seeing any explanation why Quinn Dexter, of all the possessed, appears to have retained his own personality. Why is it that possessors always occupy bodies of the same gender? Given that the souls can possess habitats and voidhawks, swapping gender hardly seems likely to be a problem. Given how badly the possessors want to return, I'm sure most of them would be willing to take a body of the opposite gender. (indeed, some of them might welcome the opportunity!) And, not a question, but a what-if that I wondered about: what if a smart possessor takes over a body that has a room temperature IQ? Does his intelligence take a hit (or get a boost, in the reverse situation)? (From Jim Foley)
Answer: Quinn's situation is mentioned. The possessed usually occupy the same gender, there are notable exceptions, and one certainly did occupy the opposite sex, see volume three. As to the what if. Al's mind started functioning properly again when it was running in a 'good' brain, which certainly implies that speed of though , ie understanding and analysis would be slower in a low IQ brain. (10th June 2000)

Question: Ever since i finished up all babylon 5 books and watching the series (sounds pathetic to do both, i know), i felt a sense of nostalgia, but your nightdawn series turned that around because the combination of genres included in your series is quite similar to that of babylon 5. Would you ever consider watching or reading this series? (From Jon Wolff)
Answer: Haven't seen the series, though several people have remarked that there are similar themes in both. (10th June 2000)

Question: One thing that has spurred me since ione et al found out the reality dysfunction happened somewhere else: how did it happen to the other civilisation, since it was unlikely a ly-cilph was around to catalyse their situation also? (From Patrick)
Answer: The Laymil were experimenting with energistic states, and it all went horribly wrong. (11th March 2000)

Question: Whatever happened to Lori and Darci? Did Lori survive? Or was that static some massive explosion or something? I appreciate your time, and I love the first part of your series. (From Luke Fritz)
Answer: Darci and Lori got caught, I'm afraid. (24th February 2000)

Question: Please excuse me, this may well be considered a plot question, but I can't find any reference to it in The Naked God... As far as I can tell, Valisk was last seen diving into the Melange. Did I miss something? If not, what happened to it? (From John Bryan)
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Answer: When it hit the melange it exploded from thermal stress. (24th February 2000)

Question: Why is Richard Keaton different from the rest of his peers. In THe Naked God, when the rest are recalled, he is still active. He also seems subtly different from the rest. Is there some further plot there? Also, when he first meets Josha in the Neutronium Alchemist, he says that, "Who are you?" is the wrong question, using the wrong pronoun but that "What are you?" is closer. was this meant as just an allusion to his alien nature or is the "pronoun" comment more important; is he trying to hint at a possible solution to the beyond by suggesting that joshua should be asking, "Who (or what or even why) am *I*?" (From Duncan Boyd)
Answer: Not all the observers are recalled (Hugh Rosler was the only example quoted, but thery were still out there). The majority Jay gets to meets are all so old they're retired. What makes Richard Keaton different to them is the fact he's younger and more active. In Neutronium Alchemist he was just being mildly ironic. There was no big clue involved. (24th February 2000)

Question: I have now read the 2 books of the Night's Dawn and I'm impressed. It fabulous. No plot errors (that I can remember..8)), excellent reading. One question about the ending; as I'm on the side of the Non-posessed, and in the two recent books they've got their asses kicked pretty badly, and it seems it will only continue in the third book. So will the story end properly, and will it have a nice end, or will everyone die and the posessed rule the universe? Hopefully it's more complex than that, and that there is enough plot time for the end. I would hate to se it end just like "Star Trek: Ds9" ended in a Reset Button, ie. President Haaker shakes his hand with Dexter and all the posessed leave back to the beyond. 8) (From Nicolai Sagaranski Kissel)
Answer: No, there's no reset button. I tried to tie it up as tightly as possible. (9th December 1999)

Question: Also, the realm that Valisk was trapped in, that Quinn was summoning his 'demons' from.. what was that supposed to be actually? A kind of 'second beyond'? or another sentient species' beyond, or what? (From Brian Leybourne)
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Answer: The dark realm where Valisk went is essentially the ghost realm,where ghosts of every species go when they fade from their haunting place. Although even that isn't an automatic destination for them. Some go elswhere. (9th December 1999)

Question: I'm a little confused about what actually happened to Quinn right at the end of the third book. He was possessed by every soul in the beyond, then took them all to the end of the universe and released them all including himself? Is this what supposedly happened or something else? I can't quite make it out from the book. (From Brian Leybourne)
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Answer: Exactly right. (9th December 1999)

Question: Although I thoroughly enjoyed the harrowing escape from Lalonde at the end of Part 2, The Reality Dysfunction (US edition), I was haunted by the forlorn image of Fenton, the augmented dog, left behind. I wonder: is he still searching for his lost masterlove? (Please don't say no...) (From Darrell Curtis)
Answer: Okay, I won't say no, but I have to tell you he doesn't feature in Naked God. (22 July 1999)

Question: In retrospect now that the Reality Dysfunction & the Neutronium Alchemist have been released, are their any parts (in the 2 books) that you would have prefered not to change or parts that you would like to change looking back, say a chapter that you think should have been done differently or a certain plot line to develop differently. (From Mark Casey)
Answer: Nothing much I'd want to change if I was given the chance. I did have to cut one and a half plotlines from Neutronium Alchemist for reasons of space. This was set on Srinagar, and featured the impact of an incursion of possessed equipped with bitek constructs. However, as the book was re-written to accommodate the removal it would be hard to restore it now, and one of the most common complaints about the trilogy is the number of plots and characters to keep track of, so its absence probably (hopefully) makes for a tighter story. (22 June 1999)

Question: Just a quick question. In the Reality Dysfunction the charcater Kelvin Solnaki played an important role in discovering and warning others of the invasion of the possessed. But in the Neutronium Alchemist his character seems to have disappeared. What has happened to him? (is it just me not reading it right?) (From Dan Strefford)
Answer: You're reading it fine. Poor old Kelvin has been ignored, swept away by the tide of events. c'est la vie (7 June 1999)

Question: In the first two books of the Nights Dawn trilogy, there are mentions of Joshua possessing psychic abilities. Are these taken further in The Naked God? And is publication still set for October 1999? (From Gavin Martin)
Answer: He has a degree of intuition, which he continues to use.  Whether that's a true psychic ability is open to quation.  Ione thinks it is, Joshua, and Liol, consider it simple luck.
     Yes, still Oct. (19 January 1999)

Question: In short:  Will we ever hear from Laton again? Given his nature (the way I percieved it to be, anyway) I find it hard to beleive that he would sacrifise himself the way he did, and if he really did do it, will we ever be told what he saw/realized, that made him do it? (From Raistlin)
Answer: Laton and his actions should be explained from what happens in The Naked God, and what he realized is important.  Remeber, he was striving for immortality before he knew about souls.  He might have been arrogant, but he was also intelligent enough to admit he could be wrong. (18 January 1999)

Question: I'm sure you're having trouble pronouncing my name,anyway I live in Jordan and I'm 13 years old. I've read volumes 1 and  2 of the Night's Dawn triliogy. My question is: In the Neutronium Alchemist, You introduce a couple of mysteroius characters, one on Ombey,who contacts a posessed with  ridicule. the other is Dick keaton on Nyvan who comes in contact with Calvret. Could you tell me if they will be more thoroughly inroduced in "The Naked God". P.s. When is that coming out? (From Khaled Bassam Talhouni)
Answer: Yes, all will be explained.  It's coming out Oct 99. (25 October 1998)

Question: Will we get to see more about the Kulu Kingdom and its formation at some point? Presumably it will have a big role in "Naked God".(From Evan Ladouceur)
Answer: The Naked God doesn't have anything about the formation of the Kulu Kingdom; neither, I'm afraid, does the collection The Second Chance At Eden.  There are several pages of notes on Kulu, along with a lot of other baseline history facts on the Confederation, which I'm hoping may eventually become available on this site.  However, the Mortonridge Liberation on the principality world Ombey, is covered in some detail.  And there's also some political maneuvering that the Kingdom is heavily involved in. (24 June 1998)

Question: Do you believe in the spiritual concepts that you portray within the "Nights Dawn" trilogy (In regards to the beyond) are you more spiritual or religious ? (From *No name supplied*)
Answer: The actual nature of the 'beyond' described in Night's Dawn was invented purely to fulfill its required role in terms of plot.  And, yes, I would be inclined more towards basic spirituality rather than dogmatic religion. (6 July 1998)

Question: Are the words of Ming Tsong ( "Edenist founder" when talking to syrinx after her encounter with the possesed on Pernik )and the Kiint ( syrinxs chat on their home planet ) both in part 2 of the Neutronium Alchemist; Your own thoughts on the BIG question of BEING and does it correspond to your philosophy of life and our existence within this plain of reality ? (From *No name supplied*)
Answer: Wing Tsit-Chong's philosophy is loosely based on Buddhism, then moderated by a few of my own musings.  The Kiint are dropping hints about what the human race will have to confront in the final volume.  That aspect of existence and our place in the universe is going to be probably the most direct author belief/comment that'll be made.  I know that's not being terribly specific, but put another way, nothing that's been said in the book contravenes any of by beliefs. (6 July 1998)

Question: There is no compelling reason for why the adamists spurned the use of Bitek. Arguments that have been given along "religious" grounds do not seem to be convincing. It is hard to imagine that in a society as materialistic and greedy as our own, the development and exploitation of such a powerful technology as Bitek could be ceased purely on religious grounds. There is a mention that human faith in religion was significantly rekindled --- but what was the cause?  How could it have been so dramatic that the majority of the population happily gave away a vastly superior technology and a quality of life that was several orders of magnitude better? Is there a link with "the beyond" here and will the issue be addressed in the third book? (From Peter Watts)
Answer: Yes, the reasons for Earth abandoning bitek will be given in The Naked God.  The formation of Edenism itself is covered in the novella A Second Chance At Eden. (16 July 1998)

Question: Will the sleeping god be fully explained in the next book of the night's dawn trillogy and how significant is it to the fight against the possessed ??(From Josh Davidson)
Answer: Yes, the nature of the Sleeping God will be explained.  But it telling you the level of its importance would spoil the plot. (27 July 1998)

Question: Monarchies and aristocracies are on the wane as a form of government today, yet your future in Night's Dawn fields at least three: Kulu, Norfolk and the Oshanko empire.  Other than being interesting and picturesque what drives this?  It would seem that the only way a monarchy/aristocracy might appear is as the result of (adverse) cultural upheaval.  Does genetic tinkering (in the case of Kulu at least) obviate some of the more traditional problems associated with hereditary government? (From Evan Ladouceur)
Answer: For a thorough answer you'll have to wait until my notes on the formation of Kulu are published, hopefully on this site.  Don't ask for a date, please!  The condensed version is that by calling themselves a monarchy, the Saldanas have put a publicly acceptable face on what is essentially a family corporate dictatorship.  Richard Saldana who founded Kulu also owned the Kulu Corporation, and saw the simplest way to safeguard the company against government was for it to become government.  Having a royal family was floated as an alternative to a supreme court as the planet's constitutional guardian, and given the family placemen were the politicians of the time, rigging the referendum was a simple matter for them.  As well as taking on the role of constitutional guardians the family became the government's executive.  From that beginning the Saldanas' power and wealth grew in tandem with Kulu, until they became impossible to overthrow.
      Norfolk is a similar situation, in that the landowner class have subverted the constitution to ensure they remain on top, and nothing is allowed to challenge that.  Royalty on Norfolk is the same as it was in the UK around the turn of the (nineteenth) century a figurehead and focus for feelings of national identity, especially among the working classes who thanks to the pastoral constitution are not well educated. ( July 1998)

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