Mark A. Carter

LENSES: dancers in the stream -
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World famous Canadian Science Fiction writer Mark A. Carter shares a chapter from Tellusian Seed entitled "Lenses."



The starships that launched the Tellusian missionaries into space to spread the Word of the Mother through the Book of Gabriel among the stars of the Milky Way galaxy were themselves living creatures of a kind. They were living starships woven from the fabric of energy itself. And like the Tellusians, they had evolved from the corporeal to mostly ethereal over time.

The starships were a gift from Hephzibah. She introduced the Tellusians to living, sentient beings who once swam, as tiny creatures, in the tepid sea of a far off world and resembled cuttlefish who had evolved, had journeyed into space, and had become behemoths. Where once they looked upward and viewed the night sky with stars circling overhead, they now journeyed among them.

The twinkling stars called to them for millions of years. God, as they knew him, called to them. They yearned to be among the stars and closer to their creator. They instinctively sensed it was where they belonged. They imagined themselves traveling among the suns. And when they became psychically strong enough, they thought themselves into space in a quest to find their creator, in a quest to find God.

These sentient creatures had metamorphosed from tiny intelligent sea creatures into space behemoths, into living starships. Whereas they once communicated with each other by flashing their thoughts across the surface of their skin in rapid, colorful pulses and patterns, they now talked telepathically. Although, when their emotions got the better of them, they still lit up like Christmas trees in the deep blackness of space, which startled their fellow travelers and themselves and was much cause for embarrassment and lighthearted ridicule. Millions of years ago, when they thrived in a tepid, salt water sea, they feasted on shrimp-like creatures. Now they fed off of the cosmic radiation emitted by the stars themselves.

When they heard Hephzibah calling to them across space and time, they journeyed to Tellus Mater, thinking that they had found God. Hephzibah explained to them that it was the Father who had sowed the seeds of cold life among the stars. But it was the Mother who was the Master Creator. It was the Mother who had created the Father himself, the Son, and she and her Seraphic sisters. It was not her. It was not Hephzibah. She was merely a Seraph, a Princess of Heaven, and the Goddess of a small water world. As much as they were disappointed, the living starships were also overjoyed to know that there was indeed a God, a Trinity of Gods, and that they were on the right path to find them.

Hephzibah introduced the space behemoths to the Tellusians who were also on a path to God. The giant creatures sensed that the Daughters of Tellus Mater were kindred spirits. Moreover, they sensed that the evolved humans had something that they needed and needed something that they had. So, the tentacled giants formed a symbiotic relationship with the Tellusians, and became devoted to them.

These living ships called themselves Lenses, which in their telepathic language meant Dancers in the Stream. They called themselves Lenses because it defined what they did and who they were. Where once they swam in the warm, aquamarine sea of their home world, using squirts of water and undulations of fragile fins to move, they now danced in the frigid darkness of space and journeyed from star to star with undulations of their thoughts. They traveled through space, in pods, resembling gigantic whales now more than cuttlefish, swimming in the magnetic stream between suns where they were squeezed by gravitational lensing, curved through space and time, and surged to their next destination. But the Tellusians called them Utera in their language, and gave each Utera a name.

Although the name Utera was distinctively female, in the Tellusian tongue, and meant egg, the Daughters of Tellus Mater had a compulsion to give each Utera a male name to keep track of them officially. They gave them the names of heroes from out of old Earth history. They bestowed upon the eggs the names of artists, poets, and philosophers. After being without men for ten thousand years, the Tellusians developed a romanticized notion of men, although men had subjugated women throughout history, been their undoing, and were considered to be evil by the Mother of Creation herself.

The Utera, on the other hand, had their own names for themselves and their kind. And these were the names that their Tellusian symbiotes knew them by when they spoke with them. And all of their names ended with sha which meant of God in their language.

So, a thousand starships were injected into the great swirl. But their destinies depended on where they went. To some of the aliens that the Tellusians encountered, they were salvation. To others, they were manna from Heaven. To the rest, they were anathema.

Tellusian Seed copyright © 2011 Mark A. Carter. All Rights Reserved.

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