The Dust of Earth

The Dust of Earth

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On the eve of self-destruction, a desperate faction of humanity established a fledgling colony on a ringed planet they christened Elpida. They were unprepared, however, to face the reality of its natural inhabitants - an incorporeal and hive-minded race of beings Who manifested Themselves as the very essence and fabric of human thought. Evelyn Feelds was the sole survivor of that doomed enterprise, whose mind - in death - has been swept up as a single voice into the Multitude's great Song that she would not suffer true annihilation. Though slowly losing much of the individual's mind as made her human, she clings to the hope that Earth has somehow survived the cataclysmic war sure in coming when she left. Any hope remaining for mankind on Earth as on Elpida rests on the reaching of the Multitude - the invasion of a human mind. Evelyn, considered the emissary between both species, longs to reach for Earth but has seen too well what symbiosis with the Multitude can do. Both reluctance and stagnation haunt her. Long-familiar voices - those of Ulexi and Uvaro - remain convinced in her ability to straddle worlds. If contact with the Multitude can result in madness, so it can also stir humanity into looking far beyond their single selves. As proof, the Multitude begins to spin the stories of those hallowed names who shaped her as well as Them: Isak, tormented by the future placed before him; Street-born savage-savant Lucia; Rilke, long-suffering in the silence of the Multitude; the monstrous rogue Shimon and his Uyol. Threaded through the tapestry emerges, too, another name . . . But at the edges lurks the haunting hope and violent truth that Evelyn, in reaching back to Earth via the Many Voices of the Multitude, might have little choice but to become that thing most despicable of all - a rogue."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 662 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 37mm | 708g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1507789416
  • 9781507789414

About Dylan Huntington

Born in 1990 and a 2012 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with dual degrees in English and Religious Studies, Dylan Huntington now attends the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She works on the third and final volume of The Emissary's Song in her spare time (when not watching football). Although her short story, "26," won the in-house Roberta S. Tamres Sci-Fi Award at UNI, the trilogy comprising The Emissary's Song is her first professional publication more