Dead Heroes is Kae Cheatham's third science fiction title, and, as with the other two, the story is rich with characters who must learn to cope with their unique mental abilities. "We know so little about the human mind and how the brain works," says Kae, "and that allows a variety of speculative possibilities about how humans might develop in the far future."
In Dead Heroes, the Earth year is 3604. The people live in a time of deception on a far-flung planet they call New Esrii. Generations of government duplicity have led to inequality and segregation. It's also a time of environmental uncertainties, with the star, Tal, from a neighboring galaxy on a tangential orbit that will closely pass New Esrii. Preparations to withstand the predicted hardships have been underway for several years.
But comes a new problem. A fleet of ships is approaching from another planet in their system. The covert Hurist Coalition, watchdog of New Esrii culture, is certain these approaching ships will attack them. The reason for their alarm is deep in the culture's history, when dissidents were shunted aside so advancements could be made in this vitalistic society.
During the previous 400 years, New Esrii's culture became a caste system, although few will admit it. There are the Terms, normal folks--except they are barren; the Sigens, people who have laboratory-produced bodies, but their intelligence and true awareness is generated by two other humans in a sort of mind-meld; Sigens have long been considered the essence of True Insight--the foundation of the culture. But in the last generation, another caste has been developed through Astral Genesis. Some noetics in the atmosphere have been identified as having innate intelligence. After decades of research and experimentation, these free-forms have been drawn in and given lab bodies (same as the Sigens). It's a phenomenon that has set the culture at odds--again;
Nathan is twenty-four;
Sinoa has a special talent that is unique even among the advanced mentalist society of New Esrii. Her psychometry skill leads her to unexpected conclusions about Nathan, and her mother, Zaya Glen, demands that Sinoa avoid Nathan at all cost.
Zaya is part of the Hurist Coalition, drawn to them by happenstance and dream therapy. Zaya is also one of several scholars who have kept Nathan from continuing his education. She has to make tough decisions that could affect Nathan's future, and that of the culture.
But no one on New Esrii has a clue who is leading the expedition they see headed their way. Most would be surprised to know that Fleet Commander Gerren Simsun is one of their own--a Sigen--lost as a child in a strange war between people of the planet Yiven and their own New Esrii. Another had been lost then, too: Edgar Jahn. Gerren takes comfort in remembered words of Edgar, who disappeared when Gerren was sixteen. Gerren began the expedition thinking he was part of an altruistic venture to aid the New Esrii people during the passage of Tal. But he quickly learns things aren't as they seem.
The Hurist Coalition is certain some people on New Esrii know about this possible attack, and accuse Terms of anarchy. They also think Nathan is an instigator--that AGs are really under the influence of these attackers from Yiven.
It comes down to civil war. Nathan, Sinoa and her entire family are in danger from other citizens as they attempt to reveal the many deceptions in their culture. And Tal moves closer.
"I have worked for many years on this novel--" Kae reveals "--reading a lot about noetics, parapsychology and genetic manipulation. I have stated the main theme through a character in the book: 'An inherent danger attends the amassing of great intelligence. For if flaws of character are provoked by added learning, wisdom is lost and only dogmatism remains. We must be ever careful that we are not trapped to misdeed for the sake of knowledge or grandeur.'"
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About the Author
Kae Cheatham's background in history and ethnology has allowed her to create a compelling world with dynamic characters and a story filled with intrigue and action. This is her twelfth published title. As a speaker, Kae travels to various locations to share her history and writing knowledge. Read more about Kae in Contemporary Authors New Revision, by Gale Group. Visit her Web site at http://www.kaios.com