As alien species go, the Krazhdj are on the unusual side. A mass of armor plating, weighing in at 4 tons, sporting 4 spindly arms, speaking in rumbling noises and quoting horrific poetry, they tend to stand out. The Krazhdj are genderless and refer to one another as “It”. They have no names for themselves or for anyone they encounter. They don’t use first or second person personal pronouns. Instead, a Krazhdj will refer to Itself as, “One”.
At some point in the distant past, Xorian partnered with a Krazhdj and began a long and rather argumentative friendship. The Krazhdj communicates with Xorian using an automated translator. Unfortunately for Xorian, the Krazhdj likes to do so by quoting the Great Poems of It’s culture. Sadly, It’s efforts to expand the mind of It’s pet appear ineffective at best.
In spite of their differences, the Krazhdj has taken in Xorian and, more recently, Psychann as It’s friends. That’s a good thing. Beings that are foolish enough to attack the friend of a Krazhdj usually don’t have very long to reconsider their life choices.
A humorous Sci-Fi/Fantasy adventure across the multiverse, this is the first book of The Other Universes series. I’m very pleased to announce the release of my new eBook. Reality Challenged is available now on Smashwords.com in multiple formats.
Poetry frequently attempts that high-wire balancing act between the profoundly insightful and the profoundly pompous. Krazhdji culture places a very high value on poetry. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to balance very well. Add to that the inherent difficulties caused by automated language translation, and you end up with poems like The War of Art:
“DIMENSIONS DIVERGE, EXISTENCE ENGORGES
ON THE FAT OF POTENTIAL FATE
SKEWING THE PLANES INTO THE PROFOUND
EXUDING MYTHICAL REALITIES, SPEWING POSSIBILITIES
BEYOND THE VEILED HAZE OF PERCEPTION
UNSEEN GLIMPSES OF NEVER LURK IN THE LIGHT
TANTALIZING THE ENTRANCED, WHO DREAM THAT
REALITY WEARS A NAME TAG”
Xorian’s path has been a dangerous and twisted one. A freelance mercenary, he has endured space pirates, paranoid revolutionaries, hostile bats, psionic attacks, prison, gun fights, space battles, and Krazhdji poetry. Over the years, he has traded with xenophobic 2 meter tall laser-eyed bats, retiring pirates, and a gaseous entity that communicates via scent. He’s partnered with a Krazhdj, (known only as “the Krazhdj”…it’s an alien thing). Even though these two verbally spar constantly (when Xorian is listening), they are fiercely loyal to one another.
Some of his history is hidden so far. Xorian appears to have had a negative experience in his past with psionics (telepaths in particular) that he’s not willing to discuss. The story of how he came to team up with a Krazhdj has not yet been told. While his origins may not be known, his friends know they can always count on him.
Psychann will need friends like Xorian in her quest to save the multiverse. It’s a good thing he’s there (until he isn’t…).