The Lands of Inchoate 2
THE BEFORE TIME

 

The Lands of Inchoate 2: The Before Time is the prequel to The Lands of Inchoate: The Now Time. It is the intriguing tale of a dark-matter planet inside the Earth.

The positive matter of Earth hardly reacts with Inchoate. Occasionally, an animal or person at a particular point on Earth’s surface “falls” onto the mysterious planet with its curious people, places, and customs. Two species of two-legged intelligence, the blue Homo vulgaris and the green Homo shardana each have capabilities the other does not have but need.

They live in a complex society where chaos and complexity produce unexpected and often unwanted results. The Progenitors are extremely intelligent visitors from a distant part of the Galaxy. They provide guidance, often ignored by the citizens of the lands of Inchoate.

Then calamity arises – and all are in danger…


Kirkus Review

“A sprawling, vibrant fantasy epic by author, professor and former Pentagon analyst Fisher. Fisher’s previous book, The Lands of Inchoate (2008), explored political strife and internecine conflict in the imaginary land of Gondwanaland. In this prequel, he journeys back to the “dark matter planet” tucked inside Earth, where a hyper-intelligent species called the Progenitors do battle with the Troglodytes, a group of brutal mercenary soldiers. The Troglodytes are intent on destroying the travalink, the system that allows the Progenitors to zip their way from one part of the universe to another. Meanwhile, two “evil geniuses” fan the flames of widening discontent and plan to dominate the planet via a secret society. Resistance is left to a young Nebraskan named Jennifer, who commutes from her playroom to the “wondrous land beyond.” With the help of the Progenitors and her pet jackalope, she fights to save her world and the dark-matter planet underneath. Fans of Stephen King’s Dark Tower books and Terry Goodkind’s fiction will find much to like here. Fisher advances the narrative at a swift velocity, and his knowledge of science yields an immensely detailed and immersive landscape. He includes timetables calibrated to the day, a few computer-generated maps and a helpful character index at book’s end. Readers shuttle back and forth between centuries, visiting battlegrounds and science labs—feeling the heat of pitched battle and the steady hum of political intrigue. Unique for a fantasy writer, the author has a decent ear for poetics. Some passages feel canned, but most sing. Watching the approach of morning, one character muses, “The dawn is like a curved chisel on a mahogany ball. When the night has been still and the air warm, the chisel against the ball makes the air rise, and cool air takes its place.” A deeply felt, deftly paced fantasy adventure.”