Keep in mind that one of my favorite authors is Douglas Adams' The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
When I wrote The Gods of Probabilities, I tried to be serious, only I kept bursting out in silly moments, especially when we hang about the ship captain in charge of this universe.
So while my little water people are struggling with life and death situations, the "Gods" running the ship are having their own issues, which I find to be mostly ridiculous.
Some mistake this book as a children's book, because a main character is barely born before he proves to be brilliant. Nor is he unique. All the new baby Oceanics are cute and bright, which is odd, since they'd never been terribly bright during former births. And there's a reason that happened....
This is Pan, a mix between an orangutan and one of the "Gods" aboard the ship. He's very bright, creative, and the water babies love him. So does Marybell, the organic ship computer.
You can see a bit of Marybell's innards behind him in this shot. I'm not being gross. Marybell doesn't care if people see her innards. Honestly, she has grown herself into the ship and has complete control of it, but she lets the Captain Zousan believe he is in charge.
Above is Drogan, when he was born. Below is him when he grows up, and very nicely, if I say so myself.
But, he still can't find someone to love. Sigh! But he does make some very fine friends.
Above is the absolutely worse cretin on the ship. He takes great pleasure in torturing poor Pan. His name is Thor and he is an idiot God.
Above is the captain Zousan. Shame I gave him such silly clothes. My bad. But to be honest, he begins the story more like a petulant child, however, over time he grows up rather nicely. He has some serious "Daddy" issues, that he will never get over.
And this is Athena, his daughter. She can soothe her father better than anyone.
And she's looking for love, but the crew is mostly awful.
The God Zousan is determined to create a better multiverse than his father's. To ensure he fails, his despicable father, Cronus, has filled Zousan's crew with deadbeats and saboteurs.
Zousan's current task is to save the Oceanics, a blue water humanoid species that lives in a different dimension on Earth. The world of Oceania is threatened due to humans poisoning their oceans. Unexpectedly, the most recent hatchlings of Oceanics are exceptionally brilliant. Good thing, since they must figure out how to escape Earth and find a new planet or they will all die.
One young fellow named Drogan can cross dimensions and manipulate time events for better outcomes, but can he use his odd talents to save them all? While the bureaucratic Gods will try to assist, in Quantum all possibilities not only can, but do happen, so the future is never certain.
Zousan is not having any fun.
There is always something that needs to be fixed!
Take for example, the planet Zepwick. The only change in behavior the Homo sapiens made upon hearing their new commandments was to kill their enemies, who were also Homo sapiens, in the name of their God. Honestly, Zousan wanted to order them wiped out so he could start over. Unfortunately, according to the probability program, which would decide if Zousan succeeded or failed to make a better multiverse than his father’s, the troublesome blue-green planet was critical to his success.
Thus, he decided to give them a new religion, called the Path of Light.
Rule #1: No killing other Homo sapiens! Knowing how easy it was to alter computer text, he even had it carved into tablets of stone for the 6,523 languages spoken on the small planet. Then they went off to another parallel universe and delivered the same message. It took several million years to get the word out, and for a while, it looked for naught. Probability of success dropped to three percent. Zousan was ready to give up and declare defeat, but Athena refused to let him.
“We need more crew members,”
Zousan shook his head. “My father won’t give me more crew.”
“Then let’s pick up the crew’s children and train them.”
“The six hundred or so children sired by the ‘Gods’ when they visited the planets.”
“There are unsupervised God-children running about my planets?”
Athena rolled her eyes. “A great deal among the Homo sapiens, since their appearance is most like ours.”
He frowned. “Well, that explains their troublesome nature. I had no idea our seed would flourish in other species.”
“Unfortunately, it does. And most appear to be highly intelligent, which is generally not well-received by their parents. We need to gather them up before any more are murdered for being annoying smartasses.”
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