In the last decades of the twenty-first century, ten families, seeking to escape an increasingly devastated Earth, focus their power and wealth on building spaceships that will allow a select few to leave Earth and colonize the world they call New Eden. Here, on their new home in the Paradisi System, these Founding Families hope to avoid the environmental and political disasters that were destroying Earth. But they find that the world they claim for their own is already inhabited, and the Ddaerans, although human in their appearance, possess abilities that the Founders and their descendants find both intriguing and frightening …
As a descendant of one of the Founding Families of the colony of New Eden, Abby has lived a privileged existence–up until the moment she wakes up in a rent-by-the-hour hotel room in the worst sector of New Seattle with no memory of how she got there. Friends and family are suddenly strangers, and the only memories in her head can’t be hers.
When the authorities accuse her of working for the Resistance movement and have evidence to prove it, Abby enlists her only friend, Raman, for help. Their quest takes them into the dark underbelly of the brave new world her family founded and reveals a far-reaching conspiracy which threatens not only Abby’s life, but the very foundations of New Eden.
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THE PARADISI CHRONICLES
In the early decades of the twenty-first century, the problems of over-population, antibiotic resistant epidemics, civil war, cyber terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and climate change have set Earth on a path of escalating disasters.
In the year 2025 AD, ten men and women come together to address these problems. These individuals each have enormous personal wealth that they made in a variety of commercial enterprises around the globe. What they have in common besides their great wealth is a deep pessimism about the future of Earth and an enormous optimism about space exploration as the only viable solution for the continuation of human kind. To that end, these men and women, who call themselves the Founders, begin the Paradisi Project.
The purpose of the Paradisi Project is the colonization of New Eden, a recently discovered planet in the Andromeda Galaxy that scientists deem capable of sustaining human life. Fearing interference from various factions on Earth, the Founders hide their ultimate goals from the public by the fiction that their activities are only to set up viable commercial colonies on the Moon and Mars. The real goals of the project are passed down from the head of each family to their successors and close advisers who act in concert as the Council of Ten.
The Paradisi Project harnesses the best minds on Earth to develop the scientific breakthroughs in interstellar travel and wormhole technology needed to transport the ten Founding Families and the necessary personnel and resources to establish a viable colony on New Eden. Once there, their mission will be to ensure that this new colony doesn’t make the same mistakes that are destroying Earth.
By 2075, the Project is under the leadership of a second generation of Founders. A successful mining colony on the moon provides the funds and the materials for the building of two more space elevators and docking stations: the huge Nautilus Space Station, and the secret Sideris Station, from which researchers send three manned missions to explore the Paradisi planetary system. The first reports back that there are animals and plants on New Eden, proving that it sustains life. The second, much larger mission never reports back, revealing the perils of wormhole travel. Not giving up, a third mission makes the startling discovery that a small population of a human-like species is widely scattered across New Eden and successfully sends a probe back to earth to report this.
When the Nautilus Fleet arrives at New Eden in 1AA (After Arrival), they begin the massive undertaking of exploration and settlement, including making contact (and coming to terms) with the Ddaerans, the original inhabitants of New Eden, who will turn out to have unusual psychic powers that will intrigue and frighten the Founders and their descendants.
When the SS Challenge doesn’t arrive, the Council of Ten decide that it would be better for the Founders and their descendants to forget the ship ever existed. As a result, when the ship mysteriously shows up in 150 AA, there is a massive government cover-up designed to keep their arrival from the general public, forcing the Reachers, as these new arrivals are called, to go underground.
By 200 AA, New Eden is not quite the paradise the original Founders had envisioned. Economic and social divisions among the descendants of the Founders, anger by the surviving Reachers, unrest on the mining planet of Tenebra, and simmering acrimony by Ddaerans over their ill treatment all contribute to an organized resistance movement against the Founding Families and their control of New Eden.
The Paradisi Project and the information under the New World are works of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of our authors’ imaginations or used fictitiously.
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