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[GUEST POST] David Dakan Allison on How Science Fiction is Like Metaphysics

David Dakan Allison is a novelist living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Book One of his Metaphysical Mystery Series, titled Two Crows – A Mythic Journey into the Fifth Dimension – is now available as an ebook.

How Science Fiction and Metaphysics are just about the same

by David Dakan Allison

Metaphysics is defined as transcending physical matter or the laws of nature. Some would consider metaphysics as fiction, but to a quantum physicist it is fact; the study of the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, nuclear, and even smaller microscopic levels. They are able to see the unseen. An angel would be considered a metaphysical phenomenon, and yet there are many historical accounts of seeing angels. We can expand that to UFO’s and ET’s, the rich colors of the palette of the Science Fiction writer.

I could postulate that the Science Fiction writer, by the very nature of bringing the unseen to life, is a metaphysician. So, do sci-fi writers transcend the laws of nature and use metaphysical concepts in their writing? Absolutely.

Consider four novels, which I have read and enjoyed, that bend reality and present paranormal concepts, as any good Science Fiction writer will, beginning with David Mitchell and his fabulous new novel, The Bone Clocks.

Around ten years ago I read David’s second novel, a very bizarre Japanese book titled number9dream. It was extremely fascinating. I went on and read other novels, as I do, one of them titled The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, a rich tale with a Japanese theme. Halfway through, I realized that these two books had the same author.

David’s writing returned to England with Black Swan Green. It was hard to believe that this book was written by the same man who wrote Cloud Atlas, and the two Japanese books. But, you can’t write a book like Cloud Atlas and not go there again. When The Bone Clocks began with a local English teenage girl having a bad love experience and running away from home, I could easily accept his domestic turn, having read Black Swan Green, and then it changed. When he introduced time travel, remembered past lives and other dimensions of reality, I knew I was in for a treat. The Bone Clocks is certainly a metaphysical novel.

And it was a sort of introduction to another fascinating read, The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North. I supposed this story could have easily gone off-planet, and although it didn’t, it did what most sci-fi novels do for me: took me to a far away realm of reality. It made me think about an alternative possibility, and like David Mitchell wrote about in The Bone Clock, remembered lives.

Claire’s alternative possibility had to do with the question of our mortality. Do we actually die, or do we live forever, in different forms? Compared to people occupying planets of sci-fi authors’ imaginings, we live extremely short lives. What if we didn’t? What if we just changed bodies, and within five years could remember everything from lifetime to lifetime? Like Harry August.

Those who reach enlightenment on Planet Earth form a very exclusive club, though everyone has the potential. Claire North suggests the possibility of immortality, as do the Enlightened Masters who live among us. A highly recommended read.

Which brings my attention to another new novel, The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. When I first heard of this book, I was curious what strange new things it offered. I was surpassed. A preacher is sent off planet, to spread the gospel of Jesus to the natives of Oasis; to the locals who provide the food for the Earth people living in the sterile corporation bubble. I have to interject here that Jesus, the story and continual concept, is entirely metaphysical, and in some sense sci-fi. A savior coming here from an off-planet realm…

I love sci-fi novels that put strangers in strange places, where the arrogant Earth people become the aliens; the natives more powerful than the invader’s imagined. Avatar! It’s reminiscent of 16th century Spanish priests who tried to sell Jesus to the Inca’s who loved their sacrificial rituals. Very risky business. Michel Faber takes the same theme off-planet in a most realistic way. Another fascinating book worth reading.

The fourth book is one I wrote, Two Crows. In our laws of physics, we are bound to the concept of lineal time; everything happens in a straight line. As a life-long student of metaphysics, I have come to realize that, whereas the lineal time concept works as a functioning reality on this earth plane, it is extremely limiting. The great tool of many Science Fiction writers is to bend time, that is, alter it from its straight line. I have come to see time as an elevator ride, up and down through simultaneous lives. We may be on our 39th floor right now, believing it is the one and only floor in the 1,000 story skyscraper of our many lives. If we believe all we see and do in this life is exclusive, all of our reality appears to be happening on the 39th floor. But what if we could step into the elevator and go down to the 19th floor, and be in a whole other reality? Or up to the 548th floor? What if this whole skyscraper was happening in the here and now, and whatever floor we are on is happening in current time; in lineal time within a greater holographic time?

In Two Crows, a Blackfeet Indian in 1876 is remote viewing his present time self. In other words, the two Two Crows characters in my novel are living in simultaneous realities. I876 is simply another floor of the elevator in the many lives of the current Lucky Two Crows.

Both Science Fiction and Metaphysic writers believe there is much, much more going on in the realm of realities than a closed minded believer of this one reality believes. The world is no longer flat, and it may no longer be linear, as the authors of these many great novels suggest.

2 Comments on [GUEST POST] David Dakan Allison on How Science Fiction is Like Metaphysics

  1. The link to the Amazon page for The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is broken.

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