For more than a decade, actor John de Lancie has delighted and provoked audiences as Star Trek®'s most unpredictable antagonist, the enigmatic cosmic entity known only as Q. Now de Lancie has turned his talent and imagination to the creation of a whole new world, a startling vision of Earth on the brink of an evolutionary leap in human consciousness....
It is the day after tomorrow, early in the next millenia, and all over the world people begin experiencing bizarre mental transformations. The majority of men and woman find their minds shutting down, but a handful develop astounding new psychic abilities. They are the adepts.
An ordinary family man. An autistic child. A beautiful Guatemalan revolutionary. A mysterious European traveler with vast ambitions and a secret agenda. As society breaks apart and new alliances form, these strangers become locked in a crucial battle to determine the future of a brave new world.
But more than human minds are at war here, for deep beneath the earth, an alien intelligence, dormant for thirty million years, is stirring once again, and sending its psychic tendrils into the minds of a vulnerable multitude. This inhuman entity has its own plans for the Earth, and they do not include Homo sapiens. Fighting amongst themselves, the adepts can scarcely imagine the awesome and ancient intelligence that will ultimately test a new breed of humanity.
Soldier Of Light is a profound and mind-warping exploration of the outer limits of the mind's potential -- written by innovative and always surprising personalities.
In I, Q (Forecasts, Sept. 20), de Lancie, writing with Peter David, delivered an SF novel dealing with the charismatic Q, whom de Lancie played on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Here, he leaves the Star Trek universe behind for a hodgepodge of SF tropes and apocryphal goo. The One is an ancient, all-powerful evil that lives deep within the earth. The rising of this half-mad and narcissistic being is causing humanity to go insane, which suits the One just fine, as it plans to wipe out mankind, just as it once destroyed the dinosaurs. Two brothers, Owen and Harley Keegan, are among the few humans gifted with special psychic powers that enable them to fight the One and its human thralls. Owen, along with his wife, Kate, and their autistic daughter, Constance, first flee the breakdown of civilization and onset of madness by sailing away on their boat, Nepenthe. But Kate and Constance (weak vessels that they are) prove susceptible to the blandishments of evil and Owen must follow his women into dark netherworlds and fight for their lives. Harley, who is propelled into using his own powers for good only after he saves several young women from "rapist brutes," also joins in the final battle for humanity's continued survival. Even with some bang-up action scenes, this novel never rises above its stilted writing or condescending attitude toward women. Author tour.