Cosmic Destiny - Origin

News reporting on the arrival of the other species.

Ignoring the light breeze and relative quiet outside, the sound of the newscast filled the small room at the heart of the desert research station.

"Today, leaders of Timo, Talwald, and Vulk are coming together on Timo for a historic peace conference. The shuttles of the Talwaelder and Vulker have landed next to the conference center about an hour ago."

"All of the races claim to have originated from the planet Talwald, although the reptiles, who now exclusively populate Talwald, deny this. Inside sources tell us that an important clue about our ancestery is located here on Timo. What exactly--"

Cahtsor muted the sound of the newscast. As a robotic member of Timoan society, it would have been easy for him to plug himself directly into the data stream, but then none of the humans could have watched the newscast with him. "I guess, one of the Timo representatives leaked information," he said in response to the reporters claim of having 'inside sources.' "We have to be careful."

When nobody replied, he turned around and saw all the seats were empty. Alarmed, he muttered to himself, "Where is she?"


The World of Cosmic Destiny

Cahtsor's question above refers to Solana, a young woman about to embark on the greatest journey of her life. Ever since she had made contact with Sperah, a being that can travel the universe with the power of ees mind, she knew the universe was a much larger place than she had thought. Meeting Sperah was an experience even more profound than when she left behind gravity and experienced the magnificent vasteness of space for the first time as a child.

But after Sperah left, Solana focused her energy on her research and the peace conference. For the first time, she would directly work together with the other two species that inhabited their solar system, the insectoids and reptiles.

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The origin of Cosmic Destiny goes back to the time when I was 12 years old and dreamed about making science fiction movies. Of all the story ideas that I created, Cosmic Destiny was the one that I worked on the most.

All in all, I laid down the content for about a hundred Cosmic Destiny movies, though title and focus were different at the time and featured influences from Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and the German book series Terranauten and Perry Rhodan.

Although two of the original space battles have found their way into Cosmic Destiny, most have been laid to rest. Characters, too, have undergone significant development, such as Solana, who was only a side-character at the beginning. Others have outright disappeared, whereas some, such as Tori, are completely new inventions when I rediscovered the story as an adult.

Neither Talwaeldish nor Vulkish societies had initially been as fleshed out as they are now in the current story. Human, i.e. Timoan, society has matured as well, now featuring a culture that embraces three genders. Some of the sociological changes reflect my growth in understanding diversity and gender studies. It has become the spice that makes this cosmic adventure more interesting.

At the heart of the story is a spiritual journey into the cosmos. Hence, the title. This journey has been significantly inspired by the spirituality and ecological sensitivity of the Terranauten book series (unfortunately, this series has not been translated to English). Whereas the Terranauten imagined a comprehensive system of plant-based technology over the course of the series, this story only touches upon the idea of a techno-organic hybrid through Sperah. That said, the interplay of organic and robotic ways of existing bleeds into Cosmic Destiny and many of my short stories and might eventually lead to a collection of work similar in spirit to that of the Terranauten.

Contact

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Email: contact (at) chbodenbender.com

C. H. Bodenbender is a yogini, art therapist, LGBTQ+ author, and fascinated to explore what else may be out there in the universe. She is convinced that our cosmic destiny has just begun.