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The Sands Of Kronos :
It sounds like a good science fiction title, but what does it imply to the possible reader ? The sands of time gradually falling through an hour glass and the plausible construction of an alien planet that has been named after the Greek god Chronos, who personified Time in the pre-Socratic philosophy and later literature.
The literary identification with the name Chronos became more widespread during the Renaissance period, giving rise to the allegory of ‘Father Time’ wielding the harvesting scythe, so is this story about death of the main protagonist? Or the turning of the alien year, heralding the new year as we do here on Earth ?
The title seems to imply a planet where its inhabitants are obsessed with time, also a barren planet devoid of vegetation, an arid desert location, but then again, its just a title ! But how to create a plausible planet called Kronos ? Has this alien world any connection with Earth ? With the Earth connection of possible futuristic colonisation of other worlds, I could bring in familiarity for my reader.
With recognisable forms of communications, computer technology, speculative futuristic technology, human values that would make it easier for me to find the main protagonists amongst the space explorers, but then its an arid desert, does this mean terra-forming, living in an artificial environment !
Could it be a parallel world in another universe, or is that a step too far, thinking of a spatial fourth dimension, situated along side Earth but displaced, however most science fiction focus on parallel Earth’s these days, and it sounds like a usual framework to explore as a writer, perhaps, not to be mixed up with the premise of an Alternative Earth, with different turning-points in history, the what if genre ?
The idea that other worlds lie parallel to Earth and occasionally connect and cross-over is one of the oldest speculative ideas in both science fiction and fantasy, it appears in legends, mythologies and the use of astral planes of the spiritualists and mystics of many old religions.
There are two basic folkloristic themes connected to this most used premise, in one, an ordinary human is transported into a fantasy land where she undergoes adventures and may find love and fulfilment that remained beyond the reach of her Earthly existence.
In the other, a communication or visitation, from the other world affects the life on the individual within our world, often injuring or destroying that person.
Both good premises, but they don’t really help me with ‘The Sands Of Kronos’, though, because the title implies space exploration technology, if not time travel technology, but there has to be conflict, action and suspense to make it a page-turner, but all I’ve got so far is an arid desert.
Reference used : Peter Nicholls.