is a 1990 Science Fiction
book by Roger Elwood. It is about a Tech Detective named Neshi who receives prophetic dreams and is currently working on a murder case when he stumbles upon what turns out to be a Government Conspiracy
with a secret group of beings known only as the Natasians. His discovery does not go undiscovered by the powers-that-be, and soon he is exiled into space where he sees that countless worlds have fallen devastated by the Natasians. He soon settles on the planet called Nede which he thinks is a utopia, but soon he discovers secrets about its people that cause him to despair.
This work provides examples of
- Affectionate Nickname: Etarina's name for Neshi, "Baba", because he talks too much.
- Aliens Speaking English/Translator Microbes: Despite visiting people of two different worlds, Neshi is able to communicate with them without a problem and even read their literature.
- Big Bad: Satan.
- Bittersweet Ending: Neshi and his two companions from Nede are all killed on the last world they ended up on, but just as Neshi dies, he could hear the voice of his wife Etarina calling "Baba".
- Crapsaccharine World: Nede. It's a peaceful world where its citizens engage in ritual sacrifices to their God who is actually Satan.
- Crapsack World: What the Jerusalemites fear that their homeworld is becoming with the Government Conspiracy in place. The two other worlds with civilization still on them that Neshi visits also seem to be headed the same way.
- Crusading Widower: Neshi, after the death of his wife Etarina, made all the more heartbreaking when he found out that she was pregnant.
- Framing Device: The story is told by a mysterious person named the Storyteller, who resides in heaven along with his audience.
- Ghost Planet: Neshi visits many of them, all of which were destroyed (presumably) by the Natasians.
- Gladiator Games: Government-sanctioned ones on Neshi's homeworld, usually consisting of a convict and a very heavily-armed robot. It is during Neshi attending one of the matches that he meets up with someone who passes along some important information leading to the mysterious Jerusalemites.
- Jesus Saves: Ultimately what the story comes down to saying.
- The Lifestream: The Currents Of The Cosmos, the preferred afterlife of Neshi's homeworld.
- Man in the Machine: Quintez, who is a humanoid brain inside a robotic body.
- Messianic Archetype: J'sopah Smythe, a visitor on the world of Nede, fancies himself as this, even at the point of death.
- A Nazi by Any Other Name: The assembly of worshipers that Neshi witnesses on the world he winds up on worships a god that demands racial purity at all costs.
- It seems to suggest that the last world Neshi ended up on was Earth.
- Nightmare Sequence: Neshi has one in the beginning of the story, where he enters a city where people are feasting on one another, and on his exit from it, an army approaches and he gets stabbed by a spear, with a voice calling "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how I weep for thee."
- Organ Theft: The "murders" on Neshi's homeworld are all for the sake of supplying the government with organs, and not just for organ replacements, as Neshi finds out.
- La Résistance: The Jerusalemites.
- Sdrawkcab Name: All over the place. Natasians is a particularly lampshaded one because the root word is backwards for Satan.
- Shining City: What Neshi sees his homeworld being replaced by after it was destroyed in a dream. It's also the location of the story's Framing Device.