Visitation Seeds by Ben Berman Ghan - PDF format (computers and some devices)
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Imagine: While we sleep, something like an angel is kneeling on the Moon, planting seeds. It has travelled across the void to us. Call it a Gardener.
When we wake, there is a forest growing in the night sky. The Visitation Seeds have come.
In a future where life has mysteriously sprung forth on the Moon, humanity seizes a new land to colonize, raising cities from the silver dust. Now, after decades of settlement and growth, something is stirring. The voice of a young man is calling out from the graveyards. The dead no longer lie still beneath the ground. From Earth, a lone cyborg is dispatched to solve the mystery of resurrection and quell all rebellion, but her journey beneath the pomegranate trees will lead her on a darker path, towards a secret that will undo the growing world beneath her feet
Praise for Visitation Seeds:
In Visitation Seeds, Ghan escorts us into a chilling cybernetic future where austerity and greed have pushed the human race to colonise the moon. The lunar landscape has been transformed into a veritable Garden of Eden by a mysterious figure known only as the Gardener. Yet this is no earthly garden, for what grows there corrupts the divide between technology and biology, a haunting union of plant and machine where nothing truly dies. What is death, after all, but one phase in the cyclical process of life? The alien beauty of Ghan’s alternate future is at once both wondrous and chilling, as warm as the faces of sun-grown daisies and as cold as the sharpened edge of polished steel. Though the narrative dances across both time and space, the undercurrents of colonial violence and its inevitable consequences imbue Visitation Seeds with an eerie resonance given Canada’s own history of colonization. Ghan’s tale is not a story but a journey to a place that is both dangerously foreign and familiar, a journey from which no one will return unchanged.
- Joshua Gillingham, author of The Gatewatch