The Gordian Fetish

A satirical Sci-fi novel. Ron Forsythe is my Sci-fi alias.

‘An ambitious sci-fi novel packed with serious ideas and amusing moments. The alien perspective on humankind is sometimes hilarious and often thought-provoking in this racy, zany and sometimes politically-satirical story. It’s never sentimental and creates convincingly detailed worlds, with a solid biological and scientific feel. The novel explores multiple viewpoints with the thoughts and reactions of a huge range of characters and I sensed many influences, from the American sci-fi greats too – particularly, I think – British writers like Douglas Adams and Michael Moorcock. But it’s never other-worldly and I liked it that the question of what it is to be human is central to this stimulating story.’

How important is consciousness? How rare is it in the universe?
It is incredibly rare but not many people here on Earth seem to care about that – but the Gordians do – they value it – they seek it out and look to protect it. They have an institute funded by their government that is geared to the conservation of endangered alien sentient beings.
Unfortunately, a new Gordian leader has come along who believes in austerity. He is threatening to close the institute.
Humans are sentient and have a modicum of intelligence. They can hardly be termed endangered though. There are 4000 billion of them. But they are tremendously interesting. They have sex. They also have politics and religion. They pretend to be clever and civilised but they are nowhere near as clever and civilised as they think they are.
Most Gordians are intrigued by humans. They find sex astounding and humans cute.
Being cute and having sex might just be their saving graces.

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