The artificial intelligence, Maitreya, first came into being 150,000 years ago. Over the millennia, it has spread Terran-based life, humanity, and its avatars throughout an empty galaxy, creating the New Integral Society. Now, a supernova threatens one of Maitreya’s experimental worlds, Solandaria – the only such world that harbors the Sonoran desert toad and its powerful 5-MeO-DMT containing venom, the most profound entheogen ever discovered. Things are not what they seem, however, for someone is interfering with Maitreya’s experiment, violating the rules of the NIS. An autonomous avatar, Hydar Zor Nablisk, risks everything for the sake of the inhabitants of Solandaria by creating a duplicate of the director of the recently revived Burning Man celebration, Miranda Ash Dorán, stranding her on Black Rock City Station. Maitreya sends its personal avatar, Theo, to investigate, and the game is on.
The Solandarian Game is the latest psy-fi epic by Martin W. Ball, author of Beyond Azara and the Tales of Aurduin series. Combining speculative fiction, nondual philosophy, entheogenic experience, and provocative storytelling, The Solandarian Game presents a fascinating post-singularity future for humanity.
"A multifaceted and entertaining story that combines the best aspect of SciFi, social commentary, philosophy, and the nature of what it is to be human. Ball eloquently illustrates the entheogenic experience in ways that few others have been able to accomplish, all while envisioning what our future could look like if informed by its insights. He picks up where Aldous Huxley left off with The Island, and brings the Psy-Fi genre to the next level."
- Ashley Booth, founder of the Aware Project: Rethinking Psychedelics
The Solandarian Game reads like Frank Herbert smoked 5MEO-DMT crossed with Planet of the Toads. Which is a good thing, an extremely good thing. Martin W. Ball has turned science fiction on its head by incorporating his deep insights and realizations about the nature of reality gleaned from his entheogenic experiences into this classic SF novel that explores the concept of unity consciousness knowing itself, and playing the game with no end. “Autonomous avatars, intergalactic Burning Man, AI-Gods, psychedelic religions of the future and the Temple of the Mystic Toad – take a rollercoaster ride into consciousness itself as this next generation of Psyence Fiction takes flight.”
- Rak Razam, writer/producer Aya: Awakenings
“From reality to imagination, the facts are undeniable: Martin Ball’s new novel, the Solandarian Game, is a journey into the mind and soul of inner truth, and the hidden knowledge and wisdom of entheogens.”
- Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa, author, THE TOAD OF DAWN: 5-MeO-DMT and the Rise of Cosmic Consciousness
“Put on your seat belts and keep your hands and arms inside the spacecraft at all times!!! As if Martin Ball hadn’t taken us all far enough into the heights, depths and breadths of the Entheological Paradigm, his new Psy-Fi novel, The Solandarian Game, sends us careening across the universe on a psychedelic warp-speed journey into the boundless beyond of cosmic consciousness itself; where we are invited to explore the unfathomed realms of Artificial Intelligence deities, sovereign avatars, and their experiments in seeding solar systems and galaxies with human populations. This action-packed, suspense filled piece of fiction is clearly based firmly on the foundations of true entheogenic experience and within its intergalactic pages offers us a deeper meaning of what it is to be both truly human and Divine. A must-read for psycho-nautical navigators and entheogenic explorers alike. You’re in for quite a ride!!!”
- Hal Lucius Nation, Grand Hierophant of the Temple of Awakening Divinity
Martin W. Ball, Ph.D. is the author of numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction, on the nature of entheogenic experience, nonduality, and personal awakening. His other novels include Beyond Azara and the Tales of Aurduin series. His most recent non-fiction work is his 2014 memoir, Being Infinite. Dr. Ball has his Ph.D. in Religious Studies and teaches at Southern Oregon University, in Ashland, Oregon, where he is also co-founder and organizer of the annual Exploring Psychedelics conference. Additionally, he hosts The Entheogenic Evolution podcast and is a fractal/visionary artist and musician. Dr. Ball is regularly featured for interviews on a variety of media and online outlets and is an active public speaker at conventions, conferences, and alternative cultural gatherings, and his articles have been featured in a number of publications and anthologies.
released April 23, 2016
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