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The Diamond Warriors (The Ea Cycle, Book 4)

Buy As Gift. Overview From the author of Neverness comes a powerful epic fantasy series, the Ea Cycle, as rich as Tolkien and as magical as the Arthurian myths. Bush recently suggested that any action to forestall global warming is "unrealistic. It's as if Sauron and his orcs were at the gates, and the merchant-rulers inside were trying to figure out how to squeeze out more profit from their slaves for a few more hours.

Make no mistake, this is true evil, in its modern form. And it must be defeated, even as Hitler and his murderers were defeated. If it's not, we'll call forth a nightmare here on earth rather than realising our deepest dreams. But finding the heroic within ourselves to oppose such evil is a terrifying task, at least for me.

So in the end I write these big, heroic epics to give myself courage and hope, and to remind myself that we really are creators of both our hells and our heavens. And, of course, I write in hope of passing the torch on to others, as it was passed to me upon reading The Odyssey,Parzival and the Mahabharata, to say nothing of The Lord of the Rings. NG: Your writing is consistently poetic, in a decidedly romantic and visionary way. How did your highly distinctive prose style come about?

DZ: I think that any author's style develops as a solution to the fundamental literary problem: how to say what one wishes to say in the truest and most effective way? Much of what I wish to say has to do with our deepest aspirations and longing for a deeper experience of life. This requires looking beneath the surfaces of the phenomenal world to the deeper reality that lies within. But how does one do this, through the lens of mere words? I've often thought that literature is the most difficult of the arts through which to convey a sense of the transcendent. Both music and painting, for example, open one to more immediate apprehensions of the Good, the Beautiful and the True.

All that I have, however, as a writer, is words.

Which ones should I choose? If my prose tends toward the poetic, it's because I'm continually trying to make extensions from this world to the realm that lies beneath and beyond it; in the end, I hope to convey a sense of the interconnectedness, and even identity, of all things.

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The language of poetry, with its metaphors and similes, is precisely that which connects: ideas to objects, images to emotions, and in some small way, outer events to great, blazing, inner realisations. NG: In line with what you've just said: from Neverness onwards, you've evoked, in immense and exceptionally vivid detail, contemplative states of mind -- meditative disciplines, openings of portals on to the infinite without and within.

What Eastern traditions have you most specifically drawn upon in this? Do your protagonists, in particular Danlo Peacewise and Valashu Elahad, function as exemplars of your own philosophical and spiritual beliefs? DZ: Ramana Maharshi, as the great, modern light of Advaita Vedanta, has been a huge personal influence. But strangely, he mostly eschewed the more traditional meditative traditions that have a prominent place in my novels for the more simple and pure practice of what he called Self-inquiry. This is basically the process of asking, "Who am I?

Strangely, too, I was led to Ramana Maharshi and the eastern traditions in general through two very Western authors: Somerset Maugham and Hermann Hesse. But he was quite capable of synthesising all that he knew into the highly original and amazing The Glass Bead Game.

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Certainly the Order of the Neverness novels takes more from Hesse's Castalia than it does the forest academies or ashrams of India. As for a general theory undergirding my books, which essentially explore the connection between mysticism and evolution: Plotinus' Great Chain of Being, and its modern elaboration through Aurobindo and Ken Wilber, has been key. I've also drawn upon such mavericks as Timothy Leary: what is the remembrancer's drug of Requiem, after all, if not a very powerful and very specific psychedelic?

All of this, of course, has in some way been an influence on both Danlo and Valashu. They are exemplars of my spiritual beliefs in the sense that they both set out on heroic journeys in order to gain a higher and deeper level of being for the sake of the worlds in which they live.

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But even more, they are sharers of the great and defining mystical experiences of my life. In the end, it's not my beliefs that I would wish to convey to my readers but simply the incredible possibilities of life lived to its infinite depths, in all its terrible and beautiful glory. NG: In the Neverness cycle, you convey, even to people of an entirely non-mathematical bent, the ecstasy of numbers -- "the number storm", the pure joy of the theorem. What role has your training as a mathematician played in your creative development and technique? DZ: It was my mathematical development, as much as the mystical, that first alerted me to the existence of another world.

Now, I wouldn't say that mathematics has the same degree of intense reality as the world as perceived through the eye of meditation or Self-inquiry, but it is its own fantastic construction, existing in the Platonic realm of the Ideal. To understand very much of it, and even to perceive it, requires the continual opening of the eye of Reason, which we all possess.

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Few people, though, care to accomplish this opening process, because learning mathematics is a lot of very hard work. So it's almost impossible for most people to appreciate that mathematics can be so strangely and breathtakingly beautiful. When I began writing Neverness, I realized that in order to show the pilots of the Order as having their beings steeped in the strangeness of this otherworld, I was going to have to call upon, and try to convey, this secret beauty.

It was a daunting task, to say the least. It was the first time that I intensely employed a poetic language, with all its metaphors, to try to describe something that is very nearly ineffable. This, of course, led me to think that I might possibly attempt the description of the more transcendent mystical apprehensions, which many believe really are ineffable. NG: In the Neverness quartet, what motivated your move from Mallory Ringess to his son Danlo as principal character even though Mallory remains the narrator?

Why your shift from a complicated, conflicted hero to a saint, a superhuman paragon? DZ: At the end of Neverness, Mallory Ringess undergoes an apotheosis, so I felt that his development and usefulness as a character, especially as a protagonist, were finished.

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There is simply not that much that can be done with a man who has transcended his all-too-human foibles, to say nothing of shuffling off his mortal coil, so to speak. And, to be truthful, when I began writing Neverness and for some time after, I had no intention of writing a sequel. But then it occurred to me that there was another story -- and a very large story at that -- as to what happens in the Neverness universe after Mallory attains to the godly.

I never state explicitly the nature of his transcendence, but it's quite clear that with all these nano-computers replacing parts of his brain, he is becoming something more than human in form and possibly in function. But I was never quite at ease with that as a model for human possibilities; in fact, it repulses me -- as do parts of Mallory himself.

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And so one day it suddenly came to me that I could write the story of his son, who experiences an even greater transcendence -- the greatest that I could imagine -- all the while retaining his humanity in the perfect immanence of his human form.