After being a technologist for many years, I retired and
discovered fairy tales – an interesting transition. I moved from science fiction
to fairy tales and fantasy for recreational reading material.
I soon became fascinated by the complex and richly detailed
world that J. R. R. Tolkien created for his epic trilogy The Lord of the
Rings and its prequel The Hobbit. In particular, I was taken by the
number of different species of humanoids that populated Middle Earth. Just how that
happened, I wondered.
Later, I discovered my Celtic ethnic roots in Irish Fairy
Tales and became completely enamored by the wide variety of “little folk” that
populated the tiny little island. Of course, we all know about leprechauns, but
why are there no elves in Ireland? Well, there are – they are called síofrai,
a term that can have other meanings, but that is the original use of the word. However,
unlike the leprechauns, merrows, silkies, and dozens of other Irish fairies, the
síofrai keep a really low profile in Ireland at least. They are rarely
talked about, if at all.
But still, there are so many humanoid creatures – just like
on Tolkien’s Middle Earth. How did they get there?
In time, I began writing more or less traditional Irish
fairy tales, the best being about Dearbháil.
However, my decades-long interest in technology was still
alive and well, and even in retirement I followed the latest developments in biology,
medicine and physics. In particular I was drawn to the new field of Epigenetics,
and the incredible developments in Cosmology and Quantum Physics.
So much of the science fiction I read as a kid had actually become real. We
have powerful lasers capable of shooting down missiles in space, traveling to
the Moon, and even have the iPhone, which is far better than any communicator
Captain Kirk of Star Trek ever had.
And we discovered that there may well be as many as 11
dimensions to our universe, and perhaps even countless parallel universes. And,
of course, there could even be worm holes in the space-time fabric that would
permit us to travel from place to place almost instantly.
So I did the obvious – I combined modern day science
speculation (it would be hard to call it “fiction” nowadays) with Irish fairy
tales. This led to Kilcarrick, the first book of the Lady Fionnuala
series of stories. The series follows the life of Fionla, as she is known in
this story, through her thousands of years living on earth. In it, I try to
explain a rational basis for so many of our present-day myths and fairy tales.
A good deal of this depends on supra-spatial portals or “worm holes” that
permit various species to move from planet to planet by simply stepping through
them. And some species are far more advanced than those of us on earth, thus
supplying us with the mysteries we don’t understand.
It was Arthur C. Clarke who observed:
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic.”
The Albians provide that in these stories.
Thus Kilcarrick is both an intergalactic science
fiction adventure story as well as an Irish fairy tale. It is the story of
Barry Donovan, a middle-aged college professor, who inherits a 800-year-old
haunted Irish castle from a cousin he had never met, only discover that the
ghost of Lady Fionnuala is really a very much alive 3000-year-old “elf” named
‘Fionla'. She is actually from another planet and can travel inter-galactically by
simply stepping through a supra-spatial “worm hole” that she calls a “portal”.
Thus begins Barry’s journey of discovery as she leads him
through a world he never dreamt existed filled with technology thousands of
years ahead of anything he had seen before. And he finds out that the leprechauns
and fairies of Ireland are real, as are the medieval dragons, the Yeti, the
Lock Ness monster and where Jesus Christ is really buried.