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Had first covid shot on Wednesday. Locals well organized - scores of workers and hustled people straight through. Arm sore, no other side-effects.

Speaking of sore. The noun version is what the Narthani are as they spread from ancestral homeland and threaten to go further.

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Had first covid shot on Wednesday. Locals well organized - scores of workers and hustled people straight through. Arm sore, no other side-effects.

Speaking of sore. The noun version is what the Narthani are as they spread from ancestral homeland and threaten to go further.

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Bravo! I totally enjoy your books and the world that you have created. I typically do not read this genre but find your books addictive. Love the mix of science. Looking forward to the next Anyar book.

The second one will get you. Queasiness, chills, metallic taste and general discomfort. Sleeping helps. Overall, not too bad.

Would the combined Caedellium and Foumon Army and Navy led by Yozef help liberate Landolin from the Narthani Forces?

I'm glad you got your shot. And sad that it looks like the Narthani conquered all of Landolin!

Had both of the Pfizer shot with no problem at all. Sore arm gone the next day. Longest thing about the whole process was the 15 minute Wait.

I felt like crap the day after, I had the Astra Zenicca/ Oxford vaccination.

Hope it dosen't slow your typing lol!!!

Lucky you got them, Australia seems to be waiting to have a full on outbreak before we get them

Thank you , congratulations on getting your first shot ! I received my second vaccination last Wednesday from the Biloxi VA , sore arm and slept for two days . Please Book seven soon ?

Are these the current gains of empire or just their goal if the former when did they take lanolin as I thought that was the goal after caedelium and if the later shouldnt caedlium be highlighted? Love the books and am eagerly awaiting the next 🙂

My second one made me loopy the second day, being an epic fantasy writer, I totally approve! (or anyone else)

Unfortunately, I am in Group 1C and don't qualify yet. Also, I contracted Covid-19 during the holidays, so carrying antibodies for now. Book 7

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February 1, 2021

Revisions to book 7 are ongoing. The first “draft” was maybe a little optimistic. Trying to be honest, it’s likely to be March before it goes to the editor. In the meantime, I’ve solicited assistance from three volunteers as shown in the photos. So far, doesn’t look like Frosty has much to offer, but Loki and Shadow are focusing on a couple of chapters you see laid out.
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February 1, 2021

Revisions to book 7 are ongoing. The first “draft” was maybe a little optimistic. Trying to be honest, it’s likely to be March before it goes to the editor. In the meantime, I’ve solicited assistance from three volunteers as shown in the photos. So far, doesn’t look like Frosty has much to offer, but Loki and Shadow are focusing on a couple of chapters you see laid out.

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I keep listening to Passages over and over. You told a great journey of Mark, his family, and Heather. I can wait, maybe. Also, got my first shot too.

I also would like to see the side of Yosef as a politician, does he enjoys the adulation of Caedelli people like the politicians and head of state leaders on Earth? I will make Caedellium a great country.

I have just finished book 6. What a Cliffhanger (-: Extraordinary storytelling, well done! Can't wait for book 7.

Really enjoy your posts/updates!

any chance of a freebie teaser? a half-chapter posted on olanthorensen.com perhaps?

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The audios for Harbinger and An Ancient Enemy are up for pre-order at Amazon.com and Audible. com.

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Just pre-ordered both, can’t wait to listen.

Picked both on pre-order and re-listening the first book on my travels.

Preordered 💁‍♀️ Now to practice that patience thing I’ve heard so much about...🤔

I mean, I got An Ancient Enemy on kindle . . . should I pre-order the audio book as well? Decisions, decisions.

12” of snow. 10 degrees. New Olan to listen to. It’s a good day

I refrain from using Amazon these days, are they available from anywhere else?

Yay! Just put in my pre-orders!

Ordered.

Is ‘The Gift’ going to be available as an audio book?

FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Got mine

Thanks for the update just pre-ordered them both

Got an ancient enemy just had to remember to buy it and not using a credit on it

Ordered...

When is book 7 coming out?

Awesome,

Thank you

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Thanks to Brandt for catching my brain glitch on the question about inheriting modified mitochondria if cast on other planets. It is correct that only females would pass on mitochondria, but so far there's only knowledge of Anyar survivors having had such modifications. If a planet had lower gravity than Earth, then the same modification as on Anyar would not be necessary - assuming the aliens are to be believed. Of course, that doesn't rule out any other modifications the aliens might perform for whatever reason. ... See MoreSee Less

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There is evidence that fathers can pass mitochondrial DNA as well.

Could be that Joseph is dreaming the whole thing and will wake up back on earth.

This is interesting and all but what I want to know is what are the egg shaped formations that are scattered around the island? Are the egg shaped formations responsible for the animals showing up all of a sudden where there were none before? Are the animals kept in stasis by these egg shaped formations then released at a specific times? Just curious.

Makes me wonder what modifications the Oglethorpes received to deal with the lighter gravity of Mirica. Maybe something to do with retaining bone/muscle density?

I thought the Aliens seeded many world's? With much of the same similar stuff. So, there would be huge similarities as the species evolved to. Especially if the environments were similar and conducive to supporting that type of life.

Book 7 please.

Update for Book 7 PLEASE ?

I said in the earlier post, a nanotechnology that "does something not really defined" could be modifying all sorts of things such as the mitochondria. I also think the nanos would not be functioning as a secondary immune system. All, or nearly all, immune improvements should have been done as a genetic edit to the germ line.

But are they really aliens? Or are they a fragment of ancient humanity that took to the stars long ago?

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Lots of good comments. Here’s the “key” to the quiz, at least according to the teaching assistant.

“The aliens modified their mitochondrial DNA for increased energy efficiency to help compensate for Anyar's gravity higher than Earth's. Will the children of those survivors inherit that trait?”

The trait will be passed on only to the children of female survivors. Mitochondrial DNA comes from the ovum. While there are extremely rare cases of paternal transmission, it’s rare enough to discount for the 29 survivors of Flight 4382.

“What about children of survivors cast on other planets?”

Same answer (sort of). Mitochondria don’t care what planet you’re on. However, we don't know about what gravity or other conditions on other planets that might have led the aliens to tinker with human DNA. (answer edited thanks to Brandt)

Here’s a bonus question. For how many planets do we have physical evidence (not cultural) that they received survivors? Here's a hint: the answer is between 1 and 29. :>)

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I would think the nanites would enhance the babies during growth, assuming that they exist. Especially if the nanites are what altered the survivors bodies.

The one Thing I am wondering, if Anyar has a slightly stronger gravity than Earth and that another planet where The Husband and Wife fighting duo now live, a planet with half the earth’s gravity. Shouldn’t the humans there look different from the Humans of earth and as a result of evolution? Like maybe taller. Stocky, with bigger hands and feet? Anyway I am just wondering, there maybe another planet somewhere and populated by humans where the average height is either 7 feet or 3.5 feet.

Interesting . . . so all the survivors received the same modifications regardless of the properties of the planet they were on i.e. high/low gravity.

5 on Cadellium...the Doctor and her kid on the planet with castes, the ghost man on the tribal planet (who i don’t actually believe is dead), the couple in ancient enemy and....i think that’s it...correct me if i missed anyone!! If there were 27 survivors then 17 are unaccounted for...not sure how many other planets they’d occupy.

Here are the people we know of that have been put on different planets.

I can only think of 2

Potentially there is another way to look at how many planets there could be. While the Watchers found it unlikely that the 4382 survivors will enact large changes on the planets they were put on, it seems like at least on Anyar they were separated onto different continents. The hint is between 1 and 29 planets. I think that if there were enough planets to put only one survivor on the Watchers would have done so. Since there are 27 survivors, that would mean that there is less than 27 planets. Since 27 is divisible by 9 I would say that there are less than 9 planets. If there were 9 planets then 3 4382 survivors could go on each planet. 3 is less than the 5 we know were put on Anyar. So if the aliens were really trying to prevent the Earth humans from making significant changes they would have put less people per planet if they could. So I think that indicates that there are less than 9 planets. On the same hand, 27 is also divisible by 3. But that would mean that there would be 9 survivors per planet. Not impossible, but we already know that there are 5 on Anyar. More survivors on a planet, the greater chance of changes. So I think that might indicate more than 3 planets. So right now we are looking at somewhere between 4 - 8 planets. Of course, this assumes that the same amount of people were put on each planet. And unfortunately, 27 isn't divisible by 5. There is a remainder of 2. But if we look at the passenger list on the author's website. Two passengers jump out at me: Haley Sewell Justin Molinar Why? Haley is 3 months and Justin is 8 years old. Every other survivor is 15+ years old. I don't think the aliens would save Haley and just put an infant on a planet and hope that a human takes her in. Similar to with Justin as he is still an adolescent who has yet to go through puberty. It makes sense that those 2 would be placed with other survivors. And there is precedent for two survivors being placed on a planet together as revealed in An Ancient Enemy. If if there are 2 sets of 6 passengers and 3 sets of 5, that makes 27. That would mean that potentially there are 5 other planets that were seeded with human life that the 4382 survivors were placed upon assuming that an equal/near equal amount of passengers were placed on each planet.

How many planets do we have physical evidence that they received survivors? Interesting question and tricky since we are not relying on cultural and I'm assuming technological clues. On order of appearance: Yosef - Anyar Martha Whitworth - moonless planet with a bright globular cluster of stars. And no horses, but donkeys. Potentially Haley Sewell - moonless planet with Martha Unnamed passenger who was killed upon arriving - hunter/gatherer planet that experiences long winters. I think it had a dark orange sun or K-type main sequence sun. Mark Caldwell - Anyar Heather Chen - Anyar The Oglethorpes - Mirica, a moonless planet orbiting a G0 type star, with a large cluster of stars around it. Horses or horse equivalents. 50% of the planet is covered by landmasses. Continent sized plateaus with large chasms separating each other making travel difficult. Two unknown passengers - Anyar Obviously, the fact that Mirica is moonless along with Martha Whitworth's planet seems to be a match. Martha even notes the globular cluster of stars though I believe she says there are multiple colors while on Mirica there are 7 bright blue giants that are dominant. There is also the fact that Martha's planet seems to only have donkeys while Mirica has horses. However, this could be explained by Mirica's geography. Entirely possible for one plateau to get certain Earth animals and another to get completely different animals. The deep chasms preventing those species from spreading across Mirica. Then there is the Hunter Gather planet. I don't think it is Anyar as I remember that the sun was described differently and the technological level is much lower. Not to mention the harsh winters which Anyar doesn't seem to have. I can't recall if a moon was mentioned or not, but technically it is possible that it is on Mirica on one of those plateaus but there wasn't really any description of harsh winters. Out of the 27 survivors at least 5 were placed on Anyar. 2 are on Mirica. 1-2 on a moonless planet that might be Mirica. 1 on a planet with an orange sun. For right now, I'm saying 3 planets. Anyar, Mirica, and the hunter/gather planet. Martha Whitworth's planet has too many similarities to Mirica and the differences could be potentially be explained by Mirica's unique biosphere. I'm moving soon so all my books are packed so I had to do this from memory. Any mistaken details are due to that.

Humm. I don't remember reading about hunter/gatherer planet. Did I miss something? How many books are there?

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No grades resulting, but here's a question that can impact Anyar survivors of Flight 4382. The aliens modified their mitochondrial DNA for increased energy efficiency to help compensate for Anyar's gravity higher than Earth's. Will the children of those survivors inherit that trait?

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mDNA is typically passed down from the mother (so females survivors would pass it to their children); however, on Earth it has been documented that some children inherit paternal mDNA. So it isn't out of the realm of possibility. Also, this is assuming that all cells in the survivors are modified and not just certain cells (e.g. in muscle, liver, etc.).

There are survivors on other planets?!?!

I believe mitochondrial DNA is inherited from the mother only. Since the gravity has not changed since original population was brought from earth, perhaps the aliens tweaked that group back then.

This is getting weird, I actually had a dream about the Destiny's Crucible series. In my dream I was back in school, and the whole class was given a quiz about Olan's novels as part of our Literature subject. My teacher is Liam Neeson.

It depends on the precise nature of the modifications. The mitochondrial DNA is indeed passed only through the maternal line and so if the modifications involve only the mDNA, then only the female survivors will pass them down. However, mDNA encodes only a small number of proteins and many mitochondrial proteins are coded in the nuclear DNA. If the nuclear genes have been modified, then all survivors could pass down the traits.

I'd say yes. But not necessarily for all the scientific explanation given above by all the thoughtful readers. I think this potentially opens up many doors to start exploring the Harley and the Aliens. I'm hopeful we will learn more about them in the future and the eggs. This is without a doubt the best sci fi series I've ever read. I've listened to it at least 5 times through already. I can't wait for the next book.

If they inherited the improved immune system then why not the increased efficiency? Seems logical.

Since mitochondrial DNA passes down from mother to child only not sure how their children will inherit. From wiki: Mitochondrial DNA is the small circular chromosome found inside mitochondria. The mitochondria are organelles found in cells that are the sites of energy production. The mitochondria, and thus mitochondrial DNA, are passed from mother to offspring.

I think the native peoples genes were modified when they were brought to the planet. So the survivors were just brought up to the standards of the native peoples. Then their children would get the gene from both parents.

If the aliens didn't somehow program the modified mtDNA against inheritance, and the clear transmissibility of the nano elements argues against that, then it should pass to the offspring, especially if it provides an advantage. This will likely be true of any offspring of the male survivors of Flight 4382 as Biparental Inheritance of Mitochondrial DNA in Humans (Luo et al) is currently something of hot area of research in genetics.

I'd say yes, as it is passed on naturally.

Mitrocondra are only inherited from our mothers apart from some rare cases of mitochondrial DNA being inherited from both parents. Joseph's children would have their mothers Mitochondria so wouldn't need the agumentation to their mitochondrial DNA to cope with the greater gravity of anyar. The nano-bots over time would spread to the entire population of Anyar and for some later generation cause a huge problem on how they got there and where they come from.

Valentine Michael Smith adapted well.

Yes - I would think so!

Based on the results seen in Yosef’s children, yes, something is being inherited (even if it is just the little nano-bots helping with healing like we are seeing in Merrah & Annarind (don’t actually know the spelling, listen in Audible - sorry!)) I would think that over time these effects would be diluted by other genetics coming into play. HOWEVER, if the nanos are self replicating, like is suggested by Mark’s post-Sting decrease and then increase in healing, then it may not drop over time. Many generations from now, there may be whole planets of people with increased healing. For the Cadelli, this could make the whole island healthier. Sometimes I wonder why Yosef hasn’t considered “breeding” his own blood and using that as a medical advancement. It would be hard to pass it off as something other than a blessing from God, but could he inoculate the whole island under the guise of something else? Could the nano-bots be cultivated in some other living organism & harvested? ...whoops, got me rambling. Short answer yes.

I think the aliens made it so that the survivors were able to pass the DNA to their offspring.

Children will inherit. Not sure about other planets though. Good teaser.

The children of any women will inherit, but not those of the men.

I will pass biology is not my favourite subject. My only wish, the man or woman from Earth and who became captive of the Narthani, has a major in Philosophy or French. Therefore not a threat

I think so. If your DNA changed in all the cells in your body, it also changed in your reproductive cells.

Yes super human

Yes, because mitochondrial DNA is precisely what's passed on to the offspring.

Only fathers can pass mitochondrial dna that.

It’s DNA, it passes on.

It only matters if it gets the next book written faster.

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January 4, 2021

Finished the first draft of Book 7 (title still in flux). Word count around 180,000. Lot’s of work now on revisions and editing, but at least there’s progress. December was definitely slow due to usual holiday stuff, plus under the weather a bit and forgetting it takes time to write the yearly Christmas story. This year I though a little warm and fuzzy plot was appropriate.

News on coming audio releases. I’ve just been told the novella, An Ancient Enemy, is scheduled for February 6. The book Harbinger is scheduled for March 16.

For readers/listeners of Destiny’s Crucible, here’s an image that shows the position of the ancestral homeland of the Narthani.

Also, a reminder of the new web pages. Still at olanthorensen.com. Downloadable are images, maps, and the Christmas short stories from 2018 and 2019.
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January 4, 2021

Finished the first draft of Book 7 (title still in flux). Word count around 180,000. Lot’s of work now on revisions and editing, but at least there’s progress. December was definitely slow due to usual holiday stuff, plus under the weather a bit and forgetting it takes time to write the yearly Christmas story. This year I though a little warm and fuzzy plot was appropriate.

News on coming audio releases. I’ve just been told the novella, An Ancient Enemy, is scheduled for February 6. The book Harbinger is scheduled for March 16.

For readers/listeners of Destiny’s Crucible, here’s an image that shows the position of the ancestral homeland of the Narthani. 

Also, a reminder of the new web pages. Still at olanthorensen.com. Downloadable are images, maps, and the Christmas short stories from 2018 and 2019.

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Totally psyched. Love your world and the characters. Excited for whenever it comes out!

Listening again the whole series, currently on book 3; i know the wait is worth it, but i really really want know how the story will continue on book 7 with the fated meeting of Yozef and his fellow earthlings.

I find it hard to wait between books, but, # 6 made it bearable. Hope Mark and Yosef come up with some great new inventions. Also the familes meeting one another should be priceless. They both have put up with so much mystery with their husbands.

Thank you. Love the progress reports almost as much as the garden updates.

Looking forward to the next book in the series. Keep us posted.

Looking forward to it!

Not to be impatient but please hurry up. I need to know what happen when he meets Yosef.

Just finished listening to Passages yesterday! Trying to pace myself on the Christmas stories 😊 Can't wait for the new book.

Take your time...the quality of your work is ALWAYS worth the wait! 🤩

Can't wait, need my Yosef fix.

Can't waiiiiiiiit

Awesome update

Awesome!!!

This is great news. I look forward to these new audible releases and I eagerly await Book 7

I'm just waiting for the day when the Cadeli role into Narthoni territory on steamboats with semi-automatic carbine rifles.

I'm looking forward to it.

I can't wait! Thanks for keeping us all updated!!

Keep up with same characters please.

Thanks for the update!

Yay!!

Thank you Sir, I can’t wait with the novel and maybe the rolling back of the Narthani empire into a small country. Like NAZi Germany when it had most of Europe and the Mediterranean until its empire was slowly chop chop by the Allies into smaller and divided Germany.

You're awesome!!!

I can't wait

Feel free to reach out if you need a beta reader.

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One of the fun parts of writing is when research digs up things you never heard of. I may occasionally share a few of the ones I run across. Here’s one . . . the sexagesimal numbering system. My info is from an article in Wikipedia. And no, sexagesimal is not about elderly sex. It’s a number system with 60 as the base. Why 60? Well, for one thing, 60 is evenly divisible by twelve numbers, which has advantages in dividing up objects. Thought to have originated with the Sumarians about 3000 BC. Think about an hour and how we commonly divide it up: 60 min, 20, 15, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

There’s a theory of how the sexagesimal system originated. It may not be true, but it’s still totally cool. Imagine back about 20,000 years or so. Your clan leader has assigned you to report back on how many mammoths are in the next valley. Maybe your memory is not so good, so you need something solid to show the chief. Maybe your language doesn’t have numbers higher than ten. Who knows? You sneak up on the herd . . . but not too close . . . mammoths have nasty tempers. You start counting using your hands. Well, the obvious limitation is ten fingers. Even adding toes only gets you to twenty. And no, having companions is cheating . . . you have to do all the counting yourself.

Viola! The hands will work after all. Each finger has three sections (inside are the phalanges bones). Start counting mammoths with the left hand open and right hand closed. Use the thumb of the left hand to touch sections on the adjacent finger. One, two, three mammoths. Move on to the next finger, etc. When finished, you’ve counted to twelve (4 fingers, 3 sections each). Open one finger (or the thumb) of the right hand to indicate 12. Start over with the left hand. That gets you to 60 mammoths.

I guess you can do the same trick with the right hand where each section is worth 12 mammoths, but I wouldn’t mess with a herd of 144 or more mammoths.
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One of the fun parts of writing is when research digs up things you never heard of. I may occasionally share a few of the ones I run across. Here’s one . . . the sexagesimal numbering system. My info is from an article in Wikipedia. And no, sexagesimal is not about elderly sex. It’s a number system with 60 as the base. Why 60? Well, for one thing, 60 is evenly divisible by twelve numbers, which has advantages in dividing up objects. Thought to have originated with the Sumarians about 3000 BC. Think about an hour and how we commonly divide it up: 60 min, 20, 15, 10, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

There’s a theory of how the sexagesimal system originated. It may not be true, but it’s still totally cool. Imagine back about 20,000 years or so. Your clan leader has assigned you to report back on how many mammoths are in the next valley. Maybe your memory is not so good, so you need something solid to show the chief. Maybe your language doesn’t have numbers higher than ten. Who knows? You sneak up on the herd . . . but not too close . . . mammoths have nasty tempers. You start counting using your hands. Well, the obvious limitation is ten fingers. Even adding toes only gets you to twenty. And no, having companions is cheating . . . you have to do all the counting yourself.

Viola! The hands will work after all. Each finger has three sections (inside are the phalanges bones). Start counting mammoths with the left hand open and right hand closed. Use the thumb of the left hand to touch sections on the adjacent finger. One, two, three mammoths. Move on to the next finger, etc. When finished, you’ve counted to twelve (4 fingers, 3 sections each). Open one finger (or the thumb) of the right hand to indicate 12. Start over with the left hand. That gets you to 60 mammoths.

I guess you can do the same trick with the right hand where each section is worth 12 mammoths, but I wouldn’t mess with a herd of 144 or more mammoths.

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Love the 'Viola' typo!!! (You CAN edit, but that would make this post look silly. )

I expect that the wooly Mammoth would appear in the future ancient enemy novel. Just like Hannibal who used herds of elephants against the Roman army. But this time it would be bigger!

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Six inches of snow. A White Christmas...my first.

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Merry Christmas! Our first white Christmas in Virginia.

Raining in Maine today. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Yikes! Is that a destrex way off in the distance?

Merry Christmas Olan From our Fam to yours !!!

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas to you and yours 😃

Gorgeous! Enjoy!

God Jul!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas! Its going to go from 12°F here to 56°f today in my part of Kansas lol

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