not human. Vaetta is a synthetic female who looks human, a Valkyrie-model
agent, but far more than a mere robot. Her world is overcrowded, and its
resources have reached the breaking point. The humans who govern this parallel
Earth need a solution to their civilization’s problems – and quick!
perfect opportunity seems to present itself when a strange, androgynous visitor
appears from an inexplicable portal to another world. His name is Tyse, and he
too is seeking help, because his people, a Wraeththu tribe, are also under
threat. He reveals how his world is sparsely populated, following the demise of
humankind and the rise of a civilization known as Wraeththu who now hold power.
In Vaetta's world, the Wraeththu have never even appeared...
Vaetta’s creators, Tyse’s arrival seems to offer a golden opportunity – a
resource-rich world ripe for the taking and the portal to reach it. The
existing inhabitants, living in the ruins of a former civilization, and not
even human, can hardly impede plans for mass colonization. Vaetta is chosen to
lead a troupe of Valkyries to Tyse’s Earth to scout, explore and begin
preparations for invasion.
Vaetta soon discovers that her owners’ assumptions are incorrect and what waits
for her on the other side of the Conduit – the portal to Tyse’s Earth – is a
situation far beyond her own people’s imaginations. Just who and what is the
mysterious Dragon? Why do alien emotions begin to course through her synthetic
mind? Some things just don’t make sense to her, until a fatal meeting through
which she discovers a history with far-reaching implications covering all
and page-turning climax to E. S. Wynn’s popular ‘Gold Country’ series, ‘Voices
of the Silicon Beyond’ opens up intriguing new vistas in the Wraeththu Mythos.