NameDeane, Jonathan (author), Grodstein, Lauren (chair), Rutgers University, Camden Graduate School,
DescriptionInfinite Symphony is the second draft of a literary s/f novel set in a distant future-world in which the expansion of the universe has resulted in a cold, lonely cosmos in which each star is infinitely distant from every other star: too remote even for light ever to cross the void between planets. On a tide-locked world orbiting a dying star, humanity has taken a stand against entropy by creating a vast Symphony, an ordered world of three trillion mechanized, blessed-out mortals in semi-suspended animation, watched over and tended by Beloved, angelic-seeming beings who buy the continued survival of humanity at a terrible price. Into this world awakens a Subject of unknown origin, a human girl who is not adapted to this world and sees it as a horrible place. When she sets herself against the Symphony, terrible consequences emerge as she finds herself opposed to the cruel, beautiful Angelus, the chief of the Beloved, who may be her ultimate creator. Ultimately the novel explores a Tennysonian theme of the conflict between the self and the soul while attempting to turn the tropes of science-fiction and fantasy to literary ends, attempting to bridge the gap between Brave New World, Paradise Lost, and The Matrix..
CollectionCamden Graduate School Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Organization NameRutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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