Kal is ready to leave his strange home and is about to embark on a journey to even stranger worlds.After four years of exile, he can finally escape into the metaxia, the unspace between universes, and explore alternate Earths.Supremely advanced cultures and natural wonders of immeasurable beauty await him. However, there exist also worlds mired in social decay, and those fKal is ready to leave his strange home and is about to embark on a journey to even stranger worlds.After four years of exile, he can finally escape into the metaxia, the unspace between universes, and explore alternate Earths.Supremely advanced cultures and natural wonders of immeasurable beauty await him. However, there exist also worlds mired in social decay, and those filled with dangerous, exotic forms of life.Armed only with defensive nanotech and a computer pad, Kal travels from one alternate Earth to another. Navigating the infinity of possibilities, he embarks on a new kind of voyage, a voyage along the catastrophe of notions.------------Kal accidentally discovers Irth, a carbon copy of his own Earth. They likely have the technology he needs to get Tria a body, but he will need a degree biological science in order to get access to it. And life on Irth turns out not to be the ersatz homecoming Kal thought it might be.Voyage: Embarkation Episode #13 "Taboo" is about 12,500 words long.------------Voyage: EmbarkationEpisode #1 "Setting Sail" - February 11, 2013Episode #2 "Longing" - February 14, 2013Episode #3 "Just a Game" - February 18, 2013Episode #4 "Tria" - February 21, 2013Episode #5 "Corporeal" - February 25, 2013Episode #6 "Norselands" - March 14, 2013Episode #7 "Duality" - April 11, 2013Episode #8 "Benevolence" - May 9, 2013Episode #9 "Nanogen" - June 6, 2013Episode #10 "Unpossible" - June 27, 2013Episode #11 "Requiescence" - July 25, 2013Episode #12 "Liberty" - August 22, 2013Episode #13 "Taboo" - September 19, 2013Episode #14 "Ludo" - November 21, 2013...
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Voyage: Embarkation #13 Taboo Reviews
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...Taboo is the episode 13 of the +Voyage: Embarkation serial. I received a copy of Taboo from the author in exchange for my review.Whilst hovering above earth, Kal and Tria try to send a message, only to be transported to an alternative earth. This earth is different though as it isn't registered on any of Kal's databases. At first Kal is excited, as this world seems to be exactly like earth just without the nanotechnology, and even better than that, they have the technology to clone him and transfer Tria's brain into the body. But to do that Kal needs to go to college. There he discovers that not all is rosy on this new planet, and society is particularly homophobic, but Kal is determined to find Tria his body and wants to endure it for him.Link to GoodreadsLink to amazonThis episode felt different to the others, though I realise that I write that almost every time I review one of Bonelli's installments, but it is true! Each episode is unique and deals with something deeper than face value. What was different about this episode was that the issue dealt with wasn't related to technology, but rather a social one; homophobia.Personally I don't think that homophobia is dealt with enough in fiction, especially considering that it is a real problem that people suffer from in the world, and an unfair problem to exist (basically what I'm trying to say is that homophobia shouldn't exist). One thing I did wonder while reading Taboo though was how the other characters knew Kal was gay, personally I didn't figure it out until it was explicitly said (up until that point I hadn't even considered if Kal was attracted to men or women, and for the record I don't care which he's attracted to.) But to allow the issue to be faced I guess they needed to know somehow.There were several times in this episode where my heart really went out to Kal, because he didn't deserve to be treated the way that he was by the other characters, but at the same time I was proud of him for standing up for himself, and for what he believes in. Both of those feelings really point out to me how skillfully Bonelli has crafted his main character, I feel like I've known Kal for a long time and really know him, which I guess is an advantage of the serialised approach.Part of me wants to read on straight away, and the other part is wanting to wait so I don't finish Voyage Embarkation so soon! Without Kal's stories something is just going to be missing!
(Full disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of Voyage: Embarkation)Earth without nanites. A carbon copy, right down to the town names. Even better, they have the technology to build Tria a body! Kal's finally found a place he can call home. That is, until he discovers the Dogma, and the backwards-thinking bigotry germinating just below the surface...Tackling the vicissitudes of college life in a discriminatory society worryingly like our own, Taboo exposes the struggles of being homosexual among a breed of pig-headed puritan chauvinists. A must-read for everyone.
Kal's mysterious stalker strikes again. When Kal tries to send a message to earth, a virus in his pad corrupts the metaxic program, dumping him out into Irth, an almost carbon copy of earth, without nano technology.While waiting for Tria to fix the pad, Kal explores. They discover that this world has the technology needed to make Tria a body, but in order to gain access to it Kal needs to either steal it, or get an advanced degree. With Kal's morals as strong and upright as they are, he immediately rejects the option of stealing the technology, which means its time to go to college.However, once there, Kal discovers his openness about his sexuality brings him a constant parade of bigotry and homophobia. This episode might be very triggering for some, as the author confronts the issue head on, apologetically showing the devestating mental and psychological effects this treatment has on both Kal and Tria.This episode really highlights Kal's youthful optimism and naivete, although at parts Kal seems almost too naive to be true.