Transformers: Genesis A Novel by J.Ruic Coil Copyright 2006, 2007 Forward: Some years ago I experienced a collision between the philosophy of C.S.Lewis and the Beast Wars TV show (and by proxy the G1/G2 era shows before and after the movie). Out of this collision I told myself a story which, quite frankly, I never really intended to write down. It wasn’t that the story wasn’t good, or the characters weren’t interesting (at least to me), but that the whole thing which I called “Transformers: Genesis” was epic in scale, spanning literally millions of years in several jumps. Actually writing it down would be a major enterprise. Well, that and the fact that there was no money in it for me. But times change. At the beginning of 2006 I was working on two other projects, most notably Tin'hgg, and merrily oblivious of what was about to happen to me. Then on the 20th of January an old story from my past grabbed me by the throat and growled: “You will write me, NOW!” With such tact and persuasion on the story’s part I quite reasonably said: “Yes, Bossbot!” It took maybe two hours for the first chapter to appear in essentially the same form you see here. The early chapters were much the same. After all, I already knew what was going to happen, not to mention a good part of actual conversations in the story. I really blame Magnus, a character you will shortly meet, because he’s one persistent robot. And why not? This is his story, after all. That’s really the key to the whole thing, this is somebody’s story rather than a story about that somebody. As GOD is my witness, I never intended to become the sort of person who inflicts Russian-esque literature on the world. Sincerely, J.Ruic Coil Rurudyne May 24, 2006 Legal Stuff: Transformers: Genesis is a work of fan fiction and the normal disclaimers apply. However, there are any number of characters or concepts that are new in this story which I would claim intellectual ownership of. Beyond that, I will concede the fair use of any of this material by actual Transformers fans. Heck, I’d be delighted! Anyway, nothing in the above statement is intended to express any belief that MY lawyers could beat up THEIR lawyers. I'm not Disney, after all. About Cursing: Some mild cursing will be found herein. Most is a derivative of “frag” – which is kind of like saying “Shoot!” with no scatological references and is nothing like an F-Bomb. There are “scatological” phrases used here and there but since these involve references to machine functions they may not be immediately recognizable as such. One Bug-a-boo: As I’ve written elsewhere, when I started writing the story down I didn’t remember much of anything about the canon units by which time is measured. So I made up my own internally consistent system. The smallest unit of time mentioned is a “nanocycle” and it is equal to 1/1,000,000 of a Cybertronian day (or 1/4 second): then there is a “microcycle” of just over 4 minutes duration: then a “cycle” (1 Cybertronian day): finally a “megacycle” which is equal to 1,000 days. The stellar year is less than a “megacycle.” Since Transformers: Genesis takes place in the same continuity as the G1 series (which had the planet be both large and wandering through space) there is actually an easy (i.e. lazy) way to harmonize my time scales with the official ones: the official ones only came into use after Cybertron had somehow left her home star system to wander through the galaxy. Actually, this was always a feature of the story I told myself: so I’m not just selling out. Beyond this, Cybertron isn’t all that different a place than in the TV series. The only real differences would probably be a thicker atmosphere and much brighter (and more commercial) light displays at night. As for Cybertron’s population density, I take it as a given that the planet’s unpopulated-ness in the TV series was more due to the animation budget than anything else. Thankfully, the advanced animation techniques seen in South Park were not yet available ... though hearing the following conversation might’ve been fun for about 30 seconds: Optimus: “They killed Spike!” Blaster: “Energon Wasters!” In Conclusion: I really hope you enjoy the novel. I’ve had fun writing it.