Talk About It Tuesday / The Darkside Trilogy


Fans of the radio show have heard about his book at least 200 times. That’s a literal statement, because there are at least 200 episodes of the Genesis science fiction radio show. I actually went back and checked.

If you’re new to the program, then I’ll give you the quick run-down. In the first book of the The Darkside Trilogy, called Discovery, in 2002 a team of navy scientists are tracking an asteroid heading towards the moon. Using their gravity detectors, they learn that the asteroid is being controlled by unknown entities. A mysterious UFO crash in Iraq and an FBI investigation in Atlanta are quickly tied together and the truth is revealed. A group of black “separatists” with advanced technology are living on the moon. And they are not in a sharing mood, which sends the world into a big tizzy and threatens war with the colony.

In the second novel, Conception, we learn how the all-black moon colony was formed. In excruciatingly stated detail. Essentially, a black scientist discovered a means to control local gravity. Working together with his equally clever friends, they enhanced their discovery and set out to find a place where the evil white society can’t bother them. The night side of the moon becomes the perfect place and they establish an underground base there, well before Apollo 11 showed up. With the help of a friendly lawyer, they recruited many intelligent black Americans and the colony thrives away from white America. But they still love baseball and rib tips. We see the events of Discovery through their eyes in this novel.

In the conclusion novel Confrontation, the world really wants to form ties to the colony, now floating in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. They send 2 ships and sneak aboard a character who was instrumental in the first novel to make contact happen. Unfortunately, the ships and the Chicago police trigger a confrontation with the colony and its always angry leader. And then the Earth makes the already angry guy even more angry. Confronted with the knowledge the humans won’t change their ways, the colony decides to end their threat and make their thoughts known in the most deliberate terms imaginable.

The three books are similar enough that it’s hard to treat as three separate novels. So instead, I treat the series as one big story. That repeats itself. Over and over again.

Mr. Hayashi was a good sport, and while I was short on time, I feel like I covered the key parts of the novels that I wanted to praise and chastise him for. What do you think? Was I too harsh or did I talk too fast? Time was short so I probably sound like I was in full motor-mouth mode.

And yes, I have reviewed 51 member works (this episode was 49, 50, and 51). I made it this far, and I hope to continue reviewing books and other works for the foreseeable future.