Really Happened To Me

Oriano Galvanini
Oriano Galvanini Author Interview

The Saga of the Phoenix is a riveting adventure story with a unique blend of genres. What was the inspiration for the setup to your story?

A few years ago, after spending most of my life abroad, I decided it was time to moor permanently ashore and retire to the countryside. Now, at my tender age of 76, it occurred to me to write. Not because I am an old man who is bored, on the contrary, living in a large old country house, I would find pastimes as a bricoleur at will.

One day, arranging old books on new shelves, I came across a radio engineering manual (not only was it obsolete but I think incomprehensible to anyone who deals with electronics today, unless they are also interested in archeology) that was served, in the mists of time, to take the state exam at the Ministry of Telecommunications in Rome and to obtain the patent of radio officer for merchant ships. Leafing through it with a bit of nostalgia, I confess, I began to think that this figure has not only disappeared for many years but, nowadays, few people know what it was doing on board a ship.

At that moment I said to myself that it would be nice to tell about it, not only because that role was part of my life for years, but also because, in those years, no ship in the world would have been authorized to sail without a radio officer on board. I therefore decided to describe and tell circumstances and events that occurred at sea and on shore, seen through the eyes of the protagonist, a young radio officer.

Halfway through writing the novel, I wondered if I wasn’t boring the prospective reader with adventures that, while interesting at first, became repetitive. Each storm is more or less similar to the others. All evenings spent ashore in an exotic port are alike. Human relationships on board are always the same, governed by an essential hierarchy. So I decided to insert a bit of mystery into the story, referring to my interest in the history of the universe and in astrophysics, which have always fascinated me as a curious self-taught person.

The characters in your story are intriguing and well developed. What were some driving ideals behind your character’s development?

In the first chapters the story is practically autobiographical. Giorgio’s experiences really happened to me. What happens next is a possible future that I would like to have experienced alongside characters who act for the good of humanity in an authoritative, if sometimes authoritarian, way. Encounters with alien beings have always fascinated me and I tried to imagine them as if the Terrestrians were always intent on bringing peace to other worlds but giving priority to their civilization for survival even if at times they may seem ruthless. In the novel there are several protagonists as Giorgio’s life ended, I like the idea that his mission is continued by his descendants who will follow in his footsteps and who will have as their goal, the mission of the Phoenix in the universe.

What were some themes that were important for you to explore in this book?

In the first volume, the Terrestrians seem to be the most evolved in the universe and are confronted with less evolved civilizations. Even more in the second volume, they will be practically the dominant species in the known universe, until something unexpected happens. In many science fiction novels, aliens invade the Earth, they are hostile, they try to destroy the human species. The conflict usually takes place between the evil and stronger aliens against the good and weak Terrestrians, who only at the end with some stratagem they manage to win. (as it happens in Independence Day movie, Netflix’ series Falling Skies and many other novels.) In my saga the opposite happens: the good and strong Terrestrians want to force the weaker and not always bad aliens to conform to their view of the universe. Eventually the question will arise as to whether it is right to impose peace by force even if it is for the benefit of all others. No one should be able to claim to possess absolute truth, but perhaps someone does.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

I am writing the second volume where the Terrestrians will face a ruthless and cruel civilization and will have to force it into a peaceful coexistence with all other species. The dominance of the Earth in the universe will, however, be questioned by the incorporeal entities who had initially given birth to the Phoenix, on Earth and other worlds and who will ultimately prove to be the very foundation of the universe.

Most likely, the second volume will be published by December 2021.

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During one of his trips to Brazil,in the 1960s, the protagonist, receives via radio a communication in Morse in which a mysterious Russian, embarked on a Yugoslav motor ship moored in Rio Grande do Sul, asks him for a meeting, on his arrival in that port, expected after a few days. During the interview, which the young man had accepted out of curiosity, the Russian offers him a vague collaboration with a transnational organization with not very clear contours. He refuses but the Russian to convince him announces that the next destination of the Bayhorse, the ship on which the young officer was embarked, would be Jacksonville, Fl, USA. Since no one could know at that time, at the moment he does not believe him and thinks of a joke even if for inexplicable reasons. When a week later the captain of the Bayhorse communicates the next destination and it was the one indicated by the Russian, the young man changes his mind and wants to see his mysterious interlocutor to deepen what he had been told previously. During the second interview the Russian is not much more detailed in the explanation but he specifies that in the on-board pharmacy was placed an object that the young man should deliver on his arrival to a person in charge, who would also provide him with full details of future cooperation. Driven by his innate curiosity he accepts and, once in navigation, with difficulty he manages to find the mysterious object hidden in the on-board pharmacy. After the delivery on arrival, the person in charge of the withdrawal does not have time to dwell on explanations but informs him of another similar object to be delivered to the next port, Bombay in India, where every aspect would have been clarified.During the meeting in India, he was asked to collaborate with this organization, the Phoenix, which operates worldwide and has unlimited financial resources and technologies unthinkable in those years. He was chosen because he was deemed fit for the task they would assign him, based on some mental analysis to which he had been subjected without his knowledge. It accepts as it fully agrees with the objectives that the Phoenix showed it wanted to achieve in the long term. After some trips, he is asked to leave the Bayhorse and reach the underground base of the Phoenix, in a desert of the USA. In the base he discovers a world unknown to him and wonderful. The technologies at their disposal were so advanced that in the 1960s no one would have even guessed. What amazes him most is the system of transferring information from a computer archive directly into the human mind. Gradually its position grows in importance in the organization, until it reaches the highest levels of management. At that point it is clear to him many political, economic and social events that have occurred in the last fifty years that had been communicated to the masses adapted for political, economic or military purposes. The ultimate aim was to achieve, for all the inhabitants of the planet, a coexistence and a shared well-being and to guarantee to all an individual freedom which, however, was prevented from becoming a prevarication for others. At that time it was still a utopia but, in the course of the next hundred years, the goal that the Phoenix had set itself would be fully achieved. The protagonist at the age of seventy retires with his wife to a ranch in Arizona and his place will be taken by his son. But only his grandchildren will see the results of his work. The Phoenix finally achieves its goals and, more than a hundred years after its mysterious birth, reunites the entire planet under a single government. At this point, one of its leaders asks himself the question of how the Phoenix was born and by whom it was created. The discovery will be disconcerting but also fascinating and will lead the descendant of the young Marconist officer to discover, in the depths of space, many secrets of the universe.

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