This Twist In His Psychology

Nassim Odin
Nassim Odin Author Interview

The Cure for Stars follows Al-Khidr through a wormhole with Hatathor behind him as they land forward in time in Egypt as it’s being invaded by Napoleon. What were some new ideas you wanted to explore in this book that differed from book one?

I want to write historical fiction. It was more like an experiment for me. Al-Khidr did not have the full knowledge of botany, but he had to find the cure. Hatathor, on the other side, was well versed in technology, but his capabilities too were limited because of battery issues. I liked to show the reader that technology doesn’t help much without electricity or power banks.

Further on, the role of artificial intelligence in language studies is far more critical than the amount of research done in these areas. In my opinion, all the human languages are connected, and in the future, humans should be able to construct algorithms that can connect ancient as we as new languages together. In this journey, I explored the ancient Egyptian language and found many words still spoken in Arabic but must have connections with the ancient Egyptian language. Like alien Lyrian disease, Mumut is a word in ancient Egyptian, meaning contagion, and in Arabic, the term “Mut=Mit” is a root used for dead or dying. This shows that Arabic has connections with the ancient Egyptian language. Similarly, I found many other parallels between the two languages.

What were some challenges you set for yourself as a writer with this book?

As mentioned above, I browsed through ancient Egyptology dictionaries, and I wanted to construct noun-based complete sentences based on the ancient Egyptian language. I am pleased that I successfully made some lines for alien language through this. Also crucial for me to understand the medieval Egyptian view on pyramids and Sphinx (unadulterated by Greek mythology or thoughts). I do not want to call the well-known statue of Sphinx – a sphinx as this is purely a Greek idea to call the figure by this name. Neither ancient Egyptians nor Arabs call the statue as Sphinx. For Al-Khidr’s character, building such elements was necessary, as Al-Khidr had the world view primarily based on 9th century Arabia.

This seemed like a fun book to write? What scene did you have the most fun writing?

I enjoyed writing about Hatathor more than the human. Perhaps because Hatathor’s character has multiple dimensions, he first considered himself a savior, and then he thought the earth was a cursed planet. This twist in his psychology needed detailed elaboration to understand his complex personality. So right from the wormhole, I showed what he was thinking and did almost minute details. Al-Khidr did not need all of that. As he was human, and we already know how he would react.

What can readers expect in book three in The Sphere of Destiny Trilogy?

A reader would find a complex Lyra. A place with new characters, new aspirations, new politics, and a new survival struggle. It explains how advanced societies changed into superstitious cultures.

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One man. Two worlds. A million reasons to say no… but at what cost?

Al-Khidr was inside the Hall of Stars, and now he was moving inside a wormhole—a cosmic tunnel that opened up right above the Hall of Stars was spiraling down through galaxies like a coiled serpent from planet Lyra towards Earth. He was unaware of the alien major General Hatathor who was also sucked into the wormhole due to his own act of charging sequence disruption. Where the wormhole was leading? None of them knew. But the one thing sure to the aliens was that the jump was going to happen both in time and space.

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