According to long-time author, Jim Secor, Technomage takes a stand against the massive novels of today, daring to offer up a contrary novella of just 98 pages, one that cries out: this is all you need!
Clayton Bye. Technomage. After years in a desert, like an oasis rising up out of the sands, the pulp fiction of Technomage appears. Pulp fiction. Dime novels. Penny Dreadfuls. Open the front cover and you’ve mounted a stallion that knows nothing but running through to the back cover. Pulp fiction. The adventure stories of Edgar Rice Burroughs, both Tarzan and John Carter on Mars. The detective stories of Dashiell Hammett. Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Stories that you can’t put down and must read–and then want to read more, like people reading serialized stories in newspapers anxious to get the next edition to see what happens. Pulp fiction is not long-winded or intricate; pulp fiction is straightforward, holding its own against the incessant need to detail til there is nothing left for the imagination and the narrative arguments that are bilious in the modern thriller of 400 pages. Technomage is 98 pages. There is no moment of pause.
Technomage flies along as the protagonists attempt to stop the total destruction of the world by The Old One, also known as Lucifer or the human Satan. The Old One cannot gain his ends without agents and, so, turns to technology. The evil Richard X, now a great roboticized being after resurrection by Satan, takes the lead with devilish powers only to run up against Jack Lightfoot who manages to combine magick–as it is spelled on Eden–with technology, developed by the child genius Victoria Ralston to defeat Richard’s offensive.
The secret knowledge to defeat is found through old Indian practices but no one can figure out just what it is until Jack miraculously appears out of thin air and gives them the answer: the Godhead, The One God, is inside you. This is the essence of all religious teachings. It is the power of life from the very beginnings of recorded history. It is paramount in the story, in the defeat of The Old One and his evil. Without this power, our heroes–people–would not survive, despite their magick. The Power Within is the engendering of life.
Jack sends himself up to the angels asking for help. But the angels are conservative and rather skeptical. So, Jack jumps inside one of the angels and takes her down to Eden to see the Hell that is raging. The angel is set free to report to the Angel Council and the Angel Michael is sought for.
With Jack holding The Power Within and Michael and the other Angels at his side, Satan is defeated in off-hand manner, for there is no possible way for him to withstand such power. And the door is left open for more in this legend.
Technomage is a legend. It is not a religious creed despite the religious references. As with the parable spinners and seers of old–where have they gone?–the story can only be told in the language and metaphor of the listener, in this case the reader. This speaking in the language of the addressed people is considered the height of wise teaching. And it is well worth reading. It is that instant gratification from childhood that we have lost. Don’t let mommy and daddy tell you you must wait for 300 pages before you can gain enjoyment. Do it now!–with Technomage.
Even John Carter fought twisted, destructive, oppressive religions that were trying to take over Mars. The evil is overcome by The Power Within, power that is funneled from beyond-this-world.