Ten Thousand Worlds

The Sovereign

“We Are Sovereign”

“I stand today before the eyes of the world and declare that my people –all those people who possess unique abilities– are from this day forward sovereign individuals. If I should learn that one such as myself has encountered misfortune, harassment, or persecution, the party responsible will answer to me, be they individual, agency, or government. By the same token, if one of my people acts in a way contrary to the universal principles of compassion and dignity, they too will answer to me and mine. We are sovereign…”

—Donner Declaration, 18 April 1985


In the year 1985 of an alternate Earth, homo sapiens sapiens learned that it wasn’t the only sentient species on the planet. Living side by side with humanity were the Sovereign, people who could look quite human, but who might have any number of unique abilities that set them apart, and sometimes above, mere humans. The world also learned that several Sovereign had been subjected to human rights abuses, including imprisonment, torture, and involuntary experimentation. In those early days of the Sovereign Era, Nate Charters and his friends from Abbeque Valley High learned of much worse, as is told in Matthew Wayne Selznick’s science fiction coming-of-age adventure “Brave Men Run – A Novel of the Sovereign Era”.

Titles for the world of the Sovereign describe the major characters from the book and the important people in their lives:


Version 1.0, January 2009


Donner once converted all the white marble, granite, and aluminum in the Washington monument into black basalt and iron.


Version 1.0, December 2008


Andrew can see, hear, and smell as well as the best nocturnal predators. On moonlit nights, he sees as much detail as most humans can see during the day. Charters can hear a heartbeat in another room, or isolate a single voice in a crowd. He can remember smells the way other people remember faces.


Version 1.0, November 2008


From a very young age, Byron had realized that he was different from other kids, even though he wasn’t sure how. There was no room in his father’s world for anything other than a “normal” son –a tough, strong, accomplished athlete– so Byron became that, and hid his true nature from his father and everyone else.


Version 1.1, October 2008


Instead of worrying about how to tell her parents that she wanted to be an artist instead of a veterinarian, she was worrying about how to survive the agents of the Sovereign-hunting Project Rancher.


Version 1.2, September 2008


Long before the general population had even heard of a Sovereign, his father, Andrew Charters, was working under government contract to build “little machines” that could change people at the genetic level, ostensibly as a medical tool. His father volunteered to test the prototype machines in his own body –and they slowly broke Andrew’s brain. Nate grew up being told that his father had died in a lab accident…


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