Synopsis shamelessly stolen from aardvark:
Even as he is burnt at the stake, the martyr roars out the truth.
“The cycle of the celestial bodies is something that cannot be changed! The stars in the sky cannot be put away in a box! The world will inevitably acknowledge the truth of Heliocentrism! You, the self-proclaimed ‘God’ are merely a higher-level lifeform, not the omnipotent creator!”
Learning wholeheartedly from their teachers, the scholars studying the natural sciences persevere unremittingly to inherit the knowledge passed on for generation upon generation. One day, even the so-called ‘God’ will lie upon the experimentation platform as a dissection specimen!
In a universe where doomsday devices are aplenty, civilisations actively seek out and exterminate weaker civilisations to prevent them from germinating into something more or cause mutual destruction, while at the same time try to avoid detection and destruction from more advanced civilisations. Our protagonist here is a young boy whose dream of joining the Church is once again cordoned off. The death of his father reveals to him a secret which pushes him away from the Church and towards these ‘scholars’. As he finds his purposes and grows, he finds out that this is a vast, vast world…
This story contains elements of: the Dark Forest Theory, doomsday devices, praising the Sun, aliens, sociopath protagonist. These themes become more prevalent and apparent beginning in the late 100’s.
This book has a slow start and I would consider the first sixty or so chapters to be the prologue.