Earlier, I was having a discussion with another author about the Cyber Gods. He was asking me questions like are the Cyber Gods more machine like, what do they look like etc. This was the first time in awhile I’ve deeply reflected on the mythos. When John Linwood Grant interviewed me for Greydogtales, my initial answer was that the mythos itself developed as a literary and philosophical experiment. I think that phrase still holds true to a point.
From Ad’Naigon, the dying yellow neutron star, dwelling fourteen billion years at the beginning of time to Hazthrog swirling in bacterial pods floating in our conscious nightmares, the Cyber Gods have always been there. While the gods themselves are presented in dark and sinister forms, still they are metaphors forged in ideas of Deleuzian desiring machines yearning for a kind of literary actualization, mixing the attitudes and desires of the narrators, readers, etc.
The mythos was never really about the Cyber Gods themselves, but rather the literary actualization of the reader or the narrator, and how they saw themselves on the other side of the metaphor in relation to the Cyber Gods. What do they look like? How do they sound? Why do we perceive them in these forms or personify them like this? Etc… I suppose that is where the weird cosmic nihilism comes into play, distancing that connection between Cyber God and man.
To the author’s earlier question posed to me, it is something that’s constantly changing and shifting. It is the entropic nature of the Cyber Gods which, in my view, makes them so terrifying, because they can and never will be the same. And not merely because the metaphor may change, but because our perception of them will change. There will never be permanence, no matter how much we try to justify it or apply our concept of reality towards it. That is what the metaphor and concept of the Cyber Gods represents.
Though, going one step further, I feel it would be limiting the Cyber Gods even if I were to say that this were to the grand sum total of their metaphor, especially if it is changing, growing, evolving. Who am I to say, as the creator, that this literary experiment should be represented in a binary relationship only ? Permanence or change. Birth or death. Entropy or Enthalpy. Etc.
I added a number one to the title of this post because I may consider more of these rants. Or not. I am not sure.
Until then… Stay inside. Stay Safe. And Stay weird!