I opened my eyes and saw walls all around me. The symbolism of a restriction… of a limit. The stereotypes were formed. The Universalities were decided. But it could never be known that the only thing universal is eternity. There is no known limit to thought. Therefore, one particular day… I didn’t just open my eyes. I woke up…. and I saw nothing. Because when you see ‘nothing’ … then you can create ‘anything’. I didn’t go by the stereotypes. I didn’t go by the norms. Novelty is a direct aftermath of Idiosyncrasy. Idiosyncrasy of thought that is. The majesty and impeccability of this novelty can be compensated only by this Vertical Horizon of thought.

Imagine yourself walking inside a vertical bicycle tire tube. For you the General horizon shall rise upwards. If two such tubes were attached perpendicularly and scaled to a hundred times larger than the Sun with the radial hole inhabiting the Sun itself, then it forms the Krikos. And the horizon rising upwards is the Vertical Horizon of Krikos.

‘Krikos: The Vertical Horizon’ is a science fiction novel comprising the various struggles of mankind in a futuristic idealistic environment. The basic interrogative is “When we have everything then would the urge to seek more die?” What when all that we have been working for, and moreover ‘living’ for has been achieved? Man has always thrived on his strive to prove his self-importance. Will this make man succumb to the archaic irrationalities to generate this so-called ‘Purpose for Existence’?

In this book, two stories run alternatively in parallel chronologically a millennium apart from each other. The first that is the ‘Diaries of Flex’ being the story of the creation of the Krikos along with the plethora of conundrums and secrets involved. The second story that is ‘Into the Dimension’ is the current scenario of the Krikos which is drifting rapidly through the corners of the Milky Way and exploring its different ends a thousand years after the events of the ‘Diaries of Flex’.

Can the anthropocentric man combat his basic urge to explore… his basic need to know more? The gravity of this query intensifies when man comes across another intelligent organism.

‘Krikos: The Vertical Horizon’ contests many such queries and provides possible answers to all of them. But answer doesn’t always mean a solution.

                                                                                -Rishabh Dubey


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