The Pulse


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The Hexagon - Our Cosmos - Vicino Prossimo, Fallar Prime, & Die - Baulopolis & Baulis Prime - B.C. & Alberta

This page lists some of the main locations of the novel, going from largest to smallest.

The Hexagon

The largest space dealt with in the novel is the 216 Cosmic Eggs. These 216 cosmoses or cosmoi are arranged in a hexagonal shape: 6 groups of 36.

Our Cosmos (Kraslika)

Our cosmos (including Earth and the Milky Way) is called Kraslica, from the Slovakian word for coloured Easter egg.

In the real world there’s only one universe that we know of, although our understanding of it has greatly expanded since the discovery of other galaxies a hundred years ago. In The Pulse I imagine that just as we eventually found other galaxies, so we’ll eventually find other universes, even large and separate clusters of universes, which are called Eggs in the novel.

In the novel there are 216 cosmoses and in our cosmos there are 13 universes. 11 of these 13 universes are grouped into clusters or belts, all within the greater gravitational pull of the Purple Pulse and the Black Pulse universes.

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The Purple Pulse = powerful universe controlled by the Vicinese

Vicino Prossimo = main planet of the Vicinese Union of the Purple Pulse

Vicino Concordia = capital city

The Black Pulse = powerful universe controlled by the Fallarians

Fallar Prime = main planet of the Fallarian Dominion of the Black Pulse

Fallar Discordia = capital city

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The Purple Pulse and The Black Pulse universes are the most ancient universes and are the furthest apart. They’re also by far the largest universes — each containing about 8 trillion galaxies. As such, they determine the largest cosmic binary revolution, indicated above by the largest of the broken lines. The Purple and Black Pulse universes aren’t rotating around the universes at the centre of this diagram; instead, they’re being held in a mutual binary revolution. Nevertheless, the gravity of the Middle, Nord and Sood belts helps to keep the two Pulses in mutual revolution.

The Milky Way is part of the Violet Hoop Universe, which is part of The Great Triangle, along with The Green Buzz and The Orange Hoop universes. The Great Triangle is held in a larger mutual rotation with the Grey Phantom universes to its right — The Crimson Stalk, Ataari Lok, and The Copper Tarn.

The distances between universe clusters are extreme. For instance, The Yellow Sky universe is thousands of times further from The Black Pulse than it is from The Frozen Skiff. The distances involved are literally and metaphorically astronomical. While we presently understand our known universe to be about 28.5 gigaparsecs wide (93 billion light-years), in the novel our universe (The Violet Hoop) is 85 gigaparsecs wide (277 billion light-years). (A parsec equals about 3.26 light-years; a light-year equals about 9.46 trillion kilometres).

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The Great Triangle is so large that instead of using gigaparsecs (billions of parsecs) it would make more sense to use ‘exaparsecs’ (quintillions of parsecs). Similarly, the distance between the Purple Pulse and the Black Pulse would require the use of ‘yottaparsecs’ (septillions of parsecs). One yottaparsec would equal 10^24 parsecs, that is, 10 to the power of 24 parsecs, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parsecs, or 3,260,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 light-years. Exaparsecs and yottaparsecs aren’t used in astronomy because there’s nothing that large in the known universe.

Vicino Prossimo, Fallar Prime, & Die

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Baulopolis (capital city) & Baulis Prime (home planet)

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B.C. & Alberta

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