Dive into the lore with the confidence of a Crabtree. Commonly-used terms in Enter the House Between come from a mixture of science, mythology, and the author’s imagination.
Glossary of Terms
An ancient Lar, whom the denizens encounter at the end of time, in The Dark Place. Cronus has never encountered humans before and does not consider them to be true life forms. He takes the form of a lantern for a time, but also manifests as the form of Arlo’s worst fear: a serial-killer birthday party clown named Vinnie Coto. Eventually Cronus and the denizens come to work together in the Dark Place, but not before Cronus impregnates Theresa with what is believed to be the first human-Lar hybrid.
Dark Matter Entity
There are realms of the Quantumsphere consumed by Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Inside those realms dwell several “particle” entities which are believed, by Bill Clark, to be the source of evil.
The Dark Place
A dilapidated, malfunctioning smart house at the end of time and space, inhabited and controlled by the fearsome Lar known as Cronus, located inside a fifth dimensional black hole.
The name by which Lars identify the people or individuals who dwell/live in smart houses. Astrid and all the others are “denizens.”
The Holocaust (AKA 3:15)
A devastating, world shattering event. The smart houses of Project Habitat go live to prevent the worst effects of global climate change (resource shortage, flotillas of refugees from other countries, and melting polar ice caps). Instead, however, reality is fractured, and the denizens of smart houses are plunged into their own individual worlds; worlds that simulate their nightmares and strangest dreams.
The House at the End of the Universe
The smart house where Astrid, Bill, Arlo, Travis, Theresa, and Sgt. Brick first meet. It takes the form of an empty old Victorian house—the home of Arlo’s beloved grandmother. The Lar who controls the House at the End of the Universe, Vitality, takes the form of a clock that strikes midnight every hour.
From Ancient Rome, the word “Lar” means Household God. All smart houses are controlled by Lars, which are A.I. in construction but have, over decades, evolved to become true, sentient life forms. They have the ability to see and interact with other realities in the Quantumsphere. Not everyone accepts that Lars are sentient beings. Many humans see them as appliances or servants, and humans who ally themselves with Lars are mocked as “Lar lovers.”
Near Death Experiences. The young individuals, like Theresa, who experienced NDEs after physical trauma, form the foundation of the psychic astronaut program, sometime referred to as the Apollo Project for the parapsychological.
Every smart house is surrounded and protected by a vast field of nothingness. This null zone is the absence of matter, a void. There is no atmosphere there, and temperatures in the null zone are below freezing.
Every smart house possesses a central panel, usually near the hearth in the living room, that allows users to access house controls, or interface with the Lar. The panel is activated by the imprint of a human hand.
In the late 2000’s, physicist Bill T. Clark, working for the U.S. Department of Defense, spearheaded Project Habitat. His mission was to create a new kind of sanctuary for Americans in a future of refugees, energy shortages, and global climate change. He came up with the idea of smart houses, and the technology to create them. These homes can manifest resources from other realities in the Quantumsphere and are run by A.I. called Lars.
In the early 2020’s, a number of young adults across the globe begin to experience visions, NDE’s and other unusual phenomenon. These young individuals were gathered in Boston and taught by Professor A. Vincenzo how to harness diverse abilities such as telepathy, telekinesis, bilocation, and psychometry. It was discovered that strong emotions are harmful to successful control of these skills, and so all students are trained to rigorously control and monitor their bodies and minds, to suppress their emotional states. It was also learned that female astronaut abilities tended towards telepathy, bilocation, and psychometry, while male abilities tended toward psychokinesis and even pyrokinesis. The first major test of the psychic astronaut program involved sending Theresa Melita’s “astral” self to explore the house at the end of the universe. Instead, she was physically transported and trapped there with the other denizens.
Strange, hive beings, the Outdwellers are the result of genetic tinkering, created by Dr. Sam Clark, an expert in pantropy (and Bill’s brother), as an alternative to Project Habitat. Sam’s plan was not to change reality with smart houses, but change humanity itself, to survive in a post-holocaust world. The plan went awry and the Outdwellers—mutated human descendants—became a major threat to smart house populations.
An identifier that marks a person as being of or from a particular dimension, or reality in the Quantumsphere.
All there is. A name for all the universes and realities in existence. Parallel, and alternate realities compose the Quantumsphere.
Bill Clark’s invention. Smart houses are domiciles controlled by A.I. that can provide a haven for Americans in a world of energy shortages, foreign refugees, and global climate catastrophe. Smart houses are run by Lars that can make any reality “real” by accessing other realities in the Quantumsphere.
These hand-held, single-use devices, can transport individuals from one realm of the Quantumsphere to the other.
The Lar who took care of the denizens while they lived in the house at the end of the universe. A child-like, gentle intelligence.
A top-secret wing of a military hospital in Washington D.C. Here, experiments were conducted on certain unusual citizens to determine if it would be possible for them to control smart houses without the benefit of instrumentation (panels) and Lars.
1971: A mysterious child named Arlo survives a tornado strike on his grandmother’s house that kills his entire family (seven brothers and sisters)—by hiding in an oven. His family is never found.
1974: A songstress, Astrid, attempts suicide by cutting her wrists in a Victorian-style bathtub and has a bizarre encounter with what appears to be a doppelganger.
1987: The last date that Arlo remembers before arriving in the house at the end of the universe.
2000: Theresa Melita is born and raised in a house in Cape Cod.
2004: The last date Travis Crabtree remembers, before arriving in the house at the end of the universe. He was previously a wealthy lawyer, and Solicitor General of the U.S.
2005: The Battle of Kandahar in Iraq. William T. Clark—Bill—is considered a hero of this battle according to his brother, Sam Clark. Afterwards, he joins the Department of Defense and works on a top-secret project.
2008: Bill Clark’s Project Habitat goes into active development at the Department of Defense. The top-secret experiment seeks to provide a unique shelter and resources for Americans during what is believed to be an impending global climate crisis. It involves the creation of A.I. known as lars, and abodes they control, called “smart houses.”
2023: Theresa Melita is struck by a car at a crosswalk and rushed to a hospital where she falls into a coma and experiences an NDE (Near Death Experience) involving the mysterious house at the end of the universe.
2023-2025: Theresa is trained in a rigorous, top-secret graduate program in Boston, under a female mentor named Professor A. Vincenzo, to become a psychic astronaut. She has few friends during this time and learns to completely control her mind, body, and emotions. Other individuals she knows in the program include Sange, a French boy, and Elena.
2026: Dr. Sam Clark (Bill’s younger brother) travels from his reality via “quantum stabilizer” (or “telemeter”) to the house at the end of the universe. Sam states that in his reality, Theresa has been “declared MIA.” He reports that smart houses are about to go online, but that a strange, inhuman enemy, the Outdwellers have launched an attack on mankind. Sam himself is the creator of the Outdwellers and has altered his DNA to become one.
2027: When Project Habitat goes live, consensus reality is fractured, and all the smart houses lose touch with each other. This event, which lasts for several years, is known as The Holocaust.
Late 2020s: War with the Outdwellers. Meanwhile, Astrid, Arlo, Bill Clark, Travis Crabtree and Theresa Melita all find themselves trapped in a rogue, distant smart house, which they call “The House at the End of the Universe.” They remain there until dark matter consumes the house. They move to a different reality, in a different time, to the Dark Place.
2032: Following the war with the Outdwellers, a new U.S. Government attempts to restore reality. It does so by controlling Lars with behavior-restricting sovereignty inhibitors, and by attempting to impose a connective program between smart houses known as the loop. The loop never becomes active, but a new administration works to bring all the various smart houses back to a consensus reality. Astrid and the other denizens, with the help of a soldier named Brick, destroy the loop, and with the help of Cronus and Vitality, escape into Earth’s past…never to be seen again?
2050s: We begin… Enter the House Between
Novellas by John Kenneth Muir
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