The Unknown Province – An Introduction

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HUMANS that has ever lived is approximately 110 billion. Of
those, about 6% or just over seven billion are alive today. Ten thousand years ago – 8,000 BC – there were only about one million humans on earth; that is million, not billion. It takes 1,000 million to equal 1 billion.

So where did 103 billion humans go? Did they simply die and cease, forever, to exist? Were their souls or spirits reincarnated as their own posterity? Did their spirits fly off to heaven or hell? Do we have only this life? And finally, is there any other place – another dimension – having nothing to do with a god or the cosmos, where some remnant of each person lives on perpetually? If there is an invisible – but somehow tangible – place here on earth, it must be well populated with over a hundred billion souls. That would seem to make it likely then, that some of these souls or spirits would occasionally pass through that gossamer barrier here on earth to reach into our contemporary, physical lives for good, bad, or simply companionship.

Many believe in heaven, far away. Most shudder at the images we’ve been fed of hell and its torture…eternal torture. No god I believe in would torture his creation forever because of mistakes made in a scant seventy or eighty years of life. Nonsense! That would be a god more cruel and sinful than any sin even the most heinous of humans could commit. I don’t believe in hell, therefore. I have doubts about heaven. God seems to be “hands off,” at least in this life. And scientific research only expands one’s disbelief as the scientists observe the expansion of the universe itself. Those things said, God created humans, gave them a brain, and – I’m sure – he expects us to use it. Faith and intellect may both be the keys. Who knows? Not I.

But, let’s examine the possibility that those 103 billion people are still here on earth, in some kind of ethereal form, intelligent, observant, but simply not flesh and blood. Let’s think a bit – for just a moment – about a possibility I like to consider and which I’ve named: “The Unknown Province.” The existence of the Province would explain a lot: ghosts, poltergeists, apparitions, even “grandma wandering in the garden each summer solstice.”

Evidence? Well, first, let’s examine the five human senses. Everything we directly know about, comes from those senses: sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. I can see a mountain or a mole hill, I can hear thunder and the crashing of the surf, I can smell the salty sea air and the baking of fresh bread, I can taste a rich, cool beer, a dry red wine, the flavors within a delicious apple pie, and the saltiness of popcorn. And I can feel with my tongue, the popcorn’s texture. My hands can touch and feel the smoothness of a marble counter or the roughness of sandpaper.

All you and I experience is done through our five senses. Physical things send reflected rays of colored light to our eyes, air carries sound waves that strike our ears, air-borne molecules activate the olfactory nerve endings within our nasal passages, chemical molecules stimulate our taste buds, and physical materials – solid, liquid, or even gas – are detected by the nerves in our fingertips, or upon our bare back if cold rain falls upon us at the beach.

But what can’t we perceive with our five senses? Without aid, we cannot see a single virus or individual bacterium. Without aid, we cannot hear a radio wave broadcast. Without aid we cannot observe the television satellite signals beaming back to mother earth. There is so much that we have proven to exist, but that we absolutely cannot perceive with our five senses.

Just 185 years ago, before 1830, there was no radio, no television, no cell phones, no computers, no airplanes, basically no “technology.” If we could bring an American patriot forward from the past (1776) and here today, we could tell him that the air is filled with voices and images – people, animals, huge buildings, steaming jungles. He would not believe it. And he would be terrified at the sight and sound of our military jets racing across the sky above. The point is, he could not conceive of such things from his reference point, and with his limited knowledge, carried with him from 1776.

Are we in that same position? Are we so very certain that the Unknown Province, here on earth, does not exist?

Whirl around quickly! Take in all you see, hear, smell, touch and can taste? Do you feel the presence of a being from The Unknown Province? Can you hear a voice, see a phantom?

No? Well, come back, my friend, and I’ll begin my stories…Tales of things that are happening today and will happen tomorrow. My stories may reveal…The Unknown Province!

Affectionately yours,
Michael Goldcraft

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About michaelgoldcraft

Michael Goldcraft is a senior marine ecologist, writer, and owner of a small, independent publishing company, BrimBooks; Brothersons Press. His first novel, Ascent of Evil, won First Place for the Horror/Dark Fanstasy category of published work at the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards of the Florida Writers Association, Orlando, Florida. His Darke Lyfe Trilogy includes his second published novel, Inherited Evil. Mr. Goldcraft is at work completing the final book of the trilogy, Arcanum of Evil, to be released on the Spring Equinox, 2011. His book of short stories, Thirteen Tales of Eclectic Evil, was released the summer of 2010. His books are available in trade paperback or ebook editions via The ebooks are also distributed via Michael Goldcraft lives with his wife and their pets in Panama City, Florida.
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