The Girl Who Hacked Tomorrow
Tharcia Harrison at 19 is exploring the occult to contact her deceased mother. An arcane spell goes drastically wrong when she summons a supernatural entity from the beginning of time. This is Lian, the first-created sentient being, who appears in the U.S. Pentagon as a towering demon with wings and claws. Lian is pleasantly surprised to find himself on Earth, where his female counterpart is imprisoned. She is Lylit, archetype of womankind, the very soul of feminine wisdom.
As Tharcia dreams of blue whales, a mid-ocean procession of the majestic animals reveals a coded message to humanity that includes a Babylonian creation myth more accurate than accepted folklore. But the military decides humanity is not prepared for that knowledge and will suppress it.
Reunited with Lylit, Lian prepares to release himself from the spell by killing Tharcia, but Lylit intervenes. Tharcia and Lian work out a bargain: her life in balance for the future of humankind. Lylit suggests that Lian and Tharcia resolve their bargain through a vote. All humanity will consider a single question while the world slumbers. During this long night of dreams, repressed human desires walk the earth as utopian visions and hellish nightmares. Lian wins the vote, but Tharcia disputes the counting. Lian angrily prepares to take Lylit and vanish forever, but Tharcia insists he give something in exchange for all the destruction he brought.
Lian agrees, but forces Tharcia to choose a single one of her demands. Sacrificing the chance to reunite with her mom, Tharcia’s sole wish is that women and men forever after see one another as essential partners. Lian agrees, not realizing that it was Lylit who brought Tharcia to confront him, godfather of the patriarchy. The bargain resolved, Lian and Lylit vanish from Earth and Tharcia returns home to a world shattered by millennia of injustice. Tharcia’s words bring Lylit’s goddess culture to life again in the hearts of women awakening to the truth.