“ Mark closed his eyes briefly and
then opened them again. This time, his third eye opened with them.
Suddenly, he could see all sorts of energies.”- Spidersilk
Spidersilk is so complex in more ways
than one. In the book we are introduced to a concept referred to as
the third eye. Some scientist believe the third eye to be the pineal
gland, while others believe it to be a mystical part of the body that
can only be unlocked by some. Once unlocked the person is open to
their own inner realms and a state of higher consciousness. The Hindu
god Shiva actually has a visible third eye, although the eye is
generally closed it harbors powers than men could only dream of
having. Many ancient cultures even believe that the third eye, one
of the seven major chakras, can be accessed better through various
This is a great site for furthering
your knowledge on the third eye:
Throughout Spidersilk the main
character, Mark, experiences many different types of dreams. In many
of the dreams, like with those that involve Tia, Mark feels as if he
actually has control over his surroundings. This could be looked at
as Mark dimension surfing, but there is also another option. In our
reality, there has been many studies and speculations on a sleep
state called lucid dreaming. This state actually implies that we are
in control of our dreams and are aware of our surroundings the entire
time we are supposed to be “unconscious.” Some people who lucid
dream even claim to have left their body and experienced an OBE, or
Out of Body Experience.
If you want to know more about Lucid
Dreaming, check out this article:
Throughout the book there is a lot of
references to other cultures; such as this little gem:
“The smooth lines on Ramses’s face
did not make him appear old. His skin folded in a way that made his
face look chiseled and refined, like a block of stone come to
When you pictured Ramses what did you see in your mind? Was it one of the great Egyptian kings
immortalized in stone? Both Ramesses's in Egyptian culture have been
immortalized in stone. They will forever look young and chiseled,
much like Ramses was featured in the story!
If you'd like a little 411 on these
great kings and their images try this cool link:
In the book, one of Mark's friends
(Isis) (and a good chunk of other people) disappears for a few days.
Luckily, she resurfaces physically unharmed, but confesses she was
kidnapped and forced to do a techno detox. Today's society is hard
fixed on their gadgets and with advancements happening daily the
technology of the future might be even more consuming. How do you
feel about techno detoxes and their place in our current culture?
Apparently, if you're up for giving it a try there is an actual camp
that will unhook you for a few days! Here is a link to the camp
article as well as a recent experiment performed for a documentary.
...Mark reached for the mouse on his home entertainment system. Immediately, the TV began displaying the current video news from various Internet news sources. - Spidersilk
At the beginning of the book Mark, it is revealed that Mark doesn't have the typical TV system. Here he has and entertainment multiplex pre-programmed to access ‘various sources’ and content. This could be more interactive or run on a program. Sites like YouTube offer ‘channels’ that categorize content yet Marks idea takes this a bit further.
“…To me, they are real places, real threads in another dimension. Most real things have a design phase.” – Mark in Spidersilk.
The MMO game Mark is designing in the beginning of the book include fully interactive side. It includes a internet game piece/component trading and selling as well as real players. The components have a real world texture with aging, value and condition. This game is sort of like an interactive story to be explored by real characters. A lot of MMO have game piece trading and this takes the idea a bit further.