Each book of the Sequetus series has a Glossary section.
First it should be understood that the author, as a student of English, learned very early that words are important and each word has meaning. See his volunteer work on the subject at www.sequetus.org.
Words are so important that if a person does not have a true grasp of the meaning of a word the mind becomes confused at that point and a little groggy. If the mind continues with more and more words, terms and concepts it does not truly comprehend, the person may give up the subject he was reading.
So how did the author overcome this. He first started writing this series of books after he had completed a course in Melbourne, Australia, that dealt exactly with this phenomena and how to overcome it. The course was called Student Hat, compiled from writings by L. Ron Hubbard, a philosopher,and science fiction writer.
Nick Broadhurst first used footnotes to handle this problem, so that the words and concepts were explained on the same page as the word. That works well on paper manuscripts, of 1989, and in early computers. But it does not work in eBooks that well. Footnotes are listed in ePub as they are entered, not alphabetically. So the reader finds it hard to go back to them and have another read.
So the idea of using a Glossary was developed so that the reader could instantly find the word meaning, and then instantly return to where the reader first encountered the word and continue reading. This required a lot of bookmarking back and forth by the author.
Of course, the glossary got bigger and bigger. Often the glossary would have history of the galaxy and of the civilization out there. It was not using word meanings the author was concerned with.
So the glossary contains anecdotes, meanings and histories of words and concepts that give readers a fuller understanding of what the author is writing. The Sequetus Series is not just a story, but a universe, that has to be built up and explained as read.
Footnotes continued to be used and the footnotes were used in a slightly different manner. Footnotes allow the writer to give a one-time quick infusion of data that is relevant to the time. But really, they get lost, and cannot be easily found again, except on a paper manuscript.
In addition the author uses end-notes extensively. The end notes were a very full and sometimes thought provoking look at something new and interesting that was extremely relevant to the story.
An example of this would be a fuller explanation of how one could travel about time. Note one does not travel through time, as that is a misconception. One skirts around time, about it, the same as one goes around an accident on a highway. One does not drive through the accident, he skirts around it. That is faster.
Another example is that gravity is a propulsion force, not an attraction force. To escape gravity as a means of travel one needs to understand it better. Einstein got it wrong, and in the book HUNT the author explains this a bit more. Time is part of the physical universe and to travel about time one must separate out from the universe. It is very possible. This needs deeper explaining. Now for these concepts the author has met with scientists and even the head of the department of physics at a national university, to go over his concepts more. Now getting back to HUNT, this is building on earlier works, such as the Notes and Glossary sections of earlier books. You are getting the new scientific philosophies as they come to the author. You are getting them when he does. That is why they are there. While these books are science fiction, they have science speculation, science research, and scientific thought in their writing. As said, they are not Marvel Comics.
So, all this might be irrelevant to the surface type science fiction fan who prefers his fiction in Marvel comics. And those comics are science fiction. And they are good and they develop the mind. They have a very limited vocabulary, but they are also very important for developing minds. So the author knows the need for them.
Illustrations are important. In fact they are vital. There are maps and diagrams that are used in the Sequetus Series. Use them. The lines and positions shown of things there are relevant. Often the significance of what is drawn is not fully explained.
For example, no one to date has seen that the Map of Jilta, Prime Planetary Centre, are similar to how Tokyo was first mapped out 400 years ago. They are the same. The philosophy on how to develop Tokyo was studied by the author in 2004 when he was in Japan. The author, being also a town-planner, was intrigued, as he was there researching buildings, and history of Tokyo Town Planning, for a commercial building site. So years later, in developing the city of Jilta, the author used the same town planning methods.
Town Planning was studied by the author at the University of Western Australia as part of his architecture curriculum.
HOW TO USE THESE SEQUETUS SERIES BOOKS
As you find a footnote, read it in full. Comprehend what is written. The first time you are shown something to be read in the glossary, read it. There will be a return bar. Return back to what you were reading in the main text at that point. For the end notes, use them at your leisure. They are a luxury, for those students who want to delve into these subjects more deeply. So, if the reader wants to know more of life, and the universe around him, as he travels through this series, he or she can.
If the reader of these works truly reads and understand all that is written by Nick Broadhurst he will have a far far greater experience that merely a good-reading-experience. His world just might change, instead. We hope it does.