There was no place. There was no time. A human observer would have recognized nothing here: no mass, energy, or force. There was only a rolling, random froth whose fragmented geometry constantly changed. Even causality was a foolish dream. The orderly spacetime with which humans were familiar was suffused with vacuum energy, out of which virtual particles, electrons and quarks, would fizz into existence, and then scatter or annihilate, their brief walks upon the stage governed by quantum uncertainty. In this extraordinary place whole universes bubbled out of the froth, to expand and dissipate, or to collapse in a despairing flare. This chaotic cavalcade of possibilities, this place of non-being where whole universes clustered in reefs of foamy spindrift, was suffused by a light beyond light. But even in this cauldron of strangeness there was life. Even here there was mind. Call them monads.
~ Monad Space


The Monads are beings who created the Xeelee Sequence multiverse, and slumber inside black hole event horizons for billions of years when they aren't awake.

Powers and Stats

Tier: Unknown | Unknown At least Low 1-C, possibly much higher

Civilization Type: At least Higher Dimensional Civilization

Name: The Monads

Origin: Xeelee Sequence

Classification: Multiversal Creators

Kardashev Level: Type VII

Age: Unnaplicable

Population: Unknown

Territory: A realm coined "The Bulk" which is comprised of a potentially uncountably infinite number of varying universes with differing laws of physics

Technology/Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Acausality (Type 5), Reality Warping, Causality Manipulation, Conceptual Manipulation (Type 2) Matter Manipulation, Spatial Manipulation, Time Manipulation, Energy Manipulation, Biological Manipulation, Higher-Dimensional Manipulation, Mind Manipulation, Biological Manipulation, Telepathy, Teleportation, Precognition, Immortality (Types 1, 5, and 9), Higher-Dimensional Existence, Large Size (Type 10), Soul Manipulation, Law Manipulation, Mathematics Manipulation, Nonexistent Physiology (Type 2. Monads are absolutely nothing, down to the level of the "light" which defines multiversal concepts)

Attack Potency: Unknown (The Monads while sleeping are vulnerable to being killed by lower dimensioned beings within Configuration Space) | Unknown, At least Low Complex Multiverse level (Exist on a realm of space transcendental to The Xeelee, and the entire Xeelee Sequence multiverse is just a part of their dreams. Transcends Configuration Space which contains an uncountably infinite number of matter configurations of an uncountably infinite number of finitely sized 10-D universal domains, where the 7 extra spatial dimensions are compactified to a Planck scale. Vastly above the Transcendence and The Photino Birds), likely much higher (The realm of the Monads, coined "The Bulk," is beyond all space, time, and form, and possibly a Type IV Multiverse containing other universes with far more different or potentially greater cosmologies than that of Configuration Space)

Speed: Immeasurable

Lifting Strength: Immeasurable

Striking Strength: Unknown | Unknown, At least Low Complex Multiverse Class, likely much higher

Durability: Unknown (The Monads while sleeping are vulnerable to being killed by lower dimensioned beings within Configuration Space) | Unknown, At least Low Complex Multiverse level, likely much higher

Stamina: Limitless

Range: Unknown | Unknown, At least Low Complex Multiverse level, likely much higher

Intelligence: Nigh-Omniscient. The entire Xeelee Sequence multiverse is only a dream

Power Source: Unknown/inapplicable

Industrial Capacity: Unknown/Inapplicable. They dream and create universes on transcendental level

Military Prowess: Unknown/Inapplicable

Weaknesses: Require billions of years of sleep. They appear unable to communicate with other species or actively defend against attacks during their slumbers

Key: Sleeping | Awakened


  1. The "Stupendous Number of Dimensions" in Configuration Space does not refer to the dimensionality of it, but rather the dimensions needed to map out the uncountably infinite number of interactions in it. Configuration Space is described as a Phase Space, and dimensions in a phase space only help quantify interactions in a system, not the actual spatiotemporal dimensions that physically make it up. These are just abstract mathematical modelling variables and are not to be used as tiering higher dimensions.
  2. The Universe in the Xeelee Sequence is claimed to be eleven dimensional, that being ten spatial + one temporal dimension. However the temporal dimension is an illusion created by the uncountably infinite number of matter configurations in Configuration Space and the extra seven spatial dimensions past our main three are compactified, that meaning they are bundled to be in a Planck scale and thus may not apply to any tiering metric.
  3. Stephen Baxter does not like using the term "multiverse" in his works due to his scientific background, so when he says universe it may either mean the observable universe, all the domains, or Configuration Space as a whole. To simplify debating, one should refer to each one as:
    • An observable universe or domain for the finite universe itself, each one having slightly differing constants
    • The Universe or Configuration Space for well... Configuration Space


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