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Who is Kuro Chan and How is it she is in these Books?

The Sequetus Series started in 1989.  The author, Nick Broadhurst, undertook a course to improve his literacy.   Shortly after that, he just wrote, and wrote and wrote, for 30 years.   1989 was when the first story began.   He sat down with a ball point pen and paper.   Within a year he had filled eight hard bound volumes with handwritten stories, which today are the book, Over Sequetus 3.

A few months later he bought his first computer, an Amstrad.   Another year on he bought an upgraded Amstrad with an A Drive, a B Drive and a C Drive.

At that time there was no thought of how he was going to get anything published.  There was no online and there was no internet. He just wrote. He sent manuscripts out to publishers though, and they routinely got rejected.

Now Meet Kuro Chan

The team involved in these books changed over time.  On this page we are taking up one of the most important latter members of the team.  See below.

Before anyone dismisses this page as sentiment, understand it is not.  There is way more here than sentiment.

This page has to do with a small black street cat that adopted the author in Sydney.  He named her Kuro because she was black.  Kuro means black in Japanese.  And because she also looks Asian, Nick refers to her as Kuro ChanChan is Japanese that means Miss.  The author lived in Japan for ten years prior to meeting Miss Kuro, or Kuro Chan.

They got on well, and the author had no real pets since childhood.  Nick enjoyed caring for his new freind.  This became a fascinating relationship, as it opened up a study of life and experience that the author had no idea truly existed.

It did not take long for the author to wonder what really was life, and how did animals persevere so well?  The author wrote Kuro into several of the later books in the Sequetus Series.  He could see many human emotions in his cat.

There was gratitude, jealousy, companionship, thankfulness, forgiveness and a lot more.  And towards other animals, such as birds and dogs there might be animosity, hate and fear.  There were so many recognizable emotions that the author realized these emotions were not human at all.  They were life emotions.  So he wondered if all life possessed them, even possibly plants.  And if so, then what was life?  It seemed to imbue not only our bodies, but the bodies of other organisms.  All these concepts and discoveries are expounded in the later Sequetus Series books in the Earth Syndrome Miniseries.

It became an interesting time.  The author found others over time has wondered the same.  For example, the author had also read about animals learning tasks and as soon as a sizable number of a population had learned them, so did others that were never taught.  This is written as the 100th Monkey by Ken Keyes Jr. and was noticed between 1952 to 1958.

Nick and Kuro got on well, and traveled tens of thousands of kilometers together by car and plane.

The author was especially intrigued that he could carry a conversation on with his Kuro.  She had all the attributes of intelligent communication and would acknowledge his spoken words with a meow back. Often this talk-meow too and fro would continue a dozen times.

Kuro also had set behavior patterns, such as manners.  She had certain manners that other cats did not process.

And when the author met other black cats he found he could speak with them as though they were Kuro, and they would stop and then answer as though they were Kuro.  They certainly seemed to know he was a freind.  This happened in Sydney.  And even in the Himalayan jungle a black cat came out and begged to be let into Nick’s hotel room.  It acted as though it believed it lived there too, along with the real Kuro.

This was fascinating.  Here was the concept that animals were run by a common life force that threaded its way through an entire species, and not a separate force for each living animals.  Ants as a nest were one life, a flock of birds might be overseen by a large independent life, and so on.  Nick started to experiment with this, with crows in Nepal, and magpies in Australia.  He found that both bird sub species had set funeral rites, for example.  Crows also protect other birds and have a high awareness.  Nick also noticed that if you made a freind of one member of that bird subspecies, others of the subspecies were soon also your freind.

Kuro taught the author a lot, and the author put what he learned to use in his science fiction stories.

Kuro in Kathmandu, the Himalayas
Kuro in Kathmandu, the HimalayasTranslations Director 2019
Kuro in Kathmandu, Nepal, 2019. Here in the Himalayas she had to make sure the translators gave an accurate description of what she was doing in the stories.
Kuro in Canberra, Australia
Kuro in Canberra, AustraliaSecurity Director 2015
In Canberra, Kuro is watching for intruders. We had just written about Captain Kuro From Mars and The Men In Black. She was now outside on guard.
Kuro in Perth, Australia.
Kuro in Perth, Australia.Creative Director 2013
Kuro Chan inspecting the author’s sketches in 2013, to make sure that the drawings were exact and accurate. She had an eye for detail.

Meet Kuro’s new Security Chief

Sandy, a German Short Haired Pointer, was found in the Himalayan jungle outside of Kathmandu.  She begged to be part of the team.  She was excellent.  Snakes often surrounded the house where Kuro and the author lived, up to two or three meters long.  Sandy was very loud in barking and could smell snakes from ten meters away.  Thus Sandy was welcomed into the home.

Sandy of the Snake Patrol

Sandy, since she arrived, has protected Kuro. If Kuro would get too interested in a snake, as they would hunt them together, Sandy would bark loudly from a distance alerting the author.  Sandy got very sick when bitten, so knows how dangerous snakes can be.  Sandy literally sniffs snakes out.  When one comes onto the property we quickly know.  But snakes are scared of cats as cats are sharper and faster, generally. So Sandy and Kuro make a great team.

Sandy of the Snake Patrol

Trusted Canine and Feline Companions

These two are now trusted partners. We hope to fill this page with their adventure.