From the novel
“Torus energy was critical for their survival; the revolutionary technology was able to harness the infinite power of the universe to provide Akara with unlimited free, clean energy….
Akaran scientists had long known that the universe was birthed into existence from a dot tinier than a pinprick. The Tenzins theorized that this dot is not just the origin of the universe, but its center point. They believed that the primordial energy contained in this singularity is constantly creating an evolving universe in the form of a torus—a spherical, donut-like shape of revolving energy. In essence, they hypothesized that the universe is a self-generating field of infinite energy that bursts forth from the center and expands outward until it curves around, returning back to its point of unity, even as it is expanding. It then disappears into the quantum field and explodes back into manifestation again, repeating the cycle over and over.”