I am definitely a bit of a science nerd. I was immediately hooked by the 80’s TV series “Cosmos” hosted by the wonderful and enigmatic Carl Sagan. The episodes had the most intriguing names to capture the eager mind of an easily influenced teenage boy. Sorry, for some reason Daisy Duke just came to mind. Catherine Bach and Carl Sagan – those were some formative years!
Anyway back to Sagan’s episodes. Episodes with names such as “The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean,” “One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue,” and the episode that deftly dealt with the possibilities of infinite universes and multiverses, “The Edge of Forever.” Incredible stuff.
A little later, I went on to read Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and then continued on to battle through Brian Greene’s “Elegant Universe,” “The Fabric of the Universe” and “The Hidden Reality.” Despite the Washington Post calling him “the single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world today,” he constantly challenged the ability of my meagre brain to follow his logic, and truly comprehend the theories he posited. I must have read and re-read the chapters and books a hundred times trying to fully understand the nuances of his revelations.
When I started to write I dabbled with a couple of genres. My first book was based on a true life experience, our adventures of traveling from the USA to Spain during Covid 19. My next book sprang more from an idea I had when I read about the last few days of Edgar Allan Poe. He died in extremely strange and sinister circumstances after going missing for five days, and then turning up entirely deranged and wearing clothes not his own. That book tilted towards the paranormal. Not because that was the genre I wanted to write, but because the idea I had chose the genre.
But deep down, it was always Science Fiction for me and my nerdy brain. The new book (yet to be titled) is a work in progress that includes standards such as time dilation and quantum mechanics, but also pushes the boundaries of innovative (and almost to be attained) propulsion systems, and the entirely theoretical (possibly even pseudo-science) of quantum consciousness. Every chapter surprises me with the new directions I am able to take the story.
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I will leave you with one last memory from the 80’s that also influenced me greatly…altogether fellow Gen Xers…”Your a wonder…”