SCIENCE FICTION MEETS COMMUNITY THEATRE

My wife and I have the pleasure of learning and performing Improv at the Surfside Playhouse in Cocoa Beach. Recently, hurricanes Ian and Nicole took a toll on their roof. To help them recover the $50K it took to make the necessary repairs, I am making a $10 contribution to Surfside for every Alcubierre Metric Connection book purchased between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Here is your opportunity to support community theater while giving the gift of delightful hard science fiction to your sci-fi fan holiday gift recipients. If they are interested in time travel, they will enjoy CATSPAW’s unusual take on the subject. If faster than light travel is their forte, then Wake Turbulence is the book for them. Either way, the 4 and 5-star reviews suggest they will be in for a captivating read.

Progress on Collision Course

Collision Course is finally on the way. Today I designed a faster than light spacecraft. That was fun! I also defined the its crew. Two months ago I wouldn’t have imagined this much progress.

I have a well defined story line, finally, and some new characters. This is starting to be fun again!

Wake Turbulence Sequel in Work

The working title of the sequel to Wake Turbulence is Collision Course. I spent most of the first half of 2022 doing research, but now I’m writing scenes and refining plotlines. There will be new characters, and some we’ve gotten accustomed to may not make it to the end. I don’t know yet. The story is already beginning to drive itself in unexpected directions.

Plot-Driven Stories

I have mentioned in several descriptions of the series that the Alcubierre Metric Connection stories are plot driven. In preparation for writing this post explaining what that means, I Googled “plot driven stories” in order to see how others had defined the term and find a few sites to provide for you to compare other opinions with mine. The result was not what I had expected.

Although there are a wide variety of opinions about whether plot-driven stories are desirable, there is little disagreement as to what they are, and the first site at the top of my search list had an excellent post about the contrast between plot-driven and character-driven stories. If I were to have written my own description, it would have been remarkably like that one, so here is the link to it instead: https://www.skillshare.com/blog/a-guide-to-character-driven-vs-plot-driven-stories/

I have always been one of those who have preferred plot-driven stories, and the plot is what excited me when the idea for Wake Turbulence first erupted in my head in 2011. The story, of course, produced characters. They developed lives of their own and their lives became significantly character-driven, so in the end the book was driven both by its plot and by its characters. CATSPAW evolved the same way. I think that mix is essential for good novels regardless of which mode predominates, and I’m delighted that my characters made it happen.

New Physics Paper Coinciding with Release of Wake Turbulence Uses Casimir Effect Like CATSPAW

An open access paper (which means you can download it for free) recently published in a peer reviewed physics journal is an amazing and gratifying coincidence. The lead author is Harold “Sonny” White who I acknowledged as having inspired Wake Turbulence with his 2011 seminar on the Alcubierre metric. The content has to do with generating that metric using the quantum Casimir effect which was the core of the plot of CATSPAW. Here’s the citation and link:

Regular Article – Theoretical Physics Eur. Phys. J. C (2021) 81: 677
https://doi.org/10.1140/epjc/s10052-021-09484-z

Regular Article – Theoretical Physics

Worldline numerics applied to custom Casimir geometry generates unanticipated intersection with Alcubierre warp metric

Harold White1a, Jerry Vera1, Arum Han2,3,4,5, Alexander R. Bruccoleri6 and Jonathan MacArthur6

Awesome!

Wake Turbulence is Here!

As the freighter Sensei Maru steamed eastward in the Indian Ocean, about 140 nautical miles southwest of Adelaide enroute from the Middle East to Melbourne, optical and radio telescopes over that half of the globe reported strong signals at wavelengths ranging from radio waves through light and even up to gamma rays. At each instrument, the recorded signal looked like a single, large pulse that decayed quickly. Globally, these pulses occurred nearly simultaneously.

At the moment the telescopes were seeing the pulses, Captain Takahashi was on deck taking a smoke and catching the breeze. He was startled by a sudden, brilliant apparition in the sky. The collision of two aircraft? Should he report it to someone? He went to the bridge and contacted his company. After a short discussion with a company officer, he was told that they would notify Australian authorities and he should make a log entry describing what he’d seen.

At 4:45 PM Central Australian Standard Time, Takahashi entered the following:

15 September 0703 UTC – a bright flash of light appeared in the sky to starboard about ten degrees down from the zenith, almost due south of our position, which I estimate was 36.925 S, 137.04 E at the time. The event did not last long enough for any attempt to measure its altitude and azimuth with an instrument. The flash was followed by oppositely directed streaks propagating generally easterly and westerly from there. The streaks faded and vanished in seconds. There were no unusual sounds during or after the event. I could not identify the source, but some sort of incident involving aircraft seems possible.

He hoped that the Australian search and rescue services could locate any survivors.

Wake Turbulence is finally available on Amazon, at least in softcover. The eBook release will follow shortly. The link to the paperback is https://www.amazon.com/dp/1737185822

The eBook formatting is still in work. My interior designer should send me the file later this week. As soon as I approve the Amazon proof it will be available and, of course, a good bit less expensive than the paperback. Either format, it’s a story I expect you will enjoy!