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I am proud to host Jack Croxall, I am a huge Fan of his work. I feel that his is book Tethers is a modern classic. Everything that he writes is extremely interesting and from a fresh view point. He is knowledgeable about science, physics and the planets, and is always happy to share his wide range of ideas though his many published works. I have always passed on his books as I want everyone to read him. So please read on and share this fascinating piece.
Why Science and Fiction Are Total Bros By Jack Croxall
‘I don’t know.’ This is the default position of science. If you ask any decent physicist how the universe came in to being, they will probably say: ‘I don’t know, but here are some theories.’ Likewise, if you ask any biologist what colour a baby Triceratops was, they will probably say: ‘I don’t know, but I can speculate.’ This lack of absolutes is what makes science so awesome, and what makes the scientific process so encompassing and so (mostly) open-minded. By a happy coincidence, it also leaves a lot of mystery and a lot of room for guess work, and this is where our good friend fiction comes in!
Because our scientific understanding is far, far from complete, authors can take a scientific concept and flesh it out however they want. In 1963 a physicist named Hugh Everett published his theorem, The Many Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics. His radical new idea proposed that, thanks to some incredibly clever calculations and observations, our universe must not stand alone. In fact, Everett’s ground-breaking theory proposed that there are actually an infinite array of other universes existing parallel to the one we call home. Whilst the theory was criticised at the time, it has since gone on to gain a huge following with notable scientists likening the significance of Everett’s work to that of Einstein’s.
Fast forward to 1995 when Philip Pullman, inspired by Everett’s work, published the first edition of His Dark Materials. The series takes place across a host of parallel worlds with the central duo being able to cut openings in the air and travel between them. Now, Everett’s theorem says little about what any of these parallel worlds are actually like, and so Pullman was able to imagine them however he wanted. Daemons, armoured bears, witches; all of Pullman’s sublime creations would not have been able to light up the world of fiction if Everett had not published his ideas thirty-two years beforehand.
So, at a glance, it’s perhaps easy to think of science and fiction as poles apart but, in my experience, this is far from the reality. In fact, it was Pullman’s work which inspired me to start writing fiction and simultaneously helped fuel my love of science. Are Pullman’s ideas anywhere near the truth? Well, I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that our world is all the better for them.
Jack Croxall is an author/scriptwriter living in Nottinghamshire. You can view his books by clicking here.
I am please to welcome Nicole Saunders to my spotlight page. Nicole is not only a very talented Author but also reviews books and a all-round nice person.
Author Update-Nicole Saunders
My author journey with my first novel, Disposable, has been thrilling. In October, I released the Ebook version of Disposable. The sales were modest. I searched for answers.
Then, I decided to be proactive. I reached out to my potential readers to see what they wanted from me as an author. The answer was loud and clear: a print book.
So, I went to work. I spent almost all of my free time researching how to transform an Ebook to a print book. I soon realized that doing so was a huge undertaking. There were so many rules! Formatting rules. Cover art rules. Editing rules. Just rules. And, all of them were crucial to creating a correctly-formatted book. One misplaced tab or superfluous space could completely ruin my formatting and force me to start again.
It took over 5 months for me to transform Disposable from an Ebook to a print book. But, it was well worth it.
Since I released the print version of Disposable, my sales have quintupled (5X the sales)! I even made a bulk sale where I sold over 20 books to a single buyer. My Amazon reviews have seen a significant increase.
Thus, all of the hard work was worth it.
Along with producing a print copy of the book, I’ve focused on increasing my social media presence. I actively follow other authors and social media influencers. So far, I have amassed over 300 Twitter followers to my Nickifixnwriter page.
My author journey has just begun. But, so far, it has been an exciting, frustrating, and beautiful ride.