Coming Home by Michael Kutsche
Well, it’s been a few weeks coming, but here for those who’re interested are the links to the e-books for the novel Into the Unknowable: the final volume of the Anomaly Trilogy
- All e-book formats
- EPUB.(Most widely used format)
- MOBI: (Compatible with Kindles)
- MS Reader:
I’d personally rather read a novel as an e-book instead of as HTML or plain text, but readers do at least have a choice of formats to use.
For those who prefer to read on a Kindle, all of my five most recent novels can be downloaded from Amazon
And for those who are less enamoured of the Jeff Bezos empire, they can also be found on Smashwords (just less easy to upload onto a Kindle).
Whatever you think about the discussion going on in this WordPress Blog about the nature of reality, nothing quite beats the current speculation about metastable universes as revealed in this article in the Guardian which can be read in more detail in this more science-oriented article.
Essentially, now that we know the value of the Higg’s Boson, we now have to cope with the fact that this value is dangerously close to the tipping point of our universe and another possibly more stable universe. And the question is: are we about to topple into another more stable position that in the process destroys everything in the path of an ever-expanding horizon at the speed of light?
As the article makes clear, if we were to tip over to another state of stability (one which is at the naturally most stable position for energy and mass in the universe) none of us would know about it but all of us would cease to exist as suddenly as the propagation of light from the point at which the transition takes place.
And given that there may already be more of the universe beyond our horizon insofar as that the light from that region is so far away that it can never reach us, how do we know that this fateful transition of states hasn’t already taken place,
But not easy to understand.
I will be totally out of my depth if I pursue an on-line discussion about modern physics and speculation about the nature of reality. All I can say on the matter is that it is genuinely far more mind-blowing than the average person is aware of and that the implications of much of the discussion only further marginalises human existence and human vanity.
For instance, the very notion of the Planck’s Constant raises weird questions that I find fascinating but ones I don’t know how I could possibly use in fiction. For instance, Hawking’s Radiation is predicated on the idea that in the space between the smallest possible measurements are events that can cause a black hole to essentially leak and therefore resolve the information dilemma that a Black Hole presents. I also wonder how such things as the Planck Number holds up in eleven dimensions. There’s also the related but intriguing question of the reality of infinitesimals or, for that matter, infinities. Can such a thing as an infinity or an eternity (let alone an infinitesimal) exist in the real world? Or are they just mathematical constructs like the square root of -1 that has a reality away from most people’s direct experience of the world.
I’m not the person to come to for answers on such issues.
I’ve always presented my fiction as satire rather than hard science fiction (or even realistic fiction). I am generally more willing to stretch credibility and, to a certain extent, current understanding of science, to make a satirical point if I think it’s justified. And in the Anomaly Trilogy, my concern with the plausibility of virtual reality has more to do with contemporary issues about the nature of our interaction with technology than a deep belief that we really do only live inside a virtual universe.
But who’s to say for sure that we aren’t?