After the past weeks of launching my new book onto the waiting world, I’m now returning to planning the second series of The Modest Proposal Institute.
As you will know, if you’ve been following my posts, I’ve been considering using a Variable Probability Drive (VPD) to transport the heroes during their adventures. However, one of the difficulties I see of a VPD is that setting the probability only slightly off one hundred per cent would take the ship’s crew to a point where they already exist, though they may be wearing something different or have different jobs. After all, if there are an infinite number of parallel universes then somewhere close to me as I type this is another me who is watching TV or fixing the car. ‘He’ is 99.99999% me but not ‘me’. And nor are the circumstances he’s living in. Today in the 100% world it is dark, overcast and dry. In the 99.99999% world, it may be sunny, with blue skies and showers.
As well, while ‘he’ is almost the same as ‘me’ in many ways, the ways in which he is different may have affected him profoundly. Our outlook on life and our health may be different, for example. If I was able to move into this almost but not quite 100% world, or vice versa, would we become one? Could two of us exist in the same universe or could a probability traveler exist in a bubble created by the travel machine and, if so, how? If you have thoughts on any of this, please do comment and tell me your thoughts.
Meanwhile, there’s always The Modest Proposal Institute boxset to keep you amused until I’ve written series two.