The world gains a new future by following an old path
I'm an engineer with a life-long interest in books and writing. Originally from England, I've lived near Toronto, Canada, for many years and where I hike, run and take wildlife photos whenever the weather will let me. In my writing, I like to capture the humorous side of life even when the times sometimes don’t seem to warrant it. For this website and my new series of books, The Modest Proposal Institute, I've returned to one of my earliest loves -- science fiction.
Following my thoughts on an Infinite Probability Drive (IPD) from the past two posts, I think it really can’t move people through space or time. I think it just has to move through the infinite number of parallel universes that exist at the particular place it is standing at the time the drive is turned on. This means the IPD has to be in one of the spaceplanes from the first series. I want to keep the stories in the realm of science fiction and out of the realm of fantasy but this is a serious limitation. It means the next series stays around Earth, Earth 2.0, the Moon, and Mars. Not necessarily a bad thing, just restrictive so far as space goes.
Where the stories won’t be limited, of course, is in the many possible paths history might have taken had probability of even tiny events happening as they did been different. For example, had the spaceplane and its engine not been completed before the Institute was able to take advantage of it, the escape into space would have been hopelessly disadvantaged, if not impossible (with all due respect to SpaceX and Elon Musk whose efforts and products are truly amazing). In the end, however, this is probably not a major limitation. After all, there’s no life anywhere nearby in the Solar System so changes in probability wouldn’t likely lead to any big changes. Activating the IPD on Jupiter wouldn’t likely show the probability traveler much change to the planet.
If you’ve read to here, and you’d like some background to what I’m talking about, visit my Amazon Author Page and pick up your copy of The Modest Proposal Institute series 1.
If you’re a Kindle Unlimited reader, The complete Modest Proposal Institute series is now available there and you can read it from start to finish for free. For those who prefer to own a book but didn’t pre-order, you can still buy it here for only $0.99. Don’t leave it too long. This is an introductory price and it will go up on July 7.
For the next books in the Modest Proposal series, I’m still pondering if the Infinite Probability Drive can move the traveler through space as well as time. It would be so much simpler if it could but hard to explain satisfactorily. A change of percent probability would make a huge change to what had occurred in a particular location but not really move the ship to a new location — Doctor Who’s Tardis it is not. The Tardis has the ability to move in time and space as does the starship Heart of Gold from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. My ship needs to do both as well or have some more mundane system for traveling across distances. Maybe the SABRE engine has to be attached too. Your thoughts would be appreciated:-)
You still have time to pre-order The Complete Modest Proposal Institute series before it goes live on July 1. However, the good news is, if you’re a procrastinator, it will still be only $0.99 until July 7 so all is not lost.
Meanwhile, my next book, a cozy mystery with the working title of, In The Beginning, There Was a Murder, is ready for a developmental editor to read and suggest improvements. If anyone out there knows a good editor that specializes in cozy mysteries, let me know.
My follow on series for The Modest Proposal Institute will use a probability drive to power their space travel. The question I’m struggling with is, would a probability drive allow for the user to shift locations or simply see the parallel universes that exist in the one place? If it is the latter, then my heroes need to have a ship that transports them to different places in order to experience the alternate universes at each location. This is where the Infinite Improbability Drive was so much better — it passed through all the places in the universe simultaneously. Choosing where to stop was all the traveler had to do. Your thoughts on this would be welcome.
In last week’s post, I talked about the end being a new beginning and I wanted to expand on that idea this week. I’m taking a rest from sci-fi for a few weeks and producing a cosy mystery BUT I haven’t forgotten about Alexis and the gang. In particular, Alexis left Moon City in his Probability-Adjusting spacecraft. Series two of the story will follow those who left, starting with Alexis.
One of my favourite science fiction ideas comes from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and i know it wasn’t serious sci-fi but it worked for me. The starship, Heart of Gold, in Hitchhikers guide, with its Infinite Improbability Drive, strikes me as a great starting point for humanity in the future. Even if we start small with a mere Probability Adjustment drive. Once we escape Earth’s heavy gravity and atmosphere (in more than one sense of the word) we can really travel the universe without anything to hold us back. Look out for the start of the new series in the not too distant future.
In the meantime, why not visit my earthbound Amazon Author Pageand buy The Modest Proposal Institute boxset.
As I mentioned in my last post, all four books of The Modest Proposal Institute are now on Amazon in ebook and paperback versions. The boxset, which you can buy on pre-order right here, will join them very soon and that will bring a close to the first series of this project. The second series will have our ‘heroes’ out in the universe away from Earth’s heavy gravity and as light as stardust. All that, however, must wait.
While I give the concerns of the Earth and the human race some time off, I’ll be working on a cozy mystery set in 1950’s England when the shadow of the Second World War still cast a darkness over the land and the Korean War was doing nothing to brighten it. For those of you who like science fiction and mysteries, keep your eyes peeled for my new book (as yet it doesn’t even have a working title) when it comes out later this year. Meanwhile, make your way over to my Amazon Author Page for my books that are already there.
Book 4 of The Modest Proposal Institute, War of the Institutes, has been on Amazon as an eBook since June 5. Today, the paperback version is there too. Those of us who prefer a book in our hands can now get the book as well. While doing the paperback of book four, I discovered I hadn’t published the paperback version of The Modest Proposal Institute book 3: Rival Institutes. Right now, I’m working on correcting that omission.
In addition, I’m working on creating a boxset of the completed series. The files for each book are out with the Formatter and should be back soon. The cover, showing each of the four book covers, is already done and just awaiting the formatted boxset file. Once I’ve published book three’s paperback, the full boxset will follow. I’m intending to publish it sometime early July. If you’re a boxset reader, your desires are almost about to be satisfied:-)
Where can you find all these books, I hear you ask? They’re all to be found on my Amazon Author Page.
After eight long months of writing, editing, formatting, and the annoyances of things going wrong at the worst moments, the end is now in sight. The Modest Proposal Institute: War of the Institutes is uploaded to Amazon and ready to be released to the impatiently waiting public. At least, I hope you’re all impatiently waiting — or at least would pretend to be if you were asked.
It will be available at a reduced rate of US$0.99 from June 2 – 4 and then go to its regular price of $3.99 so jump in quick for a bargain. And even better, all the other three Modest Proposal books are US$0.99 as well right now. You can buy the whole set at my Amazon Author Page for some summer reading.
Book four of The Modest proposal Institute: War of the Institutes is ready to go. In fact, it’s better than that. It’s available of Amazon to pre-order so, those of you who’ve been waiting, go right ahead and do that. For those who can contain their excitement, it will become published on June 2 at a US$0.99 special price.
A special request from the author: when you’ve read the book, please leave a review on Amazon. You’d be surprised how much that helps us authors to build credibility and encourage us all to continue writing and publishing.
I’ve also made all three earlier books of The Modest Proposal Institute US$0.99 for the next two weeks so you can read them all at one low price. I’m beginning to sound like a salesman, I think I shall lie down and take a short nap.
I’d hoped to be a little further ahead this week than I was last week and, to be fair, I am ‘a little’ further ahead. I have received back the .mobi file of book four (the final book) of The Modest Proposal Institute but I’m still waiting for the epub and .pdf files. For those of you whose eyes have just glazed over wondering what I’m talking about, I’ll explain. To publish a book on Amazon to be read on Kindle, you need to supply Amazon with a .mobi file. For those who read on Kobo, or other eReaders, you need to provide an ePub file and for the paperback copy, a .pdf file.
Now my publishing schedule isn’t at a standstill. I have a Launch Team of volunteers who will read and review my book. I’ve sent them the .mobi file so those who use Kindle, which is most of them, can start reading and any final mistakes they find they will send back to me for fixing before the big day. However, at present, I could only launch the Kindle version on publishing day, which isn’t what I want. No matter, I have faith — and ten days to go. I’m sure all will be well, I think…
Meanwhile, as always, I hope my readers are keeping safe in these interesting times and visiting my Amazon Author Page for new books to read. Finally, for this post, here’s a preview of book four’s cover.