Living in an infinite reality

I just came across an interesting description of reality…

We “live on one planet circling one of a couple of hundred billion stars that are located in one galaxy among hundreds of billions of galaxies, all of which are in one universe among perhaps an infinite number of universes all nestled within a grand cosmic multiverse.”  — Michael Shermer

Sort of puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?.  There’s more out there than any of us suspect.  Anything is possible.

Out of the country

I’m on my way to Bangkok, Thailand to teach a 3 day internsive course.  I probably won’t be blogging much the next few days.

Interesting…. in Thai, “Bangkok” means “city of the angels.”  I’ve been there several times and never saw any angels, but I’ll keep an eye out for them.

In Waiting Mode

I’ve spent over 2 years writing Iona Portal, going through three major re-writes as I learned to transition from non-fiction to fiction.  My enthusiastic friends have grown weary of me asking, “would you read the new version of chapter one and tell me what you think?”  The manuscript is finished and polished.

So now it’s time to find an agent.  I never used an agent with my non-fiction books.  It was a niche market, and I’d attracted a good following.  But the publishers I’ve used for non-fiction don’t do sci-fi or fantasy.  And the publishing industry has changed.  These days you need an agent.

Success in non-fiction doesn’t mean automatic success in fiction.  An agent looking at a fiction manuscript doesn’t really care how many non-fiction books you’ve sold.  So after 20 years as an author, I’m starting back at square one.

After a lot of research, I picked an agent that seemed a good fit, sent the first 10 pages by email along with the synopsis and bio.  Now I’m waiting.

I’ve reconciled myself to the fact that almost everybody faces some rejection letters before they get to publication.  Even Harry Potter was rejected several times before Rowling’s first book was published.

I’ve considered self-publication.   I know I could do it, but I hate the time it would take.    Keep checking back here for updates on the publication process!



The Unseen World

For millennia, almost all religions have argued the existence of an “unseen realm”–a “spiritual” realm existing alongside the reality we know.  Religions teach that this unseen realm is populated by humanoid beings known as angels and demons, who have the ability to enter our dimension and influence events here.

Now modern physics seems to confirm that an unseen realm actually exists.  In 1954, a Princeton University doctoral candidate named Hugh Everett III came up with a radical new idea:  the existence of parallel universes.  It seemed the only explanation for the data his experiments had produced.

Many physicists accepted his theory, and many have since tried to develop it further, but it was always considered unprovable.  Then in 2007 it was announced that a team led by Dr. David Deutsch of Oxford University (father of the quantum computer) had actually succeeded in proving the existence of these parallel worlds.  (See:  The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes and Its Implications, by David Deutsch.)

That opens the door to a re-interpretation of many of our oldest myths.  Quantum physics now suggests that there really is an unseen realm, or even many unseen realms:  parallel universes that occupy the same “space” as your own.  A parallel universe might operate with a whole different set of physical laws.  It could even have its own inhabitants.

Imagine that the creatures in that parallel universe had the ability to shift out of their own dimension, and enter our universe.  They would seem to materialize out of nowhere, and just as quickly disappear.  They would be exactly what our ancient legends describe as angels and demons.  That’s the basis of Iona Portal.