Physics and Religion

Fiction is great.  Fiction is wonderful.  I love fiction, especially an edgy mix of horror, fantasy, and psychological tension.  Nothing to my mind can beat it.  However, no matter how wild the fiction is, there will be a point of tangency between the fictional world and reality.  In order to make the fiction believable, the reality must be believable.  If the fiction is so far past the point of believability that the reader can’t grasp it or somehow relate it to his own experience, there’s a high probability the reader will put down your book and may never be back.

My book, Any Tomorrow: The Calling, is the first in the Any Tomorrow Trilogy.  It is a story that combines horror with fantasy, but the fantastical elements of the story are rooted in fact.  To be more exact, they are rooted in physics.  Without giving away the plot, I’ll just say that physics is essential, because without a rudimentary understanding of physics, the story couldn’t have been written.

My interest in theoretical physics began many years ago with an article I read about Paul Dirac (1902 – 1984).  I can’t even specifically remember what the article was about, but the idea that within science so much more is possible than we experience in our day-to-day lives fascinated me.  Galaxies, universes, time, black holes, temporal-spatial anomalies ― physics brings all of these from the realms of magic to scientific possibility.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against magic, it’s very popular, like Harry Potter, like religion.  Magic suggests the possibility of action with a causality that is other than provable.  You can’t objectively prove that ‘the force’ exists or, for that matter, God.  Both require abandoning logic and relying on faith.

Physics, on the other hand, is testable, objectively provable, and as such provides at least a kernel of fact on which to base the reality portion of my fiction.  As a fiction writer, do I have to stick to the facts?  Of course not.  Start with something verifiable and take off into the realms of fantasy.

For anyone who might be interested in adding a little physics, or at least the concept of physics, to their writing I might suggest Walter Isaacson’s biography of Einstein as a good place to start.  It’s very readable and a fascinating life story.  And if you really feel inspired, you can always research the Einstein Archives Online.  I haven’t done too much there, but it looks fascinating.

If you have comments about this or any of my posts, click the Leave a comment link and let me know what your concerns are.  Thanks.

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About Kevin_Fraleigh

I am a novelist, and much of my writing is predicated on the concept that within each of us is a hole. For some of us, the hole is a divot, shallow and insignificant. But for many of us the hole is a cavern, deep and expansive. We try to fill it with sex or drugs or religion, but the cavern has an insatiable appetite. This is where the dark things live―the things that fill our nightmares. The things that claw at our minds. The things that inspire the stories of horror, madness, and twisted realities. From the depths of that cavern come the seeds of my stories. Won’t you join me in the dark edges of reality? Learn more about me from my blog at anytomorrow.wordpress.com. You can find my novels at amazon.com, smashwords.com, and most eBook retailers. You can also read some of my full length short stories at http://www.wattpad.com/user/Kevin_Fraleigh
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One Response to Physics and Religion

  1. While surfing I saw your blog and saw that it didn’t have a Title. Naturally, I had to read it. I glad I did. I like Einstein and now I have to research Paul Dirac. I kind of believe that religion and science are opposite sides of the same coin(a pithy analogy) but still I like to study what I can about science and learn new things. I especially like the idea of relativity and Quantum Science being connected. Thanks. Keep Blogging. Keep Writing.

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