Archive for January, 2011

Invisibility

January 15, 2011

The Wikipedia has a very good and brief explanation of various forms or methods of making objects invisible. They cover the historic using special mirrors, camouflage, stealth technology, projection of images and distraction. Of interest in this post is the bending of light around objects using metamaterials that have a negative index of refraction. Various materials exhibiting this property have been engineered at the nanoscale level to bend microwaves to visible light around small objects. David Smith of Duke University has done it for infrared light and in March 2010 Tolga Ergin, et. al. did it with visible light at KIT. (Science Journal) So, as a sci-fi writer invisibility and cloaking devices are definitely on the table.

Tillian 5 Series

January 13, 2011

The second volume of the Tillian 5 Series is now available is a variety of e-book formats. Tillian 5 -Return to Earth is volume II. Maggie and Skip (Malcolm) have returned to Earth as quantum coupled android clones of the originals still on Tillian 5. They have brought powerful tools of the Keepers to terraform the Earth to what it once was before the gamma ray burst from star WR104 destroyed the ozone layer and most plant and animal life on the planet. They are faced with an armed Christian and Muslim militaries that believe they have been chosen by God to rule the Earth. They are armed with nuclear weapons that they use without mercy and believe Maggie is the Antichrist. Maggie perseveres with love, intelligence and sex wondering if the next challenge will be her last.