I predicted this controversial new black hole theory in 2011

This post contains spoilers for my 2011 novel THE EDGE OF DARKNESS, a sci-fi about cyborgs in deep space.

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Just today I saw a news article about a new theory regarding the event horizon in black holes.

BLACK HOLES: WHAT ARE THEY?

Although no one has ever actually ‘seen’ a black hole, researchers say that it is the result of a star, one many times larger than ours, going supernova, which results in the remaining matter being pulled together by a gravity so strong that nothing, not matter, not even light, can pass through. They are called black holes because light ‘bends’ around them due to their gravitational strength, but once past the ‘event horizon’ no light can pass.

According to NASA,

The supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy is called Sagittarius A. It has a mass equal to about 4 million suns and would fit inside a ball with a diameter about the size of the sun.

WHAT DOES THE NEW RESEARCH SAY?

The new research, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, hypothesis that it is possible for a person to bypass the singularity and in doing so, break Einstein’s Law of General Relativity.

The law of General Relativity states that the laws of physics apply to everything, but black holes can rip apart the fabric of space and time, therefore negating the laws of physics.

Deep inside a black hole, past its event horizon, is the singularity, a place where even time ceases to exist.

Everything the black hole has ‘eaten’ will reach a point, a second ‘Cauchy’ event horizon, on its journey to the singularity, and this is the point where, with a specific type of black hole, matter may be able to bypass the singularity.

“An enormous, electrically-charged black hole would allow things to pass through this Cauchy horizon and dodge the singularity at its heart.”

And what happens when the singularity is dodged? When time itself has been manipulated?

“Your past has been erased. Your future is eternal.

This is what the mathematicians and physicists believe is the outcome of crossing a black hole’s Cauchy horizon.”

In other words:

Researchers believe people can pass through them. It’s just that your past will be erased even as your future becomes infinite.

HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO The Edge of Darkness?

In The Edge of Darkness, towards the end of the novel my hero Max falls through a black hole and emerges 400 years in the past. She erases this past and switches into one of the many posisble futures.

One of my readers laughed at me and said, “It’s highly implausible this would actually happen.”

I said, “Sure, that’s why it’s called science fiction.”

Now who’s laughing?

Do you think someone in scientific research got their hands on a copy of The Edge of Darkness and got thinking about the events within?

I’ll probably never know, but it’s exciting to think that life is imitating MY art.

Write What You Know: Knowing More Than You Put On The Page

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As a writer, I feel the need to really know my characters, their situations, their props and settings.

For The Edge of Darkness, that wasn’t so hard. It was largely a made-up world, set in deep space on a spaceship and the weapons used were also made up.

Internet-Based Research

I did some research on amputees and prosthetics to try to get a feel for what Max might be feeling as a cyborg with a robotic arm. I researched what kind of food could theoretically be grown on a spaceship. I researched some other science-y things. But when I wrote the story, I probably knew a lot more than I was putting in to the book.

With Winter Witch, one of my characters wears a monocle. I had no idea how monocles stayed put, so I did some research to better understand my character. I found out how someone inserts and wears a monocle, and I felt like I had a strong grasp on the eyepiece and I wrote it into the book.

When I mentioned the research to friends, another author piped up that she was interested in how people wore monocles. I was surprised, because I was sure I’d read one of her characters in one of her books I’d read actually did wear a monocle. I was surprised because this author didn’t know how her character wore a monocle and she clearly hadn’t done the research into finding it out. Maybe she didn’t care. Maybe it wasn’t important. The character wore a monocle and that’s all we needed to know.

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Write what you know.

“Write what you know” is probably one of the most repeated pieces of writing advice out there. And it’s true, you should write about what you know. But you can always expand upon what you know by research.

As for me? I didn’t feel comfortable writing about a character who wore a monocle until I knew exactly how a monocle worked. I think it’s an issue with my perfectionism that I needed to research something so foreign to me. But I didn’t want to make some basic mistake that a monocle-wearing fan might point out in the book.

My character doesn’t even take his monocle off or put it back on, so I’m not quite sure why it was so important to me to know these things. Maybe for future reference? I’m sure I only mention the monocle in passing.

The research I did certainly wasn’t earth-shattering, but as a writer I felt like I needed to know more than I was putting on the page.

I think that’s why we’re told to write what we know.

Christmas/New Year Giveaway Winners

Hi kittens! I hope everyone had a fantabulous New Year period.

Now for the part I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath on the edge of your seat for. The winners of the giveaway where you got to choose which of my books you could receive.

Because there were eight entries, there are four winners.

Eveyone should check their emails because I’ve sent off the coupons now.

If you didn’t win, that’s too bad, but better luck for next time!

That’s right: because I’m an indie author I can host giveaways as often as I want. Which is really cool, actually. Because I guarantee there will be more in the future.

Thanks for playing, kittens! I had fun. Almost as much fun as this kitty:

Tis The Season And All That: Christmas Giveaway

Hi beautiful people.

I have an announcement to make.

While I’m not sure if Storm Front (bundled with The Archive of Lost Dreams) will be available for the Kindle before Christmas (I’m going away for a few days at a crucial moment, bad timing I know, but that’s what Christmas is all about!), I’m still waiting on The Archive of Lost Dreams to be approved for the Premium Catalogue on Smashwords. My last few stories have taken up to two/three weeks to be approved and shipped so I don’t expect the Archive will be available on Kobo, Diesel, iTunes etc before Christmas.

On top of my perpetually bad timing, I’m offering a

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY

Complete with a Disney-themed Christmas picture! (The Enchanted Christmas)

Because I feel like it, and it’s Christmas, and because I’m an indie writer I can do as I please. And it pleases me greatly to host this giveaway.

I’m giving away copies of both of my books on Smashwords: The deep space cyberpunk The Edge of Darkness, and my collection of paranormal short stories, The Archive of Lost Dreams. (Remember, the five Storm Front urban fantasy short stories are still currently FREE on Smashwords.)

To qualify for the giveaway, you must do the following:

  • Leave a comment saying which book you’d prefer a copy of: The Edge of Darkness or The Archive of Lost Dreams.
  • Make sure you leave a VALID email address in the comment, because this will be the email address I contact you with. You’ll be receiving a code for a limited time free Smashwords download.
  • It is not required that you subscribe to this blog, but it would be a nice thought!

I’m going to be selecting winners at random, and the number of winners will be equal to half the number of entries. If there are two entries there will be one winner, if there are four entries there will be two winners. If there are one hundred entries there will be fifty winners! (Eh, a girl can dream).

So basically you have a 50/50 chance of winning! And the more entries there are, the more I will give away!

  • It would help A LOT if you tweeted, Facebooked and blogged about this giveaway, but it won’t give you an extra entry.
  • This giveaway will end on New Year’s Eve! That gives you a little over a week to help spread the word and get as many friends to enter as you can, because the more entries there are, the more winners there will be!

Good luck, and please have a very happy and safe holiday!