That’s the way it is

•July 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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That’s the Way It Is

(July 17, 2009)

The Wyntje approaches across winnowing bay.

Solo, he tacks the sunset sail in a masterful way.

The rising moon- a place where men have been.

Sits over the bay as an ever present friend.

He loves the sea, he loves the stars.

He loves to tell the story all over again.

The water is smoother closest to the land.

A slender figure is silhouetted in the twilight sand.

He brings her around and salutes from his ship.

A quick nod, a hearty grin and tightened grip.

Old friends move along the garnished ocean edge.

Vox populi! Vox populi!

That’s the way it is.

July 17, 2009

Scientists Decipher Signal from Space

•June 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Space News Service

A collaborative team of Deep Space Researchers (DSR) from a combined college research consortium reported signal from star system G1581. Coincidentally, an earth type planet in this system, G1581 e, was discovered in 2009. The signal began as a mathematical algorithm, a finite sequence of instructions, which relates most closely to the Entscheidungsproblem, posed by David Hilbert in 1928. The Entscheidungsproblem asks for an algorithm that will take as input a description of a formal language and a mathematical statement in the language and produce as output either “True” or “False” according to whether the statement is true or false.  

“ This is exactly as proposed by Hilbert,” said Dr. Maurice Dahlberg, from the Stockholm Institute of Fundamental Physics. “ For this data to havespontaneously formed is virtually impossible.”

 

Solving the problem has opened a vast area of inquiry that Dr. Dahlberg termed unreasonable speculation. Other scientists such as Dr. Mike Hansen of Haverhill University are convinced that intelligent life in this system is referring directly to time travel. “ The signal at 1420 megahertz is clearly speaking of time dilation,” says Dr. Hansen, “ If properly decoded, this signal speaks traveling back in time from the year 1986 to 1962. Clearly, the inhabitants of  G1581 e are aware of earth and Hansen speculates that Redshift, by Robert P. Fitton, an American author, fits this template. “ Fitton brought his lead character back to the Bay of Pigs in 1962. And more incredibly that character left from 1986!”

 Fitton shrugged off the G1581 e signal yesterday from his home on Cape Cod. “ I wish I had thought up a stunt such as this. I appreciate Dr. Hansen as a reader and fan. However, I am not a scientist,” he chuckled. “ I make up stories. And this was a good one.”

Robert P. Fitton Site Blurb

•May 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment
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Robert P. Fitton

Robert P. Fitton is an American writer of science fiction and time travel books. Fitton authors easy reading, yet poignant works about average people being drawn into extraordinary events.

Fitton grew up in the 1950’s and 60’s amidst the less complicated life of a Massachusetts town. His knowledge and respect of history originated from his mother and father. As a boy he pondered the possibilities of exploring history via time travel.

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With television’s increasing influence, Fitton reveled in the 1960’s science fiction of Star Trek and The Twilight Zone. On cold winter nights he pointed his telescope skyward and dreamed of journeying across the galaxy to other worlds.

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As a child Robert’s imagination was expanded as he listened to his mother read stories aloud. He never thought of himself as a writer, yet all he evidenced all the signs: Little items like constructing stories from weekly spelling words or mimicking his teachers. He cast battle worn soldiers in countless World War II battles into new stories. The spelling words became page-turning stories, the sarcastic mimicking evolved into crackling dialogue and the soldiers were now his heroes, escorted through a tapestry of explosive plots with unforgettable characters.

Fitton’s degree was in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, but took numerous literature courses, including the study of science fiction. After graduation, he began writing science fiction and time travel novels. Numerous writing seminars with mainstream authors helped him tighten his writing style and enliven his content. Fitton was one of the first authors to bring his novels to the Internet for direct downloads for Palm Pilots and other formats.

Science fiction and time travel are at the heart of Fitton’s writing. Sending an individual beyond the boundaries of the present to other times and places is an extraordinary event. Yet, time travel isn’t just about traveling through time. Time travel into the future means dealing effectively with the advances in science (science fiction). Finding oneself lost in the past or future requires an adjustment to past societies and the customs. Time Travel also revives the theme of going home again. Being caught in a time travel adventure provides an individual a choice whether to fight the enormous odds or succumb to circumstance.

Time travel is the journey Fitton characters are ready to take because events in their lives have prepared them ready for the challenges ahead. Resolving personal traumas and issues is at the heart of both science fiction and time travel. It is the personal experience of time travel and the possibilities that science fiction that offers that compels readers to participate in the drama.

Red Shift Time Travel Novel

In Red Shift, (Jim Cahill Time Travel Series) time travel is just another excuse for the writer to magically return to the past, but readers are inexorably transported to the early 1960’s. The most threatening of all the time travel themes develops as Jim Cahill changes history. As with Fitton’s other time travel books, the story is alive with the trademark of historical credibility.

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 Although set in the distant future, Fitton’s popular science fiction series, Galactic Command, featuring Commander John Ross and the crew of ESS-14, perennial human values and emotions prevail within the realm of science fiction. In Voyage 26, The Nebula Planet, Commander Ross and crew chase a rogue Commander and his Antarian conspirator into deep space. During the pursuit, they enter a nebula on the edge of the known galaxy. Awaiting them on the far side is an enclosed solar system controlled by omnipotent beings with a unique perspective about humanity’s future.

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Science fiction and time travel drive Fitton’s Sojourn Series. The Trilogy: Desperado, The Vargut Emnas and The Awaited One, comprise a 2048 AD Odyssey. A seemingly average man, a former intelligence agent, Tom Loftus is ready to embark on a compelling journey through time and space to the origins of humanity itself. His destiny, preordained in the ancient Ta-Buhn-Shar writings, is to confront the omnipotent Creod Sard in the final struggle of good and evil.

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What happens when a writer mixes a dash of time travel and a pinch of science fiction and adventure? Sprinkle in a “ Who done it?” mystery plot into the steaming, gurgling cauldron of a writer’s imagination. Out walks Intra Solar System investigator and retired bureau agent Harry Cobb.

Cobb has his own Intra Solar System investigative agency. With a network of old friends and trusted employees this intrepid gumshoe of the future relentlessly unravels the most unsolvable crimes with a twist at the end of each novel.

Fitton’s captivating titles such as the Dust of Mars and the Ice of Triton conjure up images of far away, exotic places. The science fiction of enclosed domes on Mars, solar system travel, space colonies and distant icy moons, is routine to the inhabitants of the 22nd century.

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In the 21st century Fitton resides in a New England village, maintains a jogging schedule, often under the stars by winter, and a warm weather biking routine in summer. His writing continues with new and exciting time travel and science fiction paperback novels available on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com.

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A Prelude to Science Fiction Pulp

•May 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Science Fiction:   Fictional stories with scientific theories that explains known phenomenon or predicts new phenomenon.
 
 
Science fiction pulp was preceeded by writers who imagined fantasmicstories with themes that would be prevalent hundreds of years later but the writers of earlier times were limited by the technology of the period. When I decided to write an article about science fiction pulp I soon discovered that the human imagination in literary form existed long before our arrival on the scene. Here is a short summary of science fiction works that were not considered as science fiction  when written. These works are the prelude to science fiction pulp.
 
 
 
  The Long Voyage Home : Homer

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In The Odyssey  three thousand years ago Homer encountered a google-eyed creature, a cyclops called Polyphemus. The clever Odysseus gets him drunk and then blinds the big guy. Sounds like a typical Hollywood flick of today, right? It would be disingenuousto brand this creature as an alien or postulate that Homer reached his zenith as a science fiction writer. But who cares about terminology?   

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Way Back When…Johannes Kepler

Centuries before Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Edgar Rice Burroughs, H.G. Wells, and Jules Verne, Johannes Kepler unlocked the secrets of planetary motion but he also wrote a short work, The Somnium, a sixteenth century story about travelling to the moon. Kepler’s Laws of  Planetary Motion  were  brilliant contributions to the mechanics of  the solar system, but you won’t spot vacationers on the beach perusingLaws of  Planetary Motion  in paperback.  From a literary perspective,  The Somnium illuminates us to Kepler’s great depth and imagination. And he foreshadowed the effects of acceleration into space. In the book Duracotus’s mother’s occult powers thrust him and the mother beyond the bounds of earth and to the moon.  The work lingered in limbo for three hundred years but was well known to the imaginations of  Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Kepler incredibly anticipated the landing on the moon in 1969 as the first words at touchdown were echoed back to earth.

Tranquility base here. the Eagle has landed.”

 

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 The tale was published posthumously in 1634. 

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Big ones, Little Ones :Jonathan Swift

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What’s the verdict on Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, published in 1726? Is the work a satire on the nature of man or a parody about the battling between France and England? (Lilliputians and the Blefuscudians ) When Gulliver is greeted by six inch high men and a seventy-two foot giant, I have to state the obvious: There is a definite science fiction bent to this book. And this Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then  a Captain of several Ships learns to converse with horses.  Additionally, Jonathan Swift speaks of  aerial bombardments and the use of  a computer ( The Engine ).  All this  in the eighteenth century… 

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I think, therefore I am… a reader of science fiction: Voltaire

Listen Voltaire’s words from the 18th century when he created a work featuring a super being called Demogorgon-the eternal geometer and lesser super beings who create their own worlds. The work was called Plato’s Dream.

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“As for you, my sneering friend, I think you have just finished the planet Jupiter. Let us see now what figure you make with your great belts, and your long nights, with four moons to enlighten them. Let us examine your worlds, and see whether the inhabitants you have made are exempt from folly and disease.” Accordingly, his fellow entities examined the planet Jupiter, and were soon laughing at the laugher.  He who had made Saturn did not escape without his share of censure, and his fellows, the makers of Mars, Mercury, and Venus, was each in his turn reproached.

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But Voltaire  also dreamed of a voyage to the lunar surface in 1752 .(Micromégas) An alien from the Sirius system and his sidekick from our own solar system’s Saturn actually visit Earth.  This is at the time of horse drawing carriages and surreys about the countryside!

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 The telescope stimulated everyone’s imagination.

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Frankenstein aka The Modern Prometheus: Mary Shelly

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“ Death where is thy sting?

Love, where is thy glory?”

 

William Shakespeare

 

 

Mary Shelly created an incredible novel between her 18th and 19thbirthday. Published anonymously, she imaged a human transformed to life from death.  There is an obvious implication of human responsibility in such a venture and that reflection is seen in much of the evolving science fiction genre. Frankenstein is Victor Frankenstein, literature’s first mad scientist,  (also a sci fi theme) not the monster.  My favorite adaptation, because he pokes fun at the morose atmosphere of Shelly’s scenario, was Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein.

 

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Young Frankenstein

 

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 Another Moon Trip?:  Edgar Allen Poe

 

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The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall- Southern Literary Messenger, May, 1835

 

Up up and away said Poe on a midnight dreary. He created a hoax like science fiction-nearly. Poe only had the science of the daytohave Hans Pfaallsojourn from Rotterdam to the moon in a hot air balloon. With a conveinent machine to extract air from the vac cum of space Pfalls survives. Poe actually described the descent to the lunar surface. A hundred and thirty four year later Neil Armstrong proclaimed:

 

” One small step for man, One giant leap for mankind.”

 

But Hans Pfaallkeepsall knowledge of the lunar populace so he can bargain for a pardon with the Burgomaster and escape his creditors and the small matter of 3 murders he committed. Interesting Poe chose this angle…

 

  

The Conversation of Eiros And Charmion

 

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Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, 1839 

 

A new comet causes panic and nitrogen is depleted from the atmosphere.

Did Al Gore really pen this one?

 

Why need I paint, Charmion, the now disenchained frenzy of mankind?

That tenuity in the comet which had previously inspired us with hope, was now the source of the bitterness of despair.

In its impalpable gaseous character we clearly perceived the consummation of Fate.

Meantime a day again passed, bearing away with it the last shadow of Hope.

We gasped in the rapid modification of the air…

 

 

OK- Poe went GREEN

 

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Voyages Extrodinaires:   Jules Verne

 

 

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Jules Gabriel Verne

February 8, 1828 – March 24, 1905

 

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Jules Verne wrote 54 novels and 21 short stories as well as 10 novels published after his death. If anyone fueled the genre of science fiction it was Jules Verne. Remember, although trains crossed the world there were no flying machines-only hot air balloons and lots of hot air. That hot air  journey continues…

LIST OF JULES VERNE’S WORKS

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The Transition to Pulp HG Wells

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 HG Wells

 September 21 , 1866–August 13, 1946

The Time Machine (1895)

The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)

The Invisible Man (1897)

The War of the Worlds (1898)

 Wells employed the concepts of nuclear power, bombardment from the air, time travel, alien invasions. But look at the dates of his work! Here we see the transition from print to pulp because of lower costs and easier distribution.

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Being a biker and an author I love what the cynical, dry-witted Wells remarked:

” Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the human race.”

 

Other links that get into greater  detail

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS

THE SOMNIUM

HG WELLS

SCIENCE FICTION STUDIES

FRANKENSTEIN

JULES VERNE

 Questions and Perspective:

1. DID I USE THE ODYSSEY CONCEPT IN MY BOOKS?

Most assuredly in the Sojourn Series

 

 2. IN WHAT FITTON BOOKS ARE OTHER CREATURES SUCH THE LILLIPUTIANS WHO HAVE A DIFFERENT TAKE ON HUMANITY?

The book the stands out in my mind is The Nebula Planet and John Ross’s trying to figure out why the Masarvic People did what they did to humanity. Of course the Creods in the Sojourn Series think of all humans as inferiors. The aliens in Alternatives are incredibly trusting. Boy- did they blow it.  

 

3. HAS THE FRANKENSTEIN MOTIFF APPEARED IN FITTON BOOKS?

Yes, but the book Galactic Command,  Voyage 24, Reunion, but it won’t be out in paperback until fall.

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Time Travel the Old Fashioned Way

•March 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment
  

The Time Machine!

Doc and Marty ready the machine.

Doc and Marty ready the machine.

 Hasn’t everybody always wanted to have a time machine parked in the garage? When the weekend arrives you do your stretching exercises and then strap yourself into this contraption. You flick the obligatory switches and are subjected to a cacophony of canned sound effects. And then- Slowly the garage housing the family car, the lawn mower and every toxic chemical known to man, dissolves from view. You sir or madam are journeying back in time or forward in time whatever your time travelling heart desires.

Unless your Dr. Brown and can warp and grind time within your Delorean you’ll have to settle for writers to do the deed. Hollywood and TV have breached the impossible with their plausible and sometimes hilarious forced marches through time.

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Mr. Peabody and Sherman

 

 

When I was a kid I really thought Mr. Peabody, that little white dog on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, went back to historic events and talked with Columbus and the rest of the intrepid bans of heroes. How the little mutt and his kid Sherman (voice of Leroy in The Great Gildersleeve radio show) were whisked to the greats of history was not even a consideration. Many times, we overlook obvious faults and fissures in literature because the material captivates us.

 

 

 

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Ed and Wilbur

 
Rod Taylor in the Time Machine

Rod Taylor in the Time Machine

 

 

 

When I first read and then viewed The Time Machine by HG Wells, I wondered how Wilbur Post from the Mr. Ed TV Show feigned a Scottish accent to go ahead in time to this Wacko time in the future. I forgave the unbelievable- (Pardon d’unbeleiveabilty or P.U.) this weird future because I was blown away by the time travel idea. But why didn’t the horse get to go with him? At least I could understand what Ed was saying. He was pretty direct. Then there was the second time machine. I was older and not as enthralled.   

  So now I’m a writer. What wonderful way of getting back in time will I use? In Red Shift I ca-plunked a government sponsored time travel project into a mountain in Colorado. Reeks of the 1950’s B movies except it is technologically updated. And I don’t want any P.U.’s Red Shift by Robert P. Fitton

Red Shift by Robert P. Fitton

Red Shift by Robert P. Fitton

Cahill stared at his raging eyes, grasped the briefcase handle and motioned Kate forward. They abandoned the control room and sprinted down the ramp to the chamber. The rounded chrome hatch sounded like a refrigerator door opening in higher air pressure and the ubiquitous green glow across the inner walls signaled Meinkewitz had started the process.
” Will we make it, Jim?”
” We’ll make it, Katie.” The displacement had never been started without full power-up.
From the booth Meinkewitz came on the tiny monitor.
” We’re going to activate the lower area now, Jimmy.”

… Cahill was secure inside the chamber, but blinded by the displacement as he shuffled along the board. There was no waiting. Meinkewitz would have told him to jump. With fifteen seconds to optimum level, he took a running leap into the shifting gaseous mass.
He called out for Kate within the weightless green fog and no longer heard the taunting Russian, He sensed movement back in time, but the briefcase lay under the control room panel. Explaining everything to the past Meinkewitz, with no proof, presented a major problem.
Hovering in the timeless mass he worried about Kate’s displacement route. Hours could pass before he emerged and he planned his strategy. Two years ago Meinkewitz was still at Hastings Mountain, but Cahill was stationed overseas in Germany. Dual identities in this time period could compound his problems. He would overcome this dilemma by admitting up front he had come back in time and another Jim Cahill existed in their time at the air base in Stuttgart.

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Reeve and Seymour back in time

Other movies and books approach the idea of time travel in different ways. In Somewhere in Time Christopher Reeve wills himself into a physical and mental devastation, utilizing a coin from the time period, to return to 1914 and his beloved Elise McKenna. Willing yourself back in time is a big P.U. but it works as long because it makes sense and you want it to work. 

Quantum Leap

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 Quantum Leap showed that that time travel ramifications are relevant and that changing time can destroy the future. The  two episodes, ” Leap Home ” bring in the personal element about Sam’s own past. That personal element (PE) is a nice thing to deal with once you’re back in time. (Discussing the Beatles in the future) Katie: What about John, he’s my favorite. What happens to him?Sam: Katie… John…Al (Suddenly right behind Sam) Don’t tell her! Sam: (after a pause)…John goes on to write one of my favorite songs. I overlook Sam time tripping because some all mighty force orchestrating the Quantum Leap afte he stepped into the project accelerator.  

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City on the Edge of Forever

My favorite Star Trek episode ( the original series) was Harland Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever. Nazi Germany takes over the world because the drug induced Dr. McCoy barrels back through the time portal, resulting in the Enterprise disappearing in orbit. We overlook the P.U. that the crew is still alive on the planet’s surface. Yet the (PE) back in 1930 with Kirk falling in love with Edith Keeler drives the story.

 What is my P.U in Red Shift? Cahill is alive as a kid back in 1961 and Cahill is alive as an adult at the same time. So, we can create matter now, Mr. Fitton P.U.?  That is a subject for another day or another time and place.

Fitton signing off.

 

TIME TRAVEL TELEVISION SHOWS

TIME TRAVEL MOVIES

My Favorite Mr. Ed  Sequence

Time Travel in another Dimension

•March 27, 2009 • 1 Comment
 

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Imagine a sea of energy with an indefinite horizon and unimaginable depths, warped into dimensions we cannot even fathom. Bring your mind to another level. Imagine sailing this energy sea to other time and other planets.

  The Inter Galactic Passageway

           Here’s a snippet from the end of the Sojourn Series first book, Desperado: 

 

 

 

Eight hours and twenty-one minutes after he put his boot on the first step, Loftus, smacking his lips and longing for a drink of water, counted less than twenty steps to the top of the stairs. Fog covered the valley and the light green sky had darkened, but an amazing glow appeared above the shadowed stairway. As he trudged up the final few stairs, a flat glowing rose slab sloped infinitely along the linear shore of the brilliant green sea. The air was cooler and drier, but he did not see any boats docked along the shore. 

          “ This is an engineering miracle, Captain.”

          “ I don’t see the boats. Damn. Why wouldn’t they be here?”

          “ This thing extends to the horizon. Whatever the horizon is.”

 

 

 

 

         Loftus and Zach board ancient vessels to inadvertently shove off from the ancient underground slab or dam that holds the vast dimensional sea in place. Soon they embark on a journey across the Intergalactic Passageway. When I lived in California years ago I visualized such possibilities and when I moved to Cape Cod I would stand on the beach and stare across the ocean, but my mind would be fixed with Tom Loftus and Zach on the edge of the intergalactic passageway.

 

            I repeat a hundred times daily that I am not a physicist but just a simple spinner of yarns. However- this yarn spinner’s mind is cluttered with the pontifications of Kepler, Einstein, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, and Stephan Hawking.  Mix in HG Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Orson Wells. Add a little dash of Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell. Question Being: Is any of this speculation even possible?

 

 

            Here’s a nifty little article by National Geographic: 

  

 

 

Are Wormholes Tunnels for Time Travel? 

 

 

The Bridge to Nowhere

 

         Stefan Lovgren talks about Einstein-Rosen bridges. Is that anything like the bridge to nowhere? 

  

An Einstein-Rosen Bridge begins with a black hole. Not something we see every day on the way to work or in the field at the kids’ afternoon soccer practice. Black holes are contracted stars that have gravitationally imploded upon themselves, producing phenomenal, cataclysmic forces.

 Beware ye lay men here comes the mathematical constructs and a scientific laws. I prefer to look at it as the other side of the mountain. Just as I leave one valley on a mountain road, I cross over into a different land on the other side. Jim Morrison might have been there, Maybe he’s still there:

 

  Break on through to the other side

 You know the day destroys the night
Night divides the day;
Tried to run
Tried to hide
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side

 

 No light, no matter, nothing escapes and anything falling into the black hole is stretched apart. I wondered what if all these forces could be contained and directed across not only space but time. Who knows as our knowledge grows what forces we can utilize? Did anyone living at the time of the Revolution with the exception of Franklin, figure they would flip a switch and an electric current would cause of glass bulb filament to glow? I say we will do things we only think of now. 

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

 I remember that George Bernard Shaw line that Robert F. Kennedy spoke so eloquently in his ill-fated run for the Presidency in 1968:  Some men see things as they are and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were and say, “Why not?”

So, when my California Dreaming materialized into the Inter Galactic Passageway- I truly said,    ” Why not? “ 

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Yes, the secret is out!

•March 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

3:37 am!

Now everybody knows I am bouncing in and out of realities, dimensions, and REM sleep. The secret is out.

And Burr? Well, his passport was reduced to zero! However, in my time travels I am revisiting Aaron Burr’s life. There is much more to his life than the one pistol shot. I will post more once I return from the nineteenth century.

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