Opposable’s Big Day: The Summer Solstice and Badasstronomy
Posted On June 21, 2019
This is the path of a solar system through the cosmos. It’s also the path my mind takes when I start thinking about some of the concepts I tried to integrate into Opposable.
June 21st, the Summer Solstice, is a very important day in Opposable. Do you want to know why? For the full reason, you’ll have to read the book. But in honor of this significant day (the sun reached its farthest annual point in the Northern Hemisphere as I began this post), I thought I’d give you a teaser.
As outlandish as the events in Opposable are, I felt every speculative aspect of the story needed some sort of explanation, a scientific foundation. Plausibility is among the benchmarks of science fiction; not fantasy.
So, to the best of my ability, I attempted to honor the standards of the genre by deconstructing every fantastical element and ensuring it adhered to the natural laws of the universe.
The more I disambiguated each element, the more the science within revealed itself. From artificial punctuated quantum hyper-evolution, to self-guided wormholes, to self-regulated biochemical manipulation, to organic circuitry, to telepathy; everything is anchored in concrete science.
It works to a point. You break down anything far enough, and it becomes plausible only through use of God of the Gaps, or magic. In ‘reality’, life itself is just a fantasy.
You see? Anyway, happy Opposable day. This is when the Syzygy occurs. This is when all the shit literally goes down.
Two billion light years away, right around Right ascension 19h 46m 25.72”, Declination +33° 43′ 40.68″ (behind 17 Cygni), in the middle of the Summer Triangle (Altair, Deneb, and Vega), they await delivery.
June 21st 1:30 am.
Until next time, don’t bother me. I’m searching for the converging emergence.