Guest Blog Post by Ariele Sieling
I am pleased to feature a guest blog post from Ariele Sieling, a fellow self-published author with a passion for writing adventures in science fiction. Why not give an excellent read to the special sci-fi lover in your life while you're engrossed in Solstice and Equinox? Read on!
My Name is Ariele and I Write Books: A Penchant for Technology
Hello K. W. Keith’s fans! My name is Ariele, and I've written three science fiction novels - The The Clock Winked, The Lonely Whelk, and my newest release, The Wounded World. One of the things I love about writing science fiction is the ability to envision technology and invent my own science.
In The Wounded World, the main character, Quin, sets out to find his father who has disappeared in very mysterious circumstances, leaving behind a rather curious and suspicious piece of new technology - a very unusual Door. My books are set in a multi-planetary universe, in which wormholes (called Doors) between planets allow individuals to travel large distances in only a few seconds. The stories explore the social and political challenges of this type of technology, both on an individual and a cultural level.
In this blog, I will pick two of my favourite technologies, go into detail about some of my science, and explore how the lot of it works.
1. The Eco-Friendly House: My uncle is a contractor, and one day I asked him: "if you could build anything, but have it be the most efficient, eco-friendly house you could come up with, what would it be?" That turned out to be Quin's house.
The Rotating House (invented by Grise Black, Quin’s father in the Sagittan Chronicles), rotates based on the direction of the sun and the required temperature inside the house. One side of the house is has far more windows than the the other. When it is cold outside, the house turns its face (and windows) to the sun to absorb as much of the heat as possible. When it is hot, it turns the face of the house away from the sun to keep it as cool as possible. It has solar panels on other surfaces (besides the windows) that catch the rays of the sun and power the house.
“An hour later he reached the house, a modern construction which showed off the most recent advancements in technology. It sat on a rotating platform, which was programmed to turn different faces of the house depending on the position of the sun. It maximized heat efficiency during the cold months, and minimized heat buildup during the warm months. It also used solar power to fuel its many systems.”
To get in the house (because it's rotating), there is an entry pod that slides on a track. It is programmed to line up with the door, regardless of which direction the house is facing. This works like an elevator, except instead of moving vertically, it moves horizontally. This allows the entryway to be located in the same place, relative to the outside of the house, and saves people the trouble of walking in a circle around the the house to get in.
2. Doors: Doors may simply take you from place to another, but how do they really work? Why do they work? First, I imagine that the Doors provide a method of stabilization for a wormhole. If the wormhole is not properly stabilized, it simply will not be accessible. If the Door is not properly stabilized, it can explode or implode. Implosions are safer, but explosions happen on both sides of the Door and can cause severe damage.
The machine used to build a Door has calculations inputted that describe where the wormhole should open up in relation to a star or planet. It then sends information (in the form of photons which create a thin line) to each side of the Door, and opens up a wormhole between the two locations. Scientists use what they call Boomerang Photons, which return after reaching the location in order to confirm that the location is, in fact, the correct one. Then, the Door opens, stabilizing the wormhole, allowing people to pass through it.
The Polylocus Doors open up a multi-tiered wormhole, which has many strings. This type of Door was created by accident. Instead of one tunnel leading from one location to another, it opens up a spiderweb of tunnels, each leading to every other exit possible. These Doors require a lot more math, a lot more stability, and a lot more care. They are operated using a combination of cognitive mathematics and physics, so that when you step through, your thoughts guide where you end up. When stepping through, the individual is lifted out of time temporarily. This means that there is no chance of being ripped apart or running into someone else. If you become unconscious while in the Door, however, you could get stuck there. No one knows if "stuck" people die or are ghosts or are still alive (physically).
The other type of “Door” is not exactly a Door. It is called an Interdimensional Space. When you step into a Door that leads to an interdimensional space, you never exit the Door. These are essentially pocket universes that can be as large as a small planet or as small as a broom closet. They’re actually everywhere, it’s just that most of them are so small you can’t see them.
If you would like to learn more about my universe, the people in it, and see some fun memes, stay tuned for some information on planet-building, and check out the other blogs on my tour: