Thankyou for taking the time to appreciate my website http://www.androcies.com
. It was indeed an online art project (Beyond Reasonable Doubt) that i created as part of the Adelaide Fringe in 2012.
After much dealings with 'God' and an invisible sage as mentioned at the beginning of this thread i felt i needed to embark on such a feat, after all, isnt it our soles that keep us upon them
I felt the concepts i had learnt did deserve embellishment into some sort of art form, a picture can paint a thousand words as they say.
I once worked with an interesting astronomer and lab director with whom I shared an occasional after-work beer/martini. After a few drinks he would show his true colors as a punster. Were he alive today I'd put the two of you in touch, but alas, too many martinis did away with him long ago. Visiting his deathbed I was tempted to say, 'Ted, I'll pine for you. I may also balsam
,' but my wife of that time was there and she'd have been really pissed if he'd have upchucked and died on the spot.
Greylorn Ell wrote:I'm adding this because of an unexpected comment from you about entropy. Unlike most who use the terminology, you seem to have taken the trouble to learn its meaning. I think that you are on the right track. Energy and entropy, plus consciousness and the reasons for creation are interrelated.
Based on this statement alone i certainly would like to have a read of your work though as i have stated previously, i am certainly not the most educated person around these traps, so please dont expect too much from me if i fail to understand your concepts...and i hope it will be me asking the questions.
Further, i am a busy bod so don't try to push a schedule at me, as you may have noticed i can go weeks not posting here since i have more pressing commitments than an internet forum to deal with.
Good. I'll arrange to make the book available to selected readers. I'll use the Book Section of this forum to post access to some preliminary material, probably the first several chapters. However I'm going to come up with a scheme that will only allow constructive readers to freely access the material. Others will have to buy the book.
I'll begin with some pages that amount to a glorified T.O.C., with a brief abstract for each chapter. From there, interested readers can proceed or not.
The website version of my book was originally used to generate the printed version, but is no longer a direct copy. I'm modifying the website material to reflect my new, relatively pain-free attitude and to correct two errors in the original, and to include new ideas about the nature of dark energy. (That's physics stuff, but you don't need to read that material. Few do.) You do not need to read anything according to any kind of schedule. I recommend that those who read the book spend at least a half-year doing so. The revised website material is likely to be coming out at that kind of pace, and only revised chapters will be made available.
I'll PM you after initiating a thread in the Book section. I do not want to get your expectations raised too highly. You seem to believe in relatively conventional religious themes, and "Digital Universe..." is not about religion; it deals with a mix of physics, philosophy, and theology.
The book differentiates religion and theology because they are really unrelated, but most religious people think that the two subjects are inseparable, nevermind the many religious variations that operate under the theology of an omnipotent, omniscient God. To appreciate my ideas you will need to make these differentiations, retaining your religious beliefs while exploring an alternative, physics-based theology. Not easy.
Greylorn Ell wrote:What type of novel have you written? I have an ebook (cyberpunk sub-genre) on amazon. I did a print run of 100 books and sold all of them covering my editor and print costs and i was overwhelmed by the positive response of friends\work colleagues that bothered to read it.
The first chapter vividly details the dystopian world where the main character is 'living' and is pretty heavy to take in. There is a lot info to digest in that chapter but eventually the setting changes to the beautiful Paris of 2105.
Congratulations! You did much better than I. My print run was overzealous. But then, I'm doing a different kind of thing. Moreover, I have no network of friends likely to buy complex books since I lead an isolated life. I gave my only friend a copy.
I read the first few pages of this, http://www.androcies.com/alphatwo.html
[/quote], but alas, did not connect with it. Currently working on Penrose's "Consciousness and the Universe," plus some arcane biological theories, I've not read fiction in many years. As you say, that chapter was busy. Too busy to engage my interest. Sorry about that. I've been spoiled by Keith Laumer (IMO the standard for action sci-fi, before he had a stroke), and to some extent by Robert Heinlein.
My first formally published book was marketed as general fiction. Its publisher considered my proposal to sell it as sci-fi, but he was a small general fiction publisher, and none of his sales people knew how to market anything else. Keith Laumer gave it a glowing recommendation, but general publishing people did not know who he was, preferring recommendations from the likes of William Golding, whose material I detest. The US paperback was marketed as a horror story, akin to "Audrey Rose." Foreign translations successfully marketed the book as action/drama. I'd classify it as metaphysical fiction, except that there is no such category. Despite that confusion, two chapters have been used in philosophy courses. Go figure. (That book was written under my given name, so you'll not find it easily, although it remains available on the cult-book circuit, with hardcover copies going for $40++.)
Keep writing. I produced five manuscripts before getting one published. Consider developing characters and general theme before tossing out newly invented jargon. Laumer's "Retief" short stories are fine models.