Saturday, July 1, 2017

Future Humans

Imagine what humans will be doing in 100 years from now. You might think that 100 years is a long ways off, but it wasn’t that long ago.

If you think of how things were in 1917, World War I was being fought in Europe. In that war, tanks and airplanes were used as weapons for the first time. It was also the last major war to use trench warfare. Chemicals were also used as a weapon in that war.

It was a time of changes. Monarchs feared losing their power to republics, and nobility feared losing money and land to industrialists. The phone became an indispensable technology as well as the motorized vehicle, cars and trucks. The horse and carriage were being used less and less. Highrises were being built thanks to steel, and women marched for the right to vote. Cameras captured daily life instead of painters. Motion pictures were under development. Electricity replaced whale oil burning lamps. Family farms still covered the prairies, but they started to get their own electricity to add to their growing technology that included steam tractors. It was also the era of the industrial tycoons.

All of these things are clearly the basis of our United States today. So, the world if today is the basis of the world of 100 years from now.

In that world, I imagined humans venturing out beyond Earth into the exploration of the inner solar system because of our commercial space efforts today. I'm talking human explorers, not robotic just systems. I'm also talking about a colony on Mars, albeit embryonic. And I'm talking about mining. Asteroid, moon, and planetary mining and ore processing taking place routinely. In all these situations, humans and machines work very hard together doing dirty work. Such work I showed in the story Letters to Olivia in Mels Shorts, set in 2110, where young people are recruited to do hard labor on a processing ore space station near the Asteroid Belt. What made these young people take a job like this? Well it's quite simple, there was a lack of jobs on Earth. It's a classic situation that repeats itself throughout history, bad conditions at home make people move away forever to a new promise land. What's the promised land for Olivia and her fellow crewmates? Ah, that's something I'm keeping under my hat for now.


EC Holm

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Rogue planets are curious astronomical anomalies. They occur after some peculiar orbital and/or gravitational circumstances between the planet and its sun which results with them being flung out into space ever to wander the darkness.

In Mels Shorts, I take you to a town of purple people called Villareal. That town is on a rogue planet called Taiera. When civilization started on the planet, it was happily orbiting its sun, but a neutron star passed by that particular solar system and disrupted the equilibrium. The planet got flung off out of its solar orbit and into interstellar space.

The governments of Taiera were able to get in contact with advanced alien civilisations with whom had limited contact before. Those aliens came to the planet's aid and setup heating technology so that the people wouldn't freeze. They also provided fusion reactors and geothermal technology for power. What they didn't provide was light.

Trade agreements were made. The planet had to get into the mushroom and fungus production business. Exporting mushrooms and fungus as a raw material brought what they needed to feed their livestock and themselves. They also gained wealth they never had before. Yet they maintained their cultural identity and way of life.

The natural fauna and flora mostly died off, but there was a large conservation effort to take as many species as possible off world, and either store them, by various methods, or keep them in conservation parks on other planets.

The planet's population survived certain death with the help of the aliens and their trade agreements. Sometimes, you just can't go it alone in this universe.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Mel’s Shorts and the novel I’m currently writing, Pursuit in Time, mentions dimensions and dimensional creatures. Now, I'm no theoretical physicist, but I am aware of M theory and that it mentions 11 dimensions. How was I supposed to use that in a novel? That many dimensions seemed too big. Especially when you consider that the limits of one dimension are from minus infinity to plus infinity on any scale.

So, I did what all pragmatist do, I made assumptions. “Heresy!” you might say. OK, fine. You try to create a world without assumptions then. Good luck to you, my friend.

So here is how my assumptions went. Since we live in 3 dimensions and use a 4th for movement, that's time, I felt confident enough to create 3 realms: the Physical, the Ethereal, and the Eternal. Then I divided the dimensions into each. “You numskull. There's 11 dimension, not 12. So, the dimensions don't divide evenly,” you might say. OK, I cheated. There, are you happy now? I made the Ethereal and the Eternal share one dimension, time. Now this time is not the same time dimension that the Physical realm has. In fact it works on a different scale. This allows the Ethereals to pick and choose what time they can enter a Physical Realm.

“This is beginning to sound confusing. I need a visual aid,” you might say. OK, I will capitulate with Venn diagrams.

This first one depicts the basic relationship of the three 3 realms. Of course the rectangle, as in all Venn diagrams, represents everything that is. In this case, the rectangle represents everything in our multiverse.
Simple Realm Relationship
That was very simplistic and has little use for a story-line. In the next diagram, I used the number 5 to represent multiplicity or infinity. The diagram quickly gets crowded, as you can see.

Comples Realm Relationship

You can immediately see that there are many Eternal Realms that don't communicate with each other. Within each Eternal Realm, there are many Ethereal Realms which also each contain many Physical Realms.

"So what does all this mumbo jumbo all mean?" you might ask.  A Physical Realm represents something like our universe. If you take time to think about it, you will see how enormous this construct is and how endless the story telling possibilities are.

If you consider M theory and this little brainstorming exercise, you might come to the conclusion that theological texts are insufficient to describe what's really out there. That's understanding that theological texts go way beyond anything described by observed science whether you are a believer or think that such things are mere fantasy. We have yet to conceive the limits of this reality.