All The Stars Are Suns

All the stars are suns.  It is perhaps the greatest scientific truth that we have learned through astronomy.  It was also the truth that contributed to the persecution and execution by conservative religious authority of Giordano Bruno in 1600.  It is also the title of a book that I am writing.

In high school, I was a member of what was then the largest club on campus, the Los Altos Science Fiction and Fantasy Association.  We published a fanzine, a collection of contributed fiction.  It was very low budget, just what we could scrape up ourselves.  However, we did manage to have in each annual issue, one essay or short story by a “real” author.  Since the club was fairly large (as high school clubs go) not every submission was included.  I submitted two stories, one of which was published, with just my first name, “Candice”.  It was my first published short story.

It has been forty years since then.  I’ve been busy “predicting the future by inventing it” as Alan Kay would have said.  Most of my writing in those forty years has been expository: documenting inventions, writing patent drafts, white papers, a chapter of an industry text book, and a few essays in magazines and journals.  But with more time on my hands now, I’ve returned to writing fiction.

In “All the Stars are Suns”, I am bringing together a number of ideas and inventions that rely on technologies that I believe will exist, but are just a bit too far into the future to be worth patenting today.  Some of the ideas are more speculative, but are solidly grounded in science.  Yet, as Arthur C. Clarke noted, sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.  Thus, as my future universe unfolds, the story, hopefully to be continued as a serious of novels and short stories, blends elements that would fit into fantasy fiction, if one didn’t know the advanced technology behind it.

If you are reading this hoping for clues of what will be in it, you are in luck.  Just look at some of my previous essays here on my blog regarding going to the stars, psychophysics, biomicry, and futuristics.  In fact, I posted a short vignette titled “The Future in the Rearview Mirror” set in the same universe, but about a hundred years before All the Stars are Suns.

Writing a good book takes time.  I will be posting updates.

(Update 10-28-2015:  I’ve finished the rough draft of Part I of All the Stars are Suns… and sent it off to my editor.  Who also happens to by my husband / ex-journalist / ex-online news editor…  At just shy of 55,000 words, Part I is a novella set in the Solar System.  Part II will be set out in our new (future) colonies.  Stay tuned.)

(Update 7-26-2015:  I thought my concept of having the book in two parts, taking Part I and expanding it a bit into its own full novel, now standing at 75,000 words.  This is a bit short as SciFi novels go, but is now being edited and I sent it to beta readers for their feedback.  I will probably be expanding it further based on that feedback. What I had been thinking for Part II will be a future novel of its own, as a sequel of sorts.  Stay tuned.)


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