I’m no physicist, that much should be painfully clear to anyone who knows what they’re talking about, but I do love to tinker.
Writing science fiction encourages scientific exploration and speculation by its very nature. Getting it right isn’t necessary (that’ll be the speculation part), but it’s great fun trying.
Take the opening scene in part two of the Control trilogy, currently in development. Without giving too much away I’m having to get to grips with all the ins and outs of gravity’s influence on free fall, terminal velocity and the impact of cross-sectional areas on air resistance.
All this so I can create a balletic, ballistic, deadly set piece to open the book with (also I get to blow a whole load of stuff up). Every time I have to research a new branch of knowledge I embark on a journey that I tend never to forget and this is no exception. I’m so excited about the second book, excited about the story, returning to familiar characters and exploring them further and deeper than ever before, and I’m just as excited about the science of it all. Figuring out how stuff works brings such a sense of achievement and satisfaction at curiosity rewarded that it’s almost as much fun as writing the book itself.
Looking forward to part two of the Control trilogy. Very excited about what’s to come – it’s going to be a hell of a ride!