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Some big news came out recently about potential proof of cosmic inflation. I’d never heard that term before, but once I read about it and realized what it suggests I got pretty excited.

For anyone that hasn’t heard about this yet, here’s an excerpt from a Space.com article by Miriam Kramer that deals with what I’m referring to (emphasis added by me):

“The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation–a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang–also supports the idea that our universe is just one of many out there, some researchers say.

On Monday (March 17), scientists announced new findings that mark the first-ever direct evidence of primordial gravitational waves–ripples in space-time created just after the universe began. If the results are confirmed, they would provide smoking-gun evidence that space-time expanded at many times the speed of light just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

The new research also lends credence to the idea of a multiverse. This theory posits that, when the universe grew exponentially in the first tiny fraction of a second after the Big Bang, some parts of space-time expanded more quickly than others. This could have created “bubbles” of space-time that then developed into other universes. The known universe has its own laws of physics, while other universes could have different laws, according to the multiverse concept.”

The latest discovery in science could be evidence in support of theories that our universe is only one among many. As a writer, this is one of the most thrilling pieces of news I’ve heard in my life. I certainly do not understand all of the complex physics involved–though, really, does anyone truly understand it all?–but I know something awesome when I see it. For anyone who’s ever wondered about what might be out there, scholars are finally beginning to approach those questions. Obviously, this is all very new and none of it has been conclusively proven. This is sort of a big deal, so I do expect that more research will be done to either deny or confirm it.

We’re talking about the possibility of infinite worlds. Just think about that word for a second: infinite. As with anything, people are bound to have wildly varying reactions to this news. How does this fit into your worldview: as a individual, as a member of a religious or secular community, or as part of a family? I think that’s a question that more people will start to ask as scientists continue to delve into the mysteries behind the creation of our universe. Discoveries like this can have far-reaching effects, and not just in the world of science. This could mean many things to many people. What could it mean for you?

For me, this is like a lightning bolt of encouragement. I spend a lot of time considering what it would mean to be part of a multiverse. I tend to think that it’s the most likely scenario for our existence, even if science can’t definitively prove it one way or the other. I think it’s only a small leap from the idea of an infinitely expanding universe to the idea that said universe is not alone. This is what inspires me to write stories, to tell tales of people struggling with their own lives against the backdrop of an infinite expanse of life. There’s an interesting dichotomy that this approach presents: a character’s life can be filled with events which, in their own world, are momentous, but these same events are miniscule when viewed as part of the fabric of something much larger.

Maybe, somewhere, there’s another version of me sitting in front of his computer and writing a blog like this one. Or maybe writing a blog about music or sports. Maybe somewhere out there I became a teacher, like I once thought would happen here in our world, or maybe somewhere I learned to be a carpenter like my dad. Perhaps there’s somewhere out there where I was never born, and never will be. There might even be millions of worlds like those, each one as similar or as different as you could possibly imagine.

I believe all of those worlds could exist, and so many more than I could ever hope to think of even if I lived for a hundred-thousand lifetimes. The boundaries of what we consider to be ‘real’ and what we call truth may be as subjective as someone’s favorite color. Anything is possible.

Do you see why I want to write fantasy and science-fiction stories?

This is a great time to be a writer.

What do you think? If you don’t mind, please take a second to answer the poll. I’m curious to see what others think about this subject.

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I have been terribly infrequent with the amount of posts that I put up here, so I’ll forgive you if you forgot I existed. I swear, I’m going to make more of an effort to keep this blog updated.

Some real-life stuff, first. I’d like to thank some people.

I am extremely grateful for all the work done by the EMTs and the Abington Fire Department earlier this year when they responded to an emergency at our house after Catherine had a seizure. Without exception, each person who showed up that day was calm, effective, polite, and skilled at their job. I was impressed by how quickly they showed up after we’d called 911, and even more impressed by the way they handled the situation. Their professionalism and compassion were remarkable, which went a long way toward helping everyone stay calm and letting us know that Catherine was in good hands.

I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t stop for long enough to ask anyone for their name, because I would very much like to thank them and give them the recognition they deserve. Of course, I’m sure that they would say it isn’t necessary—I thanked the driver of the ambulance when we got to the hospital and all he said was, “No problem, we’re just doing our jobs.” It’s exactly the sort of thing you’d expect to hear from a person who spends their days helping others in need, but even still it impressed me. Those people aren’t perfect, they’re human just as much as you and I, but they are real heroes. It’s a shame that we don’t often take more time to recognize the importance of all they do until we’re presented with some dire circumstances in which we need their help.

I also want to thank all of the staff at Brockton Hospital. The level of care that Catherine received there was excellent. I think I speak for both of us when I say that we were very impressed by everyone who worked there. Again, there’s nothing supernatural about what these individuals do, but that doesn’t mean they are not worthy of our thanks and admiration. Every woman and man that I encountered there performed their duties with efficiency, skill, and, most importantly, with genuine interest in the health of their patients. The nurses and doctors were not the only people I came in contact with either: the custodial staff and everyone else that works hard to keep the hospital running smoothly were equally commendable. There were many people that helped Catherine while she was there, but in particular I’d like to thank Usha and Edmundo for their kindness and for all the great work they did.

The uncertainty and terror of those few days were greatly mitigated by the heroic efforts of all those people I just mentioned. I won’t say that they completely changed my view of humanity, as I still see ample evidence of our destructive and senseless nature all around, but they did serve as an important reminder that there is good in our world. The jobs they do are often difficult and thankless, but so many continue to show up for work each day knowing that the work they do is an essential part of our society.

As always, thank you to all the people in my life that continue to believe in me and support me. And thanks to you, whoever you might be, for taking some time to read this!

Looking ahead to what’s coming up here on my blog, I have a couple of stories that are getting closer to completion.

One of these stories, which is tentatively titled A Prelude to Worlds, is something that I should have written a long time ago. Most likely it will be split into at least two parts, but that’s still not definite as of right now. I don’t want to spend a lot of words trying to explain what the story is about (because, hopefully, the story will do that all by itself), but I wanted to give you the basics.

The Prelude will serve as a primer, of sorts, to the shared universe of characters and stories I’ve started building. Rather than sit here and try to flood people’s minds with a bunch of boring descriptions and talk of fictional world-building, all of which would probably be interesting to me and no one else, I’ve decided to show you how it works by telling it to you in the confines of a narrative. I realize that some people reading this might not need any introduction to the idea of a shared universe, since it’s become more common to see this type of unified storytelling in a variety of media. My aim is to do more than just dress up concepts in the form of fiction: I want to introduce some of the most important components of what make up my stories while simultaneously inviting the reader to join in on a fantastical journey that sets the stage for something larger.

I have lots of stories I want to share with you, and the Prelude will be my (admittedly late) intro to how some of those stories fit into a larger tapestry. Of course there is no actual tapestry, so I’ll have to work hard to make sure that my words, whatever form they take, do the work of presenting my vision to you.

That was probably still too many words, and definitely not as effective at conveying my message as the story itself will be, but keep an eye out here. I’d like to finish the first part within the week, and hopefully have it presentable enough soon after so that I can post it here for everyone to read.