Interview with Dr. Richard, Author of Tetrastatum
09 Sep 2019
What can you tell us about your new release, Tetrastatum?
Tetrastatum (the fourth state) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of Photonics. I am an avid reader of SciFi and wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the science fiction genre. Tetrastatum gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field. The novel introduces my extension of Schrödinger’s equation deriving a dualistic image wave equation (the Unified Equation of Reality). The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a mathematical model based on quantum physics to explain “reality”.
What or who inspired you to become an author?
I had the opportunity to present my work as a PhD candidate to Richard Feynman and interact socially with Stephen Hawking. Both of these titans were my inspirational teachers and provided the motivation to write the novel. As such, I dedicated the work to them. They were and are my inspiration in the exploration of the natural world.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Being in Time, Martin Heidegger
The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
The Space Odyssey series, Arthur C. Clarke
Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?
Thomas Pynchon. How did you develop the idea for the novel Gravity’s Rainbow? What do you believe lies Beyond the Zero?
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
Writing is a form of therapy for me, putting my innermost thoughts on paper. I can explore the rational, the irrational and assemble ideas like a child playing in a sandbox. I build sandcastles for all to see until they are blown down by the wind, washed out by the rain, stomped on by my playmates and become simply grains of sand once again. Then it is time to start anew and do it all over again.
What is a typical day like for you?
I spend most of my days thinking about physics, reading, researching and of course, writing.
What scene in Tetrastatum was your favorite to write?
Marcus Rodriguez, the co-author of the book and I both enjoyed the “The Trial of Reality” scene in Chapter X: Resurrection of Reality. This scene was the most challenging to write as it ties together the open plot points and is the emotional, intellectual crescendo of the novel.
Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?
Cut the Eyeball. A reference to viewing Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali’s 1929 surrealist film Un Chien Andalou and the title of my friend Norith Soth’s book on writing screenplays. Tetrastatum was written with this philosophy in mind. Any work of merit should be disturbing and evoke a strong response, causing readers/viewers to question the fundamental beliefs of a society.
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