My Science Fiction

My science fiction work stems from my passion for understanding our universe and my own Theory of Persistence.

The Fall, a Novel

It’s the morning of October 19th, 2076. Climate change is on the mend, social and political barriers have been dismantled, and crime is nearly non-existent. Much of our lives are spent “up” using the anti-gravity technologies that have brought about this dramatic transformation of our world.

Despite his paranoia about safety, the dashing Deputy Director of National Safety Jack Woods has just helped his 9 year-old son Erik depart on his first solo trip in an aerial vehicle when he witnesses an aerial transport plummet to the ground. Jack’s fears immediately turn to Erik as The Fall of 2076 – the greatest tragedy in human history – begins.

Jack leads a band of colorful collaborators to investigate and solve the crisis, including the flamboyant inventor of anti-gravity Brian Medlock and his equally elderly and ridiculous nemesis. As the potential cause is uncovered, we find that it’s more than just these aged inventors and their technologies pitted against each other. At its center is a more profound tension between math and observation. Between fate and free will. Between the timeless Fabric, which binds us all, and the notion of God. The clock is ticking. The aerial grid will reset and Erik will perish if Jack doesn’t solve the crisis in time.

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One Man’s Persistence, a Novelette

Taking place a year after The Fall, acclaimed science biographer Sagan Franklin interviews Brian Medlock whose invention of anti-gravity saved the planet but also made the tragedy possible. As we journey through Medlock’s history of discovery and invention, we gain insights into the human toll that invention can bring. We also learn that Sagan’s motivations for the interview are personal, and her discoveries could be profound. She doesn’t have much time. With Medlock’s advanced age and failing health, his death is scheduled for the next day. This will be his final interview.

Inspirations

Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life, which inspired me with his powerful depictions of fate and free will, and his pitch-perfect incorporation of intriguing science (ahem, Fermat’s Principle).

Andy Weir’s The Martian, which taught me that humorous hard sci fi has a place in this world (when done right).

Dan Brown’s Origin, which helped me better understand pacing, suspense, and the power of voice and character (in particular the nemesis).

Sabine Hossenfelder’s Lost in Math, which helped me better understand so, so much – the state of physics and math, the role of observation, and even the peculiarities of imaginary components of complex numbers. Most of all, Ms. Hossenfelder’s work has illuminated the growing debate about what we know, how we know it, and whether or not we should accept things as true without empirical evidence.

Feel free to reach out to me at phil@drphilmarshall.com. I look forward to staying in touch!