Archive | May, 2012

Thoughts

23 May

A lazy New Year lunch develops into a discussion of why the people of the world are so complacent about the many issues that should excite controversy and action, things like global warming and the profligate use, almost to exhaustion, of the world’s limited resources.  Pete, a young industrialist, has developed a new class of military helmet with some special qualities.  He offers it to his friends to look at, and Ariadne puts it on her head.  To her surprise, she finds that her thinking processes are relieved of much of the static that people have come to accept as normal – her thinking is clear again, as it used to be.

The friends agree to report the phenomenon to the Special Branch of the Police, but Joseph, who does this, is arrested on a charge of treason, for possession of State secrets.  When a writ of Habeas Corpus is sought by his Attorney, he is released, but killed soon after in a mysterious explosion, and the friends soon find that they are the targets of Police surveillance.

They flee to a remote farm, and try to work out the source of the transmission that is affecting their thinking, to work out a way to nullify the massive forces trying to take them out of contention.  Using friends and contacts, they escape the country and travel to theUnited States, where a senior Senator assists them to escape the traps that exist for them even there.  Pete is able to manufacture sufficient helmets for the US Secret Service and several allied agencies to use in tracking the source of the transmission that threatens to undermine law and order throughout the world.

Come to think of it – do you believe that you are thinking clearly at all times?

‘Thoughts’ can be purchased at the following link:

 

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Meteor Impact

23 May

The Earth appears to be everlasting.  But 65 million years ago, an asteroid the size of a small mountain hit the Earth, flinging huge amounts of vaporized rock and dust into the atmosphere.  The dinosaurs, a species that had dominated the planet for 150 000 000 years were wiped out of existence, together with 90% of all other life on Earth. 

An unlikely event?

Not at all!  Here are about 26 000 substantial objects presently orbiting the sun, each large enough to cause a catastrophic event in a collision with the planet, and each subject to changes in their path by gravitational effects.  We presently know the paths of only about 2 000 of them – less than 10%!  This discounts the objects not in solar orbit, objects that we will probably not know about until they are within days of impact with our home planet!

Jeff Ambrose is an amateur astronomer.  He is hunting for a supernova, but notices that some of the stars in the constellation he is watching blink out of sight for a few seconds at a time.  Tracking this phenomenon, he realises that he has found a number of large objects racing through Space towards the Earth!  He tries to enlist the aid of the National Space Agency, but is blocked by politically-connected people who want to claim the glory for themselves.  Enlisting the aid of Andie Morrison, a brilliant young scientist, he escapes the trap that has been set for him and heads for Germany, where a massive privately-owned corporation has the imagination and courage to back his effort to warn the countries of the world.

The group must work to develop a detailed understanding of the objects, to develop new ways of knocking them off their course and to deal with the aftermath of the multiple impacts, all the time fighting off fringe fanatics who see the threat as the realisation of the many prophecies of the end of the world.

‘Meteor Impact’ is the result of considerable study of the likely events surrounding this possible, even probable, challenge to our lives.  It is available at

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