"If the Borg and the Clone Wars had a baby it would be a pyrosome," (Deep Sea News.)
This creature isn't a creature at all but is actually a colony of tiny individuals, zooids, that live together in a gelatinous goo. Besides the fact that they look so awesome and are described as feeling like a soft feather boa, they also light up, are luminescent, one beginning and then others follow-hence the Borg concept. They are tubes, some growing up to 60 feet in length. A quote from the biologist, T.H. Huxley in 1849:
I have just watched the moon set in all her glory, and looked at those lesser moons, the beautiful Pyrosoma, shining like white-hot cylinders in the water.
Finding this wonderful, harmless creature has led me to create a connected colony of aliens who live in the mists, winds, and sea. (New in the 2nd book of the series, The Bokor.) More great info here.
A great video on quantum computers and how the future might use them. Presented in different levels of understanding, beginning with 5th grade. I would like to start with kindergarten. Amazing to me was that this is one fancy refrigerator. Enjoy.
The concept of four and five and six dimensions are brain twisters, at least for me. I was researching entanglement theory when I began to find articles and videos about two dimensional objects. They are flat with only a width and length. Three dimensional objects are created by adding height, so that a flat piece of vinyl can be blown up to a ball, becoming three dimensional.
I became fascinated with the idea of two dimensional objects and worlds, read the book written by Edwin A Abbott in 1881 called Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions. It is an interesting social parody about the hierarchy of his time when a lowly farmer could never become involved with a royal. The characters are shown as different shapes, the more sided the higher the level in society.
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Then I began to think of flat creatures who could assume shapes and replicate images, fitting over the Mona Lisa, for example, and never be noticed.
These two dimensional creatures are the perfect spies, the proverbial fly on the wall. They are introduced in The Mac, 1st in the Sir William & Mac Life Without Slippers Series and carry on throughout the series.
I love doing research. I have a sniveling, grotesquely ugly bad guy who has a variety of "people" on his team, including two women who are empathic sisters. Their brains can only work in unison with the other's.
Interviewer: "Sir William, we understand that the Assembly chose you, above all other agents, to defeat that enormous space monster, Chi' Pequel. You were a trash barge pilot before this time, why would they choose you? And how does it fit with your new assignment?"
In the first of the Sir William & Mac Life Without Slippers Series, The Mac, the evil ice queen, Bax, is trying out her new ship's capabilities to freeze, and her favorite part, explode.
This is a quote from Sir William as he talks to the Assembly of Fidea about Bax:
The next book in my Sir William & Mac Life Without Slippers is called The Space Snake & the Meteor Named Bob (www.pjgilbers.com). I was researching mythology around snakes and stumbled on this NASA report of a "space snake." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq4MEfqGjb4 It shows up around 3.5. Interesting that they cut it off after a couple of minutes!
If you listen to the astronaut talking it poses the question... what is it, what could it be? Why did NASA cut the feed? Hmmmm.
When I began the Sir William series he was a goat and the series was for younger kids. Sir William was the same sort of alien, weird, scruffy character who dropped in and helped people in need. But he was a goat, invisible to some and appearing as a person to others.
Now he is a human person from the planet Fidea. His favorite shoes are slippers and he likes his job as a waste space barge pilot where he gets to play his music, loud, and blow up things floating around the atmosphere just for fun. The Terror Birds, 1st of the series, is now available on Amazon and Audible is coming soon.
Here is one of the original illustrations showing Sir William and Mac meeting the Northwood Under Shrew army. Created by Nicolas Lonprez.
In my prequel to the series #Sir William & Mac Maurice the Monster I needed to find out more about future careers. Here are a few that I thought were interesting: