A Shameless Plug and Happy Birthday to Dr. Schrödinger

Leave it to Google to tell me something I didn’t know, but can now use as shameless promotion for my work.  Today would have been Erwin Schrödinger’s 126th birthday (if he were still alive, that is, or maybe undead—do zombies have birthdays?).  Most of you have probably heard of Schrödinger, or at least his most famous thought experiment—you know, the one with the cat.  Schrödinger was one of the great minds working in quantum physics in the early and mid-1900s, and was responsible for much our theory on wave functions.

I’m far from an expert in quantum mechanics, but Schrödinger’s work was part of the inspiration for my story forthcoming story “The Schrödinger War.”  Having said that, I realize I’ve opened myself up for scrutiny from the real science types (not like the title didn’t already do that) as to whether I got it right.  Likely I haven’t, but I think it’s still a good story, and I hope you’ll check it out when it’s available in early September (I’m guessing 9/3) as the featured story in Lightspeed Magazine.

About D. Thomas Minton

Writer of speculative fiction
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3 Responses to A Shameless Plug and Happy Birthday to Dr. Schrödinger

  1. ericjbaker says:

    If Michael Bay, Joss Whedon, and George Lucas can make billions of dollars ignoring/flouting the laws of physics, there’s no reason the rest of us should be subjected to stringent scientific review. As long as the story entertains and moves people, I don’t care about the nitpickers.

    • I agree that story is more important…to a point. Large violations of scientific laws can ruin a story for me, unless they’re intentional. Errors pull me out of the world and leave me thinking the author doesn’t know what he’s talking about. I guess it’s a credibility issue.

      • ericjbaker says:

        For me it depends on the nature of the story. In Star Wars, there’s no pretense that any laws of physics apply whatsoever. It’s pretty much a free for all. On the other hand, if the story is set aboard the international space station or takes place inside a capsule on it’s way to the moon, a higher level of realism is required.

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