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  • Greetings
    I am a hard science fiction fan but the science really has to work for me. So far so good but you are skating on the edges. I subscribe to both Analog and Magazine of Science fiction and fantasy. With Stan Schmidt gone I have renewed hope for Analog after about 30 years

    . Would you consider the Ring World series by Niven”Hard SF”?

    • Hi, thanks – the Ring World is very well thought out but it features FTL travel and teleportation which I consider impossible. So no Hard SF for me.

  • FTL travel is likely not possible with the physical laws of the universe being as they are, and as we understand them today. However there are other possible ways to skin that cat. Time is relative – Gregory Benford explored the ramifications of travel near a high fraction of the speed of light, for both the crew aboard the craft (time passes more slowly) as well as for those left behind. I believe Larry Niven also spoke to the downside of near-C travel, as one approaches the finite speed of light, one’s mass would also increase by a like factor. So a vessel traveling at, say 99% of the speed of light may well destroy any planetary system as one passes by, perhaps by even a few light years distant.

    • I am sure that Niven was wrong. I had a long explanation but don’t want to get into an argument. To my mind FTL and coherent time require a wall preventing travel into the past. Like Hawking’s feedback loop where approaching entranceways to time travel blow-up. FTL does imply time travel/communication unless the universe objects; like a fire-wall/explosion at the last link. Actually Forward had a book (“Master of Time” I think) that handles time travel coherently. But then the Universe is filled with “coincidences”; one has to think a long time, but that is the only way you can have time-travel and a coherent time-line.. One alternative is Hawking’s blowup; another is Gibson’s new series of just branching histories. I am studying the Kerr Metric though and the mathematical extension has time-travel embedded in it; you just don’t get to see it 🙂 Hidden from the outside 🙂 Actually, I don’t believe that extension is correct/consistent with the possible physics but haven’t got to the point of proving it wrong;; although I have a lot of opinions ::)

  • I do have one complaint about the book “The Dark Spring”. I never noticed how the little probe got the power to xmit back to earth. The rest made reasonable sense.

  • well, I’m a 71 yr old male who has read SF since I was a teen. I can’t remember what my first book was for sure but one of the very first was Heinleine’s “Stranger in a Strange Land”, from there I was hooked. I was (am) also a fan of fantasy. I love listening to audio books the best narrators can really bring a story to life. If you are at all into fantasy, listen to “Harry Potter” narrated by Jim Dale. Amazing narrator. That pretty much all to tell about me. Long time blue collar worker, mostly driving trucks. (That’s where I found the love of audio books. Great way to while away the hours over the road.) I recently retired, so I have started real reading again for the 1st time in a very long time. I do believe that this is when I became conintuously aware of “hard Sci-Fi” Your “Disturbance” books of yours, were the first I’ve read of youys and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I am looking forward to more in the future. I already got a couplepicked out, waiting in my que. Keep writing such good stuff, and I’ll keep reading them. Thanks

  • Hi Brandon,
    I just read in your info letter that you were trained to work in radiation physics. I spent my working years in radiology. I didn’t work in physics but I worked with a number of physicists over the years and sometimes partied hard with them. Just read your series, The Hole, Loved it! Your characters are not perfect people but decent, we’d be better off if we had more good people on this earth. I am a self confessed science nerd. I will read anything from scientific articles to the cereal box and of course novels. My fave is of course science fiction. I am planning to read all of your books now that I have become aware of your work. Right now I am reading Virtua, a science fiction book by another German author, Karl Olsberg. He works in the field of artificial intelligence and his fiction reflects his background.

    • Hi Kerry, great to hear from you! Congrats – I’m the other guy who reads all cereal boxes 🙂 I cannot pass by something to read without actually reading it. Cereal boxes can be interesting 🙂 I know Olsberg quite well, btw. The SF scene in Germany is a bit smaller than in the US. Best regards, Brandon

  • Bonjour brandon,
    Merci de m’avoir contacter, cela fait toujours plaisir quand un auteur nous écrit. Je vais dons vous parler un peu de moi et de vos romans.
    Je suis un fan de 70 ans et j’adore la SF et la fantasy depuis mon plus jeune age et mon adolescence a été bercée par les romans d’Asimov, Poul Anderson et bien d’ autre, et de puis je n’ai cessé de lire. car mon travail de commerce à travers le monde me laissait pas mal de temps libre et de loisirs.
    J’ ai aimé votre série la Lune de Glace ainsi que Proxima Centauri, ( je n’ai pas encore attaqué The hole)
    Votre narration est réaliste bien que parfois vos personnage sont parfois un peu simplistes et les situations de même, mais l’histoire est très prenante et l’ intrigue bien menée. Mais vos livre sont très bien documentés et j’ai adoré les postfaces bien documentées et compréhensibles par tous.
    Voilà en quelques mots ce que je pense de vos romans; et je ne manquerai pas de vous dire ce que je pense de votre série The Hole, bien que seul le premier tome a été traduit en Français.
    Bien cordialement,

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  • Brandon Q. Morris is a physicist and space specialist. He has long been concerned with space issues, both professionally and privately and while he wanted to become an astronaut, he had to stay on Earth for a variety of reasons. He is particularly fascinated by the “what if” and through his books he aims to share compelling hard science fiction stories that could actually happen, and someday may happen. Morris is the author of several best-selling science fiction novels, including The Enceladus Series.

    Brandon is a proud member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and of the Mars Society.