Hitting shelves next Tuesday is Christine Johnson's next book The Gathering Dark, and to celebrate, Christine is here today to talk all about the science behind the fiction in this one! So let's get to it.
THE GATHERING DARK is science fiction. It gets labeled “paranormal” a lot, I think partly because my previous novels were paranormal, and partly because there’s a serious romance in THE GATHERING DARK and a girl in a fluffy dress on the cover.
And then I heard that NPR story. While explaining the LHC, the reporter also mentioned dark matter - something that exists in the universe in quantities much higher than the sort of particles that make up you and me and the air and everything else we can touch. The reporter explained that this stuff was all around us, all the time, moving through our living rooms and our cars and our BODIES.
I sat in the car, listening to the end of the story, and thought about something I could never touch or see, moving through me right then. I shivered. It was so perfect.
Writing THE GATHERING DARK was the most fun I’ve ever had writing anything. EVER. The science and the romance dovetailed together in a way that made it a joy to sit down and write every day. I hope it’s half that much fun to read, at least!
If you’re interested in learning more about dark matter and dark energy (which you should be, because it’s amazingly cool,) you can start small, with these articles:
1) Dark Energy/Dark Matter, by NASA
2) How Dark Matter Works
Or read one of these books:
1) Einstein’s Telescope; The Hunt for Dark Matter and Dark Energy in the Universe by Evalyn Gates
2) The 4% Universe; Dark Matter, Dark Energy and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality by Richard Panek
Also important to note: You don’t have to be a scientist or mathematician to be interested in this. It’s okay to skip the equations or the really technical bits of this stuff if you just want to know what it’s generally about. Don’t get intimidated!
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