Time Aerials, my science fiction time travel novel, has a picture of neurons (brain cells or nerve cells, shown as blue branching things) on the cover. And there’s a reason for that. It’s a story based on the mind—and the mind’s strange marriage to time.
The word Aerials plays on the shape of the cells (branching, like complex TV antennae), the suggestion that they might detect or send signals in time, and the other meaning of aerial (etherial or airy). It’s a story that explores consciousness. And consciousness is still a mystery. And that makes it an excellent basis for a novel…
We all (I assume) have an internal conscious life (not in Ecstatic Automata, though). It is one of the few things that we’re sure of (cogito ergo sum, and all that). And yet it is rarely discussed. Consciousness is born with us, and dies with us—apparently. Death and time…
I had long felt that consciousness was inextricably linked to time, since we seem to experience a now (a present moment) that straddles several seconds (the so-called specious present). But what if we really did straddle several seconds—or even longer? What if the nature of consciousness involved time? What if the past is a real place?
Time Aerials is based on my idea that minds (and other structures) can leak into time—in a way analogous to the seepage into a further dimension of very complex mathematical (fractal) figures. In this fictional world, the brain is so complex that it spills into the fourth dimension, creating a time-straddling structure—a peculiar fabric that underpins awareness. In this story, consciousness evolved because it conferred mild precognition—conscious minds could glimpse the near future—which is a powerful survival skill. But precognition—and avoiding future problems, like being eaten—does not sit well with causality. And so minds—and their constant temporal churning and meddling—corrode reality. And that does not end well. Several times.
There’s a lot more to Time Aerials than that. I might post more. Or I might create an annotated version of the book. What do you think?
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