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Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour – Tetrastatum by Tim Smith and Dr Richard
In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and
Tim Smith combine heady concepts about the universe with a thrilling
science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel.
The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned
storytelling that will appeal to a wide readership, from science
professionals to lay fans of science fiction.
“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez, respectively.
“TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my
30 years working in the field of photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an
avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work that is
both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives
the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and
extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as
advanced experts in the field.”
Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their
cerebral story with a heady mix of dense theory and absurdist humor.”
The Independent Review of Books declares: “TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”
The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of
characterization and distortion feed into the concern that is being
voiced over the current state of our political climate…The layering of
these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages and asking questions.”
“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future
and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,”
Dr. Richard continues. He calls science fiction “the perfect genre to
explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic
technologies and scientific theories.”
Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into
a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and
Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking
“Well, Dr. Smith, your colleague…uhm, whom you claim is watching us on some monitor-type device, has quite an imagination.Images, imagination, create that which brings wonder into the realm of understanding.I concede that I didn’t contemplate the idea of two spheres and two sets of waves when I derived my equations.I missed the duality, nature’s constant.But I confirm that this
appears to be mathematically accurate and a plausible theory as to the nature
of reality, itself.”–Dr. Erwin Schrödinger
A Word From the author
A Quest to See Reality
By Tim Smith
On the surface, Tetrastatum (fourth state) is a SciFi novel about a physicist working on a top-secret teleportation project for DARPA, desperate to discover the truth about the mysterious death of his wife and daughter. He finds himself untethered in time and space on a quest that ultimately leads him to discover that our understanding of reality is a tragic misconception.
The novel is a personal story that is the culmination of my 30 years working in the advanced image processing field of Photonics. In the recent publicized articles in the New York Times and Forbes, leading scientists have suggested that the meaning of quantum mechanics and reality may be connected but currently this connection is inexplicable. In Tetrastatum, I suggest the dual opposite, which is illustrated by example throughout the narrative of the story. Tetrastatum introduces the Unified Equation of Reality (the dualistic image extension of Schrodinger’s probability wave equation) that demonstrates that both quantum mechanics and “reality” itself can be visualized (as images) and modeled.
Quantum mechanics as it is classically understood is simply explaining a natural phenomenon that is a small slice of a much larger picture. Quantum particles such as photons (particles of light) behave in a probabilistic fashion captured mathematically by Schrodinger’s famous wave equation.It is the trillions of photons that are processed by our eyes and brain that make up the images which we see. My dualistic extension of Schrodinger’s equation suggests that macroscopically images move through space and time behaving in a similar probabilistic manner as the tiniest quantum particles of light. Mathematically, images whether external or internal perceptions can be modeled on a sphere. Both of these external and internal images are intertwined to create an individual’s single reality as well as macroscopically form an infinite collective reality.The book makes the argument that it is the internal images (perceptions) that individually shape our lives as well as collectively shape our broader external material existence.
I am an avid reader of Sci-Fi and wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. Tetrastatum gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field. The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain “reality”.