Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Bootstrap Paradox

"--All You Zombies--" is a short story written by the late, great Robert A. Heinlein that explores the ultimate time paradox. I love a good paradox.  Time travel stories in themselves are a great topic to explore. The bootstrap paradox is one where information from the future is passed to the past which leads to changes in the present and ultimately the future where it got passed to the past in the first place. It's like the chicken and egg question. Which came first? In this case there is no answer.

In Heinlein's story, a man in a barroom tells the bartender a story starts when was a little a girl called Jane. She was born in 1945 and abandoned at an orphanage, grew up awkward and ugly, and finally met an older man who seduces her. Jane becomes pregnant and has a difficult delivery by Cesarean. She receives the news that due to difficulties in the birth, the doctors performed a complete hysterectomy. But they also learned she had a set of male organs and with surgery and hormones, Jane becomes John, the man in the bar telling the strange tale.  Another blow to Jane is that her baby is kidnapped. The bartender explains he is a time traveler and takes John back in time to when he as Jane met the stranger to kill the man. Of course, John falls in love with Jane his younger self, seduces her and she become pregnant, thus making him the older man. Meanwhile the bartender travels ahead in time to the hospital and kidnaps the baby taking it back to 1945 and abandons it at the orphanage. The story become the Bootstrap Paradox where a future event is passed to the past creating the present and ultimately its own future.

The story was made into movie recently with Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook. Predestination explores the Bootstrap Paradox staying remarkably close to Heinlein's story.  Here is a trailer.

Some quotes too from the movie.

" What if I could put him in front of you? The man that ruined your life. If I could guarantee that you'd get away with it, would you kill him?"

"Here you are at the beginning of your new life. It can be overwhelming knowing the future you're about to create. Knowing the purpose of that life. You know who she is. And you understand who you are. And now maybe you're ready to understand who I am. You see, I love her too."

"You'll have to make tough choices. You'll influence the past. Can we change our futures? I don't know. The only thing that I know for sure is that you are the best thing that's ever happened to me. I miss you dreadfully."

A great story and a great movie for all you time travel aficionados.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Witch's Daughter, Blog Tour, April 20 to May 4

April 20 Guest blog

April 21 Spotlight
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!  

April 22 Spotlight
Booklover Sue 

April 23 Guest blog
ARe Café

April 24 Interview
Eclipse Reviews

April 27 Character Interview
Author Karen Swart

April 28 Spotlight
T's Stuff  

April 29 Spotlight 

April 29 Spotlight
The reading head

April 30 Spotlight
Literary Musings

May 1 Guest Blog
Marsha A. Moore

May 1 Spotlight
Fang-tastic Books

May 4 Review
Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Witch's Daughter...the adventure begins!

The Witch's Daughter has now been out for about two weeks.  This has been a new adventure, although I am not new to the book world, having self published six other books, two under my own publishing company name Night Wings Publishing. Things are indeed different now with someone else holding the reins.

With my earlier book Strigoi, The Blood Bond, I can see daily stats on how sales are going. Unfortunately it becomes easy to obsess over the numbers, checking repeatedly throughout the day. With the new book, I have only the best seller rank to go by which does work if you understand the numbers.  I can see when the day's sales a good, just okay, or not happening.

Yesterday was exciting. The Witch's Daughter at Kobo Books hit #116 in Mystery and Suspense Thrillers. I don't know as much about Kobo to interpret that but it was exciting to see the book flanked some books with top name authors like John D. McDonald’s The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper, John Grisham’s The Chamber and James Patterson’s Now You See Her.

The past week, TWD got into the top 100 best sellers for Witches and Wizards Mysteries.  Here is screen shot showing it both at #81 and #86. Not sure how that happens. 

Some things are planned for TWD. A blog tour. Some author interviews. And I'm working on book #2; working title is The Fortune Tellers Secret.