Here there be Dragons: Quantum Theory and Fiction Writing


Here there be Dragons: Quantum Theory and Fiction Writing


Martin Schiller


I was first introduced to the Sisterhood universe through the agency of a dream. In that vision, I encountered a fleet of spaceships, and realized that they were crewed by nothing but human females, and hailed from an exclusively female society. I also had the opportunity to meet Lilith ben Jeni, who would later become one of the main characters in my series.

Over the years, as I developed the idea, and finally committed it to paper—and after many additional dreams— I came to feel that I was somehow interacting with a real place, populated by real people. That on some level, I was gazing through a window into another universe.

Naturally, others found this contention to be a little strange, albeit harmless. Such things were the province of science fiction.

But I was not alone in my belief that I was more a visitor than a God. Many writers and artists before me have contended the same thing.

Now, quantum physics is lending this notion some credence.

In the Many Worlds Theory or Many Worlds Interpretation (also known of as the Everett interpretation, after Hugh Everett who proposed it in 1957), eminent physicists such as Stephen Hawking contend that the universe is not a single, finite thing as we once believed. Instead it is a multiverse of alternate realities, which are constantly branching off from one another.

If we accept the MWI theory, and the idea of the multiverse that it posits, then every emotion, situation, and thought has always, and will always occur. It also only serves to follow that everything and anything is not only possible, but probable. In addition, it allows for the possibility that the physical laws which we take for granted here in our universe, might be entirely different in an adjacent one.

What all this means, is that somewhere, the Sisterhood is a real, living thing, right along with many other fantastic universes. It makes it entirely possible that Batman really does prowl the streets of Gotham, the Freemen of Dune are riding their sandworms, and Orcs threaten the safety of the Middle Earth.

Which brings me back to the writer and these supposedly ‘fictional worlds’. My own belief is that the Many World Theory is not a theory at all, but fact. If so, this makes us as writers, a type of multidimensional explorer, mapping our experiences with our words and bringing them back to our readers. And it tends to give a new meaning to the old phrase, “here there be dragons.”  According to quantum physics, and many creative individuals, there really are dragons, and they are out there. Somewhere.

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