What is Metaspace?

Spinspace
Some of you have been asking me about the name of my new series, The Metaspace Chronicles. Where did I get the name? What does it mean? What can you expect from it?

These are all good questions. All of my books, the paperbacks and the eBook versions are written to make you think, as well as to entertain and even (gasp) learn a thing or two as painlessly as possible. And the new series is no exception.

When authors write about “magic” it generally falls into one of two categories. ¬†Fantasy authors tend to write about magic as being somehow accomplished with mysterious abilities, “magical” artifacts like wands and swords, or the help of angels, demons, ghosts, or other supernatural beings. There’s no need to explain “how” the magic actually works, as long as it is consistent and limited enough to keep victory from being too easy.

When science fiction authors write of “magic” it is usually explained as paranormal abilities such as telekinesis or telepathy done by people with mutations or special training. Again, little is actually explained. As long as the abilities are consistent and not omniopotent it works for the readers.

I wanted to do something new in this series, so I decided to create a future scenario in which the “wizards” (or psionic engineers) are accomplishing their wonders by means of at least partially explainable methods. Instead of having them be able to somehow touch objects at a distance and “push” them with their minds, they do something entirely different. My wizards reach out with their minds, but they accomplish their effects by reshaping intrinsic aspects of space itself — which then influences the objects embedded within it.

To do this, I hypothesize an extended concept of space called Metaspace. It includes the ordinary dimensions of space and time that we are familiar with, plus some extra stuff that we are not normally aware of.

Pathspace relates to the curvature of space-time which physicists have used ever since Einstein formulated gravity as the effect of curved spacetime on trajectories in his General Relativity. A wizard using pathspace affects the curvature of space, not the objects in it. Pathspace “weaves” are like temporary and specific examples of local gravity anomalies. The alien artifact I call a swizzle is a local pathspace weave anchored on a section of pipe that accelerates air or water through the pipe without a pump or moving parts.

Spinspace relates to the quantum property of spin. I hypothesize that particles such as electrons are “born” with intrinsic angular momentum or spin because it is a property of the space they appear in.

I’ll be talking about other aspects of Metaspace as the series unfolds. ¬† —MRK

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