Okay, that headline is a little click-baity, but the first Tesla Trilogy book, Mr. Tesla and Mr. Darwin Fight Against Edison’s Ravenous Megalodons through the Judicious Use of Time Travel and Giant Robots is taking me into some strange and deep waters.
The new book—for Amazon purposes titled Telsa and Darwin vs. Edison’s Megalodons—is a bit of a pulpy Steampunk romp, but this strange story also cuts to the heart of metaphysics, positing its own theory of time, time travel, and the multiverse. It’s not patent nonsense—in fact, it’s entirely internally consistent, which all fiction must be, no matter what the genre. That consistency doesn’t make it true, of course—the game of chess is absolutely internally consistent, but chess isn’t somehow “true”—but it does make it interesting.
That said, devising this multiverse has slowed down the actual writing of the book rather seriously thus far. And that being said, I’m finished setting up the metaphysics of this universe, and I’m posting below an appendix to my pulpy book that delineates the worldview and “timestream nomenclature” I’m using in the novel. It will give me a sense of closure on the world-building so now I can get to the fisticuffs between almost every party in the story, including the Megalodons.
You want to see Tesla and Darwin as badasses? Wanna see Edison and (to a greater extent) Josef Mengele get what’s coming to them?* Want to see a world devastated by oceans chock-full of ginormous man-eating giant prehistoric sharks? Very soon, you shall, my dears.
But for now, have fun with my “monograph” on time travel and the multiverse from the new book due in late February. Click on the image for the full PDF, and please let me know what you think!
* — Edison should really never be lumped in with a genocidal evil maniac. By all real-life accounts, while he was a bit of a megalomaniac, egomaniac, and occasionally dirty-dealing businessman, Thomas Edison was also steadfastly against war and violence and wanted only to improve the world, but of course his way. For the purposes of our melodrama, however, he is a boo-and-hissable villain.
The Nazi “doctor” Josef Mengele, on the other hand, could never be portrayed as infinitely evil as he was, but I shall be giving him the punishment here that he never received in life … and will have a LOT of enjoyment in doing it, too.