Sometimes, a book is defined completely by the knowledge and experiences of it’s author. Oh, some can write books about subjects about which they have no real knowledge. It isn’t like any of us actually live in an Urban Fantasy world, right?
Wormholes is a book of another colour, however. It’s author, Dennis Meredith, is an expert in his field, and it shows in his work. Mr. Meredith’s has been a science communicator at some of the country’s leading research universities, including MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Duke and the University of Wisconsin. He has written well over a thousand news releases and magazine articles on science and engineering over his career.
The funny thing about Wormholes is how well written and believable it is – while also being, as the writer puts it, “The work of a liar and a thief.” But that is OK!
According to Mr. Meredith, his original question was, “What if holes were to suddenly open up into other universes?” The development of Wormholes is based on this question, and explained beautifully in his article about the book. As Mr. Meredith puts it, the book isn’t ‘real’ science, but was written to encourage interest in science by those who may never have been interested in science before.
In my case, I absolutely found his work fascinating. My Kindle copy is brightly coloured, with all sorts of highlighting, meant to encourage the question, “Is it real, or is it Memorex?” (OK, not really, but you get the point). Mr. Meredith not only knows his physics, he knows how to communicate. Even though the physics may not be based on ‘fact’, as per his article about why he wrote the book, his story is based on so much actual knowledge that even though there is a lot of unreal physics, it feels so fully real it holds your attention without fail, encouraging the reader to be not only fascinated with the story, but encouraging you to want to learn more about what truly is real science.
The story takes the idea of wormholes and alternate universes, both scientific facts, and puts a spin on the concepts, writing a brilliantly creative book that stretches known boundaries, reaching beyond known scientific thought into a world of science fiction that kept me up until three in the morning, “just one more page, just one more page . . .”
If you are interested in science, or science fiction, this is a must read. And if you are into unusual thrillers? Well, you may find this book just as fascinating as a science geek like me. Either way? Read it. You won’t be sorry!