Forecast / Space / Technology / Theory

Forecast Friday: Just Like Magic

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. – Arthur C. Clarke

EmDriveThe EmDrive (see link to MIT Tech Review article HERE) is magic; if I’m reading the article correctly, it doesn’t require fuel and would revolutionize space travel. It violates the law of conservation of momentum – one of the “what we all know” of the smart people – theoretical physicists who understand this stuff far better than I do. They criticized the idea – it was like “generating a thrust by standing inside a box and pushing on the sides.” Then again, even smart people can fall prey to their own orthodoxy. As mentioned in the article, when aerospace engineer Roger Shawyer presented his theory of the EmDrive ten years ago, it was ballyhooed as impossible.
Now there have been half a dozen independent tests that seem to prove Shawyer right, and a rudimentary theory developed by Plymouth University’s Mike McCulloch seems reasonably predictive and hints at explaining what’s happening. Eventually, the theorists will catch up with reality.
Another sign that I may eventually make it to Mars, no matter how impossible it seems.
Just saying…


CloseEnoughCoverThis week’s Smashword’s coupon is for “Close Enough”:

“Could a Messier object be any messier? A government server glitch leaves Max Keppler no time to react to the comet barreling toward his and Rebecca’s asteroid claim. See Max deal with an uppity A.I., an unhelpful helpdesk, and a comet named Napoleon as he works to minimize the impact of this sudden impact on their already shaky relationship.”

“Close Enough” was shortened from “close enough for government work.” It’s bad enough here on Earth; how badly could a distant, non-responsive agency botch thing over planetary distances, and what kind of NORMAL people might put themselves in a position to depend on that agency?
Use coupon code ZP24S to get 67% off the cover price at Smashwords (that’s only 99-cents – such a deal!) – it’s good until July 23rd. Here’s the link:
“Close Enough” is also available in the collection – And Yet Still Even More Things I Could Get OUT OF MY MIND.


Collection7eBookCoverI’m participating in Smashwords’ site-wide Summer/Winter Sale promotion – for the month of July, all of my collections are 50%-off with a coupon (the coupons is listed on the individual page for each book – it’s SSW50 in case you have trouble finding it.) The coupon applies to my seven OUT OF MY MIND collections, plus my Herc Tom Collection Cats of War I and the Detective Jimmy Delaney collection Broken Down.
All can be found on my Smashwords author page (listed below), or you can find the individual links on yesterday’s Selling Saturday posting by clicking HERE.


MatingRitualsCoverWilliam Mangieri’s writing, including his latest eBook “Mating Rituals”, can be found in many places, including:
• Smashwords:
• His Amazon Author page:
• Barnes & Noble:
• Createspace (if you prefer physical books):

• His site on WordPress:
• “William Mangieri’s Writing Page” on Facebook at:
• His Goodreads author page:
• Or on twitter: @WilliaMangieri


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