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Electricity: a podcasted novel by myke bartlett

1999

Aston Somerfield, casual smoker and part-time alcoholic, has come to London to find himself. He knows who he's looking for, he's seen him on the cover of the NME. Drawn across oceans by fame and fate, Aston is keeping his diary empty to make sure he's available. Won't commit to anything until it's everything.

London, however, has other ideas.

When a virtual stranger calls Aston a few hours before his death, fate catches up with him, derailing his barely-made plans. Amid a hundred boozy evenings and romantic deadends, a mystery unfurls.

Equally assisted and hindered by tremulous accountant Tom Hensley and dedicated loafer Steven Black, Aston uncovers a different London, one of murder, ghosts, dangerous emails and the second big bang.

As chaotic and random as the city it inhabits, Electricity gradually evolves into a mystery bigger than the universe itself. Being of a somewhat useless persuasion, Aston does his best to ignore it.

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    Monday, September 08, 2008

    It's all true!

    When I began writing 'Electricity' in 1999, one of the influencing factors was an article I'd read on scientists wanting to recreate the big bang in 'safe' conditions. Ideal fodder, I thought, for a sci-fi flavoured tale.

    This week, scientists are finally preparing to throw the switch. Will the reaction flare out of control and destroy the planet, if not the cosmos itself? It remains to be seen. The likely (and hopefully accurate) answer is no, of course not. Either way, we should find out this Wednesday, September 10 2008.

    From a fictional point of view, I quite like the idea of a circular history. The Big Bang creates the universe. Man evolves and tries to work out why. Man recreates the conditions for the Big Bang to find out. The resulting Big Bang (re)creates the universe. Man evolves and tries to work out why. Man recreates... etc ad nauseum.

    If all goes wrong, we can but hope that Aston and company will be there to do something about it. Failing that, apparently the often dangerously inept Torchwood apparently will be.

    For the nightmare scenario, courtesy of the Daily Mail:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1052309/MICHAEL-HANLON-Are-going-die-Wednesday.html?printingPage=true

    For a more scientific approach:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/wtMostRead/idUSL846768920080908

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