On quarks and vignettes

While my writing colleagues were studying vignettes and denouements, I was busy studying quarks and relativity.  Quantum physics does lead to a few interesting insights for a science fiction writer like myself, but it doesn’t help at all with some of those subtle creative writing concepts.  Like how to write an effective denouement–a fancy word for that chapter at the end of novel after the climax that ties up loose ends (I think)–or how not to write a vignette (a fancy word for a story that goes no where, or so I am told).

So perhaps one day I’ll write an effective denouement for a novel about a train travelling at 80% of the speed of light into a tunnel that is being bombarded by quarks,  and avoid it being a vignette.  Or perhaps I’ll just let the freakin’ fast train denude the forest on its way to the tunnel and let the vigilantes track down the quark annihilator,

For the record, a quark is a subatomic particle and relativity basically says you can’t travel faster than the speed of light, thanks to a really smart dude named Einstein who probably could have been a really great Sci Fi writer if he had wanted to.  But then again he might have just written vignettes too.

CR Hodges

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3 Responses to On quarks and vignettes

  1. Andy says:

    but sometimes ‘in vignette veritas’, maybe

    • H. Gurdy says:

      But what happened to the quark? What did it have to do with the speed of light? Quarks are parts of atoms, right? But, do they fly around in the quantum zone, faster than the speed of light? If you can explain these things, kind of tongue-in-cheek, it doesn’t make for bad reading. Like, “The Wayward Quark,” or “Oh, That Charming Quark !” I just did one on virus replication, and the trick is to use laymen’s terms that can be more easily understood. Like, “the two strands of RNA took over from there. They got the cell’s nucleus in a stranglehold, and began forcing it to blast out replicants of itself by the tens of thousands.” Oh well. Poor Albert still couldn’t pull everything together under one umbrella of general relativity. I like gravity, and the sun best. LOL.

  2. crhodges says:

    But what motivates the quark? How well does it interact with other quarks? Is it at risk of meeting it’s anti-quark and creating a small black hole that can eat Jupiter? Yup, it is fodder, esp for Sci Fi.

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