Here below is the dedication I wrote for the upcoming release of the first book in my new trilogy, Quantum Entity, which will be available later this year. Below that I include the Foreword.
I wanted to write a great mid-21st Century story, a trilogy as it turned out, focused on five themes—entrepreneurship/science, science speculation, science fiction and engineering/politics and the law/action and adventure/love story with plenty of learning outcomes too. Then a sixth appeared—it became a mystical and spiritual tale as well.
Our hero, young Damien Bell is not only a quantum physicist but also an engineer. As such, it is not sufficient for him to examine the surface meaning of the things happening around him—he wants to understand his world at a pico scale. His journey takes the reader not only on a wonderful adventure that entertains, it hopefully educates too. Hence, we have created what can only be described as a ‘learning outcome novel’.
I wanted to dedicate this trilogy to all my students but especially Gen Y. These kids aged 19 to 32 are building not only great enterprises, some of them world-spanning, global altering ones like the one I describe in my trilogy, but also contributing to building better communities through vision, talent, focus and hard work as well as finding innovative ways of giving back to society. It’s peculiar that entrepreneurs today who are in it only for the money, have none while those that are building insanely great products and services plus contributing to their communities, have it all.
Gen Y could be the real successors to perhaps the greatest Generation ever—those who lived and worked from 1914 to 1969, who took us from buggies to planes and to the Moon, who faced two World Wars, a Great Depression, the Nazi menace and the long Cold War. Gen Y, it’s your turn now.
@ProfBruce, Ottawa, Canada 2012
When young Damien Bell, physicist and engineer, and his business partner, the fabulous Ellen Brooks unleash Damien’s twin creations, a new artificial life-form he calls Quantum Counterparts and she calls Quantum Entities—because she believes they may be sentient beings—and the Quantum Phone, their delivery system for Quantum Counterparts, they revolutionize the communications and search industries of their mid 21st century world.
Damien and Ellen with their new company, Quantum Computing Corp, introduce an era of quantum economics, a condition where scarcity is a thing of the past. Together they build a great new globe-spanning, ultra-fast growing tech enterprise that somehow gets away from them.
Damien is distracted from his scientific and startup work by performance artist and world superstar, Miss Nell, whom he first meets at Nuit Blanche in Toronto. Their adventures take them to Four Corners and a mystical place called Third Mesa in Arizona, Boise and the Salmon River in Idaho, Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, Palos Verdes, California, the Big Smoke (Toronto), San Pedro Town and Marco Gonzalez on Ambergris Caye in Belize, then Boston, New York City, Washington DC, Langley Air Force Base, San Quentin State Prison and finally San Francisco where their group will, of necessity, transform itself into the largest protest movement the US has seen in almost 90 years.
What does it take to start, build and then defend a great new enterprise? How do you extend human rights to a new non-human life-form when such rights barely apply to people in these troubled days of the Republic, a time when the United States has fallen from first among nations to third after Imperial China and the European Union, with the AU (African Union) closing in on them fast?
Inevitably, they come into conflict with entrenched business and political interests. Are Quantum Entities truly friends to human beings or are they, as the US Government maintains, a threat to national security?
@ProfBruce, Ottawa, Canada 2012