Below is the prologue to my new book. The story I started to put to paper eighteen months ago without really knowing what it was I was writing about. The plot has been rolling around in the back of my mind for the past eighteen years. It is only now I have been able to put the two together. Have a read and let me know what you think, and if you would like a taster of what is to come, let me know.
So, time only moves forward, yes? Time does not go backwards, neither does it go up, down, left, right, top to bottom, or slantways?
According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, in an isolated system, entropy only increases. Entropy is defined as the measure of disorder in a system. The direction in which time runs, which we refer to as forward, is the direction in which disorder or entropy increases.
In thermodynamics, an isolated system refers to a confined space impervious to any external forces or energy aids. To put it another way. If your kids are like mine and you are forever clearing up their toys by shoving them into boxes and back in the cupboard without first sorting them out , they will continue to pile up and become mixed and jumbled up, in a cupboard with mixed and jumbled up toys – an isolated system – disorder will only increase.
That is what Rudolf Clausius said, the German physicist and mathematician who was considered one of the central founders of the science of thermodynamics during the nineteenth century.
Albert Einstein, initially believed the universe to be static, it just existed, a belief he stated in later life to be his biggest blunder. The Big Bang theory is now accepted universally. This states the universe was formed from an almighty, colossal, cataclysmic event, and expanded outwards, continually travelling forward in time, so when we look through our most powerful telescopes at the very dim and distant galaxies, we are actually seeing them as they existed billions of years ago due to the speed of light and the amount of time it takes for that light to reach us. Another analogy would be to look at our own sun (not literally, that would be silly and probably damage your eyes), which is approximately 93 million miles away from the Earth, light travels at 186,000 miles per second, so the light from our sun takes about 8.3 minutes to travel to us, effectively the sun we see in the sky at any given moment, is the sun from 8.3 minutes ago.
What if I were to tell you that Einstein was wrong? And in the very next sentence declared he was right? You would think me a fool, right? After all, I am just an uneducated old man who has spent his life jumping from one job to another, lurching from one mistake to another, and generally making a complete fuck up of everything along the way. All of which is true.
What if I were to tell that time is happing all around us, all at once. Every moment of every event happening simultaneously, predetermined from start to finish, and we are just travelling forward through it obliviously? Would you think me a nutter? Highly likely.
It is true though, as incredible and preposterous as it sounds. It is true and very real. I know this because I live in every single moment of my lifetime at the same time. I am present everywhere throughout the past 99 years, at the same time, and I am able to instantaneously jump and appear as a version of myself at any point within my lifetime, my appearance is always the same and that of my first jump, which happened at a particularly low point in my life, where I have to say, in all honesty, I’m not looking my best.
I have witnessed my birth.
I have witnessed my death, that is, my many deaths.
If you are interested in attempting to understand the how the what and the why, read on, keep an open mind though as you are in for a mind bogglingly, time jumpingly, bumpy ride…