Thursday, November 7, 2013

Science and the Supernatural: A Match Made in Heaven and Earth

As a writer of modern day Sci-fi, action, suspense, and horror I love marrying two polar opposites, while at the same time creating great conflict. I can think of no better subject than combining science with the supernatural.
Most civilizations, including advanced ones throughout history, believed there was more to this world than what the five senses could perceive and interpret. They thought there are more realms than the spatial dimensions we are confined in and limited to by our five senses. Most believed the supernatural was more real than the world they lived in.
Looking back on Greek and Roman mythology, these cultures were merely trying to understand and explain their universe they best they could. Theologians do the same today, the best they can. So do astronomers and biologists. And physicists. Which brings us to one of the simplest, beautiful, elegant, and powerful equations known to man.
E=MC2. Einstein’s famous, even cult-like, equation. The key to this expression is the equal sign. Both sides must be the same. E equals energy. MC2 is mass times the speed of light squared. To get an idea of the potential power of energy in mass, the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki only released one to two percent of their inherent energy.
But what I love about this equation is energy can be converted to mass and mass right back into energy. This could very well explain angels and demons. An angel is generally understood to be a spirit being, made of pure energy, and living for the most part in a dimension above and beyond the space-time continuum we reside.
These beings can, at will if they have the authority, convert themselves into mass and manifest in our world. Then, when their work is done, convert back to energy, disappear, and move with ease back into their dimensions.

Add in a wormhole or two, and let the fun begin. Who knows what evil lurks for a human traversing a portal through space for the first time? They could punch a hole through another world and bring back an evil hitchhiker. But why stop there? Wormholes are the Pandora’s Box that gets knocked over, its unknown contents spilled across the floor and unleashed upon an unsuspecting world. Let the fun begin!
As a writer, I now have free reign to do pretty much anything I want when combining science and the supernatural. I am not confined by the scientific method or need to call my work speculative fiction. I have a license to write all kinds of crazy stuff and not care if I anger someone in the scientific world or the religious field.
Believe me, I have had both camps hound me and write terrible comments on some of my blog posts over the past five years. Why, because these conflicting viewpoints, both trying to explain our universe and our place in it the best they can, do not understand E=MC2.
What about ESP? These are senses that go beyond sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Pentecostals will call these Gifts of the Spirit, such as discerning of spirits. Mediums claim they can talk to the dead. Others will say they can read your mind, help police find a buried body, or bend spoons. Children seeing monsters in their bedrooms at night? This may not be their imagination after all. Regardless, E=MC2 goes a long way in helping to explain our universe and our place in it. It is certainly not limited to Bunsen burners and telescopes.
So to all my writer friends, you may freely move about the cabin. Take a deep breath and know you can confidently move in any direction your story demands. You may not be writing speculative fiction. You might just be onto something far more concrete than you think.
Stephen Tremp is the author of the Breakthrough trilogy. His third book Escalation is the final installment in the series and is set for release November 2013. You can visit him at


Jo said...

Interesting thoughts Stephen, although I recently read that Tesla's thoughts on energy somewhat confounded Einsten's E=MC2 - in a novel mind you but...

However, as a novelist, you can go wherever you want taking us along with you.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Food for thought. They do say we only use a fraction of our brain's potential. And if your energy and angels theory is correct, when we die, the energy that is our soul will be released and we'll get to enter Heaven as well.
What evil lurks in wormholes? In the Event Horizon? Yeah, know how much you dig that movie, Stephen!

Arlee Bird said...

Excellent post with a lot to think about. I do think that science and the spiritual realm go hand in hand.

Special report today on the "Story Sprouts" book launch in L.A.
Lot's of pictures in this one!

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D.G. Hudson said...

From energy we come, and to energy we return. Hmm..

If a story is fiction, why do people take exception to it? Don't we have freedom of speech and press? A storyteller doesn't always have a hidden message.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Steve .. I just think we've split ourselves and our subject matter into too many small pieces ... life is synergised - all life .. all life depends on each microscopic part of the world ...

It is interesting - and there is so much to learn, so much to absorb, so much to be open to ...

We just need to work together and respect each other more .. lots more ... cheers Hilary

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love the explanation of angels. Putting science and magic together with some science fiction like they did in The Avengers is very entertaining and thought provoking.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Woo-hoo! I read recently that the big bang theory was postulated by a Catholic priest. Something like that, anyway. Goes to show nothing need be at odds; we just make it that way.

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Tina said...

Totally cool~ had not heard that theory about angels and demons, but it makes sense to me. Yes, sci-fi rocks. That's why I write it!
Tina @ Life is Good