March 6, 2013

Guest Post: The Science of Interchron

Today I'm thrilled to welcome Liesel K. Hill to my blog as part of the Persistence of Vision blog tour. Read my review of Hill's debut here. I really enjoyed her take on a "futuristic dystopian fantasy with elements of science fiction and romance" and am so pleased to have her here speaking about the scientific elements of the book.

While my debut novel, Persistence of Vision, is not a hard-core science fiction novel (anyone can understand it, even without a physics background) it does have some scientific elements. I studied science for a while in college and, while the day-to-day basics and laboratory stuff bored me (which is why I didn’t pursue it as a career) the idea of where science meets consciousness fascinated. In other words, where the physical meets the metaphysical. Because of this, higher-tiered science concepts caught my attention. Stuff like quantum mechanics, deep-space cosmology, and nuclear chemistry. (Don’t worry: no way I’m cool enough to know how to make bombs.)

The concept for my story is based heavily on quantum physics. “Quantum physics is a branch of science that deals with discrete, indivisible units of energy called quanta as described by the Quantum Theory.” (source:

It deals with concepts that are hard to wrap your head around because they can’t be seen or conceptualized in a tangible way. But in my mind, that makes them more interesting. I wanted to bring these concepts to readers in an interesting and understandable way. Stir in some good old-fashioned emotion from compelling characters and voila! You have an intriguing story.

There’s something called the Quantum Enigma. I won’t explain it in detail because it’s highly scientific and will reveal the desperately pathetic extents of my geekdom, but to put it very generally, it says that the scientific properties of our macroscopic world—that is, the real world we all see and observe—don’t apply to the unseen (microscopic) world. Particles can often have opposite and contradictory properties at the same time.

Furthermore—and here’s the kicker—particles aren’t defined until a being of higher intelligence (i.e. a human) observes them. That’s right folks! When you observe a particle, you actually create its properties. I know it sounds like magic, but I swear it’s true. Look it up if you don’t believe me. This leads to the supposition that the real world as we know it doesn’t exist without our observation of it. Now, this freaks the crap out of physicists, my friends. So, they ignore it and pretend it’s not true.

Meanwhile, it’s awesome fodder for science fiction stories. Will my stories always be one hundred percent realistic? Mmmm, probably not. Will any story that deals with time travel and weird brain science always be hole-free? I’m gonna take the fifth on that one. But, the fact is that we don’t understand such things. We don’t have the technology to measure them and the human brain doesn’t have the capacity to fully understand them, which means writers like me get a (somewhat) free pass.

So, put on your thinking caps, sports fans. The twisted-ness of Interchron has only just begun. :D

Really interesting stuff, am I right? Thanks, Liesel!

Liesel K. Hill graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Creative Writing. She writes across three genres: scifi/fantasy, historical fiction, and crime drama. She comes from a close-knit family of fourteen and has very traditional views and values. She loves story-telling in all its forms, playing with her nieces and nephews, talking movies with her siblings, and any recipe with ‘dark’ and ‘chocolate’ in the title.
author image


Amanda loves few things better than sitting down with a cup of tea and a book. She frequently stays up far too late, telling herself she just needs to finish one more page. When she's not wrapped up in the stories of others, Amanda works as a children's librarian in a public library.


  1. Oh gosh, I'm an astrophysics nerd and love quantum physics. It's far from the easiest thing to successfully write into a book. Kudos to Leisel for introducing quantum physics to more people and readers!

    1. I know! I wish I knew more about this kind of stuff; it's really interesting!


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I strive to make my blog the very best it can possibly be and I appreciate each and every comment on here.