Thursday, May 5, 2016

IWSG on Thought Experiments

Hey everyone! Today you won't be able to find me on the bloggosphere, but I wanted to stop by to welcome the Insecure Writer's Support Group

Also, thanks to everyone who've commented on yesterday's post. You're all awesome. 

Thought Experiments

Have you ever engaged in a thought experiment? 

Albert Einstein’s famous Theory of Special Relativity came to be in part because of a thought experiment he conducted when he was a young man.  He imagined what it would be like to chase a light beam.  That act of imagination was the beginning of a revolution in the way we understand our universe.  Imagination is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal.

The ten authors featured in the Insecure Writer’s Support Group anthology Parallels: Felix Was Here engaged in a thought experiment of sorts when they sat down to write their submissions.  The task was to write a speculative fiction story that uses an alternate timeline or parallel universe.  That means asking some interesting questions.  If you’re dealing with parallel universes, how does the parallel universe differ from our own?  If you’re dealing with alternate history, what historical event happened differently, and how did the world develop because of that change?

Any writer must harness the power of their imagination when writing their stories.  Though the thought experiments that helped make this anthology possible won’t revolutionize the world of science like Albert Einstein’s thought experiment did, these stories will hopefully entertain readers and make them think about how the world could be different.  That is also a valuable outcome, and one that most writers hope to inspire.

Imagination can change lives.  It can change the world.  If you’re interested in entertaining new possibilities, Parallels: Felix Was Here may have something to offer you.

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Parallels: Felix Was Here
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Available Now!

Enter the realm of parallel universes!

What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?

Exploring the fantastic, ten authors offer incredible visions and captivating tales of diverse reality. Featuring the talents of L. G. Keltner, Crystal Collier, Hart Johnson, Cherie Reich, Sandra Cox, Yolanda Renee, Melanie Schulz, Sylvia Ney, Michael Abayomi, and Tamara Narayan.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will expand your imagination and twist the tropes of science fiction. Step through the portal and enter another dimension!

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Anyone else engage in thought experiments? What stories did they inspire? 


  1. Hi, Misha! Thanks for the shout out of Parallels:)
    Hope all is well in your corner of the world.

  2. Thanks for letting us guest post today!

  3. Thank you for sharing - I'm so excited about this book!

  4. Thanks for spotlighting our book today and good luck on Endless!

  5. Aren't all stories of the fiction kind thought experiments? :)

  6. Yes. You're right. And I can't wait to read this! Thanks for dropping by my blog yesterday!

  7. Cheese and crackers! Now that's a spiffy looking/sounding anthology! ;)

  8. Thanks for featuring the IWSG anthology!
    It took imagination to create everything we have now.

  9. I feel like I'm doing a thought experiment every time I sit down to daydream my next scene!

  10. Great post Love the Though Experiment analogy. Read your interview on ChemistKen's blog. Love it, love the way you think, grabbed a copy of your book. I like the way you think. Wishing you much success.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

  11. Thanks, Misha, this is so cool!
    Ordered my books today, can't wait to share them with the world!
    Your Endless tour is going gangbusters! Congratulations!

  12. I think the reader also engages in a thought experiment when they read. Imagination is a beautiful thing.

  13. Yours is the second IWSG post that mentions Einstein and the power of the imagination. I love it!! I hope all is well! I so loved your excerpts during the Challenge. I didn't get to read them all (boy did time get away from me) but I LOVED all the ones I did read! Happy weekend :)

    ~ Jen

  14. I love the idea of thought experiments. Congrats to all the authors in Parallels: Felix Was Here!

  15. Woot on the anthology! And if there were no such thing as imagination, many of us wouldn't exist!

  16. I love that IWSG did an anthology and I hope it won't be the last one. Is a thought experiment like brainstorming?


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