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Today we are joined by novelist E.W. Barnes here to tell us about The Temporal Protection Corps Series

 

 

Currently there are three books in a series arc and three stand-alone stories in development:

What was the most surprising thing you found out while researching/writing your latest book?

This is a time travel series and for the first two books in the series I did a lot of historical research and learned some interesting things.

The third book, however, took place almost entirely in the future, and the most interesting thing I learned while researching for that book was the blast radius — fireball, shock wave, heat, and radiation — of a 300 kiloton yield nuclear detonation (utilizing this source: https://outrider.org/nuclear-weapons/interactive/bomb-blast/). It was both interesting and disturbing. I had to take a lot of breaks while writing the scenes related to that research because they were intense.

I’ve just completed a prequel to the series which required researching flora and fauna of the Cretaceous period found in the Yixian formation of Laurasia. I hope it did it justice in the story!

Why did you choose this setting?

For the prequel, “The Forest of Time,” my offspring requested a story with dinosaurs in it.

What’s unique about your world?

As of this point in the series, my time travelers can’t travel to the future beyond the point of the “present” in the time frame the time travel device is located. That will change in future stories, however…

How real do you think the science is in your book?

The science in the universe is not even close to real, of course. Where possible I’ve creatively extrapolated from current knowledge and theories, but the technology I invented for the story is speculative at best.

What was the most mundane item that you used that really has cool tech behind it? What is the tech?

The most mundane item with cool tech behind it is an umbrella.

What did you include that you wish was real today?

I don’t wish the time travel technology was real today – I believe to effectively utilize time travel, society must reach a place of maturity that we have not achieved yet. I also believe we will get there someday.

What I do wish was real was the clean and energy efficient transportation

What technology or science do you think will most affect the world of tomorrow?

Developments in social psychology hand in hand with AI.

Anything else you would like to share with our readers?

The novella prequel to the series, “The Forest of Time,” releases on February 29, 2020. The next two in development are stand-alone novels entitled “The Alexander Event” which is the story of the discovery of time travel; and “The Merging of Stars” where an intrepid scientist time traveler finds a way to travel to the future.

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