How technical or religious is The Genesis Resolution?

ThinkerThe Big Bang created equal amounts of matter and antimatter. An instant after the Big Bang, most of the antimatter in the Universe disappeared leaving matter to coalesce into atoms, molecules, stars, planets, and ultimately, you and me. What happened to the antimatter? Where did it go? We still don’t know.

We do know that everything in our Universe is made of atoms. This includes our solar system, the sun, Earth, and again, you and me. Not a problem . . . we have to me made of something, right? The problem is, according to our best estimates, all of the atoms in the Universe make up only 4% of its weight. The same applies to you and me. If we add up all of the atoms in our body, it would only account for 4% of our weight. Ninety-six percent of the Universe, including you and me is . . . well . . . missing. Something is giving the mass of an apple, the Earth, and you and me, weight. We don’t have a clue what that “something” is. We’re still looking.

CERN Particle AcceleratorUntil the opening of CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, the largest atom smasher . . . collider . . . in the world was at Fermi Labs outside of Chicago. Their 3.9-mile particle accelerator could produce collisions with the power of 1 TEV . . . one trillion electron volts.

CERN’s 17-mile particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, can produce collisions of 15 TEV . . . fifteen trillion electron volts. For the first time, humanity has a tool with which scientists can look at conditions that existed just a trillionth of a second after the Big Bang . . . and hopefully answer questions like those posed above. Who knows, they might even discover what caused the Big Bang!

ThinkerWhile I find all of the above intellectually stimulating, it makes for boring reading and was taken out of the book by my editor. Yes, part of the story is set at CERN and there is a discovery, but it is explained in layman’s terms and . . . even if you don’t understand it . . . it wouldn’t make any difference to the storyline. There is no more science in The Genesis Murders than there is in Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons.

The same goes for religion. I made the protagonist, Father Thomas Constantine, a priest, and the antagonist, Benedetto Capponi, a Cardinal, to show the relativity of good and evil. This also allowed me to weave the power of love, personal love, God’s love and one’s love of God, into the story.

At its heart, The Genesis Resolution is a suspense/thriller with elements of science, religion, love, and disillusionment . . . played out against the irony of fate.

I have not intended the book to be a sermon in any sense of the word . . . but I hope it causes you to consider the vastness of the universe . . . and your part in it.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.

ALBERT EINSTEIN