This is the second podcast series from author King Everett Medlin. It's called Twin Paradox and it's based on a SciFi trilogy he wrote four years ago under the pseudonym Purple Hazel. When he set out to write Twin Paradox, King wanted to create a realistic and believable world less than one hundred years in the future. Rather than devising (or assuming) technologies that would be barely conceivable given known scientific principles, he tried taking current developmental theories and applying them. It wasn't difficult to find such theories. In this first installment, you will learn of our current society's eventual collapse...and rebirth. How major cities plunge into anarchy. How the American credit-based economy comes crashing to the ground, bringing an abrupt end to a system that essentially goes back to 1971. Here, you will learn of the sad end to a way of life most of us living today would dearly miss. And yet, the resilience of humanity once again shines through. A new world order is established. Mankind recovers. New technologies resolve many of the challenges still plaguing Earth's dominant species. That being said; the growth of the world's population leads to yet another threat: that the world may not be able to feed itself for long. This inevitability prompts the best and brightest to once again gather together and propose solutions; leading to the ambitious space mission described in the story. Twin Paradox is about three pairs of identical twins (all orphans), separated from each other and with one from each set recruited into the Earth's international space program. According to scientific theory, if one individual from a set of identical twins were to travel through space at or near the speed of light for an extended period of time, they will likely return to Earth only to find their brother or sister has aged considerably. As part of a bizarre experiment, scientists decide to place the three youths onboard an intergalactic spacecraft and observe the results. Their lives are then monitored, along with the lives of their siblings back on Earth. Twin Paradox is a SciFi trilogy encompassing three full length novels; all of which will be read in their entirety over the next sixty weeks. In this first series of episodes, simply called Twin Paradox Book One, you will learn of their development into adulthood - both the three bright youngsters brought in to become astronauts, as well as their three siblings left to eke out an existence back home. Book Two of the trilogy goes on to tell the exciting tale of their return to Earth many years later. Book Three will detail what ultimately becomes of them once they've been reunited with their now much older siblings.
Chapter Nineteen: Shah-zee
Tonight we continue with Part Four, Heroes and Scapegoats. A ray of hope comes in the form of a charming relationship developing between Ozzie Guerrero and Shamiso Kachote. They have become the subject of ship-wide gossip - everyone's all abuzz. It's not difficult to be in the loop; to be fair, in that the two space twins have lived out their entire young adulthood onboard. There's little in the way of juicy details that hasn't been passed around among crew members bored with their daily lives and looking for something interesting to talk about.
Chapter Eighteen: The Virch
The Santa Maria is now entering year three of its journey back to Earth. The crew are getting restless. Perhaps it's due to the strain of having come out of stasis only to be faced with the daunting task of building up the colony on Kapteyn B; along with all the unpleasantness dealing with the bombastic colony commander Luigi Cadorna. Captain Stehter tends to think they're just itching to get home! He's correct. They are. Worse; they're terribly bored, and that's sure to lead to mischief.
Chapter Seventeen: Schmutzfink
The Santa Maria is now hurtling toward Earth; a journey which in normal circumstances would take just over fourteen years. The crew fully believe it won't take nearly that long because word from Space Programme is that the new re-supply ship Nautilus will be intercepting them in only four years; delivering them to their homes and families by the year 2107. Nevertheless that's still a healthy chunk of time. It will leave folks like B.J. and Captain Steinhart - for that matter, the majority of the crew - with little to do in the meantime but find ways to entertain themselves.
Chapter Sixteen: Year Fifteen
Tonight we begin Part Four: Heroes and Scapegoats. We've already heard how the Santa Maria is preparing for its return to Earth. However there's an important first step before they can begin their journey home. In orbit around Kapteyn B is a message pod which they must retrieve. Within lies their orders, as well as some exciting news from Space Programme.
Chapter Fifteen: To the Surprise of Everyone
B.J.goes to work on the prickly colony commander Luigi Cadorna. She has one objective in mind, and it's soon to be discovered that the lonely fellow has no intention of passing up the golden opportunity to make her his full-time lover. Question is, how long can she keep up the charade?
Chapter Fourteen: Somewhere Anywhere Nowhere
Luigi Cadorna, Commander of the Earth Colony on Kapteyn B, has become a real nuisance as of late. Not only that, dangerous. Captains Stehter and Berwick are at their wits end coming up with a solution to the problem. That's when B.J. offers an alternative.