The Music of Jupiter
As many of you know, I am testing out some creative writing on Wattpad as another outlet for my creative energies in parallel to my mathematical research and blogging. I’ve posted two short stories there are already: ST. SAM AND THE GENDER MACHINES and THE LIGHTS. For those of you who don’t know, Wattpad allows writers to post their stories and novels for free, in an ad-free environment. There is an active community there where you can follow other writers, and people can post comments. It’s ad-free and presently not monetized for authors, which is fine with me. I am using it as a way to develop my writing skills and get constructive feedback.
The latest story is THE MUSIC OF JUPITER. I wrote this story sitting in my hotel room in Grosvenor Square, London, the night before my trip to Oxford University to speak on complex networks. I stumbled on a YouTube video (with nine million views) playing what is called “The Music of Jupiter”. I was inspired by the hypnotic and spooky sound. I even embedded the video in the story, and you can listen while reading (another great feature of Wattpad). It’s not music in the conventional sense, but it’s the result of electromagnetic radiation from the solar wind interacting with the planet’s magenetosphere.
I wanted to write about artificial intelligence, and throw in first contact with an alien species in Jupiter. For this, I was inspired by Ben Bova’s beautiful nova JUPITER, which describes contact with aliens swimming in the “oceans” of Jupiter. However, what started as a first contact story, morphed into a story on sentience. I think the story is a parable about finding life and awareness in unexpected places. THE MUSIC OF JUPITER is also about mothers, like Miranda, and their importance in our lives.
I am brave enough to call this Young Adult fiction, aimed as 12-18-year-olds. But the story transcends age. Hopefully, the 1980 pop culture references are not too obscure, but we live in the age of easy access to information from the web and social media. And Stevie Nicks continues to rock on, twirling away in the present day.
I hope you enjoy the story, and I look forward to hearing your feedback.