Charlie M. Wight is a technologist, programmer and IT consultant. Wight's consultancy specializes in developing search plans to take advantage of applications such as Google, Yahoo and artificially intelligent search systems. A.I. is now a very diverse industry and requires multiple disciplinary skills in everything from bioinformatics and complex systems to even particle physics and quantum mechanics. In 2010 with the economic downturn in full swing Wight changed occupations to manufacturing and realized that the world he had thus inhabited was a very small section of humanity. Not everyone knew how a complex system derived functionality or could explain it mathematically. Clearly a sheltered life had been disturbed somewhat.Not everyone seen the world in the same way he did, a revaluation and revelation had occurred.
With a background in Physics and technology, In 2016 Wight first conceived of, and wrote, the first volume of In Lucem Solaria, a book written with a keen eye on readability by young adults but with many philosophical and technological questions being posed by the complex world we now live in. Who are we? How did we get here? Can we last? Who decides if we do or not? How can we supply maximum comfort for most humans at little or no cost?
This Science Fiction novel was to be the first in a sequence of 5 volumes spanning over 300 years of humanity in which humans finally get to understand the meaning of life, the universe and everything. The result is not of course 42!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm Irish, specifically a Dubliner. I spent my early childhood living in the inner city and then moved out to the burbs when I was 7 or 8. My family was working class, so its not like I had access to technology or lots of books, but I did have a library nearby and wore a track in the carpet there over several years.
In my teens I traveled Europe working, and in my late 20's spent several years working in London as a contract programmer for assorted company's and newspapers.
I have no idea in the world where this massive interest in technology came from! Not from my childhood? Well my dad worked as a linotype operator, setting type for newspapers. This was before digital typesetting, It's is an obsolete technology now. The machine he used was huge, ten feet tall, six feet wide, it printed lead typesetting blocks for the newspaper. So that was interesting, but mechanical. The technology was fundamentally the same as the Gutenberg brothers machines in the 1400's!
I was always mesmerized by computer technology and science, its an addiction. I have two major addictions, technology and jalapenos! I learned my first programming language at age 12, in the early 80's. I ate my first Jalapeno in the 90's! Clearly I'm genetically susceptible to shiny things that go bleep and hot things!
When did you first start writing?
Ahh okay, right so In Lucem Solaria is fiction and I've written a lot, like millions upon million of words, thousands of reports. But they were all business marketing plans for online applications, advertising pans for applications or specifications for online applications. Instructions and specifications are not exactly writing now are they? Well they are but they are not free use of ones imagination or artistic.
In Lucem Solaria is my first fictional book, so truthfully, in the context that the reader is interpreting the question? Well, I started writing....erm... four months ago!
I did write a fictional Sci-Fi short story as a teenager for the school magazine. It won too, but they printed someone else's story because mine was 20k words! Most of the technology in that story, from 1982...well its all around us now. Smartphones, tablets, landing on Mars by AI machines, TV stations based on content streamed over the internet, the internet itself! I thought at the time I was being wildly optimistic... I was wrong.
In 2024 the world's first conscious super intelligence, Solaria, is developed by Dr. George Morris. For the rest of his life she will remain the worlds best kept secret. But the world is falling apart, humanity is on the cusp of extinction, The problem is humans are mortal, machines not so much. So if George is to avert disaster then Solaria must give him immortality.