Peter W. Shackle is a professional engineer and inventor living in Palos Verdes California. He has a Ph.D. in physics from Trinity College, Cambridge in the UK. A life senior member of the IEEE, he has authored 53 United States patents
Tell us how you cam up with the title of your first novel, "A Disruptive Invention"
When you work with venture capitalists, the holy grail which they are all looking for is a new invention which is so powerful that it pushes aside all technology that preceded it. In that sense this story is about just such an event, that they call “A Disruptive Invention.”
I noticed that "A Disruptive Invention" is your first novel. What made you want to write a work of fiction when I know that you are already a distinguished contributor in the electrical engineering community?
Like everybody else I had noticed in movies like "District Nine" and "Independence Day" the concept of enormous flying vehicles that were somehow suspended in the air, able to repulse the force of gravity. At the same time as I browsed through scientific literature, I came across numerous articles concerning the Fifth Force which predicted that there should be a coupling between electric currents and gravity of a nature that would allow gravity to be repelled at will. People have been theorizing about this for thirty years or so, and yet nobody has ever found it. So I set about answering the question, "What would happen in contemporary American Society if somebody did actually find the Fifth Force? Suppose that it really was there all the time, and it was just that up until now everybody had been looking for it in the wrong way?
In the year 2011 John Sykes accidentally discovers the Fifth Force, which has been discussed amongst physicists for the last 30 years but never found. The resulting new UFO like "LeviStar" technology for flying vehicles will replace rocket science. See the aerospace industry turned upside down. Be there as the first flight into space in the UFO like vehicle shows that they are not alone!