concept came to mind after reading an article that mentioned miniscule
black holes that might be left over from the Big Bang, and that set me
What if such tiny black
holes are relatively plentiful but too small to be a major threat in terms
of sucking in whole planets? Maybe they can only suck in whole atoms...or
What if they could warp
space-time in such a way that a loop is created, bringing a point in time
in the past close to a point in time in the present?
Could this, I wondered,
explain hauntings and ghostly apparitions? After all, behind every
fantastic myth there lies a tiny grain of truth, distorted.
It was only a short hop
from that to the thought that the huge coils used in Magnetic Resonance
Imaging (MRI) - what used to be called Nuclear Magnetic Resonance before
everyone took fright at the word 'nuclear' - could, if over-revved along
with the imagination, create an artificial miniature black hole.
I had a very peripheral
involvement in some of the early research using NMR coils, and a friend
of mine (Howie Rowe) was involved in their manufacture. Howie had
some interesting stories about the testing of the coils, and another friend,
the late John Bradley, also had some interesting stories about using the
machines in a clinical setting.
Putting all of that together
with my time at Oxford - both as a resident in and around Oxford and as
a member of staff of the University of Oxford - gave me the basic storylines
for this dark tale.
For some reason, as I
wrote the treatment I saw Jodie Foster as the female lead (and possibly
director) and Johnny Depp as the male lead...
I also see it as a book,
and while I don't know yet if I'm capable of writing a script that is good
enough, I do feel confident that I could write the book.