We are thrilled to introduce scientist Greg Meholic, senior project leader at The Aerospace Corporation and thinker whose Tri-Space theory Christopher Paolini used as the basis for his FTL system in his debut science fiction novel, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. In this interview, Christopher and Greg discuss some of the finer details of the theory and its inspiration.
Immersed in world building research for To Sleep, Christopher stumbled across one of Greg’s essays detailing the Tri-Space theory, one that could handily addressed some of the real-world challenges associated with achieving faster-than-light travel. Greg kindly agreed to answer Christopher’s questions. Many novella-length email exchanges later, Christopher felt ready to start writing his book, confident in the mechanics that allowed his characters to make their way across the galaxy.
Years passed, and Greg probably all but forgot about the author until, one day, Christopher reached out with news of the book’s imminent publication. Greg contributed graphic elements for the appendix and reviewed the text for accuracy . . . and To Sleep in a Sea of Stars launched into the public’s orbit.
We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview with dynamic thinker Greg Meholic. And for those of you who are inspired to write something using Greg’s theory, he is happy to answer your questions! Eat the path, Fractalnauts!
To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is a story of enormous intergalactic weight and consequence, but also of deeply personal human strength, compassion, and awe. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her—but the entire course of history.
The U. S. audio book is narrated by Jennifer Hale.