Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Q&A: Dr. Richard, Author of TETRASTATEM

Dr. Richard has been involved in the field of Photonics for over 30 years. He received his BA in physics (honors) from the University of California Fullerton. He was in a full scholarship PhD program in physics at the University of California Irvine and a PhD program in philosophy at Claremont Graduate School. Dr. Richard completed his two dissertations (involving human interpretations of laser and electro-optical images) while under top secret clearance. He also has an advanced placement teaching credential, an advanced certification (from the University of Wisconsin) in laser and optical design; and other advanced certifications in fiber optics, computer programming, technology business development, financial products, dance, anatomy and physiology.



Thanks for this interview, Dr. Richard.  Congratulations on your new book! Would you say it’s been a rocky road for you in regards to getting your book written and published or pretty much smooth sailing?  Can you tell us about your journey?

Writing and publishing Tetrastatum has definitely been a journey. After sending out numerous query letters and endless discussions with literary agents, I decided to self-publish for the flexibility and freedom to shape the work as I originally intended as well as the economics vs traditional publishing. Publishing a book is definitely a labor of love.  Surround yourself with the right people (you will need a lot of them before it is over, illustrator, publicist, editor, social media guru, SEO specialist, web developer, video team) and expect nothing more than the opportunity to present your ideas to those who may appreciate your work. Fully expect that for everyone who likes it, there is someone who hates it (cosmic duality). It is a full time job that offers no benefits and little to no reward other than seeing your vision materialize and knowing your ideas are out there for others to enjoy and ponder.
If you were to pen your own autobiography, what might the title be?

In an eerie way, I think I just did, Tetrastatum.  The book has so many aspects of my life connected in the fictional narrative in a sense it is somewhat of an autobiography.

When not writing, what do you like to do for relaxation and/or fun?

I am an avid dancer and have appeared on Dancing with the Stars.  I enjoy dance as I find it to be a form of meditation and exercise.

What makes your book stand out from the rest?

Tetrastatum is a #1 Bestseller on Amazon in the Hard Science Fiction and Metaphysics categories. I wrote the book because I believe that the new proposed space-time paradigm and field of Psychothotonix have significant philosophical and societal implications that should be available to everyone, not just academia.   Tetrastatum is the first book to explain the theory in an easy understandable format combining metaphysics and science to present concepts that are accessible to anyone desirous of a better understanding of the universe we live in.  The novel is written in the genre of “Hallucinatory Realism” merging mythology, history and contemporary events while exploring the essence of reality by applying extended physics. Self-Publishing Review sums it up best, “Tetrastatum is like nothing you have ever read before.”  

Can you give us the very first page of your book so that we can get a glimpse inside?

I don’t know how I got here, or where I came from, or where I am going. The small questions that I can answer only lead to other larger unanswerable questions. It is madness, total madness. My head is throbbing and I can’t stop the buzzing, hissing noise in my head.  Maybe I should stop asking the questions? “Make it stop,” I cry out, but it won’t. No matter how loud I yell, the noises only subside for a second as my lungs fill up with air and my vocal cords call out in anguish. It is my fault that they are dead. I should have been there. Now they are gone, and it is my fault. My naked body aches from the hard padding on the floor. I have been curled up in a ball for hours, maybe days, trying to stay warm as the vents flood the windowless room with dry, cold air. The fluorescent white light bounces off the four white walls, illuminating the faded white padding in waves. The light fixture above, like a beacon to the mad, makes an almost incomprehensible humming sound that is almost drowned out by the buzzing in my own head—yet is still audible if only to the truly insane.

No matter how loud I scream, no one answers. Only the humming, buzzing, hissing, white light continues into eternity, mocking my torment in an image that expands out into desolate space-time in perpetuity. The omnipresent, cosmic image processor passes no judgment, and only allows the images to unfold into the cosmos for all those who can see to interpret for themselves.  I have failed them as I have failed myself. I can never bring them back…I can never bring myself back. Or maybe I can? Are you there? I can see you. I warn you, to continue this journey beyond this point is a grave decision. One should fully consider the consequences because the answers will come with larger questions, the humming, the buzzing. And nothing will ever be quite the same.

This manuscript, which accounts the details of my own quest for knowledge, is a perilous living journey that will perhaps answer your questions—but at an untold cost. If you must know the answers, they are here for those who absolutely must have them and can see.

If your book was put in the holiday section of the store, what holiday would that be and why?

Halloween! The entire feel of the novel has an eerie mystical charm that would complement the Halloween section of the store quite nicely.

Would you consider turning your book into a series or has that already been done?

My co-author Marcus Rodriguez and I are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”). The story structure and plot line definitely lends itself to a feature film or series based on the novel.

When you were young, did you ever see writing as a career or full-time profession?

No, I always wanted to be a scientist and spent my entire career doing so.  After I retired, I had time that I wished to share my life experiences with others and found writing as an outlet of fulfillment.

Did any of your books get rejected by publishers?

No, I never got far enough in the process and considered the pluses of self-publishing outweighed the benefits of traditional publishers. I wanted the flexibility and freedom to shape the work to achieve my artistic vision, which from my early discussions with literary agents and publishing houses would be problematic.

What is your view on co-authoring books; have you done any?

It’s a huge plus.  The co-author of Tetrastatum, Marcus Rodriguez is fabulous to work with and provided a complimentary counterpoint to my area of knowledge that translates into the work.  Two minds are better than one!

What’s next for you?

Marcus and I are working on developing applied applications of the technologies introduced in the novel as well as pursuing production of the screenplay “Time Smith” based on the book.


In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and Tim Smith combine heady concepts about the universe with a thrilling science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel. The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned storytelling that will appeal to
a wide readership, from science professionals to lay fans of science fiction.
“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez, respectively.

TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives the reader a unique understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice readers as well as advanced experts in the field.”

Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their cerebral story with a heady mix of dense theory and absurdist humor.”

The Independent Review of Books declares:  “TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”

The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of characterization and distortion feed into the concern that is being voiced over the current state of our political climate…
The layering of these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages and asking questions.”

“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,” Dr. Richard continues.  He calls science fiction “the perfect genre to explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic technologies and scientific theories.”

Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”).

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