The Vortex Evolution duology comprises The Quantum Elbow and Storm Pilgrim. A third book, Quantum Heritage, is currently being written, so the series will eventually become a trilogy.
__—— The Quantum Elbow : ...follows the fortunes of Terry Gadson, a light aircraft accident investigator, who invents a device known as a Quantum Elbow – used in pairs or larger arrays these ‘QE’ devices are a new engine technology – it is much CHEAPER than rocket technology!. By the time the invention is revealed, Terry is an old man, so his small firm, Gadson Aviation, employs a young protege, Jack Bachelor, to concentrate on Earth orbital business – launching and maintaining satellites and clearing space-junk left over from the rocket era. Available for Kindle from Amazon, US$2.60.
__—— Storm Pilgrim : Joe Bachelor (son of Jack Bachelor) inherits Gadson Aviation and improves QE drives, then invents new QE devices to allow aerospace agencies’ long-cherished dream of human settlement of other worlds to slowly proceed. Joe develops the radial qeser (a cutting tool) and the q-box transport device, which comes in 3 sizes: Radial, for domestic-size displacements; Diametric (later known as a d-box) for commercial use; and Double-diametric for industrial use. This allows interstellar settlers to avoid building roads. Joe and his wife Brenda have no children, and understand that off-world settlement will take many working lifetimes. They secretly bequeath Gadson Aerospace to a colleague’s granddaughter, Annabelle Bennett, who is just 12 at the end of Pilgrim. Available for Kindle from Amazon, US$2.60.
__—— Quantum Heritage : This will be the third book in the Vortex Evolution series, but is still in the creation process as at January 2021.
The third book follows Anna Bennett about 20 years later, as the 20-year patent protection on q-boxes expires on Earth. Anna is an engineer at Gadson Aerospace on Earth, overseeing maintenance and repairs. She has helped the Bachelors make several small QE advances during the patent period for the q-box, including a diametric qeser – not very good as a cutting tool, but making all d-boxes technically simpler.
Aerospace agencies are considering settlement of a second world, now that settler world Hyacinth has a stable economy, several small villages, and is approaching self-sufficiency. Joe and Brenda Bachelor are getting old and want to retire, taking a deeper interest in ‘politics’ – such as it is on a world with only small villages – to better influence the growth of the settler world. Anna inherits Gadson Aerospace, now wholly managed from Hyacinth, so goes to live there to continue the Bachelors’ work.
Over time, Anna develops a d-box suitable for mining – on asteroids in zero-G with no troublesome vortex implosion problems. Hyacinth’s sun, Parvasol, has its own asteroid belt, plenty of M-class asteroids. The system grows from tiny to fairly industrial-scale, when Earth demands similar equipment so that their own asteroid belt can be mined. But Hyacinth is too small to provide that at the scale Earth demands.
Anna is consulted often on aspects of village site preparations on a new world, drawing on experience with 4 settlements on Hyacinth. Some improvements, but Gadson Aerospace is no longer the only provider of QE interstellar transport, and settling new worlds is a huge challenge. Earth’s main problem is over-population but, despite settlers trying to help solve their problems, population continues to increase. Settler worlds will continue to be small-scale while Earth’s industrial-scale remains its biggest problem as well as its main strength.
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