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I very much enjoyed Singularity. Bill got the vast majority of the physics right, which is highly unusual -- especially in a book that is such a good read.
After all that gushing over your story above, can I offer one nit-pick... take it from one who lives here, we call it the "An-tip-o-des" not "Anti-podes" Trust me, I live in NZ (British Colony, in the south pacific).Does Duality contain the same kind of edge-of-your-seat application of strange science that singularity did? If so I may actually have to pay real money for a copy this time.
The main problem is that in order to control a black hole electromagnetically it has to be a charged black hole and such an item is an extremely unlikely thing because material in quantity in general is normally electrically neutral. An uncharged black hole can only be controlled using gravity and you would need to use a stronger gravitating object to do it.The only way to do in a science fiction story would be to go and find another similar hole orbiting the sun near the earth and manipulate it gravitationally using an asteroid with rocket motors so that the second black hole penetrates the earth and has a close encounter with the black hole orbiting inside the earth and "hooks" it out into a different orbit outside of the earth.Also I am not sure how the original black hole was persuaded to go into an orbit inside the earth in the first place because in order for it to do this it would have to loose a lot of motion energy by a gravitational interaction involving a third body other than the earth itself. Maybe it was a previous close encounter with the other black hole that put it in the orbit in the first place.I also think that a "hot" black hole would not absorb significantly more material than it was radiating unless the local temperature was hotter than the hole itself so it would not be a danger to the earth by absorbing a significant amount of material. Simple thermodynamics says that.
Hi Bill,I have just listened to your book again now. Tell me you have sold rights to some big budget studio who will make an awesome movie out of this story!
When Hollywood finally sees the opportunity they are wasting, get an older actor, like Mr H Ford, to play Jon. Someone who can play the analyst well. Of all the Jack Ryans I liked his the best.Now for marianna...I'm thinking Jolie, but that may be taking the stereotype too far. The two best tomb-raiders in another some-what-mystical adventure? But with the budget the suits should be throwing at this project, why not! Although if you do ge Jolie, you may have to revise your descrption of Marianna's curves