I wrote The Looking Glass Club in part to explore some themes from philosophy, physics, information theory and technology that I'm, frankly, a little obsessed with: the boundaries between perception and reality; the relativity of information; consensus reality, and more. There are some subtle concepts presented in the book that be may be new, but most are probably not and many have fascinated writers, scientists and philosophers for decades, in some cases for hundreds, or even thousands of years.
Physics and philosophy are not obvious subject choices for a thriller, however, and while I was determined to keep the book intellectually challenging, I could only flirt with some of these topics without detracting from the story's pace. In the end, a great deal of detail had to be cut and never appears in the final novel; yet more ended up condensed and marginalised in quotes at the beginning of chapters, so that readers who just want a good story to read can dive into the novel without needing to follow any of the ideas from physics.
The puzzles between chapters were one way for me to engage willing readers further in the idea of information relativity, but there are many other topics worthy of further exploration.
One of the wonderful things about being a writer living in the twenty first century is that the Internet now allows ideas too large to fit inside a novel to spill beyond it, and still be accessible to interested readers.
I thought it would be fun to explore some of the ideas in greater detail in a series of short articles and I hope you find them as fascinating and engaging as I do. I'll be updating these pages as I go. Topic titles will become working links as I publish the articles.
by Gruff Davies