Kronyism

By Phil Plait | December 8, 2005 11:10 pm

Looking for a holiday present for the scientifically-minded spouse/friend/co-worker/sibling/relative/acquaintance/secret admirer? Here’s something a little different.

Astronomer and author Craig Wheeler wrote a book in 1988 called The Krone Experiment. It’s a scientifically-based potboiler thriller, and pretty enjoyable. I won’t give away what the science is (since it’s critical — some might say integral, har har– to the plot), but it’s pretty accurate, as you might expect from a professional astronomical theorist.

I worked with Craig years ago on a big astronomical project involving supernovae when I discovered he’d written a book. And now it turns out the book has been made into a movie! Here’s the website for the DVD. I haven’t seen it yet, but I plan to. Even though I know how it ends, it’ll be interesting to see it through someone else’s eyes. I’ll drop a hint to Mrs. BA about getting it for me… I’ll have some time over the holidays to snuggle up in front of a good sci-fi thriller.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Science

Comments (13)

  1. moonflake

    The link to the website for the DVD appears to be broken. Great 404 page though :)

  2. Blake Stacey

    Shouldn’t that “secret admirer” logically be a “secret admiree”?

  3. JoJo2001
  4. Oops, fixed it. There was an extra “a href” in the URL link.

  5. hale_bopp

    Hey, I wanted to see the great 404 page :(

    Rob

  6. Tim G

    I just checked my local library database. The book is under “teen fiction”.

    Was the book really juvenile?

    database

  7. No, it’s an adult thriller. I mean, not adult, but complex and with quite a bit of depth. It’s fine for teens.

  8. Tim G

    Okay, I put the book on hold. I’ll pick it up tomorrow.

  9. Roy Batty

    # hale_bopp Says:
    December 9th, 2005 at 11:04 am

    Hey, I wanted to see the great 404 page :(

    Rob

    Here you go: http://www.badastronomy.com/104
    Get out of the black hole ;-)

  10. Babbler

    I don’t know…

    Direct to DVD seems like a bad omen to me.

  11. Mark Martin

    I wrote the director asking about an online trailer. He pointed me to to this page on his site:

    http://thekroneexperiment.com/trailer/krone_preview.html

    He says it’s an old trailer that he put together ages ago, and that he wants to edit together a newer, better one.

    And as long as we’re on the subject of low budget indie cinema, let’s not forget Primer:

    http://www.primermovie.com/

  12. dre

    no way! when i was in high school (1988 sounds about right), i picked up a copy of that book and read the first chapter or two. then i lost it. forgot the name. wondered about it occasionally ever since. never knew how it ended, and still don’t, but i can tell you i was smart enough to know the most likely conclusion based on physics, if not necessarily good fiction practices.

    i thought i’d never hear about it again, despite the concept of the story being burned in my brain – and no i won’t spoil it in this comment. yet here, on one of the few blogs i actually bother to read, is the long forgotten name of that damned book that terrified a poor, easily terrified fifteen-year-old back in ’88.

  13. Craig Wheeler

    So, Dre,

    Did you get the right answer?

    And what was so terrifying in the first couple of chapters?

    By the way, the third chapter was the best…

    We also have a forum on The Krone Experiment web site if anyone would like to pick up this thread there and/or converse with the author and filmmaker.

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