• Matthew Staggs

This Week: Stephen Hawking, Eradicaion Update, and Generational Support

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It's been a week of ups and down, so we'll start this week's post off with some sad news, and end on a high note.

You've probably already heard about the passing of arguably the most famous physicist since Albert Einstein: Stephen Hawking. Hawking was known for his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology, particularly his work in understanding black holes and relativity. He wrote one of the greatest-selling books on physics of all time, A Brief History of Time, and was the author of hundreds of essays and papers that shaped our modern understanding of physics.

Most people will remember Hawking as a scientist with a brilliant mind, confined by a slowly progressing motor neuron disease known more commonly as ALS, or Lou Gherig's disease. Hawking slowly lost his ability to move his body, and eventually his ability to speak. His unflinching spirit did not stop his pursuit of scientific greatness, using a speech-generating device with the use of a single cheek muscle.

Hawking was 76 years old at his passing, born interestingly on the day Galileo is believed to have died, and died on the birthday of Albert Einstein.

As a writer of science fiction, I am personally grateful for the contributions that Hawking has made to expanding the ideas of what lies beyond our atmosphere, and it has certainly helped shaped some of the stories that I will put down in writing in the years to come.

In better news, Eradication continues to come along, still working toward that expected delivery date of 5/30/2018. As I've said before, the going has been tougher on Eradication than the first two books of the Containment Series because there is so much riding on this final installment. This week has been just that much harder because of our annual "spring forward" as we switch our clocks over to daylight savings time. Honestly, if anyone reading this ever becomes president some day, make the abolition of that practice your first executive order.

And now for that high-note I promised you we'd end on. I've had a lot of support from my family and friends for the launch of my writing and publishing career, but perhaps none so surprising or heartwarming as the picture my cousin sent me of my Grandpa reading Containment on her Kindle. Well into his 90s, I did not expect my story of a dystopian future of government control and deadly viruses would be of any interest to a man old enough to have served in both WWII and the Korean War. There he is, apparently burning through the first 9 chapters before needing to rest his eyes.

Just goes to show that you're never too old for a good story.

As always, if you have friends that haven't yet read Containment, let them know that it's available on Amazon, as well as book 2, Quarantine. Subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can read for free! If you haven't yet, please do me a huge favor and leave a review. It let's other's know that a good book is waiting for them to read, and helps the stories get visibility and in front of more potential readers. You can do it here and here.

That's it for this week! Until next time...

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Let‘s get real here for a second. I mean, like, really real. No filter, no promotion speak, just me and you, writer to reader. Writing Eradication is hard. When I first set out to write Containment, I