A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed

Michael Murphey
Mike Murphey Author Interview

Taking Time follows Marshall as a new invention sets off a series of events with far reaching impacts and Marshall is caught between corporate greed and science. What was the inspiration for the idea behind this exciting story?

The concept for my Physics, Lust and Greed series has been percolating for many years. Jack Williamson—who along with Robert Heinlein are recognized as the deans of American science fiction—live in the small Eastern New Mexico town where I grew up, so I was exposed to his books early on. The concept of time travel is particularly fascinating to me. So much time travel fiction exists that it’s difficult to find any kind of original take on the genre. My effort in finding an original twist involved having only the consciousness of the future being travel to the past, where they share the minds of their past counterparts. This set up some fun internal conflicts which become more developed in the next two books in this series.

I enjoyed Marshall’s character throughout the story. What were some sources that informed the characters development?

I don’t embrace the “superman” concept of male protagonists. As much as I enjoy Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, being the toughest guy in the room makes things a little too easy. Supreme confidence is something most of us lack. Marshall is an awkward, terribly self-conscious and insecure person who has spent his life trying not to call attention to himself. Most of us weren’t the best athlete, the best musician or the most popular or smartest kid in school. Most of us had to use our wits to find our place and guard our dignity as we grew up. Marshall’s weaknesses give him his strength as a character as we watch him grow over the arc of three books.

What were some time travel tropes that you were trying to avoid in this story?

I’ve already alluded to this, but I didn’t want my past and future characters to have a physical confrontation. But I did want to create a conflict between the future and past versions of the same character. Having the intellect of the future being occupy the mind of the past being creates this conflict in what I think is a unique way. The greater disparity in the age of the past and future beings, the greater the conflict of values and understanding of the world around them. This was a fun plot element to develop.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

The second book in the Physics, Lust and Greed Series—Wasting Time—was published Oct. 1. The third book—Killing Time—is schedule for release May 11. My first non-fiction book—We Never Knew Just What it Was … The Story of the Chad Mitchell Trio—will hopefully be out in August.

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The year is 2044. Housed in a secret complex beneath the eastern Arizona desert, a consortium of governments and corporations have undertaken a program on the scale of the Manhattan Project to bludgeon the laws of physics into submission and make time travel a reality.

Fraught with insecurities, Marshall Grissom has spent his whole life trying not to call attention to himself, so he can’t imagine he would be remotely suited for the role of time travel pioneer. He’s even less enthusiastic about this corporate time-travel adventure when he learns that nudity is a job requirement. The task would better match the talents of candidates like the smart and beautiful Sheila Schuler, or the bristle-tough and rattlesnake-mean Marta Hamilton.

As the project evolves into a clash between science and corporate greed, conflicts escalate. Those contributing the funding are mostly interested in manipulating time travel for profit, and will stop at nothing, including murder, to achieve their goals.

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