Is fiction anticipating reality?
The news is on all the newspapers around the world. Since a few weeks a short film showing a black mass going on inside the CERN of Geneva is circulating on the net.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has launched an investigation into such video filmed at night on its Geneva campus depicting a mock ritual human sacrifice, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The bizarre video which has circulated online shows several individuals in black cloaks gathering in a main square at Europe’s top physics lab, in what appears to be a re-enactment of an occult ceremony. The video includes the staged ‘stabbing’ of a woman.
Read the article on the Daily Mail:
In my 2007 novel published by Mursia, Black Hole, I imagined something similar, with an exorcism performed by a priest on one of the main scientists working at the CERN.
Particle accelerators in fictional literature (Wikipedia)
Angels & Demons
The novel Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown, involves antimatter created at the LHC to be used in a weapon against the Vatican.
In the novel Firstborn, by Arthur C. Clarke. the alephtron is described as a particle accelerator wrapping around the lunar equator.
The novel FlashForward, by Robert J. Sawyer, involves the search for the Higgs boson at the LHC. CERN published a “Science and Fiction” page interviewing Sawyer and physicists about the book and the TV series based on it.
Timescape is a 1980 novel by Gregory Benford (with unbilled co-author Hilary Foister). It won the 1980 Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. This novel involves using time travel to avert ecological disasters.
In Cosm by Gregory Benford, a quark–gluon plasma is created in a particle accelerator. It becomes a separate universe which evolves from its big-bang to its end in a brief period.
By Angelo Paratico, published in Italy by Mursia in 2007. A group of physicists try to stop the LHC but fail and a micro black hole is formed. It gradually swallows our planet.