By Christine Galeone, Contributing Writer
Hudson – Walt Disney once quipped “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Local author Joseph W. Bebo would agree. At Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough, the Hudson resident recently gave a presentation about his latest book, “Lamp of the Gods,” a science fiction technothriller that brings the seemingly impossible to life.
Bebo said the novel, which revolves around the mysterious disappearance of an astrophysicist who developed a theory of quantum gravity that allows people to see the past through a telescope, was inspired by a couple of things. It was inspired by his fascination with physics and astronomy that has grown through reading reader-friendly books by Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku. But he was motivated to write the book when he saw a Google Maps satellite view of his parents’ home. Because it wasn’t a recent photo, he could see his dad’s truck in the driveway – even though his dad had passed away several months before, and the car and house had been sold.
“I said ‘Whoa! Dad’s truck is still there, like he’s still inside watching the game on TV,’” recalled Bebo. “I said ‘Hmm. What if you could look into the past?’ And that’s what made me write this book.”
But although writing his third novel was fun, Bebo admitted it wasn’t always easy. He said keeping a science-based story exciting is challenging. To overcome that challenge, he infused the plot with a lot of action, suspense and drama, while still weaving comprehensive science throughout the book.
“So, it’s a science fiction book, which I hope people will read and find it almost plausible – like ‘Hey, something like this could really happen. And what if it did? What would that be like?’” he said.
Since the presentation, Bebo has been looking forward to the release of his next novel, “Bach Again.” It’s another science fiction technothriller about a clone of the great composer whose life is threatened by someone trying to poison him. The author, who has also published the historical fiction novels “Of Lake, Land and Liberty: The Battle of Plattsburgh in the War of 1812” and “Family Legends – The Charbonneau Letter,” enjoys writing the books and hopes they will continue to entertain people.
“I write them for my own enjoyment, and I get a kick out of it. And if I can entertain someone else, that’s wonderful. That is icing on the cake. Because I love to write this stuff, and if no one read it, I would be writing it myself, anyway,” Bebo said with a laugh. “And the fact that folks out there find this stuff entertaining is just wonderful.”
Along with the other books Bebo has published, “Lamp of the Gods” is available at Amazon.com. “Bach Again” should be released in the fall. In the meantime, Bebo is having fun doing “the impossible” through his technothriller adventures, and he invites readers to join him.