As far as possible, the science of Virtues of War sticks with the current, Einstein-based physics that is well-understood today. However, where the book departs from Relativity, it does so by following one of the most promising theories to emerge in particle physics in the past decade.
Virtues draws on the work of Dr. Lisa Randall and Dr. Raman Sundrum, who proposed in 1999 the "5-dimensional warped geometry theory" in their Randall-Sundrum models RS-1 and RS-2. In brief, this theory suggests that our detectable Universe is really a membrane, or "brane," existing in three spatial dimensions but connected to a greater reality of four spatial dimensions. This fourth spatial dimension is known as the Bulk and through the Randall Sundrum theory suggests compelling answers as to the nature of gravity and offers an explanation for why gravity is so much weaker than the other fundamental forces of nature we perceive.
No doubt Dr. Randall and Dr. Sundrum will shake their heads at the liberal application of their theory in the story of Virtues, but the author sincerely hopes that they will smile as they do so, and recognize that Virtues is, after all, science fiction.
To learn more about the Randall Sundrum 5-dimensional warped geometry theory, please pick up a copy of Dr. Randall’s excellent book, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions.
And finally, it’s important to address the fact that the larger spaceships in Virtues of War have artificial gravity. There’s no science behind this – they just do. The author purports that this no doubt thanks to the greater understanding of gravity pioneered by 5-dimensional warped geometry theory...
Talk about hitting the ground running. Coles doesn’t pull any punches. The fast-moving pace of the story is terrific and makes it an absolute pleasure to read.