"New Worlds Are Our Oyster."
March 2003 Issue
When Worlds Collide!
Tina Ancinec was born in San Diego, where she was employed as a molecular biologist, utilizing cloning and genetic engineering techniques. She moved to northern New Mexico last year in order to complete a Ph.D program in holistic nutrition, and seriously pursue her career as a writer. She is also a professor of biology at The University of New Mexico, Taos.
Tina's novel, DOES THE MUSIC PLAY FOREVER? iis her second writing project. Her first novel, THE TRANSFECTION will be published later this year. She is presently working on her third visionary fiction piece, the first in a series, about a nineteen-year-old female psychic detective who works for the United States government's top-secret psychic divison.
Tina has a Bachelor of Science in biology from San Diego State University, and is presently working on a Ph.D in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. She was first author on her first scientific research paper, "Lipid Mediated Transfection of Eucaryotic Cells", which was accepted for publication without revision by Bio Techniques, the May, 1997 issue. She has been a vegetarian for twenty years, and is also currently working on a non-fiction book on how to feed a dog a vegetarian diet. Besides writing, Tina's interests include skiing, hiking, golf, and scuba diving in exotic oceans. She travels for both pleasure and research.
An Interview with Tina Ancinec
PNR: What inspired you to become a writer? What type of books do you prefer to read? What made you decide to write Science Fiction?
Tina A.: Since the first day I learned to read as a child, I became an avid reader. Science fiction was my favorite genre even then. I was reading science fiction books such as "Brave New World", "1984" and "Animal Farm", when I was in the third and fourth grades. My parents never let me watch science fiction movies on T.V. when I was very little, because they said those movies would give me nightmares. But, I'd sneak into the T.V. room and watch them anyway. After a time, they just gave up and let me watch them. At all times throughout my life, Ive always been in the middle of reading some science fiction novel. These days, I read mainstream science, and holistic health related materiasl. Real science is getting as good as science fiction.
I love science. I was born knowing that I would be a scientist some day. When I was a child, I would have rather have picked up bugs, leaves and fungus from the forest and looked at them under a microscope, than play with the other kids. Id spend hours looking through my dads telescope marveling at what was out in the universe and what the point of the whole thing was.
Also, as far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated with anything to do with para-psychology. I've studied eastern religions and reincarnation, astrology, time travel, witchcraft, E.S.P., you name it. As I studied biology and cutting edge physics, I was amazed as how closely they overlapped with the occult. For instance, when I was researching for my novel "Does the Music Play Forever?" I'd often be reading a Hindu book and have to stop and look at the cover to make sure it wasn't a physics book, they sounded so much alike.
I've always had a flair for writing, and after I graduated from college and began working as a molecular biologist, I started to see many scientific subjects and cutting edge research projects that were being done, which would make great science fiction stories. One day in the early nineties, I purchased a laptop that I could take where ever I went, and started a new journey in life; writing seriously. I now write new age, hard science fiction, combining real science with new age philosophies.
PNR: DOES THE MUSIC PLAY FOREVER?, is an intriguing title, what does it refer to?
Tina A.: I picked, "Does the Music Play Forever" for the title of my novel because the story is about Earth in the year 2012. During that year, the sun reverses polarity, causing the Earth to turn on its axis. The Earth had already gone through many major, man made catastrophic changes, such as war and pollution. Then, in 2012, the pole shift turned the entire Earth upside down. More people were dead than alive, and the survivors werent sure if all of the disaster was finished. They wondered if the Earth would be around for very much longer.
I use music as an analogy for the vast array of inventions, books, and art, all of the things man has ever created or discovered throughout history. Music is the most beautiful form of art man has ever created, so Zeo and Austin wanted to know if the music plays forever, or if the world would end up being totally destroyed, thus eliminating everything mankind had accomplished during his time. The bottom line is, the music has to play forever. If it doesn't, then everything would be gone; nothing would play anymore.
PNR: What kind of research went in to the writing of this book?
Tina A.: I researched physics books, which explained hyperspace and string theory, and explain how time travel could be a reality. I also read Hindu and Buddhist books so I could understand karma, meditation, the power of the mind, the true theory of reincarnation, and each soul's place in the universe. As I mentioned, I was amazed at how beautifully the two subjects fit together, modern science and religion. I also read books on vortex and crystal energy.
For further research, I traveled to Sedona, Arizona and spent much time there getting a feel for the energy of the natural environment. I hiked the vortexes and meditated, and took in the beauty and spirituality of the land. I got a feel for what it might be like two hundred years from now.
I also did extensive research on the predictions made by psychics and profits, both modern day psychics such as, Gordon Michael Scallion, to many past profits, such as Edgar Casey, Ruth Montgomery, the Mayan people, as well as Nostradamus and even Revelations in the bible. They are all saying the same thing about the so-called Armageddon at the beginning of the 21st century.
PNR: This story begins in the early twenty first century. Although the new millennium was ushered in without the feared fanfare, the people of Earth didnot have many years to enjoy their relief. What happens beginning in 2009? The worst is yet to come, for it has been predicted that the world will come to an end on December 22, 2012. Why?
Tina A.: The Mayan people of the Yucatan Peninsula were extremely advanced in their comprehension of science and the universe. They understood the universe by monitoring the planet Venus in a very sophisticated manner. They learned that the way the sun rotates creates sunspots. After twenty sunspot cycles, which occurred approximately every thirty seven hundred years, the suns rotational orbit would change, and the Earth would turn on its axis. According to the Mayans, this is due to occur again on December 22, 2012.
In my novel, during the year 2009, many natural disasters of great magnitude began to occur, which changed the entire landmass of all of the continents on Earth. Volcanoes erupted the world over, while earthquakes and tidal waves submerged the entire west coast, from Canada to Mexico, under the ocean, leaving Phoenix, Arizona, as a coastal city. By this time, the predictions of the ancient Mayan people were well accepted; in 2012, the change in the suns polarity would completely turn the Earth on its axis. The disasters of 2009 were the precursors to that shift, and everyone knew that in 2012, the mass destruction which would occur on Earth when it turned on its axis, would be much worse than anything that they had encountered up until then.
PNR: Professor Austin Green, a pragmatic theoretical physicist, and his spiritualistic son Zeo, had escaped Los Angeles before the massive earthquake sent it into the ocean. Now living in coastal Phoenix, AZ, Austin has a great urge to discover whether or not Earth will survive the predicted disaster. Combining the knowledge of both men, the pair take a desperate gamble. Tell us what happens.
Tina A.: Austin had worked with a highly funded group of scientists at California Institute of Technology. They were working on a way to bend space-time and create a wormhole. They had much of the math worked out when the west coast sunk. He was able to save all his research material when he escaped to Phoenix. Once the Earth began to change so massively, he could see that there was a chance that the end of the world as we know it was coming. He had to know if the Earth, and thus mankind, would survive the changes and rebuild the Earth. And if they did, how would they rebuild it? Would we have learned from our past mistakes, thus building a society free of greed, selfishness, destruction of the environment, hatred and prejudice? Or would we just make the same mistakes over again?
Austin had an old proton accelerator he made in graduate school, but he needed more. In order to create enough energy to bend space-time he needed a form of exotic matter. His son, Zeo, was also very versed in math and physics, and had grown up spending much time with his mother, Linda, who was a new age type. She taught Zeo the ways of the spiritual side of man. So Zeo came up with the idea of using the energy vortexes in Sedona, Arizona, as the sources of both negative and positive energy they would need to bend space-time, as well as using quartz crystals as the exotic matter they needed to magnify the energy of the proton accelerator.
Austin was leery of Zeos hocus pocus, new age ideas, but they didnt have any other choices available to them, and time was running out. Once the Earth completely turned on its axis, there was a good chance theyd be dead. So they take the chance and travel to Sedona to bend space-time two hundred years into the future, using a large quartz crystal, a home made proton accelerator, and the energy from the day of the winter solstice, combined with the negative and positive energies from the Sedona vortexes. They knew there was more of a chance theyd be killed than not when they preformed there experiment, but chances were, they were going to die when the pole shift occurred anyway, so they may as well die doing something meaningful.
PNR: Austin is surprised not only by what he learns about the evolution of the human race following the catastrophe, but also by what he learns about himself. What is the Earth like in the twenty-third century?
Tina A.: In the twenty third century Austin and Zeo find a world that is advanced, not just technically, but spiritually. Everyone strives for spiritual growth; that is the most important thing now. Technology is utilized, but it remains within the framework that nature provides. They do not pollute or overpopulate the Earth in any way, for their transporters on the ground, and gliders in the air, are all solar powered. They eat only a vegetarian diet, not just for health reasons, but because they respect animals, and realize that man has evolved beyond eating them and treating them as if they have no soul. Not only is there not enough land left to raise cattle and other livestock for food, but the people of the twenty third century understand the bad karma created by the mass production of living entities for food. It is detrimental to ones health, it ruins the environment, and it is extremely cruel to living, feeling, loving souls; the animals.
Since most of the land mass is under the sea in the twenty third century, they genetically alter crops so as to farm them under the ocean. They also use electro magnetic frequency therapy to cure most all ills. People live to be 150 years old, without aging, because of their clean way of life. They meditate once to twice daily, in a meditation center where they gather at their leisure in the middle of town. They use their minds over matter, and the main goal of these people is to advance spiritually as far as they can during each lifetime. They dont believe in reincarnation, they just accept it as fact.
But, there is a group of people, the unevolved, who two hundred years earlier, when the pole shift occurred, didnt want to live a more evolved way of life. They ran off into the desert and set up their own society. There they have lived for the past two hundred years, and up until recently, never made contact with the city people.
PNR: There Austin meets his soul mate, Cassianna. Tell us about her?
Tina A.: Cassianna is a highly advanced soul who is a graduate student at Sedona University, studying underwater agriculture. She is bright and independent and a free spirit. Her father is a shaman, one of the most spiritually advanced beings alive. Hes spent his whole life growing spiritually so he can help mankind evolve to their highest state of being. Cassianna has her fathers ambition, as well as his genes, and strives to grow spiritually, but shes also young, and finds many things, which distract her from following that path.
Just because someone is spiritual and holds certain values, doesnt mean they are a saint. Young people will be young people, no matter what society they grow up in, and Cassianna is no different. She tries hard to get to the meditation center daily, but often lets her friends talk her into skipping to go out and sail, hike, or party. She is a bit rebellious against authority, and will often do something she has been warned not to do, because she wants to know for herself. She has never been in love, just in lust, and wonders if there really is such a thing as true, romantic love, or if people just pretend to feel it.
PNR: This book would probably be described more as romantic science fiction rather than science fiction romance because the ending is hopeful, but does not end with a commitment between Austin and Cassianna. What do you think?
Tina A.: I think this is one of the most romantic stories of all time. When one falls in love, they want to be with that person at all costs. Many people fall in love, but they must part ways for a time, for one reason or another. For instance, many young people fall in love, but then are separated by the distance between the colleges they attend. Sometimes one of them, be it the man or woman, will forgo their dreams of college, in order to be with the one they love, following their loved ones journey through life, but at the same time, giving up on their own, personal dreams. One day, the party whom gave up on their dreams to be with the one they love, will surely feel incomplete. They have lived in someone elses shadow, and now they feel empty. They realize they had a higher purpose in life, but they let it go.
In my story, Cassianna and Austin have a love that we can only dream of, and neither one want to part ways. They were tempted to leave their life duties behind and just run off into the sunset, for they were free to make that choice. But, they both knew that they had duties to the universe, and to mankind, and to themselves that went beyond how they felt about each other. And, both knew, that if they applied themselves to what they were meant to accomplish in their present lives, then one day, they would be together forever, unconditionally in love. What higher love than that can one ask for? Is true, unconditional love that will last for all eternity, not worth working toward and waiting for?
PNR: If there was one message you would want readers to take from this story, what would it be?
Tina A.: My one message to the readers would be to try to become the best in life they can. No one really knows what the future holds in store, but one thing is for sure, were all in it together. One must do things that are not just good for themselves, but good for all. We are here for a reason, and its not just to make ourselves happy. We must strive to make a positive difference in the world, no matter how small, and then our rewards will come. And everyone gets what they deserve. That, my friends, is like the law of gravity; it will work even if you dont believe in it.
PNR: What is next for Tina Ancinec?
Tina A.: I am presently working on getting another novel published. It is a science fiction story about alien abductions and genetic engineering. I researched everything I could find on the alien abduction experience, and combined it with my expertise in molecular genetics to come up with an incredible story that fits together much too perfectly. Ive just started writing a third novel, the first in a series, about a nineteen year old female psychic detective, who works for the United States Governments top secret psychic team. Check out my work at my website and see my new age, hard science fiction works in progress.
DOES THE MUSIC PLAY FOREVER? - Many predictions have been made about life at the beginning of the twenty first century and the impending end of the world. According to the Mayan Indians, the end of the world is supposed to come on the day of the winter solstice, December 22, 2012, when the sun changes it's rotation and the Earth turns on it's axis. A theoretical physicist, Austin Green, and his spiritually enlightened son, Zeo, barely escape from Los Angeles before a third massive earthquake cracks the North American plate, and the entire west coast sinks into the ocean. Now, in the year 2011, Austin and Zeo want to know what will happen after the pole shift occurs in 2012. Does the music play forever?
Will all life on Earth end before the middle of the twenty first century or have we learned from our past mistakes?
Combining Austin's expertise in hyperspace manipulation, and Zeo's deep seeded, new age intuition, they devise an elaborate plan to construct a worm hole two hundred years into the future and escape just seconds before the Earth turns on it's axis.
"Does the Music Play Forever?" is a story of one man's discovery of, not only his true nature, but also the true nature of the universe and mankind's innate connection to it. It is the ultimate example of the law of cause and effect.
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