The Physics of Science Fiction: Electromagnetic Pulse: SpreadingtheMuse Productions





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Uploaded on Aug 8, 2011

So here we have an explanation of a much mentioned yet rarely explained super weapon, the Electromagnetic Pulse or EMP. Using movie clips you're sure to recognize, I explain the process of Nuclear Fission, Compton Scattering, how this creates an EMP, and how this makes the EMP the most dangerous weapon of this century.

First I'll answer the obvious question: Where have I been for a year? Writing a urban fantasy young-adult novel, an idea I had way back 4 movies ago. And after this I'm going back to it. They take a long time ;) I've written one whole other book before, but that was a memoir where I knew how it began and how it ended. Writing a new story with new characters and getting a consistent plot? Harder than anything I've done before. After about 9 months of work, I have 200 single-spaced pages to show for it, which covers a lot of ground plot wise and conceptually, but there's still a great deal to do. This story first trounced itself on my head way back before Gravity and Potential Energy back in 2008. I wanted to get the Radiation movie done first, for professional purposes, before I left for while. And that turned out one of my better ideas, as Radiation is now being shown at Hanford and such in their training classes, as I had hoped.
EMP here was a break from writing, to give my brain the summer to plow through subconscious ideas for the novel, and that also worked better than I had hoped. But writing is SLOOOW. A good day is a single page. Quite a change from movie-making where I could go from beginning to end in 10 weeks, like EMP here.
Dont worry I'll make more movies. I'd forgotten how much fun they were. Radiation put a bad taste in my mouth, taking 6 months to complete, longer than it had any right to. This one was quicker faster and flowed far more easily. Joy ;)

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