Dr Richard author of TETRASTATUM, new, unique sci-fi novel confronts the Universe and U.S. Politics


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To Tackle Complex Ideas about the Universe

And State of U.S. Politics

In their debut novel TETRASTATUM, authors Dr. Richard and Tim Smith combine heady concepts
about the universe with a thrilling science fiction story about the search for a new kind of time travel.
The result is a stunning mixture of dense cosmology and old-fashioned storytelling that will appeal to a
wide readership, from science professionals to lay fans of science fiction.
“Dr. Richard” and “Tim Smith” are the pseudonyms of Dr. Richard Connor and Marcus Rodriguez,
“TETRASTATUM (‘the fourth state’) is the culmination of my 30 years working in the field of
photonics,” Dr. Richard says. “I am an avid reader of sci-fi, and I wanted to create a new type of work
that is both educational and entertaining in the genre. TETRASTATUM gives the reader a unique
understanding of the existing laws of physics and extends them to provoke further thought from novice
readers as well as advanced experts in the field.”

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Kirkus Reviews notes that “authors Dr. Richard and Smith … tell their cerebral story with a heady mix
of dense theory and absurdist humor.”
The Independent Review of Books declares: “TETRASTATUM is like nothing you have ever read
before. This is an impressive work of science fiction …”
The San Francisco Book Review adds that, “These recurring themes of characterization and distortion
feed into the concern that is being voiced over the current state of our political climate…The layering of
these themes is ultimately what gives TETRASTATUM a relevance that will keep readers turning pages
and asking questions.”
“The book ultimately explains how human perceptions alter the future and puts forth a model based on
quantum physics to explain ‘reality’,” Dr. Richard continues. He calls science fiction “the perfect
genre to explore socio-political ideas within the context of futuristic technologies and scientific
Dr. Richard and Smith are currently working with Norith Soth on adapting TETRASTATUM into a
screenplay. Mr. Soth has penned work for Justin Lin (“Fast and Furious”), Stephen Chin (“War
Dogs”), and Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”).
About the Author
Dr. Richard has been involved in the field of Photonics for over 30 years. He received his BA in
physics (honors) from the University of California Fullerton. He was in a full scholarship PhD program
in physics at the University of California Irvine and a PhD program in philosophy at Claremont
Graduate School. Dr. Richard completed his two dissertations (involving human interpretations of laser
and electro-optical images) while under top secret clearance. He also has an advanced placement
teaching credential, an advanced certification (from the University of Wisconsin) in laser and optical
design; and other advanced certifications in fiber optics, computer programming, technology business
development, financial products, dance, anatomy and physiology. 
300 pages.
Hardcover, $29.95; ISBN: 1948796678
Softcover, $19.95; ISBN: 978-13-978-1948796675
E-book, $4.99; ISBN: 978-1-948796-68-2
Audiobook, $19.95, ISBN: BO7SGFWSNT
Publication date: May 6, 2019
Published by Epigraph Publishing
Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, and booksellers nationwide.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/istarsfx ; https://twitter.com/DrRichard_ISTAR  

Web Site: https://www.tetrastatum.com
October 2019

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