In last week’s blog post, I talked about the Pentagon working with Arizona State University to create a jetpack to enable soldiers to run faster, and how that ties into my Speedsuit Powers novels.
My Speedsuit Powers Trilogy is one-part fantasy and one-part reality. It’s funny how when I was a child/teen, some ‘well-meaning’ adults would try and discourage my fantasy drawings. I would spend time thinking of what it would be like to have either super powers or technology that would allow me to do things beyond normal human physical capacity. (Thank you Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Bionic Six, Super Friends, He-Man, G.I. Joe, SpiderMan, Iron Man, The Flash, Superman, Batman!) Oh, to fly! Oh, to run fast! Oh, to be bullet proof! I inherited my love of science and science-fiction from my father. And what a tremendous gift it has been!
Now, major government organizations, companies and individual technical geniuses are investing billions of dollars to turn such fantasy into reality! Just take a look at what Hugh Herr from MIT Media Labs is working on. His story is amazing and his tenacity is infectious. His TED Talk is inspiring. One of the many things he’s working on is the Exoboot.
(This photo is from CNN.com)
What’s interesting is that I never knew about this while I was doing research for the first book of my Speedsuit Powers Trilogy. In Book 1, Curtis loves running and creates a way to significantly boost his ability. I call his invention, Kinetic Redistribution Boots (K.R.B.’s for short). You’ll have to read the novel or watch the film to find out the motivation behind his invention and how he goes about bringing it to reality. Curtis’ boots work on a similar premise as the boots Hugh Herr is working on, although it’s not designed in the same way as the above photo. While the design is not specifically outlined in the book, I have created several schematics drawings based on my research on how humans and animals walk, run and jump.
While we only built a prop for the independent feature film, my goal is to build a working, wearable model in 2016 as we celebrate the culmination of the trilogy with Book 3.
It’s very encouraging to know that others are investing serious capital and resources into creating technology that augments human ability. Although, just like in the book, I’m working to build the different components of Curtis’ Mach-1 Speedsuit from low-cost over-the-counter supplies that can be easily obtained from a hardware store. Everyday we grow one step closer to bringing comic book and sci-fi fantasy to life. Life truly imitates art… as art imitates life.
My hope is that my Speedsuit Powers Trilogy will spark a revolution in the imaginations of our youth and young adults, which will cause them to pursue S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) as well as a lifestyle of healthy decision making which will lead to the development of stronger character and moral integrity.
Here’s to the Speedsuit Powers Trilogy! I hope you’ve read Book 1 because Book 2 will be launching in June. And Book 3 is anticipated for a Christmas 2015 release. The phenomenon continues. #SP2ComingSoon #SP3ComingSoon
-Allen Paul Weaver III-