Questions #7 by Kendall Defoe

“Who’s next?”

“Me, sir.”

“Good. You have all the forms?”

“Yes. All complete.”

“Okay. Let me see… Right, so it is not a machine or…?”

“No, no. Just some written work to protect.”

“Okay, I see. May I ask about the application of your work?”

“I am not sure I understand.”

“I mean, how would the layman use the ideas in your papers?”

“This is for science…”

“I see. To benefit mankind.”

“I think that may be too much to say at the moment.”

“But it is for science?”

“Yes. My own theory.”

“A theory?”

“Yes, for now, it is my own idea. But if my ideas are correct, it may change the way we look at the world.”

“Interesting… Could you explain yourself a little more?”

“Imagine yourself traveling on a beam of light…”

“Traveling… on light.”

“A beam, yes. Now, if you are traveling on such a beam, what would you see?”

“Just light?”

“Ahh, but nothing can travel at the speed of light.”

“You know the speed of light?”

“Scientists have discovered that the exact speed is…”

“I see, I see. Interesting. So, the beam of light…”

“Yes, now, what would you see?”

“I… cannot even imagine.”

“My work tries to explain how light behaves in relation to speed, time and observation.”

“The relationship of light to all those things…”

“Yes, that’s it.”

“Do they relate?”

“If there is light, there has to be time for it to travel and…”

“Yes, yes. I think I see. A very complicated idea, but I can understand you somewhat. So, light and time…”

“And also energy.”


“The speed of light can tell us about energy.”

“Another relationship?”

“Yes. Energy comes from the speed of light multiplied by mass…”

“I see. Interesting… Well, we will process your work and wish you the best with it.”

“Thank you. I expect there will be some comment on this one day.”

“Well, I think you know your work. It should be saved and perhaps used. By the way, don’t you already work here?”

Writer/Reader/Poet/Dreamer... Kendall is a college instructor, experimenter with the written word, and someone who thinks that books are worth saving. (Also: librarians and snail mail—damn you, Canada Post and certain school boards!) I just hope that someone gets a laugh and enjoys my work...