Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Quid Fiat Si...?

I asked my favourite Latin professor to translate my motto, "What If...?" into Latin for me.  Quid Fiat Si...?  (What would happen if...") was the answer. 

What if...?

It's not only the premise of every book I have ever written, it is the premise behind every piece of fiction anyone has ever written.  What if characters with certain backgrounds and certain characteristics were put together under a certain set of circumstances>  What would they do?  How would they interact?  How would they change their own lives and the lives of those around them?

It's not just the basis of literature, but of all art and science.  What would happen if two chemicals were combined?  What would happen if certain chords were played in a certain order?  What would happen if we put a space capsule with people in it atop a huge rocket and shot them off into space?

Two small but magical words, "What if...?"...two small words with a huge potential to launch the most wonderful of all vehicles, the human imagination.

The Latin translation of this motto  may not have the grandeur of "Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense", the motto of the Order of the Garter , but "Quid Fait Si...?" is enough of a motto for this author.

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