Taking LaCost to CERN

Author Patrick Rizio reading LaCost at the CERN visitor center

The large hadron collider at CERN is the most sophisticated  machine ever built by us humans. It includes an underground tunnel ring that is 27 kilometers long, and at places 175 meters deep. It requires the effort of dozens of member states. It is the largest experimental facility ever built. It has the largest computing grid in the world — and counting. It includes the efforts of over 10,000 scientists worldwide. It accelerates protons to 99.999999% the speed of light before colliding them.  It recreates the conditions of our universe at it’s very beginning. We’ve come so far so fast, and learned so much!      Carl Sagan was right – We ARE a way for the cosmos to know itself.

Standing in front of the first accelerator at CERN. It is no longer in use. The new one is thousands of times more powerful.

Where will LaCost show up next?


Taking LaCost to Valley Forge

Author Patrick Rizio reading LaCost at George Washington’s headquarters, Valley Forge.

Sitting on the very staircase that men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton walked on during the war that gave birth to our country gives one quite a feeling. History seems to come alive, seems more real, when you can touch some of the physical pieces of it. I don’t know who first thought it would be a good idea to preserve this staircase, but I’m very glad they did.

Where will LaCost pop up next?


Patrick Rizio takes LaCost to Mexico

Author Patrick Rizio atop the Pyramid of the Moon, Teoihuacan Mexico. The Pyramid of the Sun in the background is the 3rd largest Pyramid in the world. It was quite a climb-246 rocky steps.


Somehow a good book reads better up here!

These Pyramids were built around the first century A.D. This was a monumental effort at paying homage to and trying to figure out how the universe worked. Not exactly the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, but hey, it’s not where you start… We’ve come a long way.





New author day at Barrington library

Patrick Rizio with his novel LaCost- The Evolution of Jason at New Author Day in the Barrington Library

I was very pleased to participate in the New Author Day at the Barrington Library this year. I had the chance to meet with other authors and readers, and also to sell a few books. All in all a terrific event!

Being an author

I’ve been asked what I like best about being an author. I think the best thing is that, on a good day, a writer can comment or make an observation about the human condition that has some real relevance. The more we all get to a place where we are being intellectually honest when we think about things, the closer we come to taking the right path. It may be never ending, because we humans aren’t perfect, (at least not yet), but hey-the fun is in the fine tuning, don’t ya know.

Where are we going

One of the things I have been asked concerning the writing of my first book has to do with my position that science is “inherently tied to our evolution as a species”. One might ask-isn’t evolution determined by environmental inputs, or genetic mutations, or adaptability factors, etc. My answer would be yes, of course. The evidence for such a view is certainly high enough on the error correction bar to be believed. That being said scientists have made it clear enough that evolution is, to say the least, incredibly complex. Like most things there is no “silver bullet” answer to its many questions.

Technology comes as a result of scientific discovery. Humanity’s first technologies, (fire for example), were primitive to be sure. These first steps helped us survive. Without survival things like genetic mutation, environmental input, and adaptability obviously could not happen. Technology that came later (the wheel, steam and mechanical power, etc.) allowed us to go beyond our natural physical limits. The advent of the printing press and computers allowed us to routinely go beyond our natural mental limits. The fact that we now are learning how to, among other things, tailor our own genetics speaks for itself.

I feel that when looked at objectively science is clearly inherently tied to our evolution as a species. It is quite simply who we are.

Reader feedback

The reader feedback is still very positive, (thank you everyone). Most of the people who have done me the honor of reading my book have commented on the science aspects of the plot. One of my goals in writing this book was to put in some legit hard science so that when I make the leap to science fiction it would be a smooth transition. This seems, (hopefully), to have worked.

I’m finding out, as I’m sure other first time authors know, that getting the book “out there” for as many people to read as possible is a craft unto itself. Still working on and figuring that one out.

Once again, I want to let all the readers I do have so far know how much I appreciate their time in reading and giving me feedback on my book.