The Three Safeties: Time and Place

While I was preparing to write these new articles, it struck me that I had placed Corona and The Three Safeties in the same story universe.

This is a good thing because no matter how you slice it, both stories expand on an alternate reality that is very much like our own, yet divergent in areas such as technology and ground level historical events.

This is the second time I’ve used the term “Ground Level” in this context. What do I mean by it? I see History as three effect levels:

1) Outer Level: Major World Events that have a primary global effect.
2) Secondary Level: Lower level events that have a secondary global effect.
3) Ground Level: Events that may never have any effect on a level other than localized due to secrecy or some other mediating influences.

The Three Safeties tends to start at the Ground Level, but due to an extraordinary change, elevates itself to the Outer Level before a correction pulls it back to Ground Level.

This is one of the joys of Fiction.

The Three Safeties takes place in roughly the same time period as Corona in an alternate reality Present. The relative level of technology is virtually identical to our own except for some advanced technology that is kept secret. The setting is Delores Cove, Maryland, a fictional seaside town located somewhere along the Chesapeake Bay area on the East Coast of the United States.

Hint: The Three Safeties is a pilot of sorts that I intended to build a series around. Nick Carver would investigate various mysteries that had historical implications. Not written it yet, but blogging about it has rekindled (no pun intended) my interest.