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Help a fiction writer with EMF field removal

  1. May 10, 2008 #1
    Hello! I am a writer currently working on a children's science fiction novel. I need help with a problem of plot that hinges on my main character emitting an EMF field similar to an appliance like a hair dryer. This character is surrounded by this field and needs to get rid of it in a simple way. Now I know that people do not emit EMF fields, but for the purpose of plot this emf field can be read by a guassmeter and is 'stuck' to the character. I need the character to get rid of this field (or deguass, so to speak) and I need a simple way for him to do it. I wanted to know, would taking a bath remove a magnetic field in the same way that water removes static from clothing or hair, or dampens it?

    Forgive me for my complete amateurish knowledge of physics, writing is more my suit. I would appreciate anyone who could share some thoughts on this with me on this. The solution does not have to be overly complicated but it has to make sense to both a child and a reader with a bit more knowledge of EM Fields than I have, should one chose to read.
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  3. May 10, 2008 #2
    1. Keep out the bad guys (the RESISTANCE).
    2. Your protagonist must be a complex character; able to display either volts (EMF or stand-alone) and magnetic (popular) characteristics.
    3. Flip the switch. During an open circuit all magnetism converts to EMF. During a closed circuit, all EMF convert to magnetism.
  4. May 10, 2008 #3


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    Sticking his tongue into a light socket would probably do it, but the side-effects would be unpleasant.
  5. May 24, 2008 #4
    There is no resistance, so no unpleasantness. Our hero will be supercharged.
  6. May 25, 2008 #5


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    Tin foil hat could do the trick. Although in this case you'll need tin foil suit.
  7. May 25, 2008 #6


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    Angelbear, the main thing to remember is that you are an entertainer. The more scientifically accurate your book is, the better, but total accuracy is not essential in a fictional story. A lot of the SF legends were scientists as well as writers (Heinlein, Asimov, Anderson...), but they never let complete scientific practicality get in the way of telling the story. Despite an occasional 'poetic license' circumstance, they were the ones who got me interested in real science. If you can do the same for a new generation, then your book will be a success even if there's an error to two in it.
  8. May 27, 2008 #7
    Your character would have to be careful when when getting rid of the EMF field because when the field collapses he/she might get fried. Cold bath full of ice and grounded to earth would be reasonably plausible.
  9. May 27, 2008 #8
    The objective of most writing is to teach. Fiction has the the flexibility to combine teaching with moral behavior, character development & entertainment.

    Perhaps a purely reactive character and a purely resistive character might at first fear each other (because of burnout and energy exhaustion). Eventually they marry (live in equilibrium), with the reactive character providing memory and power. The resistor provides a means of converting electromagnetic energy into sound (vocal), warmth, light and work.
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