Morse first was developed around 1837 when someone developed a method of transmitting electrical pulses along a wire. The need to create a language using these pulses saw the earliest form of Morse. The current International Morse Code came into use around 1865 and is still used by aviators, amateur radio operators, and the military, and others. The best-known Morse code message is the universally acknowledged emergency call of SOS—three dashes, three dots, three dashes, all without spaces in between ‘---...---‘.
The idea of using Morse code in The Code came simply because I wanted to make the messages more mysterious, easier to leave (faster than writing letters), and to add to the confusion around what the messages meant. The Navy uses Morse code and its personnel are trained to use it, so it seemed appropriate for it to be used in a Navy setting. It also meant that it could be read by the people finding it.
I found a fun tool while researching Morse code – the SCPhillips.com Morse code translator.
.. / ..-. --- ..- -. -.. / .- / ..-. ..- -. / - --- --- .-.. / .-- .... .. .-.. . / .-. . ... . .- .-. -.-. .... .. -. --. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . / / - .... . / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. . / - .-. .- -. ... .-.. .- - --- .-. .-.-.-
For the record, this Morse message is a simple repeat of the sentence above it, created using the translator. Check it out here and have some fun!
And yes, the Morse on the cover of The Code reads 'code'.
What's it about?
All about my writing life: news, research, books I've read, and more.
Subscribe to get new blog posts, including all the news, sent to your inbox.