The Science of Today is the Technology of Tomorrow.Edward Teller
Another way of saying this, is that life imitates art. If you’re an intellectual, occasionally you could get away with something like: “tail wagging the dog”.
There’s a sliding scale for Sci-fi, I’ve seen everything from websites devoted to the voltage and frequency of the Death Star super-laser and how it could actually blow up Alderaan to stuff about why Spaceballs uniforms have a certain kind of strap.
This is where fiction research starts to blend with fantasy contrivance and continually butts up against those who actually know how an atomically powered time machine would work. I’m not a scientist, so once again, this is pseudotechbabble – but Dear Reader, or Good Follower – if you are or know any astrophysicists, my inbox is always open! 🙂
Now imagine space. It’s big. Really, really big. Imagine the biggest thing you can think of and it’s bigger than that. In other news, everything is space is really far away, like a long trip down to the shops when it’s heaving it down and you have no umbrella and only a thin jacket that your date thinks looks nice, but won’t stop a sparrow fart, let alone these big drops. Now imagine that the shop is in London and you’re in Gretna Green and you don’t have bus fare. Yes, that far away.
So you’d want something to get you there faster right? With your hair still looking nice for your date? This is what I call: “the Fairy Godmother Principle”.
So, without delay, I present the Dyson Cradles. The way people get around in the universe of Rebellion of Mars/Librarian Chronicles.
EXCERPT 13/05/47 FROM KRASINKI, W: “Galactic Engineering”, Chap 2
The Lunar Dyson Cradle: First Constructed: 2536
0.7 Kilometres, expanding to 1.5 Kilometres (outer ring – Iris 1.4km at
takes three cargo haulers to supply the Cradle Ops Station with bread for a
activated, the Dyson Cradle begins to spin the constructed inner and outer rings
around the captive micron-event, generating a moderate electro-magnetosphere,
known as the Iris – a containment shield of one hundred metres diameter. The inner ring seeds the inner void of the
Cradle, with the exotic material required to agitate the event horizon, Rosenium,
a light, pink coloured metallic element found within the Martian crust and
believed to be the cause of reduction and loss of Mars’ dynamic molten core
over the millennia. For over 100 years, this element was prized both for the
ability to finely craft lighter metals when used as an alloy and it’s
attractive colour, being referred to as “Rose Silver”. Only early experiments in Rosen-Einstein
conduit agitation proved how much more valuable it was and finalised the name
it now known by in honour of the scientist who worked with Einstein.
possesses the natural quality of neutron-degenerate particle retention, being
stable due to slow decay via the Pauli Principle. When mixed with other metals,
such as Titanium, the effect produces an atomic mass reduction and, more
importantly acts as a catalyst under the negative pressures invoked by the
saturate the area along with electron doping.
The outer ring generates gravitic momentum via a series of repulsing
magnetic forces. These are released as
magnetic inversions (Colloquially “mag dumps”) which generate successive and
concentric gravimetric waveforms, much like dropping stones into a pond one
after the other, very similarly to a planetary molten core gyroscope and
provoking the same pressure, of a minimum of 0.3 magnitudes of Earth to
stabilise the neutron-degenerate reactions, consecutively pounding the iris
with controlled emissions to initiate a Vortex.
stable vortex threshold is reached, the Iris is collapsed, now exposed to
proton bombardment from the Cradle’s outer ring projectors, the subspace fabric
shears and provokes the captive Einstein-Rosen horizon into a conduit, with a
gravity well of only a few centimetres at its zenith. Depending on distance of travel required and
the size of the object transported, the conduit can be extended in all axes or
contracted with the Oculus, which is a projection on the far side of the cradle
which, using gravity manipulation, can stretch the conduit appropriately as the
cradle arms open, expanding on tracked pinions to 1 kilometre in diameter. Events larger than this “cannot be stabilised
properly and terminate almost immediately despite Rosenium doping”, (Schwartz,
P: “Astro-dynamics and Practical Event Theory”. Chap 3, p101)
also directs the conduit and targets it towards the preferred destination of
another Cradle designated a Receiver.
Once connected the object for Transition moves into the apex zone to
prepare for acceleration. The rupture
continues indefinitely with an indefinite particulate migration, simply put,
the wormhole gets deeper, the more it is fed. Care must be exercised however, without
tethering to a receiver; it is quite possible to tunnel a Conduit right into a planetary
body, which is why it is always almost a case of Dyson Cradles being used in
matched entry and exit points around the Cradle Web, providing a stable route
of travel. Propulsion is generated by
the catastrophic and controlled collapse of the conduit at Origin. With this collapse, the tethered Cradle pulls
the wormhole closed, like a zip, with whatever object is in the conduit being
the tab. The resulting catapult or “event
surfing” as it known, delivers monumental acceleration.
wishing to travel via Dyson Cradle must be equipped with a Transition Belt,
which is a series of devices about the hull that generate a sympathetic field
to the conduit fabric, feeding from standard power cores. By maintaining this field, the ship is
protected in a Rosen Sphere, a bubble of compact Newtonian Particulates, similar
to a snow-globe, by which a ship may travel the full length of the
Einstein-Rosen Conduit in relative safety, with an event collapse dissipation
variable of 0.68% (Hunnam, C et al: Physics Review 2581, p23). Conversely, in an emergency, the Belt can be
reversed in polarity, causing a wave disruption within the Conduit, forcing a
dissipation event in excess of 80.03% which is usually enough to destroy the
conduit and drop the ship back into normal space and relegate it to the FTL
propulsion unit equipped, safely.
Ships within the conduit are to all intents and purposes a victim of Schrodinger’s Box, existing and not existing at the same time. The ability to pass through objects prevents damage and terminal collision – however, any celestial body with planetoid or greater mass generating gravity well stronger than the Conduit, or indeed enough to divert the Conduit without appropriate Tethering, would result in total destruction of the craft and depending on size, an extinction level event to any ecology.
End. Thank God.
Well, if you survived that Sci-barf, you’ve got talent. Please forgive anything terribly wrong – I do know exotic material cannot ever exist as a solid, but we have to cut corners if you want to get to the shop, right?