Today on Quantum Vibe: Real space-time Strip 2028 - Click strip above to goto the next strip.
First Seen: Mon 2019-12-02
Story & Art: Scott Bieser - Sci-Fi Adventure Mondays.
Dark plans fall like thunderbolts.
A thousand years in the future, humanity has colonized worlds in nearly
100 galaxies, thanks to Quantum Vibremonic technologies developed five
centuries earlier. Other new technologies have created various
off-shoots of humanity and extended life expectancies five-fold. The
story begins with how a mad scientist and his plucky assistant, along
with their robot friend, brought humanity to the stars, and continues
with the adventures of some unique people in fantastic places.
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A large, long, dark asteroid is barely visible against the stellar background. Some speed lines to indicate it's moving along its length, in ¾ aspect to foreground-right
Caption: In the year 568 SA, the invention of the Oresme-Murphy Discontinuous Displacement Engine made instantaneous travel between distant locations, even across millions of light-years, not only possible, but common-place.
Caption: As one result, technology enabling swift travel through real space-time languished.
The asteroid is now seen in side-view. We can see a bit of machinery on the back end of it.
Caption: Gravity drives only work well in the vicinity of large masses. Solar sails only work well near bright stars.
Caption: Fusion and ion drives are limited by the amount and weight of the fuel they can carry. More fuel means more mass means more fuel required to achieve a desired rate of acceleration.
The asteroid is now moving away.
Caption: For such practical reasons, the fastest spacecraft rarely exceed one-tenth of light-speed – roughly 30,000 kilometers per second.
Caption: And achieving that speed requires 3 Standard days of acceleration at more than 10 times the gravity of Old Terra. Across 4.5 billion kilometers.
The asteroid is farther away now.
Caption: However, if one wants to accelerate a large mass up to a large fraction of light-speed, within a reasonable time-frame, the Displacement Engine does offer part of a solution.
Caption: But using it does require some patience. Plus, a willingness to risk oblivion.