I was up several hours before the break of noon today for an early start at work. This did not mean an early finish, I was there until 9 pm. Longest shift I’ve done in a long time. Tomorrow is back to normal hours, then short shifts Saturday and Sunday then a week off. I need that – I have to make some progress on the science-fiction book.
Thanks for all the problem-solving suggestions. Faster-than-light is out, the forces involved would turn the occupants into nicely spreadable toast toppings and even if you had a computer fast enough to cope with navigation, the time reversal beyond light speed would be impossible to compensate for. Since nobody has exceeded light speed, nobody can know whether time is even linear in reverse.
A space bender is the solution. It can cross the required 18 light years in a moment but it has to be outside the solar system first. Any nearby gravity wells can throw the drive way off course or even rip the ship apart. Even with fast engines it’ll take a couple of years to get right out. Then activate the drive and arrive instantly at the outer edge of the other star system. Then a couple more years to get in as far as the target planet. The prisoners on board don’t feel the drive as they would if it accelerated to light speed.
How to make it useless? It needs a massively powerful power source, one that will fit on board a spaceship, so it uses antimatter. When you turn it on you jump 18 light years to your target – but all the antimatter on board jumps 18 light years in the opposite direction. So you are 18 light years from Earth and 36 light years from your fuel. An insoluble problem since it’s an inherent property of antimatter, so even though it’s used to ship the prisoners out, there is still no useful FTL or space bender 600 years later. Now that’s done, I can get this book into rough draft shape next week. That was the main issue I had to solve.
I have not been entirely blog-idle. I have written a long and rambling tale for the Octabber Resistance. If you are reading this in the future, I am Day 18, The Night of the Full Moon, with the gurning face at the top of the post.
Who will be next? You don’t have to use as many words as I did, it can be just a few paragraphs. Even just the one. You can do ‘concise’ which I would explain if I had any real concept of what it meant.
Get those tabber’s tales in. I have a dream of doubling the ’28 Days Later’ nonsense of the antismokers.
How about this? When this book’s finished, I’ll send an e-version (any format you like) to every Tabber’s Tale on the list. I would promise a print version but I’m a minimum-wage janitor at the moment so can’t promise that many print books. I can include a PDF for printing out although it would take a lot of printing. Unless I make a special A4/US-letter version which would take fewer pages. I can do that.
So. Free eBook for every tabber with a tale to tell.
Go on. you know you want to.