Hi guys! Today I’ve got for you something special – a guest post from Cindy Koepp. She had published her new Sci-Fi book not so long ago and it sounds quite interesting! And after reading this article I’m even more curious to read her books.
Any Sufficiently Advanced Technology: Hyperspace Travel
Faster-than-light (FTL) travel has been a staple of science fiction for decades. It comes in many forms. There’s Star Trek’s warp drive. Star Wars has a hyperdrive. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy brought us the Infinite Improbability Drive. Even Doctor Who’s TARDIS is used to travel fantastically great distances pretty quickly.
Popular Mechanics has rated the plausibility of 10 different sci-fi FTL systems here:
My favorite shows up in The Childe Cycle, a collection of novels and short stories by Gordon R. Dickson. He used the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. He didn’t call it that, but that’s what it amounts to. It’s complicated, but in general terms, you cannot know both the location and the vector of an object at the same time. If you know for sure where you are, you can travel as fast as you want. If you know your exact speed and direction, you can be anywhere you want. This sort of sounds like teleporting with your ship. Unfortunately, in The Childe Cycle, this ship-wide teleportation thing messes with human brains. That fact becomes important in one of the novels: Dorsai! Continue reading “Guest post: Hyperspace Travel by Cindy Koepp”