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Tue, May. 10th, 2005 02:41 pm
Hyperspace Brainstorm

Alright, now for something completely different:

How many different mechanisms for FTL drives can you come up with, and what are they?

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sirroxton
sirroxton
Adam Augusta
Tue, May. 10th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)

Easy. Make two bombs capable of destroying the planet. Make one bomb explode if it acquires signal from the other within a year. Make the bombs so redundant and reliable that its more likely for the bomb to teleport one light year away than to randomly fail. Encode yourself within the bomb, such that you are an inherent part of the bomb's operation.

While in most universes the planet horrifically explodes, the only tangent of the planet any human ever sees is the one where the plant survives, and you're at least a light-year away.

This is why we will never discover any post-FTL societies besides our own.


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sirroxton
sirroxton
Adam Augusta
Wed, May. 11th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)

Of course, you can extend these bombs to destroy the universe, if you wish.

"But Admiral Tarkin, that could destroy the universe!"

"Well, technically we destroy most universes every time we enter hyperspace, but we never see those universes, do we?"


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coopster22
coopster22
Tue, May. 10th, 2005 09:26 pm (UTC)

There are five that I can think of...

1, Walking: Have the light beam travel through einstein-bose condensate, severely lowering its velocity. Then just walk quicker than the beam of light. However I doubt that this is what you meant :)

2, Gravimetrically: Use the curvature of space-time to create two singularities (black holes). Combine both of these to form a wormhole. This can artificially be created by placing a ring of radius approximately Mars' orbit of an ultra-dense material such as a neutron star, and spin it counterclockwise at near the speed of light. Create a similar device rotating the other direction at your destination. Slight problem though: there is not enough matter/energy in the known universe to create such a device.

3, warp drive: Compress space-time in front of you. Expand space-time behind you. You are stationary however the universe is moving around you. This could create FTL travel.

4, entanglement: Quantum entangle several pairs of particles, lets say 10^12. Separate the two particles by a great distance, such as several light years. When you observe one particle, the other particle's waveform is also altered. Construct a system collapse the waveform to the desired state and to to inform you when one of the particles changes. Have one state correspond to a 0 and the other to a 1. This could transfar information instintaneously with infinite range. However there are some slight flaws with it such as it doesn't work that way.. oh well

5, Supermassive black-holes: These radiate particles that travel at faster than c.


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