1. Kramitdfrog
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    Slip Stream and technobabble

    Discussion in 'Research' started by Kramitdfrog, Oct 3, 2013.

    I have this idea for a book and it revolves around a certain technology.

    This technology is as follows.

    1. Creating small singularities around a ship (black holes)
    2. The black holes can be controlled
    3. The pull of the black hole is the propulsion system

    Now its just an idea at the moment that I'm toying with but this technology can help the ship fly by manipulating singularities in different sections of the ship.

    Now this same technology can also open a worm hole or slip stream. Think hyper space and think light speed, warp speed etc.

    Without giving to much away that's the gist of the technology.

    Now I want technobabble pile it up people. I want to know how this system can be created. Containing and closing black holes. YES its madness but its got a geeky madness to it. So how will we A allow these singularities to occur and for how long (thinking chain reactions of opening and closing them; in an arc formation around the direction you wish to fly) And how to close them.

    And then you will need a containment field or shield around the ship when its in slip stream form. I was even thinking it could enter another dimension.

    Other points I was consider is when this ship is in hyper space its in a state of being and not being, like a void perhaps. And that at certain points of flying it opens a portal or another singularity and spits out a map beacon that searches the corresponding area. Then when several of these beacons have been deposited it can create a massive map of the universe. (NOT GIVING YOU MY WHOLE STORY AWAY)

    Any way ... your turn...

    Geek me up

    Lets talk about slip streams and worm hole technology and black hole cascading ship propulsion systems.

    K
     
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    KaTrian A foolish little beast. Staff Supporter Contributor

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    You could always email some specialist who works on this kind of stuff, though there are pretty smart people around here as well...

    I'd imagine you've already googled the shit out of this, maybe read this paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/0908.1803
    And this debunking:
    http://iseti.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/debunking-the-black-hole-interstellar-drive/

    But you don't have to explain everything about it in your novel. Create a facsimile of credibility; you don't have to invent a way to travel to another galaxies/star systems. Well, it also depends on your genre; whether you write space opera or hard sci-fi. I've noticed that many authors who write hard-scifi are also astronomers or physicists or astro-physicists...
     
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    Thank you KaTrian :)
     
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    You're talking, basically, about warp drive as outlined in StarTrek or even the hyperspace technology as used in the Stargate universe of TV shows. Both of these, have done the hyperspace/controlled wormhole thing as a form of propulsion.

    In particular, the character of Samantha Carter in SG-1 was a scientist who serve the expository function many a time.
    They got around the "how" of the tech by just saying "We got it from the Asgard" and it's too advanced for us in our current stage of evolution as a race.

    I've always thought that the key to popular science fiction is the Michael Crichton model to some extent: start with a world rooted in real science, then build characters that readers will care about enough to suspend their disbelief and come along for the ride when you take a flight of fancy. Maybe just not as much exposition as he did though - read an interview once where he talked about how Malcolm in Jurassic Park was basically him, and he edited like crazy. After the first draft, he'd be reading it and before he knew it "Malcolm had ranted for 10-12 pages."

    I've heard another interview with a successful author saying "I love Crichton, but I skip pages at a time to get back to the action."
     
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    Yeah, singularities as propulsion are a staple of Science Fiction. One story I can remember had the singularity within the ship, contained within a magnetic bottle or some such doodad. Anywho, the imagery that the author gave was that the gravitational depression in the space/time continuum cause by the singularity was ridden by the ship the way a surfer rides a wave. There's something about the unknowability of what lies on the other side of the event horizon in a black hole that makes it a great do-all thingamajig in Science Fiction. :)
     

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