Saturday, 23 January 2016
find a hole in the quantum foam;
pump energy into it;
thus enlarge it;
"Both ends always remain fully congruent in spacetime. It's a closed timelike loop." (p. 14)
"Something sent through one end emerged from the other without subjective duration." (ibid.)
Instantaneous transport? Teleportation?
"...if one end were traveling at relativistic speeds, you got the time dilation effect reversibly." (ibid.)
How so? The text goes on to say that the mobile end would take 4.2 years to reach Alpha Centauri as observed from outside but only a few weeks as observed from the fixed end. I do not follow this.
Passing through the hole, you would move 4.2 light years and 4.2 years without subjective duration. Thus, intense time dilation. Returning through the hole, you would return 4.2 light years and 4.2 years. Thus, time travel. Also, FTL, if you can return from Alpha Centauri simultaneously with your departure. If the mobile end returns, then you have two time gates separated by 8.4 years.
Have the Samothracians got FTL? If they have a decisive military advantage over the Domination, then they should use it without delay. Surely this lesson has been learned from the Final War and earlier?