I’ve got a friend in the wormhole today. She’s here to explain how portals work in her fictional universe. Please welcome Aurora Springer!
In my stories set in the Grand Masters’ Universe, the portal web allows instant travel between distant planets.
Galactic commerce would collapse without the ubiquitous portals. Teleportation between planets occurred by skimming along the intersecting arcs of another universe. In theory, teleportation was instantaneous. In reality, Violet experienced the peculiar sensation of spinning through the void, while frozen in one position.”
The portals are based on a current physics theory to explain quantum effects:
The universe we experience is just one of a gigantic number of worlds. Some are almost identical to ours while most are very different;
All of these worlds are equally real, exist continuously through time, and possess precisely defined properties;
All quantum phenomena arise from a universal force of repulsion between ‘nearby’ (i.e. similar) worlds which tends to make them more dissimilar.
Albert Einstein famously described quantum entanglement as “spooky action at a distance” because it seems so improbable that what happens to one particle in an entangled pair also happens instantly to the other particle, even over great distances. The phenomenon exceeds the speed of light. Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2015-06-method-quantum-entanglement-vastly-photon.html
The teleportals enable galactic travel, commerce and communication between planets. There are limitations and unexpected consequences.
1) A portal must be constructed at the desired destination. The Space Corps technicians perform this task by traveling in spaceships at sub-light speeds. They can send an unmanned ship containing a portal, but travel between star systems will take years. Fortunately, humans and aliens have been setting up portals for thousands of years and much of the civilized galaxy is linked in the portal web.
2) Communications are limited. You cannot use your phone to chat with a friend on another planet because the signal travels at the speed of light. Even Earth and Mars have an awkward time delay. It is faster to jump into the portal cylinder and visit in person. Alternatively, you can write a letter or compose a digital message on a com chip and send the message via the Interplanetary Communications Service. It works like the postal service, delivering the physical message to the local Interplanetary Communications Station.
Empath, Violet Hunter, travels the galaxy on missions for her mysterious Grand Master using the vast web of teleportals. Life-threatening cracks appear in the portals and Violet agrees to investigate the disruptions. When she discovers the perpetrator comes from within the ranks of the Twelve Grand Masters, Violet penetrates their curtain of secrecy to fulfil her task. Armed with only her erratic powers and a mishmash of allies, she must challenge the most powerful beings in the galaxy.
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Aurora Springer is a scientist morphing into a novelist. She has a PhD in molecular biophysics and discovers science facts in her day job. She has invented adventures in weird worlds for as long as she can remember. In 2014, Aurora achieved her life-long ambition to publish her stories. Her works are character-driven romances set in weird worlds described with a sprinkle of humor. Some of the stories were composed thirty years ago. She was born in the UK and lives in Atlanta with her husband, a dog and two cats to sit on the keyboard. Her hobbies, besides reading and writing, include outdoor activities like gardening, watching wildlife, hiking and canoeing.
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