AH!!! So THAT is how Santa Does It! So, if you hear “Frammin at the Jim Jam on Christmas Eve, Santa is on his way! ‘-)

Matthew Wright

The ‘star drive’ in my hard SF story ‘Missionary‘ was always a side issue – a small wave of the hand, as it were, to enable a people-oriented plot (you DO want to check it out…). But I thought I’d post, today, on broadly how such a drive might work.

Albert Einstein lecturing in 1921 - after he'd published both the Special and General Theories of Relativity. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Albert Einstein lecturing in 1921 – after he’d published both the Special and General Theories of Relativity. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

The problem with interstellar travel is that the distances are colossal, and the good Dr Einstein’s speed limit is very low relative to that distance. Interstellar SF has to wrestle with the fact that Einstein has been proven right – every time, every test. Even the exciting moment where a signal did seem to break light-speed was nailed down to a loose connector plug.

You can test General Relativity yourself, right now, on your…

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