Re: Call for Questions! (Score: 0)
posted Monday, April 25, 2011 - 08:44 AM (#58947
I have a few 3 question from 1 actually, and I will attempt to be as succinct as possible. They are somewhat involved given my impression that you have thought out the world and matters of Drive to a rather full degree, so I will understand if they are of the kind that you re not prepared for simply offhand.
When Nosh and Skitter/Steve are broken out of prison, the Pinch drive is described in terms of spatial displacement, "nature abhors a vacuum" and the oft overlooked corollary that it is not fond of the sudden and precipitous absence of one s well. But if pinch drive operates in a manner involving spacial displacement or distortion, a mechanism based on, by one method or another, moving the in between out of the beginning and end of a journey, then how do the following three things track from that:
1. When distorting space, one is not traveling at relativistic or trans light speeds. One does not increase speed at all. So why is there a speed governor built into the drive mechanism? It does not actually produce momentum, simply an effect that can be taken advantage of.
2. Pinching space, or distorting it, is like taking 5 sheets of paper, putting them in a line, writing beginning on one, end on the other, and drawing a line across the other three from the first to the last, then declaring you have pinched space and removing the three in the middle and putting the sheet marked beginning next to the sheet marked end so the lines match up. While the first Emperors metaphor is pt, and akin to those most commonly used, his and mine fail to convey the important part in that nearly all of the hazards and such in the space in between, are like the distance, temporarily erased for the traveler. Unless the Drive operates on a fundamentally different mechanism, how then can something like micro meteors and the like be a concern? Would they not be, from the relative perspective of the pinched traveler, non existent until the drive was off?
3. Considering the assumed nature of the drive, how would the pursuit between the Makers and the Machito work, in a purely physical sense, are the chasing post pinch, pre pinch, or in some kind of inter-pinch pocket reality that the the drive, because of its special nature allows access to unlike a hypothetical "magic button" space distortion device?
I'm not, let's say great, on gauging the appropriate place and time to ask what, so if this is too much question, or the wrong place for these kind of questions, please delete them so they won't clutter up the thread visually or intimidate into silence anyone who is better at this than I am.