Outracing Light

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LightShip - Image courtesy of Thomas Budach

Outracing Light


Our lightship shudders.

Fighting the helm, I collapse the warp bubble, dropping us into normal space. A neon haze wrecks visibility.

"Where are we?"

Juice works the nav. "Hard to say."

"Try infrared; without a fix, we'll lose this race."

He adjusts, spinning the resulting star field like a beachball.

"You undershot, Ben. We're on track, in a nebula one parsec short." He reads coordinates.

Compensating for my error, I reactivate the Alcubierre Drive.

We exit warp six hours later, bathed in the rays of five suns. The comm chimes.

"Welcome to New Canaan, gentlemen. You're the first to arrive."


© 2018 by Duncan Cary Palmer


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You know way too much. I was certain 'Alcubierre Drive' was something made up, but as @jayna found, it is a real thing (well, a theoretical real thing).

Nice work on the 100 words! It reads much longer and fuller than that.

I've yet to try my hand at the 100 word stories, but I think I will. How hard can it be? :)

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Easy peasy! Okay, maybe not easy, but fun. Okay, maybe not fun, but rewarding. Or at the very least, there’s a chance to win some SBD.

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Ha!

I've gotta make my fake news as authentic as possible, donch'a know?

Thanks for reading my story. Looking forward to yours. ;)

a trans-dimensional warp drive that's faster than light - all in 100 words or less - that's probably a sci fi version of a haiku. Have you read Flatland? Just asking :)

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Yes, I have read Flatland... A real mind-stretcher!

Yes, 100 words is a short story...

But did you miss my crowning short sci-fi?

The New Teleportation Machine

Now, that was short!

Thanks for reading, John! :D

Fascinating, that short bit almost makes me wish it were a whole book that I could read. It almost reminds me of CS Lewis's space trilogy style!

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Thank you very much, @prlndra, for your kind words.

C.S. Lewis is one of my heroes. I first read his space trilogy about fifty years ago...

Be careful what you wish for: there are more stories in development for this fictional universe of mine.

Bathed in the rays of five suns.

I can only imagine what that is like. LOL Well done my friend @creatr

Nice work, @creatr! I had to go look up Alcubierre Drive. And I found this:

The Alcubierre drive or Alcubierre warp drive... is a speculative idea based on a solution of Einstein's field equations in general relativity, as proposed by theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre, by which a spacecraft could achieve apparent faster-than-light travel if a configurable energy-density field lower than that of vacuum (that is, negative mass) could be created.

Wow. That is interesting stuff!

Thank you for participating in the contest.

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Yes, with the potential of up to 5,000 times the speed of light...

Thanks, Jayna! :)