The Omicron Matter – A Practice Voyage – Jumping Over the Moon 3

A new entry in the Omicron Matter – A Practice Voyage.  The two ships have dropped out of the Omicron field and are less than 75,000 kilometers from the Moon. John O’Malley has been monitoring the ship systems. Everything appeared normal inside the ship. Outside the ship, things were very strange. If there are no forces acting on object, does that object actually exist? John has started musing on the philosophical considerations of faster then light travel.

For those who are new to the Omicron Matter, the book home page is a good place to start.

Author’s note

I once heard the statement that astronomical cosmologists climbed a mountain and found theologians and philosophers having an argument. As physics approaches the boundaries of our understanding and ability to measure, questions of existence and philosophy come into question.  John will certainly have fun considering this.

Thank you for your support. Look for more on Monday.

Charles’ Bridge – John

Both crews stayed in their seats with the hard deceleration. They had travelled to the moon in the space of five minutes, not counting positioning.  That was less than the speed of light, but impressive nonetheless. The next jump would be longer and further and, hopefully, faster.  Simone was already pouring over the data from Charles and Camille around biology.  The feeling of dullness was universal.  The Omicron field seemed to be affecting the nerves of the body in Smith and Millicent as well as the Earth dwellers.  There was no chance of fixing the issue for this excursion, but they could collect data.

John reviewed the status of the ship systems from the comfort of his chair. Fuel levels remained high. Most of that was burned getting off the planet.  The data he collected during the jump suggested that, far from being in molasses, the ship encountered none of the forces that might resist it.  According to Charles that, even in space, there was some resistance, but not when the Omicron field was on.  Charles listed all the possible sources of influence:  discharges from the Sun; dust particles, and gravitational pull of nearby objects. All of those seemed to be irrelevant in the field. Inside the field, it was as if they were a beam of light. In this case, the beam of light could accelerate and had no speed limit.  John pulled out his notebook and wrote down his musing. Charles would appreciate the effort and Jason might actually listen to John’s thoughts on space and time. Jason was suddenly finding himself washing up on the shores of philosophy as he considered space and time. John might become a life guard for Jason’s intellectual tumult.


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