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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

For the Love of Pseudo-Science!

Posted by Nathaniel at 8:31 AM
UPDATE: No sooner did I mention 'starshift drive' than a Forumopolis thread appeared piecing it apart. Yes, my friends: we are geeks. Hear us whine...

You know what pseudo-science is, right? It's the make-believe scientific principles that science fiction authors utilize in order to justify the dependable operation of massive space-traversing star vessels and to provide a logical catalyst for some thought-provoking ideals. Some of the best pseudo-science created during the golden age of science fiction has actually brought about real inventions and discoveries within recent decades.

Within the confines of Kris Straub's Starshift Crisis, he embeds the principles of "starshift drive," a pseudo-science idea of instantaneous space travel using the theory of many-worlds quantum mechanics as its foundation. Truly remarkable. The best part of the explanation has to be the last line: Any minor differences between universes are accepted as the only drawback to starshift drive use. With a 99.9999999% accuracy standard, one has to wonder what qualifies as a "minor difference."


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