A CHILD'S GUIDE TO INTER-TIMELINE TRAVEL
NATURE OF THE MULTIVERSAL SPHERE
The Multiverse consists of an inconceivable number of Universes,
each spliting in two copies roughly 1000 times a year.
Splitting occurs approximately every several hours. A few times a day,
you are precisely duplicated into two identical copies. In a year,
you will have googols of descendents, each of whom stemmed from your present.
Splitting occurs whenever you "see" a black hole form somewhere within
the Hubble Radius. This is usually caused by the implosion of a hypergiant
star in a hypernova, or sometimes the collision of two co-orbiting neutron stars
through orbital decay via gravitational radiation.
At first glance, this would seem to be pointless. What good are gazillions of
identical worlds, like a practically infinite hall of mirrors? Something must
be causing those two universes to change from each other. This something is
called the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. It is impossible to say that two
universes are ABSOLUTELY identical because it is impossible to EXACTLY measure
a subatomic particle's position and its motion SIMULTANEOUSLY. But what does that
do on the historical scale? What connects the quantum level and the historical scale?
That something is radioactivity. The particles in an atomic nucleus are constantly
"vibrating". Most atomic nuclei are like flat piles of sand, where this makes
no signigicant difference. But a few nuclei (especially in timelines with a history
of nuclear or thermonuclear explosions) are like towers of sand which are unstable.
After an unpredictable interval, the particles vibrate in the wrong way and the
tower falls. This emits particles and energy, which in turn sometimes triggers an
"avalanche" of growing effects. Since this would happen in one universe and not
in its twin, the two universes go their separate ways. There are many such cascades.
In practice, they result in noticible changes (determined by measuring the Randall
Metric which gives the time since the PoD and comparing newspapers) of around
a month, although on occasion it happens faster. It doesn't take significantly longer.
In this outline we will consider the three most important types.
1) BUTTERFLY EFFECT
Why can't the meteorologists just run their Virtual Atmosphere forecasts and tell you
whether or not it will rain on your birthday six weeks from now? The reason is the
Butterfly Effect. Anything that alters the weather, even the flapping of a butterfly's
wings or the wave of its antennae, will grow and propagate within the constraints
imposed by the climate. There are radioactive atoms in the atmosphere. The most
common is radon, which is emmitted from minerals containing uranium ore. There is
also carbon-14 and tritium formed in the upper atmosphere by cosmic radiation.
When one of these atoms decays, it perturbes the weather. Weather can make significant
changes to history...one of the first major divergences between America Alpha 1
America Beta 1 is that the hurricane given the name Katrina in 2005 killed thousands
and devastated New Orleans in America Alpha 1 while killing only two people in Miami
in America Beta 1. And the dominance of the French cluster of timelines viv-a-vis OTL
is due to the weather affecting a couple pivotal battles in the autumn of 1759.
The blueprint for how you "are", for example the reason you are Caucasian or Negro,
is encoded into the double helix of the DNA in each of your cells' nuclei. This consists
of a huge number of chemical bases, each a "letter" in the alphabet of genetics.
Occasionally, one of these bases are altered by the breakdown of a radioactive
atom contained in it. This can cause minute (or rarely not so minute) changes in your
biology, or the characteristics of a microbe. You might be born with congenital illness,
or even have a virus mutate, like the H5N1 flu pandemic which killed 100 million people
in Japan Epsilon 1.
3) ELECTRICAL SYNAPSES
Synapses are the "switches" in the brain's circuitry. Most are dozens of nanometers in
width and are switched by chemical diffusion. Some are electrical and are only a few
nanometers across, and can be switched by the ionization of a radioactive atom's decay.
This can cause random trains of thought which, in the proper person, can lead to great
changes in culture and society.
It hardly makes much practical use of these different histories if they are in different
universes from each other. Something must connect then for the Christian Sphere and the
recently discoverd Mithran Sphere to exist. That something is called quantum foam.
A) QUANTUM FOAM
Because of Heisenberg Uncertainty, it is possible for a particle and its corresponding
antiparticle to come into exitance together if they do so for a short enough time.
A consequence of this is that the fabric if our universe is "fizzing" at a very small
scale (a scale smaller than an atom than an atom is smaller than you, or than you are
compared to all the galaxies out to the Hubble Radius). What are called wormholes are
constantly forming and breaking on this scale, called the Planck Scale. A wormhole is
a five dimensional conduit between the four dimensional (actually eleven dimensional,
but seven of the dimensions are "flat") structure of the space-time continua of two
different timelines. Since we are four dimensional, (three of space and one of time)
it is hard to visualize this. To help you, imagine that there are flat creatures living
on the surface of a perfectly smooth, infinitely big sheet of paper. There are also
creatures living on the other side of this sheet, only 100 microns away yet unreachable.
To help them reach each other open a hole on the paper wide enough to admit them and
100 microns "thick". Say the flatties live in the rim of an inkspot which soaked through
the paper, leaving alternate inkspots on each side. Now a flatty can go along the sheet,
loop around the edge of the hole, and keep going the same way but in the opposite direction.
It will reach the alternate inkspot (alternate Earth). Notice that its handedness has been
reversed as well. This has some practical consequences, such as the need to eat special food.
In our real world, each point in space is constantly trying to connect for a Planck Time
with an identical point as close as possible. This causes a balancing act between two
opposing requirements. One is that the vicinity of the quantum foam has to be the same.
The other is that the PoD has to be recent. Attempts to derive this balance theoretically
from first principles have proven intractible...obsevation shows that the PoDs are in
the past with an exponential distribution with a mean time on the order of 100 years.
B) WORMHOLE EXPANSION
But what good are connections which last too short and are too small to communicate through?
As they normally are, no good at all. This is where Rosenthal Synchronization, commonly,
if inappropriately, termed the "quantum laser effect", comes in. A quantum wormhole has a
certain mass, about that of a germ. If a quantum wormhole can be made to "eat" its neighbor,
it will double in size. If this is done an unimaginable number of times, you can come up with
an astronomically massive wormhole large enough for a field alteration drive ship to safely
enter. The field alteration flattens the spacetime in the ship's bubble, protecting it from
the huge tidal forces of the wormhole mouth. Remember, the field alteration drive was
originally developed to allow unlimited acceleration without G forces and to efficiently
convert matter-energy into kinetic energy without wasting it on expelling reaction mass.
Some of this virtual matter can also be used by the wormholer to be converted into the
exotic-matter needed to line the wormhole's throat and stabilize it. Wormholers can only
function where space-time is not greatly distorted from zero-matter-state by gravity or tides.
For tides (variation in curvature) this is easy to attain...only tides near the surface of
a large astronomical body are severe enough to cause problems. Gravity (variation from
"rest" or zero matter state) are more potentially more serious but practically insignifficant.
In the solar system, only the vicinity of the suns surface has an "escape velocity" high enough
to affect a wormholer, and even there this could be dealt with. However, if we were near
to the Milky Way's center or the core of the Virgo Supercluster, inter-timeline travel would
be far more difficult, or even impossible.
C) WORMHOLE PLACEMENT
In the Chrisian Sphere, wormholes have a mass of a small red dwarf (about 0.1 sol) and are
distributed in a heagonal pattern about 100 AU from the sun to minimize gravitational perturbation.
In the Mithran Sphere, wormholes are more common per timeline and are distributed in the Oort Cloud.
There are the two major wavefronts of contact we are in communication with. The Christian Sphere
contacted the Mithran Sphere several years ago. The Mithran Sphere is larger, however. Each uses
its own system of nomenclature, Mithran a series of numbers indicating which sequence of wormholes
to go through from the central founding timeline, and the Christian using a nickname for the most
dominant nation or feature, followed by Greek letters and 1; the alphabet will start over with a 2 when
we run through it (this has not yet happened with any nickname. We are close with America, however).
A friendly debate is "raging" over which standard should prevail.
IV) TIMELINE CLASSIFICATION
We classify timelines as "inner" and "outer". Since there is no way navigate the timelines, a timeline
must be fully integrated into our inter-timeline framework before daughter timelines are contacted.
A timeline with daughter timelines is "inner", one with just one connecting wormhole is called "outer".
If told to collapse a wormhole, we will, leaving a small black hole. We may also decide to collapse
a wormhole ourselves. This has happened once, with Germany Alpha 1, aka "The Reich". Hitler was
assassinated Summer 1939. His successors, while not the straightest metersticks, were prudent enough
not to invade Poland. Indeed, when Russia did so, Germany allied with the Allies and gained considerable
influence in World War 2. A lifetime later, they developed nanotechnology and went on to a world
hegemony which returned to the principles of the Founding Fuhrer, and even exaggerated them.
Field distortion drive bubbles must be an order of magnitude smaller than the wormhole throat.
For the Christian Sphere, this means about 60 meters in diameter. The price of first class
(with neural VR for entertainment, of course) is 725 Gigachronons. Second class (hibernation,
1% chance of permanent memory loss) is 125 Gigachronoms. Third "steerage" class (cryo-preserved
head, 90% of successful regeneration without permanent memory loss) is 25 Gigachronons.
In practice, this means only the wealthiest individuals can affors 3rd class, major corporations
2nd class, and only supranational governments 1st class.
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TIME FOR THIS ONE TO COME HOME