Space Travel: Wormholes

Camryn watched the stars flow past her on the view screen. She was in space. No space suit. No zero gravity. She had felt a little queasy for a while, but that went away. She understood now. Lowso said she was genetically hyper-jump capable.

Captain Rhine, obviously another family member, had hyper-jumped soon after Venn had brought her to the bridge. It felt like they had taken the big drop on a roller coaster. Apparently they had hyper-jumped to a new galaxy. (Enslaved in Desire)

Space travel in my debut ebook is a simple matter of intergalactic hyper-jumps. It isn’t specifically spelled out in the ebook but I based the technology on the idea of an Einstein-Rosen Bridge or a wormhole. According to Michio Kaku in his 2008 book, Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into The World Of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, And Time Travel, the idea of wormholes has been around since 1916. Wormholes are theoretical corridors or passageways that connect two universes. In my case, I used it to connect two galaxies within the United Universe.

In essence the wormhole is created when masses in space place pressure on parts of the universe causing a tunnel to form. Space and time are connected just right, allowing far reaching points in space to link briefly. This transversable wormhole has a slight drawback. It would need the negative mass of Jupiter to keep it open. Yet what if there were a species with far greater and older knowledge than ours that could stabilize these treacherous yet thrilling intergalactic highways? What if they used the technology to find and conquer planets with life in far galaxies like…The Milky Way?

I explore this very idea in Enslaved in Desire through the concept of the hyper-jump. I don’t call it a wormhole but you get the idea.

One of my guilty pleasures is watching, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman on the Science Channel. Here is a link from the show, on the DIY Wormhole ,that  explains the idea of using a wormhole for space travel. All of this information is theoretical. I love science but I write fiction. Until scientists figure out if faster than the speed of light space travel is possible I will just have to use my imagination to get my characters from galaxy a to galaxy b without needing three generations to tell the story.

What do you think? Do wormholes exist? Will scientists one day figure out how to utilize them? Or will it all remain…science fiction? I would love to hear what you think.

Stormie

About Stormie Kent

Stormie Kent is the author of romance with science-fiction, paranormal and contemporary elements. The universe she has envisioned for her erotic sci-fi romances are filled with warrior men and the women who fiercely love them. Space pirates abound with dueling goals of stealing your credits and your life or stealing villain credits and freeing the slaves of the United Universe. Stormie has imagined a world where the hostile alien invasion of the third planet from the Sun forces each surviving resident of a fractured Earth to seize their destiny or perish. Enslaved in Desire and Battling Rapture are available now.

Posted on 02/11/2012, in Science Fiction and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. This is so weird… I am JUST struggling with how to deal with interplanetary travel in a WIP. I want my character to have been raised on an agrarian space colony, but I don’t want the story to be set in the distant, distant future where we might have figured out FTL travel… the wormhole was definitely one of the possibilities I was considering…

    Interesting!

    • Yes, that multi generational starship thing doesn’t cut it for me when I want to get characters from place to place and keep them the same age. I figure if I write about life out there in the cosmos, maybe they already have the technology I need to keep my story moving.

  2. I like that show too, Stormie. I say, why can’t wormholes exist? If we can think ’em up, maybe they’re already out there.

  3. I used wormholes in one of my sci-fi stories. It seemed like a sensible solution to me. I’ve seen the Morgan Freeman show too. I found it very interesting.

    • Hi Shelley,
      I like the idea of wormholes as a space travel method. They used them enough in all the science fiction television shows. As for Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, if there is a marathon on I’m not good for anything but watching it.

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