How to convincingly jump between dimensions?
October 18, 2008 6:23 AM Subscribe
ShortStoryFilter: I'm writing a short story that involves travel between parallel universes, or dimensions, or whatever
. You know, kind of like that TV show, Sliders
. Unfortunately, my knowledge of science (and physics, in particular) is somewhat lacking. I'd like the superficial pseudo-science I employ to make this happen be at least mildly right minded. Help?
posted by kbanas to science & nature (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
So, most of the science fiction books I read as a kid that dealt with this issue did so in a kind of fantastic, mystical way - "Oh ho! Here is a magic door that opens onto a NEW WORLD!" Well, great. Unfortunately, my idea involves actually building a device that accomplishes the same task.
My desire is not to go into brain numbing detail about the damn thing (think Neal Stephenson), but as I gloss over the process of its construction, I would like to sound like I'm using the right buzzwords and pulling from the right fantastical scientific theories.
As we can't actually jump between dimensions, I understand that the term "right" is somewhat subjective, but I think you know what I mean.
For example, I did a little reading on the Philadelphia Experiment, and kept coming across Einstein's Unified Field Theory.
So, you know something about science, you're writing a fictional account of someone building a device in their basement that opens a portal to a parallel world - what kind of components, what kind of technology, is involved in this black box?