LazarX wrote:Aelryinth wrote:You don't speak of gravity as being "fast". Gravity is the bending of spacetime around mass.
Meh. If you can handle tachyons and gravity, you can handle FTL communication.
Nobody knows how fast gravity is.
mmm. I'm referring to something like this: If earth suddenly pops out of existence, and you're a light year away, how long before you could tell it wasn't there by observing the change in gravity?
That's the speed of gravity. If it's instantly possible to tell, then we have a speed of gravity. If it's not...time to measure!
The CRystal Singer is a story built around a single SF item - the ansiple (a McGuffin name for any device allowing instantaneous communication across vast distances). McAffrey is going more into psionics then magic for the attunement process (who knew perfect pitch could be so valuable?), but this 'impossible' thing is what keeps space viable in that story. The ansiple in this story are the crystals the singers cut.
I'm aware of the dangers of energy build up from relativistic speeds and stuff. But a Bergenholm drive harvesting vibrational speed gets around that since inertia is not a factor. You also put in a limiting factor, so the vibrational force is less and less as it enters other energy fields.
Note that there is no acceleration buildup of energy in this method, because your atoms are already vibrating at massive speed...you're just aiming it in one direction. So, you're shifting the direction, not the speed, and there's no energy accumulated that isn't already there. So, instantaneous redirection of velocity is actually possible!...you just can't do it when you're close to big things very easily.
As for power requirements, it's harvesting the vibrational speed of atoms, and simply aligning their natural velocities, so there's no need for extra energy input. It's tapping the energy that makes up what a person IS, i.e. the dance of electrons.
ON the website listed above (seriously, check it out, it's...
I think I missed the website you linked. Can yuo link it again please?