Technological Imaginings

I have had a very poor week this week in terms of meeting the word count goals.  The modest goal of 500 words per day has been unreachable.  I have written not ONE word since Monday.  Take that as you will.

However, on Monday, what I did write, I had a sudden realization…  I had no idea what the Dimension Drive generator on ZHACC 193-II looks like! Ooops – what a thing to overlook!

So I spend the writing time on Monday imagining the drive, and the drive bay, and how the energy might be collected, transferred, used… by the time I was done, my head was spinning, but I feel good about it.

Why, I hear you ask, didn’t you just go ahead and use Faster Than Light, or other ‘hyperdrive’ type engines?  What’s wrong with ‘warp drive’ or ‘quantum drive’?  And yes, I’ll give you bonus points if you can match the drive type to the Sci-Fi series – just for fun, you understand.

The answer is… I’m sensitive, and I don’t want big, bad, clever fans to tear me to ribbons for my lack of scientific know how… so… my drive crosses boundaries between Sci-Fi and Fantasy, and that’s just fine with me.

As promised, also, here is a brief introduction to one of the two remaining doctors of the Use’Ara series.


Meet Doctor Kristoph Lyle (Nickname, Kris)

Lyle is a native of Earth, a British male in his late 40s, early 50s.  He was recruited to the Colonization Program out of a European University, where he was teaching a Theoretical Physics program with a special focus on Universal Dynamics. He was read into some highly classified information, and asked to ‘reverse engineer’ a working star ship drive from the information he was given.  A mathematical genius, and pretty much a savant when it comes to multi-dimensional astrophysics, he is not one to suffer fools, gladly or otherwise, and he can be extremely difficult to work with. A former colleague once said of him that he was bilingual in sarcasm, and derision. What he lacks in social graces, he more than makes up for in his expertise in areas where the Program, and in particular the expedition needs, and will need him the most.

About Eirian Houpe

Writer and Teacher. Published works: Eternal Dance (as Linden S Barclay) and articles for Wigston Magna Dog Training Club, and SFX Magazine.
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