Posted by Steve McHugh
Instead of a blog post, I have a question for my readers. It’s something I’m curious about.
Faster than light travel in fiction. Do you like it? Do you care?
Posted on December 1, 2014, in Writing and tagged writing. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.
Only if it is scientifically plausible, e.g. through wormholes.
So does that also include things like hyperdrive in star wars? Or warp in Star Trek?
Warp in Star Trek => Yes; Hyperdrive in Star Wars => No. The thing is, there should at least be the try to explain it.
I love sci-fi and tales that involve travel like say, Dr Who and Star Trek. I am more than happy to go along for the ride.
That’s how I feel too. If it fits the world and story, I’m fine with it.
Anything is possible, so long as it flows with the tale. I totally agree.
Since we are a minimum of 4 light years away from the nearest star system and who knows how much further from “earth type” planets, we need to include some realistically sounding (at least) FTL travel in order to interrelate with alien races and/or leave our little area to enlarge our minds and imaginations. We can only expand our minds and ourselves throughout the universe y our imaginations. How boring and insular if we couldn’t envision humans colonizing the distant stars.
That’s very true. Things like Star Wars, Star Trek, Mass Effect wouldn’t be possible without some sort of FTL travel.
in non magical fiction, time travel would need (for me anyway) to be bound in the realm of science and fact that as we understand it.. as in thought to be only possible forwards and only if you can travel faster that the speed of light, and the only way we think its possible at the moment is if you cross over into the event horizon in a black hold, moving fast enough to bend time. In an established world and story with mythology ect like yours time travel can be a great plot/ story device for the character to utilise if done in good taste and in line with the existing world…
So, in short, GO FOR IT, if it fits in with the story and how the world works, or you explain how
I find that if a story is well-written and captures my imagination, there isn’t much of a limit as to how far I’m willing to suspend my disbelief.
That’s how I feel about it too.
The premise of fiction , by its definition allows us to create anything our imagination can come up with. FTL is a great part of overcoming any known restrictions and therefore essential to creating all those far away worlds. Either scientifically or magically FTL they are all welcome. I look forward to your next creation.
So long as it’s well written and fits the story then it’s fine. If there is no thought behind it and it seems to not fit then not so good.
Does it need to be faster than light? The concept of folding space time so that you go to hyper drive, or similar, and come out in a different part of the space fabric but at the same time, seems to me to be just as fantastical, yet somehow more believable.
The way i look at it is: If there’s FTL, then it must work in that ‘world view’, otherwise for interstellar travel, cryogenics is going to be a must – see the Alien movies for an idea as to how that would work.
There has to be something more efficient than sitting on an accelerating bomb, using gravity – such as Alan Dean Foster and David Weber do, Interstellar ‘Jump Points’ like Jack Campbell, Manufacturing wormholes – which i think Babylon 5 did, or the old favourite of Star Trek and Star Wars – Hyperspace.
What ever mode of travel it is, then it has to work, and somehow, allow for time dilation and aging
Yes, please! In fantasy anything goes. You don’t need wormholes, your hero could become a dragon rider. Dragons are magnificant mythical creatures that can tear through the fabric of the univers from one realm to another….
I love your books and can’t wait for the 2 new that will be released in 2015!
A book can use whatever mechanisms help the story – I’m not scientifically anal enough to worry about the physics. So long as the story explains it’s self plausibly enough and the use of FTL doesn’t stand apart from the rest of the story it’s fine with me.
I don’t like when it’s used as a deus ex machina to get around some difficulty in the story (Superman : The Movie anyone).
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