Thursday, 13 November 2014
"Primitive" Interstellar Travel
The Trillians know, for example, of transistors. However, to design and built an industrial complex capable of producing not only transistors but also the many other necessary gadgets, would require decades of regimentation and poverty so, instead, they proceed more gradually:
developing huge but workable fission-power units;
generating and regulating the necessary forces with vacuum tubes, glass rectifiers and wire;
storing data on tape to be retrieved with a cathode-ray scanner;
computing with miniaturized gas-filled units reacting in microseconds.
This is "primitive" when contrasted with:
a thermonuclear power-plant;
initiative-grade navigation and engineering computers;
full-cycle life support;
molecular-level and nuclear-level transitions;
storing data in single molecules to be retrieved with a quantum-field pulse;
computing with photon interplays reacting in a nanosecond;
the entire system almost organically integrated, more energy than matter.
There may be some resemblance to the hastily constructed ship that a crew of Kirkasanters later use to travel out of the Cloud Universe and through the Dragon's Head Nebula.