Normal Space To Subspace: Void, Hyperspace, And The Nexus

AZ_GAMER's picture
August 20, 2012 - 9:31pm
I am developing a theory that hyperspace is simply a deeper layer of the void. As one pentrates deeper into the void distances within the curvature of normal space time become shorter and shorter which accounts for why a starship can travel apparently faster than the speed of light from point a to point b through the void. As one travels deeper through the layers of the void the time required to travel between point a and point b becomes ever increasingly closer to near instantaneous travel. However, the problem still exists as to how to penetrate deeper into layers of void space and when able to get there how to accurately navigate that transition back into normal space. These layers may comprise subspatial phoemenon as a whole starting with Normal Space, Void Space, Hyperspace, and Nexus Space. Of course I may be all wet on this theory speculative as it maybe.

AZ_GAMER's picture
August 20, 2012 - 9:44pm
If Normal space were the surface of the balloon and traveling across it represents normal travel time in normal space as represented by Newtonian and Einstein-ian physics. If you were able to get below the surface of the balloon by slipping between the fibers of the laytex ruber (so to speak) by say achieving 1% of C you would enter the the first layer of subspace known as the void. In this space you could enter at one point and resurface at your destination point effectively creating a short cut between the two. So as you go deeper into the balloon its easier to make a shorter path to any point on the surface than if you were to try to get as opposed to that traveling to the same point by circumnavitgating the surface from point a to point b on the surface. Once you reach the center of the space within the balloon the distance to any point on the exterior surface becomes even shorter and travel even faster. Just a thought, maybe too much caffeine.

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w00t (not verified)
August 21, 2012 - 7:13am
AZ_GAMER wrote:
If Normal space were the surface of the balloon...
Interesting. The analogy assumes the balloon is filled with a different material than that on the outside. Maybe there are "streams" of other "layers" - kinda like the streams you can see in pics of Jupiter. Imagine riding one of those until you "pop" out. 

jedion357's picture
August 21, 2012 - 9:31am
Sounds like something out of David Weber's Honor Harrington series AZ.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

Bilygote's picture
August 22, 2012 - 4:20am
Here's a little of what I wrote on the subject in one of my works in progress:

Despite almost five and a half centuries of void travel, very little is known or clearly understood about the Void by astrophysicists across known space. It is known that for each light-year that a ship wants to travel that it must spend a little less than one second traveling through the Void. The further the distance the time requirement becomes closer to one second per light-year.

The current maximum safe traveling distance is fifteen light-years. The chance of error in the navigational calculations increases dramatically at further distances. Mathematicians and astrophysicists blame some unknown property of the Void itself since time and again they can not find any weakness in the formulas used.

It is also known that there is an extreme time dilation that occurs. Time dilation meant that the spacers might have spent a few seconds in the Void, subjective, while several days objective had passed in “normal” space. Remarkably, the objective time that passed equated to exactly one federation standard day per light-year traveled.

There are two competing theories on what exactly the Void is. The first, and most widely accepted theory, is that the fabric of space-time has properties similar to that of ocean waves. Void Space is actually what fills in the gaps around and in between the waves of space-time. The void field allows a ship to travel through these gaps instead of adhering to the surface of the waves. Since the ship travels in straight line over a shorter distance less time is spent traveling.

The second, and not the only competing theory, is that the Void is actually the skin of the bubble that surrounds our particular universe in the ocean of the multiverse. Ships that are lost during void travel actually pass through the bubble and emerge in a different universe. The major difference between the two theories is that the “skin” theory postulates that the fabric of space time is pushed flat against the bubble because the constant outward expansion of the universe.