Extra Dimensional Transportation
Rubenstein’s Realm was so named after the scientist who first discovered it, Francis Rubenstein. He found that by forcing light waves at conflicting frequencies through intense magnetic fields that the light would actually arrive at the target destination faster than the speed of light. Further investigation found that the light itself (invisible to the human eye) did not, in fact, cross the space between projector and target. The discovery was made that the light was actually passing through an alternative realm.
Over the next hundred years, more tests were performed upon this phenomenon, now called Extra Dimensional Transportation, or EDT. During this time though communication between two transmitters of EDT was cut to seconds where it had taken hours before. Calls between systems were now no longer a wait and see situation and things were able to progress upon faster timetables.
Then, EDT hit a new milestone. Using advanced laser technology, scientists were able to ‘cut a hole’ within Rubenstein’s Realm and a physical object could actually pass through it – basically teleporting it from one end of the lab to the other. Although this was a great victory for the scientific community, it came at a high price.
Pictures and videos of the realm would come back as black, empty shots or nothing but static. First hand viewing of the rift (through any filters) resulted in almost instantaneous insanity – usually preceeded with death curling screams and attempts to remove one’s eyes from their sockets. When questioned as to what they had seen, incoherent jibberish would be the reply.
Scientists continued to explore EDT with solid matter but took great pains to make sure that no one ever gazed into Rubenstein’s Realm again. A couple more decades saw vast improvement in the utilization of this new technology and they found that even living organisms could pass undamaged through the realm – as long as they were unable to see the rift itself. Even a human test subject was sent through, from the US to Japan, and emerged unharmed. Unfortunately, the power requirements for this to work were immense (all of New York and Tokyo had to be taken off the grid) and practical application of the technology would have to wait a couple more decades.
When the time came, and enough refinement was made so that, still taking a large amount of energy, it was now at least feasible to have physical EDT without an impossible cost to do so. Shortly thereafter, they equipped a large space carrier with an EDT projector – gutting three quarters of it to put in a large enough energy source. Having another station over 50 light years place a location beacon in empty space, the spaceship locked on with their EDT projector and began to form the rift. The projector moved along different tracks from the fore to the aft, almost as if putting a sock on a foot. When it reached the aft, the ship was gone. All communication was broken as soon as the rift closed behind it and for an hour, people held their breath. Then, a flash was seen at the becon location and the carrier ‘peeled’ itself from the realm and back into normal space. All of the test subjects on board were fine (as all exterior ports were closed down). The only downside to the experiment was that the expensive beacon was destroyed upon the formation of the exit rift.
Another century would pass before the new EDT Spaceway was formed. Pairs of large transport rings were formed in empty space. Also, with the cold of space, they were able to develop a power system that directly pulled the energy from Rubenstein’s Realm to power the rings (as the heat produced by it would melt anything within an atmosphere). This power was strangely only suited for this application though. Even batteries wouldn’t gain a charge off of it. In addition, once on, they could not be shut off save for the actual destruction of the ring itself. However, no one knew what would happen if this actually happened and the possible cataclysmic repercussions have stopped anyone from even considering it.
The rings were constructed on a massive scale, allowing the largest ships of the time to pass through them. The surface of the ring was covered with an opaque energy shield. This shield would form fit an opening to any object going through the ring, allowing it to pass while keeping the rift concealed. The ship then would emerge from the other ring exactly the same way. Systems were developed so that ships could ‘program’ their destination into the ring as well as systems that made sure collisions and other accidents wouldn’t happen while using them.
A new system that has been deemed worthy of colonization has a beacon sent to it via an unmanned probe. Once it reaches its destination, a construction ship is sent there, along with more beacons. Over the next five years, the ships that arrive spend their time there constructing the new ring until it is ready to go online.