Event Horizon

He hadn’t realized that he had past the point of no return until… his spaceship disappeared into a black hole.  The last place anyone traveling through space wants to end up is at the center of a black hole, and now his only hope was that this black hole would end up being a wormhole, so he could escape out of the other end.  Nothing can escape from a black hole, not even wavelengths of light, but a wormhole has two open ends which will hypothetically connect two different points in time and space.  He was bold going where no man had gone before and he expected to run into these bizarre objects while he was exploring space.  Albert Einstein figured out a new way for us to look at gravity by saying that all objects with mass will create their own slight dip in the fabric of spacetime, and this is what we call gravity.  His Theory of General Relativity predicted the existence of gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time after the mass of a large star has collapsed and compressed into an area so small that space and time have no meaning within its bounds.  If we peer inside of a black hole, this is where we will see the central singularity forces that are described in general relativity and quantum mechanics begin to collide.

If it did turn out to be a wormhole instead of a black hole, this would provide a new way of looking at the universe, but was it worth risking his life?  Even though Einstein predicted that wormholes could exist, nobody has ever seen one.  Either he was going to be dead in the next minute, or he would be the first man ever to cross this cosmic bridge into the unknown.  Scientists had been successful transferring a magnetic field from one point in space to another in a laboratory, but this wasn’t a space-time wormhole.  This was like a funnel that made the magnetic field invisible while it was in transit, and then it would seemingly pop out of nowhere on the exit side of the tube.  The real problem with wormholes is that they are catastrophically unstable and if this one collapsed before he made his way through, and this would be a very messy end for him.  Would he end up in in a random location, or in some alternate reality, or perhaps be torn into sub-atomic particles?  It is too late to worry about this now as he has just passed the event horizon.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter #64.

13 thoughts on “Event Horizon

      1. You’ve a far better imagination than me Jim. But I can write a bit of the story and then hand it over to you just like Teresa of the haunted wordsmith used to do. Or I can hand it over to someone else?

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  1. Wow, Jim, that was quite a journey, leaving your readers to wonder what happened to him. Obviously well researched and engagingly told. This could be chapter 1 (or maybe the preface) to a fascinating science fiction novel. You might want to give that some thought.

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