its discovery nearly 10,000 years ago by Vedran physicist
Rochinda, the slipstream has connected the galaxies together.
Slipstream is an extension of our reality, an additional
dimension that's integrally intertwined with our own. The
slipstream is a place where quantum connections are visible
as cords, especially the large and strong connections like
those between huge concentrations of matter such as planets
or suns. A spaceship that enters the slipstream can harness
the energy of these cords and ride them from one star system
interesting thing about moving through the slipstream is
that travel time between points has very little to do with
the distance actually traveled. If a pilot is lucky, and
the stream unfolds just right, the ship could transit between
galaxies in minutes. But put an unlucky pilot at the helm
and the same trip could take weeks or even months.
for the cause of interstellar commerce and communication,
the more a certain path is frequently traveled, the faster,
easier and more predictable the journey becomes. As a result,
frequently-traveled routes between major Commonwealth worlds
-- Vedra to San-Ska-Re, for example -- are safe and convenient.
unusual aspect of slipstream is the requirement of an organic
pilot to guide a starship through the slipstream. At an
intersection of pathways in slipstream space, both paths
manifest the potentiality of being correct and incorrect.
It's only when the pilot chooses a specific direction that
this potentiality collapses and one path becomes right,
and the other wrong. For reasons still not completely understood,
organic beings tend to choose the correct paths, or more
precisely, the very act of choosing makes the path they
have chosen the correct one.
strangely, computers -- even ones with artificial intelligence
-- are incapable of this reality-altering guesswork. Even
the most sophisticated starship in the Systems Commonwealth
requires an organic sentient to pilot through the starlanes
-- a prospect some sentients regard as deeply disturbing
but others find comforting.
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