Post by Bill Gill Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan>
The first time I saw mention of time crystals I immediately thought;
"That's not new Asimov wrote a paper about time crystals back in the
Chris Smith's story at the link plays it straight with story originally
written by _Financial Times_ contributor Tristan Greene:
Perhaps Greene already knew about thiotimoline when he wrote his
article. Regardless, at times, Greene's prose packs a Golden Age punch:
At the far-fetched, super-optimistic end of things - we could
see the creation of a working warp drive in our lifetimes.
Imagine taking a trip to Mars or the edge of our solar system,
and being back home on Earth in time to catch the evening news.
But, why stop short? Is this the true limit of Greene's imagination?
If he's going to kick the second law of thermodynamics to the curb, the
least he can do is throw time travel fen a bone:
"You, Lucy, shall be the victim of entropy!" he said
softly. "Naturally, you don't know what entropy is, do you?"
"You know I don't!" she shrieked. "Bryce, stop torturing
me like this. Let me go!"
"Entropy," he stated calmly, as though delivering a
lecture, "is the increasing disorder of the universe, the
process by which the universe gradually moves towards
thermodynamic equilibrium. It can be likened to a perpetual
shuffling, the disorder getting worse with every shuffle.
Just like disordering a deck of cards when playing bridge
with Reggie and you[r] thin-brained friends."
"Bryce, Bryce, in God's name--"
"If only you had read Eddington while at school you
might know something about entropy," Bryce Field said.
"However, I have made it as clear as I can. Recently--
His tone changed to grim menace-- "I fell into wondering
what would happen if I created a non-entropy state, wherein
nothing ever happened! So I decided to create a specific
area--in this cavern to be exact--wherein the ultimate of
entropy would be reached instantly, instead of in a thousand,
a million, ten million years' time. Do you understand me?
Lucy was beyond answering.
"Yes," he said, his voice harsh with grim triumph, "I
discovered how to create an entropy globe--a globe of force
whose walls have attained absolute equilibrium, whose
vibrations extend inwards to everything inside the globe.
Therefore, whatever is in the globe will be plunged into a
state of non-time. Entropy will be halted. Progress will
"You," he said slowly, "are going to be in that globe,
Lucy! At your feet is one magnet, at your head another.
Between them they will build up the hemisphere of the
entropy globe, and within it time for you will cease to be.
You will be plunged into an eternal 'now' from which
release may never come--or, if it does, it will be at a far
distant time when scientists as clever as I find the way to
unlock your prison."
"Bryce, I beg of you," Lucy implored huskily. "Let me
go! I'll do anything you want! Anything! I'll divorce
Reggie-- But you can't do this to me! I've so much to live
for. My baby, the future. /You can't do it!/"
"Prisoner of Time" (Cross, May 1942)
There's a titular association in my mind to the very first
_Perry Rhodan_ Ace Ackerman Anglicization read by me, the
„Im Zeit-Gefängnis“ translation.
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