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Eskimo Kisses by Katie Barnhill A heart-wrenching story of a young woman reflecting the memories of her deceased father after her... [1,596 words]
About Man Against The Idea by Horacio Aguilar Naively told and settled story which refers to the dangers of collective Idea overco... [340 words]
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The Challenge
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There Is No Hell by Yashi Duckie Just a short little "monologue" thing... [209 words]
The Survivors by Jessi People, they start off the same. But they slowly become different to each other. One group is The... [529 words]
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The Revenge Of Baba Yaga by Nik Siromah Its January 10, 2007 and I ran out of wrapping paper. This good website was so kind to... [1,399 words]
The P0wer 0f Change by Jessi A story about friendship, magic and some of lifes pains. [507 words]
The Boat Of Iago by Tim A Campbell A body found on a boating trip changes the lives of the main character. [3,094 words]
Stranger by Belinda Love Erotic piece of fiction spurred by a bet with a mate, he said I would never write and publish one [603 words]
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Shopping by T J Rintoull She went shopping - he was left home alone... [501 words]
Scars Of Yester Years by Rajeevs Rajeev A short story about nostalgia on teenage crush. [2,423 words]
Quite Harmless You See by Randall Barfield Then Peter had the oddest feeling. He’d never been afraid of the dark before. To him, ... [723 words]
Pure Is Love by Jessi A story about two people, love, and lifes complications. [405 words]
Product Of A Deranged Imagination by Acquiesce Smith, from Belfast, has Asperger's Syndrome. Read, as he describes his imagi... [385 words]
Ned's Dream by David L Hardin - [1,265 words]
My Most Embarrassing Moment by Trevor Turner My Most Embarrassing Moment… By: Trevor Turner My family was planning a trip to ... [184 words]
My Long Long Journey by Rzemieniecki - [905 words]
My First Visit To Stonehenge by Acquiesce Join me, as I recount my first visit to Stonehenge, with railguns and C-4 thrown i... [470 words]
My Cousin Lois by Kate Kerrison A story about my favourite cousin [606 words]
Morty The Homicidal Bear And The Shadow Of Rainbow Land by Richard W McLin An adult themed kids story about a world of stuffed ani... [1,901 words]
Midgets by Tamsin Butler Silly thing written about somthing my sister said [114 words]
Life-It Will Go With Or Without You by Jessi - [89 words]
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James Benedetti's Daughter by Randall Barfield A surprise visit. [861 words]
In The Outside Cold by Randall Barfield - [440 words]
I'm Sorry, Mom by Larissa Marie Smith - [669 words]
Harold by Acquiesce Follow the funny life of Harold as he gets fired, gets dead and gets to live in India. [1,836 words]
For Gods Sake by Buxton - [3,948 words]
Flipped by Jessi Sometimes life is just so confusing [121 words]
Far-Off Distance by Mandi Butkovich -Ed struggles with feelings and realizes his feelings may be shared. [5,138 words]
Exclusion by Valerie Gawron Young woman learns not to trust what she is told. [5,402 words]
Don't Feed The Ants by Brian Stamile A struggling author finds help in an unlikely place, and it comes back to haunt him. [2,045 words]
Donkeys And Ice Cream by Kate Kerrison Holidays as a child in woolacombe in devon [548 words]
Disappearing Dossett by Dy Myers The story of my cousins disappeance and the mayhem of our family during the time. And for ... [1,718 words]
Daddy, Can You Hear Me? by Randall Barfield What would you do in this situation? [511 words]
Are Diamonds A Girls Best Friend by Kate Kerrison A few thoughts on friendship [490 words]
Anger Of The Heart by Valerie Gawron A brother's deceit causes a couple great pain. [2,686 words]
Angel Eyes by Emma Akuffo Margot was devatated when she lost her husband in a tragic road accident on the same day her daughte... [5,741 words]
A Matter Of Timing, Frankly by Randall Barfield - [736 words]
3 Days In Gravewood by Richard W McLin A man comes to the sandy town of Gravewood to find the one reponsible for the death of his ... [7,415 words]
The Meeting by Rahul Prabhakar A story about love and the pain that comes with it, of being together and sharing happiness with th... [690 words]
Rainy Christmas Eve by Randall Barfield "How bad is it?" he managed to ask with great physical and psychological effort... [755 words]
Ghosts Of The Highway by Kitty Kat - [294 words]
Nanobots by Jeffrey L Henager An army of microscopic assassins gets turned on their creator [3,702 words]
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The Kitchen by Whynot Ican The price of serving. [838 words]
The Christmas Present by Riot - [926 words]
The Boy With A Silly Hat by Rosa Lee Gallimore - [793 words]
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After The Trailers by Me - [376 words]
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The Challenge
Who said nothing can go faster than light
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Science Fiction
Armand Waksberg
[January 2007]
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The Challenge
Armand Waksberg

David and Fred were two friends studying physics at the same University. They were both science fiction buffs and had a common dream of one day becoming astronauts and flying to other worlds. To take a break while studying difficult subjects such as electromagnetism and those famous Maxwell's equations, they would indulge in watching some episodes of Star Trek, again and again.

One such evening, after watching the Enterprise zooming through space at warp speed, David turned to Fred a glass of beer in his hand and said pensively, "My wish is to become a great physicist and be able to discover a theory that would manage to break away from Einstein's speed barrier. I would then demonstrate, experimentally, that it is possible to move something faster than the speed of light! Unless we can do that, we can forget about exploring other habitable worlds and hopefully find other intelligent creatures there."

Fred looked at him incredulously and replied condescendingly, "I think you had too much to drink, but if you're serious, well good luck to you! Just remember that many a great minds have tried to disprove Eistein and none has succeeded so far. If you try, you have to be ready for an upward battle with very little chance of success-but I am open minded, as any good future scientist should be. In fact, I'll be happy to be the first one to congratulate you when you receive your Nobel Prize!"

David, the more serious of the two, responded with an embarrassed smile, "Don't make fun of me, it's not a crime to hope, is it?"

"Of course not," said Fred indulgently. He had a great sense of humour and did not take himself or others too seriously. After sipping his beer while pondering about his friend's comment he went on. "Wait a minute, didn't you said that you would like to be able to move 'something' faster than the speed of light?"

"Well yes, that's what I said." He replied, staring at him surprised at the question.

"Then, let me tell you that I can do just that right now."

"Come on, stop making another of your jokes."

"No, no, I'm serious. In fact, I'm ready to bet you $50 that I can show you that I can move something faster than the speed of light."

"Your're on, but I'll hold you to your word then. In fact, I've already decided how to spend your $50! But how long do I have to wait for this demonstration? I hope it's within my lifetime," he said mockingly.

"No, no, in fact I'll do it the first evening it's cloudy."

"And what has that to do with anything?

"Wait, you'll see. In fact I would have done it today but I can't because the sky is clear and the moon is out."

"I won't even try to make sense of what you're saying. You're obviously pulling my leg, or you've had too much to drink. Be it as it may, I can use a break. Call me as soon as you decide that the sky and the stars are in the place of your liking!" David said laughing in his beard.

On these words they parted both in good spirits.

The very next evening Fred called David, "Come to my house-tonight's the night. I'll do what I promised-and don't forget to bring your $50."

"I'll be right over. Make sure you have lots of beer. I'm ready to have a good laugh."

Fred took his friend into the garden. It was a nice overcast evening with just a small breeze.

"Where is your magic machine for the demonstration?" asked David with a sneer. "All I see is you holding in your hand a pair of binoculars and a little gadget."

"Well, that little gadget is a powerful small laser that my parents offered me for Christmas. Ok, so here's the thing. I will now turn the laser on and direct it straight above our heads. Take these binoculars and try to see the spot the laser beam makes on the cloud."

David took the binoculars and after a short while claimed, "Yes, I see the spot-but only fleetingly. Obviously your hand shakes too much!"

"This is not a physiology test to find out how steady my hand is. I only want you to confirm that you can see the spot on the cloud."

"I already said yes. So what?"

"I listened to the airport weather forecast just before you came in. It said that the cloud ceiling is about 1000m. Would you accept this?"

"It sounds reasonable, yes I'll buy that," he said grinning.

"Now just a little bit of geometry if you don't mind."

"You didn't tell me that your demonstration would require me to work! But I'll be a good sport-Go head."

"Thanks. You'll see it will be painless. If I point the laser 45 degrees to the left of the direction straight above our head and then move all the way to 45 degrees to the right, the spot will have moved a total distance of about 2000m over the clouds. You can work it out later if you want."

"No, its about right. Go on."

"Would you further accept that I can sweep the laser spot on the cloud by moving my hand from left to right over the full 90 degrees in about one second?"

"I'll grant you that."

"Then, since speed is given by dividing distance by time, the spot will move over the cloud at a speed of 2000 m/s, or more than six time the speed of sound!"

"That is surprisingly fast," admitted David "but still far from the speed of light."

"I agree with you. But now, I'll ask you to use your imagination and do with me a thought experiment, as Einstein always did."

"You want to flatter me by putting me in his league. OK, you succeeded; my imagination is fully awake! Go on."

"Suppose that instead of the clouds, tonight was clear and the full moon was over our heads. Its average distance from earth is about 400,000 km and its diameter about 3500 km. Now suppose that I have a more powerful laser and sweep its beam across the moon. The angle I would have to cover is tiny, only about .5 degrees. I think you will also agree that I can sweep the laser beam through a full 180 degrees in one second."

"OK I accept that."

"Therefore, as I sweep, the laser spot will intercept and pass through the moon in about .003 sec. That works out to a speed of close to 1.2 million km/sec. But this is four times the speed of light! Do you agree with me so far."

David pondered for a while and answered hesitantly, "I don't see off hand how this can be possible. There must be something wrong with your argument."

"No, there isn't. You worry that it contravenes the laws of physics. But it doesn't. The photons from your laser still travel towards the moon at the speed of light, but only the spot moves faster. You see Einstein's theory is not in peril! On the other hand, I did prove that I could move "something" faster than the speed of light. I therefore won my bet-hand me over the $50!"

David pulled $50 out of his wallet and handed it over reluctantly. "Remind me never to bet with you in the future. You're too tricky for me."

"Don't feel bad, next time you'll probably get me!"

Quickly David recovered his good humor. They went back in, put their feet up, opened their bottle of beer, and became quickly engrossed in a serious discussion about group and phase velocity...



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