Alexis stepped out of the Infinite Probability Drive and onto the Moon’s surface. It was desolate, untouched by human activity. He’d scanned the surface from the capsule before exiting and knew there was nothing, no living creature as far as the scanners could reach in every direction. He’d stepped out only to emulate that ‘first step for a man’ moment he’d watched so often when he was a child.
It was a sobering thought. He’d set the probability drive to 99.9% recurring, as close to 100% as it was possible to be but in this parallel universe, the Institute had never arrived on the Moon. The probabilities of it happening were that small. Somewhere in the past hundred years, something hadn’t lined up and this alternate eventuality had happened. Did that mean at every other setting from 0 to 99.9 the Institute didn’t reach the Moon or was it just this probability? There was so much to learn but it couldn’t be learned here. He needed to return to the world he was familiar with and figure out his next steps.
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I’m still thinking of ideas for the second series of The Modest Proposal Institute where the principal characters are exploring parallel universes. One of the dangers here is not to fall into the trap of ‘What If?’. We’ve all read or watched those stories a million times and they have been worked out, for the most part.
The stories need to be more than, what if the Germans had done the second world war, etc. and more than the time travel story where someone goes back in time and changes the future, which is, of course, our present. Most of these stories are little more than wishful thinking on the author’s part. As you can see, I know what I don’t want for series 2, and haven’t yet settled on what I do want. This where I need my readers to contribute some thoughts. That’s you:-)
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Following my thoughts on an Infinite Probability Drive (IPD) from the past two posts, I think it really can’t move people through space or time. I think it just has to move through the infinite number of parallel universes that exist at the particular place it is standing at the time the drive is turned on. This means the IPD has to be in one of the spaceplanes from the first series. I want to keep the stories in the realm of science fiction and out of the realm of fantasy but this is a serious limitation. It means the next series stays around Earth, Earth 2.0, the Moon, and Mars. Not necessarily a bad thing, just restrictive so far as space goes.
Where the stories won’t be limited, of course, is in the many possible paths history might have taken had probability of even tiny events happening as they did been different. For example, had the spaceplane and its engine not been completed before the Institute was able to take advantage of it, the escape into space would have been hopelessly disadvantaged, if not impossible (with all due respect to SpaceX and Elon Musk whose efforts and products are truly amazing). In the end, however, this is probably not a major limitation. After all, there’s no life anywhere nearby in the Solar System so changes in probability wouldn’t likely lead to any big changes. Activating the IPD on Jupiter wouldn’t likely show the probability traveler much change to the planet.
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For the next books in the Modest Proposal series, I’m still pondering if the Infinite Probability Drive can move the traveler through space as well as time. It would be so much simpler if it could but hard to explain satisfactorily. A change of percent probability would make a huge change to what had occurred in a particular location but not really move the ship to a new location — Doctor Who’s Tardis it is not. The Tardis has the ability to move in time and space as does the starship Heart of Gold from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. My ship needs to do both as well or have some more mundane system for traveling across distances. Maybe the SABRE engine has to be attached too. Your thoughts would be appreciated:-)