interstellar travel

If you aren’t sick to death of these, for “Earth is space Australia” please consider… the ocean.

Idk why but I’m super into the idea of humans going out and exploring the galaxy and becoming well-known interstellar travelers where Google Maps now has a Google Universe page and we’ve digitally recreated entire planets so that humans who can’t or don’t want to leave Earth can explore them in VR… but we still haven’t explored more than like a quarter of the ocean floor

And like some plucky alien marine biologist from a planet where the water never gets deeper than like 2000 meters is planning to study on Earth because holy shit have you seen how much WATER they have?? And her human friend asks what she wants to study and she replies “Oh, well, I’ve heard the deepest place in your ocean is over five times deeper than it is here, I’d love to find out if anything can still survive under such pressure and so far from sunlight.” And their human friend looks at them in sort of distressed admiration - “What? Why are you looking at me like that?” - and is just like,

“Oh, things can survive alright. Freakish things from the depths of hell.” And that’s how plucky little alien sits up all the night eye getting steadily wider while their human friend shows them pictures of things like the viperfish and the pelican eel and the blue ringed octopus and oh did I mention we’ve barely explored a fraction of the ocean so like we know there used to be this prehistoric shark that grew up to 20 feet long and was one of the biggest predators of all time but honestly “used to be” is an optimistic statement because that thing could still be lurking in the depths of the ocean and we just don’t know

Alternatively, hostile alien species arrives and claims our oceans because we aren’t using them, leaves screaming within a week

You know, a lot of the Space Orcs posts have humans as the not-as-technologically-advanced species in the galaxy who came into whatever intergalactic government exists, but in reality humans would probably be one of the first species to achieve interstellar travel due to the fact that we have absolutely no sense of safety.

Humans say they want to go to the moon? Yeah right, they don’t even have nuclear power under control. But instead they just stick themselves in an explosive powered tube that has a computer less powerful than today’s average calculator and LAUNCH THEMSELVES INTO SPACE

The humans wanted to build a giant particle collider? Sounds good, but wait! There’s a chance that it could create a black hole, LETS DO IT ANYWAYS AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS!

And how about the hydrogen bomb? Scientists thought it could LIGHT THE ATMOSPHERE ON FIRE. Did they stop? NO, THEY TESTED IT ANYWAYS

Imagine aliens going through our scientific records and realizing how little we care what negative results happen, they do stuff just to satisfy their curiosity. They threaten their very existence in the universe to answer a simple question, a question that brings fear to any non-human ears that hear it, and that question is “But why?”

“Katie could barely believe her eyes. 

After being in cryostasis for so long, she finally made it. Leaving so much behind on Earth–her family, her friends, her dog, Russel–she wondered what their lives were like now. It had been almost 50 years there since she left. 

So much sacrifice on both ends. Katie swore she would make this count. Trappist-1 was her new home, now.” 


Originally the first human travelers to the 4th dimension, a fateful encounter Envisage saved nine individuals from the cusp of death. In return, Envisage tasks these newly formed polyhedra to return back to their dimension and advance their society into a Type III+ Civilization within a certain amount of time. The Nine were successful for a time, responsible for the successful colonization of the Moon and Mars by 2052 as well as other improvements on Earth, but the rate of their progress remained underwhelming. Their original leader Hexadecimal tries to convince Envisage to give them more time and fails, with DMTRI returning to Earth in the place of Hexa and telling the Nine that they have run out of time. Refusing to accept this,Hedra to assumes control of the group and The Nine exile DMTRI and form an interdimensional barrier isolate Earth’s dimension from Envisages’ sight and continue the race to improve Earth’s technological advancement- by any means necessary.

So this is something I’ve been working on for the past 2 weeks or so, click on each of them for their general occupations. Also, here’s all of them put in an incredibly rough height chart. 

*If you know your platonic solids, you might notice there is a very important shape missing from The Nine. That was intentional, and that has a significance in the story. ;)

A thing from the ABC’s of Beth:

When Rick is telling Beth how he created Froopyland he says “I had to collapse a quantum tesseract…” before Beth interrupts him.

This is a reference to the movie Interstellar, where a man moves inside a quantum tesseract to send a message to his daughter that he loves her, is alive and how to create interstellar travel. The tesseract collapses once his message is over.

The father and daughter have a strong but strained bond due to him leaving to explore the universe and them not seeing each other for decades. They are also both scientists.

please read Jorge Joestar

Warp Transit and You: A Very Rough History of Interstellar Space Travel and Growing Multiple Limbs

Maybe you’re tired of living on a backwater planet in the middle of bum-fuck nowhere. Perhaps you’re part of the Imperial Guard, being taken from your home world for regimental training. Or, your world could be on the brink of total annihilation and you are fleeing for your life. In the 40k universe, travelling across the vast gulf of space is relatively easy. That is, if easy involves breaking into an alternate dimension that is like Hell itself was having a bad acid trip.

Within 40k, there is an alternate dimension sitting parallel to our own ‘real’ space. It has been given many names, such as the Great Sea, or the Immaterium, but it is most often referred to as The Warp. Within the Warp, there are effectively no rules to existence, at least in any way that we can understand them. The general understanding of both human and xenos scholars is that the Warp is fueled by energies coming from our own realm, particularly emotional energies. And there are lots of nightmarish, gribbly monsters that live within the Warp that love to feed on these energies. Now, long ago, humanity figured out that they could rip a hole into the Warp using specialized drive engines, and protect their ships utilizing devices known as Gellar Fields. This way, a ship could enter the Warp, pass through it, and arrive (in theory) where they wanted to in a few weeks or months, while travelling by standard means would take hundreds or thousands of years. The thing is, the Warp is incredibly weird, so results may vary. Sometimes ships leave for a destination and arrive years before they had even left, or will exit the Warp thousands of years into the future even if it felt like they were only travelling for a few days. And that’s if the Gellar Field doesn’t flicker, or worse, fail.

There are countless beings that reside within the Warp, and almost every single one of them would love to eat you like a Dove chocolate. That said, the vast majority of beings (frequently referred to as daemons) are in the service of one of the four Chaos ‘gods’. Obscenely powerful, each god has fields of ‘expertise’, as well as their own interests and agendas. There is Khorne, the blood god, who revels in warfare and combat, Nurgle, the god of entropy, who delights in spreading disease and decay, Tzeentch, the god of change, who enjoys scheming and knowledge, and Slaanesh, the god/dess of pleasure, who desires only the most extreme sensations and experiences. Together, these gods and daemons are often known as Chaos. If you are travelling through the Warp, you can be sure that these beings are watching your tiny bubble of realspace like hungry sharks, and will leap at the opportunity to eat human souls/Dove chocolates.

During the Great Crusade in the 31st Millennium, the Emperor of Mankind was actively seeking a way to travel across the galaxy quickly and safely, without the need for entering the Warp. This is because even then, the Emperor sought to prevent mankind from having to deal with daemons ever again. His plan was to use an inter-dimensional tunnel network left behind by the Eldar Empire called the Webway. The majority of this system was now abandoned, and would allow mankind to travel quickly and safely almost anywhere in the galaxy. Unfortunately, several Bad Things™ happened. First, although the Emperor was determined to fight the daemons of the Warp, he told almost no one about what lived behind the veil. In particular, the Primarchs, his ‘sons’ that led the great Space Marine Legions, were completely in the dark. This is not entirely without reason though, as many people that find out about these ‘gods’ whispering promises of rewards and ULTIMATE POWER decide to take them up on the offer (or go insane) and open the door for them, which almost always results in everyone nearby having a Bad Time™. Second, after being rebuked (and a planet’s capital razed) for worshipping the Emperor as a god (the Emperor hated the idea of it, because Chaos Gods), the primarch Lorgar of the Word Bearers legion went on a soul-searching trip and found ‘enlightenment’ in the form of the Chaos Gods (oops). After prepatory work, betrayals, and some daemonic possession, the Horus Heresy was started and half of the Legions betrayed the Emperor. But third, and arguably the worst effect, was the Primarch Magnus of the Thousand Sons’ attempt to warn the Emperor of the impending betrayal. Magnus was only second to the Emperor himself in terms of psychic power, and in his desperation to warn the Emperor, he demolished the psychic wards the Emperor had put in place around the Imperial Palace, as well as rupturing a hole in the Webway near the exit portals to Earth. The Horus Heresy went on for 9 years, and in that time the Imperium was a bloody mess, the Imperium and the Emperor barely managed to defeat the Traitor Legions, the Emperor barely managed to seal the Webway entrance, and from that point on humanity was pretty much left on it’s own. 

Thankfully for humanity, the Emperor had also built a powerful psychic beacon on Earth known as the Astronomican at the beginning of the Great Crusade. Using his own psychic power, he could project a bright light in the Warp from Terra’s location, like a light house. Using the Astronomican, special mutant psykers known as Navigators can guide ships through the Warp relatively safely, using the Earth as a fixed navigation point in space. However, after the Heresy and the mortal wounding of the Emperor, the power of this beacon must be constantly supported by the power of 10,000 psykers, who must be constantly replaced due the fact that using so much power literally kills them in a matter of months. However, it is only through the combination of warp drives, Gellar Fields, and the Astronomican that mankind has survived as long as it has. Without warp drives, interstellar travel would simply be impossible. Without Gellar Fields, humanity would be eaten and/or possessed the instant they entered the Warp. And without the Astronomican, any attempt at travelling within the Warp would be fraught with peril, like attempting to sail a stormy sea on a moonless night.

Humans are Weird

So I’ve been reading a lot of those “Humans are Weird” posts having to do with us and Aliens, and I really love them.

But there’s one thought I’ve had that I haven’t seen other’s talk about before. So here goes.


Humans have developed a comprehensive understanding of the workings of the universe before being able to send themselves to other planets. Now that doesn’t seem strange to humans, because, well, they did it.

But what if an alien race didn’t have the same kind of geniuses humans have? What if there was no equivalent to Einstein, to Reeman, to Gauss, to Newton, even Euclid. 

Humans have explored the universe with just their minds. Imagining first 4 dimensions and then 7, 8, even 10. They’ve developed string theory. quantum mechanics, have scientific theories that are decades, even centuries away from being testable. But they keep exploring, keep thinking, keep imagining, keep yearning to know more. They even developed nuclear fission AND fusion before space flight!

And what if this TOTALLY weirds an alien species out? They’re basically the opposite of humans. Yeah, sure they invented interstellar travel, but for completely different reasons. They were simply hungry for resources. They mined their systems asteroid belt, they built great cities but they didn’t ponder the beginning of the universe, they didn’t figure out it’s age until centuries after they first reached for the stars.

Imagine a human trying to explain their species fascination with the unknown to another species that doesn’t have that same yearning.

For all we know it might be something we might never be able to understand about each other.

We may be the Doc Brown’s of the universe, but it may be only for the sheer fact that we ask, “What’s beyond? How far can we go? Where does the universe start and end? How did we get to here?” And other species aren’t nearly so curious about the universe.

Half of the discoveries made my mathematicians about how geometry works is them going “I wonder if….” or physiciscts going “Hey, what about…?”

And I think that’s really amazing.


Ask Ethan: What Science Experiments Will Open The Door To The Future?

“Provided that we have some luck, what science experiments that are going to happen withing a couple of decades could open us a way to build some sci-fi movie tech?”

The dream of futuristic technologies and what they might enable us to do – travel back in time, create artificial gravity, traverse the stars, create unlimited energy – are some of the best goals science can aspire to. While a great many of the technologies we’ve envisioned might well prove to be physically impossible, these four could immediately become reality if just one experiment, potentially within the next decade, reveals a surprise it should be able to detect. If dark matter is detected and proves to be its own antiparticle, then all we need to do is figure out how to harness it and unlimited fuel along an interstellar journey is ours for the taking. Antimatter might fall upwards in a gravitational field, having a negative mass, which would create artificial gravity and even, potentially, warp drive. And if the Universe rotates with just the right value, traveling back in time might become a part of science, not just science fiction.

There are experiments ongoing today and ones presently under design that might unlock these mysteries and more. Find out all about them on this week’s Ask Ethan!


In the year 2185, humanity lives in a golden era of interstellar travel. Our discovery of ancient alien ruins on Mars propelled our understanding of science and technology ahead by thousands of years. While many now enjoy the newfound freedom and challenge of exploration in the Milky Way, others look to even more distant stars. For the hundred thousand adventurers embarking on this one-way voyage, the future begins in…ANDROMEDA.


Anatomy Of A Mermaid

“Mermaid Anatomy - A scientific outlook

Contrary to popular belief, mermaids are not human or fish at all. They are mammals with the appearance of a human being above the pelvis and the appearance of dolphins or whales below. All mammals are warm-blooded and have hair, and all female mammals have mammary glands (breast and nipples for feeding young). Fish have a completely different anatomy. Mermaids do appear to have scales, but it is possible that this is in fact a pattern or camouflage that resemble scales. Some species of mermaid also have twin-tails and there are even some that are completely humanoid in appearance, apart from scale-like skin and dolphin-like biology (sonar, respiratory, circulatory and skeletal systems). The mermaid is also known to have both a caucasian or negro complexion and some sighted have a greenish appearance.

Biological functions

Mermaids have organs in their chest that can operate as a lung or a gill, depending on whether they are in or out of the water. The organ expands and contracts exactly like a lung, yet has the ability to extract oxygen from the water. This allows the mermaid to ‘breathe’ water in the same way that they breathe air - by filling and evacuating the chest cavity. This organ is also needed to operate the larynx. The human larynx cannot operate under the water as it cannot be made to vibrate from water pressure, yet the mermaids larynx operates equally well using water or air. The mermaid circulatory system is also designed to withstand differing water pressures like that of the dolphin and whale, while the skeleton is light and pliable like those of a bird or dolphin. The lenses of mermaid eyes are also different and are able to correctly focus for use both above and under water. A mermaid is also able to hear on a different level to humans and has the ability to use sonar for communication and hunting purposes underwater.


In mermaids, reproduction is much like that of dolphins. The reproductive organs of both the male and female are akin to the dolphin and whale, and mermaid babies are born live (as opposed to hatched from eggs).Females have human internal reproduction organs; however the vagina is slightly shorter, and the common urogenital opening (the urethra merges with the vaginal canal near the opening) is at the front. The opening can stretch as much as a human vaginal opening; mermaid babies are born live. A clitoris (which is the same color as the tail) is slightly below the urogenital opening, and an anus is above the urogenital opening. Mermaid vaginas are slightly smaller than human ones (since merman penises are smaller, explained below), so they tend to be more sexually satisfying to human males.Males do have a penis, but it is almost as small as a human female clitoris and is the same color as the tail; it is hardly visible (this is the only plausible explanation to why no one has ever seen a penis on any of merman). It is used for urination, as well as sexual intercourse. The testicles are inside the tail, as opposed to the pelvis, since they require a slightly lower temperature to function properly (the human and pelvis part is warm-blooded, but the tail is cold-blooded). The anus is above the penis.


The mermaid mostly eats fish, but has been known to subsist on other meats, fruits and vegetables. There are some species of mermaid that are vegetarians only.


The mermaid is able to exist equally on land and in the sea, although it can become dehydrated if on land for extended periods of time. Most mermaids live in schools or pods, but some are known to travel as hermits. They can live in caverns below the sea and in undersea cities. The merpeople cities is more common on other planets, but in the future there will be build bigger merpeople cities on Earth. Some of the merpeople are more advanced technological and spiritual than Earth human and is several thousend years ahead. They have free energy, teleportation, interstellar space travelling etc. Some of the merpeople live on big space stations and on starships.”

For more info, see the Kindle book, The Anatomy of A Mermaid on at

Fact or fiction? You Decide.