Skew Drive

The Mezzospatial Skew Cadence Reification Drive is the primary method of superluminal travel in the time of Space-Navy!.  Mezzospatial Skew Theory states that a special class of space can be constructed from Sub-Spatial and Hyperspatial perspectives on space.  The special class of space is referred to as “Mezzospace” to avoid confusion with ordinary “space”.  This is analagous to the use of Minkowski space in order to formulate a theory of special relativity in a convenient way.

Mezzospace Theory

Mezzospace shares subspace’s characteristic of inherent limited determinism as well as hyperspace’s bridging of distant points by means of a local proximity manifold or “closeness manifold”.  Thus, if an observer begins to become aware of a change in an object’s position in the proximity manifold, the likelihood of the object being somewhere that is not that new position is reduced.  If the observer completely observes the object in its new place, the new place becomes the position of the object.

There are certain limitations to this.  Large changes in position require great amounts of energy to “realize” or reify.  It is much less energy-intensive to “realize” smaller differences in position many times than it is to perform a complete change all at once.

Skew Drive

The Mezzospatial Reification Coils perform the job of an observer with a controllable rate of realization.  By applying these realizations in measured quantities to the Hyperspatial proximity manifold generated by a skew ring, a limited form of hyperspace travel can be achieved via controlled observation.  This is the primary operating principle of the Skew Drive.

The glowing beam emitted from the front of a ship traveling at skew speeds is a Mezzospatial Realignment Asymptote; the shape of the ship’s belief in its future path, lighted by the shine of the hyperspace proximity manifold it is creating with its surroundings.