If you have not read Building Victoria, you may want to do so before reading this post.
If you’ve read the Intrepid Saga series, you know that by the 42nd century, humanity has not yet discovered how to move matter faster than the speed of light, otherwise known as FTL (Faster than Light) travel. Because of this, journeys between the stars take decades, if not centuries. It also means that interstellar war is impractical.
But what if FTL were to become possible. What would it do to the stability of the civilization humanity had built across the stars. The factors are too many to count, but one thing is for certain, it would allow for more interstellar trade, interstellar nations, and, of course, interstellar war.
Before the Intrepid leaves Victoria and Kapteyn’s Star, you’ll recall mention of research in the Procyon system surrounding not only the conclusive discovery of the graviton, but also the mechanism to artificially produce gravitons.
Gravity behaves much like light, it has the properties of a wave and a particle. It is postulated that there is a particle called a graviton which is the mechanism by which gravitational force is propagated. The observation that gravity also moves at the speed of light (it too is limited by the constant c) is lends to the idea that there is a particle for gravity, like the photon for light.
In Building Victoria’s final scene, we see the pilots of a mysterious craft refer to engaging FTL.
We can only conclude that the Intrepid, and Tanis in particular have found themselves in a time or place where FTL travel does exist.
It’s hard to know for sure what this means for the crew of the Intrepid, but it is safe to say that everything has changed and the challenges they will face are nothing like they have encountered before.