The emphasis is on the discover, not the mechanism or implications.

@ Encyclopedia MythicaArtemis (Diana) was Goddess of the Moon.

Landis science fiction and fantasy of, by, or for womenWhen Science Fiction was young, there were so few women authors being published that many of them adopted male -- or at least neutral -- pseudonyms.

She owned the Aegis, and hung out with Nike (Goddess of Victory).

the technology of "Phase Shifting" expoits a quantum mechanical loophole in Relativity, providing shortcuts to the destination, a kind of spacewarp that results in de facto FTL "Jumpgate" FTL technology is based on a version of Hoyle's Steady State cosmology, allowing short-cuts through space, de facto FTL so-called "paratachyonic drive" can accelerate a spaceship, with little energy expenditure, to FTL, yet the same "Rao-Chang Drive" makes it prohibitively difficult to travel slightly slower than, or slightly faster than, the speed of light.

Weinbaum's "The Red Peri" [Fantasy Press: 1952]Susan Wood and Jessica Amanda Salmonson compiled the following list of non-fiction resources on the theme of "AMAZONS" and science fiction:


Pan (Faunus) was the God of the Forest.

Clarke [Ballantine/Del Rey, Oct 1986] FTL is impossible, in this entertaining "Hard Science Fiction" novel, but 36th Century spaceship "Magellan" flies at 20% light-speed by tapping into the energy of empty space (Planck-scale quantum fluctuation zero-energy) by means of even more esoteric "fluctuations in the geometrodynamic structure of 11 dimensional superspace." At 20% C, the ship is endangered by smashing into stray interstellar atoms, so the ship is shielded in front with 100,000 tons of ice.

Science fiction will sometimes address the topic of religion

Heinlein [1941; Gnome, 1958; Science Fiction Book Club #05800, Jan 1993] "spacedrive that uses light presure under conditions of no inertia to travel just under the speed of light." series of novels written 1950-57, they key technology is the "spindizzy." Supposedly invented in the early 21st Century, the "Dillon-Wagoner gravitron polarity generator" (spindizzy) changes the magnetic moment off all atoms within its field, thus changing the gravitational constant, according to the bogus "Blackett-Dirac equation." For some unexplained reason, reducing the gravity of a city-sized spaceship allows it to break the speed of light, and use a tiny amount of power to do so.

Scout: Exploring the Social Implications of Technology

The analogy is between the "Hard Sciences" such as Astronomy, Physics, and Chemistry, ruled by mathematics and repeatable laboratory experiment on the one hand, and "Soft Sciences" -- fuzzy subjective fields such as Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology where no two humans are identical the way two electrons are, and yet we still try to apply empirical methods.

It took me 28 years to realize the power of science-fiction

{This genre essay most recently updated: 4 April 1998} impossibly fast travel, beyond the Einstein barrier[update of 22 March 2000]Since Albert Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity, and until the 1990s, it was the scientific consensus that matter could never travel faster than"C" -- the speed of light in a vacuum.

has implications straight out of science-fiction

The Bible tells us: "Who seeks hard things, to him is the way hard." Indeed, the disciplined author who attempts to capture the rigor of Hard Science in fiction, in terms of plausible setting and mechanism, and in the skeptical yet pragmaticly quantitative attitude of the scientist, the writing is itself quite difficult to achieve.