What are Universes?
We inhabit a universe which we regard as unique and the only one in existence. The truth of the matter is that there are many universes. We already know about several in the virtual, but there are likely to be many in the real which we know little about.
The universette which we inhabit is the real. It is the world we live in and know. We travel around it and understand how it works, more or less. Our universe is delimited by constants which we regard as immutable: light, and time. Perhaps they are constants, but there is no certainty of that. None at all.
The only thing we can be certain of is that our universette is defined by known and agreed location, time and group variables. We can travel around these as described in my blog on dimensions.
The wider Universe
We have built an entire set of scientific laws around our empiric perception of our own universette.
Do these apply everywhere?
Let us consider the wider universe outside our own planet.
For some reason best known to ourselves, we have assumed that our space, beyond our planet, conforms to the rules of our universette.
But what if this is not true?
After all there are quite a few anomalies in space. And we have quite a large area to observe.
Where has all the light gone? It seems to respond to gravity in places. It can take millions of years to travel through space. So what we see in the sky is not what is currently out there.
There are areas of extreme darkness, which we call black holes. Despite absorbing matter at a furious rate they are relatively stable.
The odd thing is that we are so certain that what we see is correct and true when it is constantly changing. Every time we find an anomaly we call it a discovery.
I am not saying that space does not correspond to basic physical laws at all. But what I am saying is that there are physical laws out in space which we do not understand and which do not apply to our universette, probably because it is quite small and quite new in terms of the age of the universe as a whole.
Universes off Planet
We assume that outer space contains matter. It has to do so if it is to obey the physical rules of our world. We assumed that the universes off planet obey the same constants and rules as those on our universette.
We assume that the rest of the huge space we are only just beginning to understand behaves in an identical way to our own.
I think we assume too much.
We already considered this when discussing the differences between the real and the virtual. We travel around these virtual universettes using specifically defined laws which relate to them alone.
But what about universettes in the real? It is time to step out of our scientific comfort Zone and consider the possibilities.
What lies beyond the little universette which we inhabit, planet earth? Space contains many type of universettes. These may be planets or stars, nebulae, gas clouds, comets, asteroid belt, or any other kind of space item.
Even a tiny exploration of the virtual shows us that we can created mini universettes by selecting different dimensions. Our universette has defined time group and location axis. Out in the virtual universe on the other hand, a universette can be defined in multiple ways.
But what about entirely different universettes in the real? The physical laws governing them may affect their universe in ways we have not foreseen.
And what about the space between universettes?
The first thing we need to consider is the idea that it does not need to contain time location or group variable. it can be empty and therefore not behave according to universal laws which apply to areas which contains items.
Properties of Empty Space
Now in order to travel away from our universette in physical form, we need to manage three axes, time, space and ourselves. But what if there are places in the universe which consist of emptiness? Then there would be no time, and no space to travel through.
Let us assume that such empty spaces exist. What would be the properties of these empty spaces?
Such empty spaces would not be wormholes, although we might easily mistake them for such phenomena.
They would have no time and no location indices.
This means that we could cross them without using fuel.
In fact it is quite possible that we could cross vast distances by stepping across them. In effect, they would be space lanes.
Let us consider travelling across such space lanes. What would happen if we entered them at all, and what would happen if we left detritus in such empty spaces?
Obviously the space would no longer be empty. They’d instantly take on form, and time would solidify around them as well as space. In effect we would be blocking up a perfectly adequate and usable space lane with space junk.
So if they do exist then we can only cross them like rivers. They’d allow us to travel through one end of the universe to another.
If this is true then we have protected our planet from alien space travellers, since our planetary outer sphere is bedevilled with every kind of space garbage!
On the other hand, we’ve also prevented our own escape into outer space. In order to travel to the stars and seek out outer planets we would have to take off from a place which is completely clear of matter.
Travelling Between Universes
Finally, where would we find these entirely empty spaces? There are likely to be such places all over our solar system, but we are fast blocking them up.
We’re ejecting garbage as we travel, wasting rare metals, and plundering our planet while at the same time making future travel impossible.
I cover some of these ideas in my latest short story, which is science fiction natch. It’s called Toltechs.