Wormholes: The Only Way to Travel

One of my favorite books while growing up as a small child addressed the issue of doing away with straight-line travel; its name was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle.  In her book she first described the shortest distance between two points as a straight line.  While this makes perfect sense for inter-planetary and metropolitan travel, it would prove extremely slow when applied to deep-space travel.

By walking the reader through a visual depiction she showed points A and B as separate ends of a string.  The traveler was represented as an ant on the string.  Rather than force the ant to walk from beginning to end, she brought the two points together as the observers watched the ant travel to its destination in a second.  (In a sense, the person showing the procedure was the God of the Ant).

When mankind eventually discovers how to detect the presence of wormholes, their compositions and if they could be stable enough for transport, we will eventually rely on these wormholes to traverse great distances without trying to match or exceed the speed of light (which is universally slow).  After all, why should we have to wait 50 light years to send objects or information to one point and then wait another 50 light years to receive something in return?  Wormholes would allow the traveler to reach their destination in a timely manner and greet their acquaintances in near time rather than timeless as compared to those of us on Earth that would age at a normal rate.

Ultimately, we could even learn to create stable wormholes larger than a planet or as small as a photon.  This process would allow us to send objects, as well, to specific locations throughout the known universe.  For example, if you would like a book or a coffee mug delivered to you, why wait until near death to receive the object from another galaxy?  Instead, you could send it through a wormhole.

Not only could objects be sent across vast distances but, also, communications.  In fact, if aliens do exist, it is highly likely that other civilizations elsewhere in the galaxy are using wormholes to send data across vast distances.  This would not only cut down on time required but would also reduce the chance of interception from unintended targets.  This may be why Earth has not yet been able to detect messages in outer space with our primitive equipment.  Perhaps the messages are not intended for us, the eavesdroppers.

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About Manny Garza

After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, Manny departed the military in order to pursue his B.A. in Philosophy from American Military University. Aside from college, he writes short stories and essays in the realm of philosophy and science fiction. Manny's short stories are heavily influenced by who he refers to as The Trinity: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Williamson. He is married to his lovely wife, Melissa, and has two dogs named Koopa and Goomba. Aside from being an editor and contributor of Nerd Trek articles, his hobbies include playing guitar, singing, and both tabletop and video game RPGs. Manny currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.