Spindrift: Part One: Chapter TwelveChapter Twelve: The MachineSpindrift: Part One: Chapter Twelve by Alveric2
A lot was lost when the old Technic civilization collapsed into tyranny and war. Not the least were twelve worlds and their billions of inhabitants. Even after twenty-two centuries, one cannot walk the surface of Numerica without an environment suit and radiation shielding. It shouldn’t be surprising therefore that the art and science of building antimatter power plants didn’t survive.
Through my lifetime, at least, it’s always seemed that we were just on the edge of recovering this ability, only to find some new subtlety to the old technology that put the goal just that much further beyond our reach. The potential gains: ships that can exceed one parsec per day while also traveling from one edge of known space to the other without refueling, energy shielding, faster than light communication and, yes, super weapons, to name a few, have always been enough to make this quest the philosopher’s stone o