Much like pilots flying on Zulu time, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), space travel in the Tallavan universe is also based on Earth’s GMT. Years, months, days, hours, are all different on each planet because they have a unique rotation around their star, rate of spin on their axis, and different relationships to possible moons. To make it easier to follow the course of events, standard-time is used throughout the book. In Federation Standard, this is noted by the addition of an s- before any time words. S-minute for example. The “s” is slurred into the hyphenated word, so minute becomes sminute rather than ess-minute. To avoid distraction to the reader, all time related words are rendered without the addition of the prefix.
Hyperspace connections are made individually by controllers on either end of the requested connection to assure that the route is free and clear for entry in the new system. The longer you are in hyperspace the faster your speed. Hyperspace trips over a specific distance must be broken into segments. This is due to the maximum stopping capacity of the Stanislaus Field. All hyperspace connections have their ultimate terminus in the star of the system they are traveling to. This is a safety control that keeps a ship with a Stanislaus Field failure from striking the planet or another ship.
Outward-bound hyperspace connections are handled by controllers who take control of ship guidance to the hyperpulse point. A single point of exit from the system allows the controllers to oversee inbound traffic, which must occur well away from the exit point and has a near infinite number of possible entry points. Once a ship has made entry into a system, the pilot moves to a pickup point designated by the spaceport controller. The controller assumes control of the ship, guiding it to the inbound queue and the space station for docking.
Space ships require two types of fuel. A nuclear engine provides locomotion outside hyperspace. Nuclear power and hyperspace do not mix. At the hyperpulse point, a ship deactivates its nuclear drive and moves on a specialized engine using C-trol. This fuel is expensive but is the only non-reactive fuel available. Once in hyperspace very little fuel is required. Most is used to maintain ship systems.
The Stanislaus Field was discovered by Emil Stanislaus. It is a field that is created by a field projector that cushions a space ship as it exits hyperspace allowing the ship to slow from the speed that has built up in hyperspace.
Electronic Biological CoServer (EBC)
The EBC is a nanite-based mini-computer that is constructed inside the human body and available to the cerebral cortex. The system works much like the brain when accessing memories and in many ways is seamless with a person’s thoughts. Storage capacity and resistance to tampering varies. The system can be upgraded by the introduction of coded nanites and necessary building blocks into the blood stream. It is a self-repairing system. Anything in EBC storage may be viewed on a personal tablet or larger vidscreen when a connection is formed from the EBC to the device.
Most people prefer to use a tablet to interact with data on their EBC. The mental stability of some people can be adversely affected if a person spends too much uninterrupted time interacting with their EBC. Some people put their EBCs into hibernation during their sleep periods to avoid its pervasive influence.
Communication is nearly instantaneous on planet. Interplanetary communication is handled via hyperpulse. There is often enough delay between planets that these conversations are not held real time. Communication is not possible once a ship enters hyperspace.
Full video and audio is available via a comm station. Most homes, offices, and ships have one or more comm stations. The audio portion of a conversation can be received on speaker or internally through the EBC.
The EBC also serves as a comm device. Standard EBC comms require the user to voice their messages aloud or send them as text via a tablet or other data entry device. On planet, the EBC can be used for real time communication. Those who have subvocal implants can use the system subvocally.
Med beds are available standard in most homes as well as communal living spaces and public health centers. To use the med bed, a person lies on the bed and places their arm in the analysis unit. The analysis unit folds down over a person’s arm and has the ability to take tissue and blood samples as well as make IV connection to the patient. The unit makes preliminary medical diagnoses and suggests treatment. A port in the unit accepts standardized medicine vials. Med beds also come with a scanner that can be positioned over the body to monitor internal structures and suggest treatment.
Med beds do not replace clinics or hospitals since they cannot treat severe injuries or anything that doesn’t appear in their database.
Nanites are used for a variety of purposes. They are essentially organisms, part biologic and part mechanical, that are created individually using a person’s blood and tissue samples. They are used for healing, organ and limb regeneration, and construction of devices that interface with the sensory organs and nervous system. Typically, they are inserted into the recipient’s blood stream with additional resources needed to perform their purpose.
Although it would seem that nanites could be used to repair the body, allowing people to live much longer, modern medical science has yet to find a process that stops the increasing cellular degradation that comes with aging. At a certain point, the ratio between nanite repair and cellular degradation tilts in favor of cellular degradation. Most individuals live to 120 years, the majority of those years in good health. Noticeable decline typically occurs when a person reaches 100. Lifestyle choices can have substantial impact on that figure.