Gate-Racer

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Science Fiction

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I walk into the University of Berkley's quantum energy studies department. Despite the sweeping social and economic changes caused by the portal technologies release for the public, the old building still stood. Once the cutting edge of the atomic sciences, it had begun to fall out of the limelight in the 1990s.

By the time a young grad student named Ernest Fleming had discovered the theorem that allowed for a portal in the 2050s, the university was nearly closed. As such, it was a perfect place for a business-savvy young man to work on the most valuable technology since the perfection of fusion energy. The last major discovery here was advancement in atomic sciences. That was world-changing, but this had the potential to dwarf that massive discovery. Mr. Fleming was that rare breed who was at once scientifically brilliant and had enough sense to realize that keeping the tech he was working on would be worth a lot more if he started the business himself, not sell the patent to another company. 

The portals themselves are marvels of science bordering on magic. When the first portal of a set is deployed, the device fires a small canister via electromagnetism. When it detects a wall in front of it, it splits apart, and the generation barbs stick into the wall or whatever other surface it has been fired at. Then, the fusion reactor in the center barb engages, and the portal is opened. The second portal works nearly the same, but instead of starting a new link, it links to the other, already existing portal.

While this design works very well on a small scale, and so is used in personal transportation. The power generation designs are quite different. For one, the only fusion power used in them are backup generators, in case the wiring fails or there is a major disaster that prohibits the magnetic ball from falling.

The generators produce energy by dropping a magnetized ball through a vacuum. The ball falls through a coil of wire. Gravity gives the ball infinite energy, and it is harvested, providing essentially free power. Since portals are stationary, they can power themselves, so the center barb is not necessary. While it takes hundreds of these towers to power a modern city, they are extremely cheap to produce, and small models can even be installed into the wall of a family home. 

As I walked through the door of the hallowed building that made all of this possible, I was struck by the dilapidated look of the place. This certainly did not appear to be the magical place that I had imagined it to be. However, I knew that within these walls there were more brilliant minds than anywhere else in the world. Mr. Fleming himself now taught classes after he had resigned as the head of his company. The stock shares he owned were enough to buy anything, so I suppose the last real option for a normal person was to return to his roots.

2/22/2147

My years at school changed me more than I could possibly expect. For once, I was in an environment where I was challenged, where I struggled to succeed. I thrived off that struggle. It let me challenge my beliefs, challenge the way I looked at the world. The whole experience left me with one core belief, however. The future of humanity depended on portal technology. 

As we had grown more and more dependent on it over the past fifty years, we had begun to use them for everything. Som what would happen if no more could be produced?

 


Submitted: October 04, 2021

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