"Hi, I'm not a physicist, but I play one on the 'Net."<P>To the best of our current knowledge, Faster Than Light travel or communication is impossible. Our knowledge in this matters are probably right, but we can never be totally certain.<P>BUT: Science Fiction would be pretty boring without it. Almost nobody would ever leave their home planet, interstellar empires just wouldn't be possible. Heck, trying to rule Mars from Earth would be hard!<P>Mind you, some authors have been able to create interesting stories in such an environment, but Life On Forbez isn't such a story.<P>Consider this:<P>While at home, Nok sees a job advertised on Forbez. By the time she sees it, the advert is a few decades old. More decades pass as she applies for the job, gets a positive response and travels there.<P>By this time, the job has been open for maybe a hundred years. Don't you think they would rather have hired a local?<P>The previous assumes that Nordia and Forbez are practically next-door neighbours... if they were far apart, we could be talking about <I>millions</I> of years.<P>The whole premise of LoF demands that you can travel faster than light. The short war would be the least of your troubles.<P>So, sit back, state that "In this universe, which is my creation, people know how to travel faster than light. End Of Discussion."<P>None of your characters are likely to know anything about the nuts and bolts of interstellar travel, so you don't have to say <I>anything</I> about how it works. Just postulate that it is possible.<P>------------------
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