Interstellar Laser Communication Network
|An interstellar communication laser from the First Federation Era|
A question manifested in my mind, crystal clear; "What is your destination?"
I hung disembodied in a cloud. My implants had shut off all sensation in my body. A good thing too as dissasembler foam was being pushed into my orifices and razor sharp threads were delicately flensing my skin. I would be conscious for a few moments longer as the engenerator chamber uploaded me. Before then it wanted to know exactly what I wanted it to do with me.
"Random destination" I answered with my inner voice.
If the engenerator was confused by that request it didn't show it. It was scanning my brain so presumably it noted no psychological disorders influencing the decision. Without a pause it asked its next question, "What are your arrival preferences?" All travelers on the lightway had some requirements. The journeys themselves lasted a subjective instant as the photons encoding the traveler were beamed between stations. But the speed of light is a crawl. Conditions on arrival might not be the same as advertised when the journey began. Preferences included such information as how much local knowledge to graft into short term memory, what mental and bodily modifications would be acceptable in order to function in local society, what conditions would the traveler like to awaken in etcetera.
"I'd prefer no knowledge of my location and to be awoken in a random place, in any locally appropriate form" I really had become so bored over the millennia of my life that this is what I was resorting to.
"Itinerary confirmed. Standby for transit"
- Memories of Lighters
|A Lightways tranceiver on Tethys, a moon of Saturn, using phased array technology|
|A diagram showing the amplification of an interstellar signal using the gravity of the local star. Left is the Einstein Ring formed by a signal from a distant location around the local star; right is the same view with a coronograph obscuring the star. Amplification by a factor of a million can be acheived using this technique.|