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- John Brunner
||Transports objects into another dimension through intense vibration.
|"Kent," he said, "I suppose you've heard of the
Fitzgerald Contraction Theory?" *
"Yes," nodded Lester, drawing the coveralls over
his pants legs. "It's something about a moving ob-
ject becoming shorter in the direction of its travel."
"That's the gist of it," agreed Bentley. "And have
you ever wondered what would happen to an object
that went faster than light, that went beyond the limit
where its length was zero? What, do you believe,
would become of such an object— remember, it has
not been destroyed. It is still a material solid object."
"You mean you've built some sort of space ship?"
The man curled his lips scornfully. "Certainly
not. There's a better method of attaining desired
speed. Namely by vibration. Vibrate an object at
high enough frequencies and its forward and backward
movement will duplicate the Fitzgerald Contraction
effect just as if it moved in only one direction. But
come, I'll show you the device in which I've already
accomplished this feat!
They neared the rear of the room, halted before the
huge apparatus he had seen previously. It consisted
mainly of a mammoth glass globe about eight feet in
diameter, with a smaller tubular portion projecting
from either side. Visible in each of these sections was
a great metal rod that Lester took to be electrodes.
The whole thing gave the impression of an oversized
Crook's tube. On the nearest side was a plug in the
glass wall, beveled and ground like the glass stopper
of a chemist's bottle, but large enough to admit the
body of a man.
Bentley jerked his head proudly at the towering
mass of glass. "That, Kent," he said, "is the result
of many years of experimentation and research. It
is merely a device for producing tremendously high
vibrational frequencies. Anything placed within that
glass ball between the electrodes can be made to vi-
brate so swiftly that the Fitzgerald effect occurs im-
mediately, causing it to disappear! When the current
is stopped it reappears.
"Do you grasp that, Kent? I can actually force an
object into another plane of existence! Being no
longer able to remain in our dimension, the object is
expelled to one in which it is suited. It may reach an
unknown, unguessed world coexistent with our own, or
it may appear instantly beyond the farthest imagin-
able reaches of the galaxy where time and curving
space have formed an ultra-plane to which it belongs.
|From Into Another Dimension,
by Maurice Duclos.
Published by Fantastic Adventures in 1939
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(Ultra-Vibrator from Into Another Dimension)
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