a cure for the common block

Sprained Dreams

Angelo placed the mouse on the platform under his device and turned it on, smiling with delight as the mouse struggled to balance itself as it rose up and began floating, weightless. Dr. Una’s calculations and observations had uncovered the mysterious, massless “graviton” (henceforth referred to as the Una particle), and once discovered and studied, he learned how to turn it off, for lack of a better phrase. He had hoped it would revolutionize space exploration by allowing us to travel near the speed of light in a massless craft. His hopes, however, were dashed when he discovered that applying it to any structure caused it to fall apart. Instead, his creation became little more than a novelty since it couldn’t be used even for training purposes as the space suits fell apart. Had he kept tinkering with it he could have fixed that problem, but that would be left to the work of someone else nearly 40 years after his death.

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