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344 – Space: 1999 – The Taybor

The SS Emporium and her master, Taybor arrive for a little light banter and barter.  What could possibly go wrong?

Ben and Eugene discuss The Taybor.


3 thoughts on “344 – Space: 1999 – The Taybor”

  1. Wow,,,The Taybor. Probably my least favorite episode. Maybe Beta Cloud is worse (though the silly and upcoming Rules of Luton is actually better!)

    Funny that they had the methods for building an android and that never came up before! It seems as if each episode introduces a new “magic” (some future technology that no one woudl have really thought we’d have by 1999).

    As for hyperspace: its really geek “code” for hidden dimensions. We really don’t know if there are any or not (its a big subfield of physics—see books by Michio Kaku and Lisa Randall). If “extra” dimensions (besides the three spatials and time) exist, they may be infinite in extent and “contain” entire universes, or they might have almost no extent and barely able to even contain elementary particles. In any case, its actually somewhat correctly stated (I know….its heart attack inducing!) that all or part of ship could hide in plain sight by going all or part into hyperspace. Of course, we don’t really know how to do that any more than we know how to go back in time, but if it were possible, that could be an effect.

    Oh, and thanks for mentioning the book!

    1. So, here’s my question then: Assuming Hyperspace is a different, hidden dimension, why is it used as a means for achieving faster-than-light travel between two points in real space? Is it because light-speed isn’t a limiting factor in Hyperspace, or because Hyperspace is smaller than our universe and entry and exit points “map” to our larger dimension, making it a wormhole-like shortcut between points A and B?

  2. Usually physicists assume that certain constants such as the speed of light and the gravitational constant apply over all dimensions. That might really be just a convenient assumption since these dimensions might be essentially the equivalent of a separate universe or universes and thus physical laws might be dramatically different (heck, people have discussed the possibility of these laws not even being constant over the size of our Galaxy, let alone the entire Universe or multiverse).

    But to answer your question then, to connect the science fiction concept of hyperspace to what physicists think now, I think they are considering hyperspace as a short cut in a manner similar to wormholes.

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