"Those particles that CERN scientists thought traveled faster than the speed of light didn't do any such thing, of course. But that experiment and what it lead to lead to the unexpected finding that particles are individual. This proton is not that proton is not any other proton in the universe. Frankly it would have been less devastating to the physics of the time if the particles had traveled faster than the speed of light." Liberty Cain accepted the wine that Cleopatra offered. "Nice."
"I don't understand what you mean by particles. Are these the atoms the philosophers talk about?"
Liberty found Cleopatra a pretty cluey woman. She didn't have a lot of the background for this but she was keeping up.
"Sort of. These are not the smallest of particles but they are close. We don't know if the quarks are individual like particles or not. It's a hot issue when I come from."
"But you said particles cannot travel faster than light and that means you can't travel through time?"
Cleopatra clapped her hands and slaves came up to fan the both of them to cool the midday heat. Other slaves with horsehair whips kept the flies away from the food. The room was not decorated in the garish manner Hollywood always suggested. They showed statues and decorations and ornate furniture. But Celopatra, in her private apartments, seemed to prefer a less garish elegance.
"A particle can't exist twice in the same time. But we can read the pattern of any object by knowing its individual particles, then use that pattern and duplicate it at any time. This body you see is made from particles of this time. The original me is in the future in a stasis chamber."
"Like a priest in a trace? The priests say they enter a trance to affect events far away or in the future."
"Something like that, yes."
"Liberty Cain," Cleopatra had some trouble with the unfamiliar name, "what have you come here to do?"
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Professor Leverson, head of the committee, sighed and put the papers down. "Damn it, Tiverton," he said, "when we told you to make your masters thesis more engaging . . . "
Opening: D Jason Cooper.....Continuation: anon.