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“Reactionless” drive may also be a Warp Drive?

I’m a little behind with this; I was deliberately holding back for a couple of reasons.

I wrote about a “quantum vacuum plasma thruster”, in other words a device similar to the one that this latest news involves, a few times during the early days of this blog, never really saying much about it myself. Since then, I’ve done more research, and found that the variety of explanations for how it’s supposed to work is wider than I’d been aware of, but none of them seem to be very likely and some of them violate the law of conservation of momentum. Nonetheless, there does seem to be some evidence that the EmDrive does in fact work somehow.

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G is for Gundam


In Japan, Gundam is one of the most popular and enduring anime of all time, and one of the most influential. Its status there has been compared to that of Star Trek in America for several reasons, including the fact that the first series actually did poorly when it first aired and only gained popularity in reruns. There’s actually a life-size statue of the original Gundam, and a man who went into space dressed as Char.

In the rest of the world, its record has been a lot more inconsistent. It seemed to be off to a great start when Gundam Wing was a smash hit in America, but then they went from that to the original series, with animation too outdated to be a success as something “new”. (Saint Seiya also flopped in America when we finally got it, despite having been a huge success in every country that got it much earlier.) After that nothing else reached the popularity of Wing, but it all seemed relatively successful for a while, though declining until it reached the point where Gundam series weren’t even guaranteed to come over…and then Bandai Entertainment shut down and it seemed like Gundam was dead outside Japan except for the Dynasty Warriors Gundam video games (and even out of those, the last one was changed from a physical release to download-only and the Vita version was skipped entirely).

Well, there are probably people interested in this that haven’t heard yet; toward the end of last year, it was announced that Sunrise and Right Stuf are teaming up to bring the entire Gundam franchise to America; both new release of everything we’ve already gotten before, and all the series that we haven’t, starting with Turn A Gundam this June. Turn A is a great place to start because it’s widely considered the best and because, while it does have ties to other series, it’s also a fresh start that doesn’t require knowledge of those series.

Crossover Chaos: Multiverses

I’ve been writing a series of posts about crossovers, and I’m almost ready to bring it all together, but first, one more point about multiverses.

It makes sense to me that if a franchise has a multiverse, then any crossover with any part of it establishes being able to crossover with any part in a multiverse sense. Here’s a (certainly incomplete) list of franchises whose multiple continuities are established to be a connected multiverse and/or split timeline. (Notably, most “new universe” crossovers actually include at least one of these, making them effectively count the same as multiverse crossovers.)

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Crossover Chaos Part 1: Tommy Westphall

Much has been written about the surprisingly high proportion of live-action television that can be connected together if you assume that crossovers automatically mean a shared universe, and the interesting implications of the fact that that so many shows can be connected to St. Elsewhere. If you don’t know what I mean by that, here is what Poobala.com, a site about television crossovers, says about St. Elsewhere.

   An addendum to all St. Elsewhere entries: The final episode of St. Elsewhere revealed the entire series to be the daydream of an autistic child (man did this show have balls!). Given this, an argument could be made that all the crossovers with St. Elsewhere are invalid. That all the crossovers were merely part of the kid’s dream. Like he watched Cheers on TV and worked it into his little fantasy and thus the shows don’t really exist as part of the same reality. I count the crossovers as valid however. When all these crossovers were aired it was with the idea they were real. No one new the whole show was supposed to be a kids dream. So, since they were intended as real, I say they’re legit. I actually like the idea that the kid dreamed ALL the shows connected to St. Elsewhere. In that case if you check all the pertinent crossovers you’ll discover that the show Newhart was the dream of Bob Newhart’s character from the Bob Newhart show who was in turn only a character in an autistic kid’s head. Don’t think about that too long or your head will explode.

Here (“Group 2”) is Poobala’s conservative list of the shows in the Tommy Westphall universe.

This grid has looser standards, but hasn’t been updated in years.


And here’s the largest list of possibly connected shows.

The largest list, that is, if we limit ourselves to live action television. I’m going to try going beyond that, but probably not until tomorrow.

For this post, let’s just think about facts like “faster-than-light travel is possible in the universe Firefly takes place in”, “Mulder and Scully could have met Mork and/or Alf”, “Full House takes place in a universe that has vampires, alien abduction, and giant monsters”, and “Batman and Superman are both on the grid but nowhere near each other”.