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Laurence A. Rickels

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816666652

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816666652.001.0001

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I Think I Am

Laurence A. Rickels

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores interstellar travel from the perspective of Gotthard Günther. Time travel serves as outer limit of long distance. In other words or worlds, it offers a model for the mode of transportation—beyond distance—that interstellar travel necessarily requires. Günther contemplates in another science fiction spread of three installments the meaning of motion that gets seconded or skipped in the space-warp notions of outer- space fiction and is already concept-limited to the paradox of Achilles’s futile race against the tortoise. To initiate interstellar travel, the notion or law of relativity—that nothing can move in space faster than light—must be overcome as limitation. Günther quotes from Isaac Asimov’s novel The Stars Like Dust: “It is only the Jump which makes interstellar travel possible”. Of the three components of the universe, two are continua (space and time) and one is regularly quantized. In the continuum, however, length of distance or interval is meaningless.

Keywords:   interstellar travel, Gotthard Günther, time travel, science fiction, motion, law of relativity, universe, continuum

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