This is a book cover for a book called, "Slipstream Time Hacking." The book is a mash-up between self-help and sci-fi. I play on the ideas of Einstein's relativity theory. If you've seen the movie, Interstellar, think of the scene where the astronauts hop on a planet in a distant galaxy moving so fast that for every hour on that planet, 7 years passes by on earth. Thus, the faster an object moves through space, the slower time goes. One more scientific detail -- a light-year is not really a measure of time, but distance. For example, the Sun is 8 light minutes away. Thus, time, from the perspective of the universe is not really time, but distance. So my book is about how we should look at time that way in our lives, as a distance. If you have a goal to take a trip to Hawaii in the next 2 years, than Hawaii is 2 years, distance, away from you. But what if you could fold time in half and get there in 1 year? Or what if you could leap through a wormhole and get there in 2 weeks? If you got to your destination in 2 weeks, you will have successfully saved yourself almost 2 years of life to pursue other goals, thus traveling further distances.
A slipstream = the path we travel to get to a certain destination. Every path has different speeds. Certain slipstreams are so fast they are almost like the speed of light. A slipstream is two different ideas, one sci-fi and the other from real life. In sci-fi, slipstream is a term explaining a technique for faster-than-light space travel, similar to hyperspace travel or warp speed. Slipstream is perceived slightly differently by different speculative fiction authors.
In Star Trek, quantum slipstream is a starship drive similar to the drive of light-speed in Star Wars. The slipstream is a subspace tunnel that looks like a cylinder or a tube, which projects ahead of the starship. Slipstream is created by the starship manipulating the fabric of the space-time continuum at the quantum level. As time relativity is based on the local space curvature of a region, the starship essentially tweaks the fundamental particles of the space-time curvature creating a narrowly-focused tunnel, similar to a wormhole. Once a ship has entered this tunnel, the forces inside propel it forward at incredible speeds. However, in Star Trek, maintaining slipstream is risky, dangerous, complex, unstable, and is based on technology not thoroughly understood. Therefore, it is not often deployed.
In the science fiction television series Andromeda, slipstream is a series of strings connected between solar systems by gravity. The starship deploys a technique that reduces the mass of the ship and launches a slipstream drive which opens a slip-point (an entry-way the ship uses to enter the slipstream tunnel).
The pilot then navigates the series of slipstream tunnels until they exit via the desired slip-point. In Andromeda, the pilot generally has to enter and exit slipstream multiple times before reaching their final destination.
Just as in Star Trek, slipstream travel in Andromeda is a complex and risky operation. For instance, exiting slipstream near the edge of a galaxy or in certain regions of space could be dangerous due to difficulty in finding a slip-point in these areas. If a slip-point cannot be found, or the slipstream drive is damaged, the ship becomes stranded, lost, and limited to slower speeds. Thus, taking slipstreams to uncharted territory can lead to becoming lost in distance regions of the universe with an inability to slipstream back. The risk of such a situation is never returning.
The other form of slipstream is what is regularly termed "drafting" in cycling. When an object is in forward motion, it creates a slipstream or draft (usually of air or water) behind it that moves at velocities just as fast as the object itself is moving. This is created by what is called turbulent flow, which explains momentum diffusion—the spread of momentum between particles. In cycling, when one cyclist rides directly behind another, they are essentially pulled forward by the momentum of the rider in front of them. They also only experience about 70% of the wind resistance because the rider in front is taking most of the damage.
So, you combine these two ideas and a slipstream is a path we can take to get to our goals. The more narrow the better. Thus, the goal is to close as many competing doors (i.e., priorities) as possible and laser focus on our goals. We enter slipstreams to get to our goals faster. A slipstream can be working with an incredible mentor who rapidly accelerates our progress, or joining a mastermind.
Entering the fastest moving slipstreams requires a leap of faith. They are the paths of high risk and high reward. Most people will never find these narrow paths because most will not take the risk. Also, most are unwilling to commit to a certain course of action and instead remain in an state of indecision.
Thus, there are two ways to cheating time: leaping through wormholes and entering rapid slipstream.
Use your creativity and have fun!
I'm interesting in seeing simple ideas as well as ideas integrating a person within a slipstream. Be super creative about what that would look like from the inside.
I want it to be fun and playful, not too serious. Bright colors, light bursts, etc..