Professor Vogel gestured at the prototype. “This is it.”
“It looks like an hourglass, honestly,” said Mayor Potts. “Well, what does it do?”
It’s a hyperspace drive,” beamed Vogel.
“But hyperspace drives are massive, room-filling things.”
“Not this!” exclaimed Vogel. “This only takes you a few hundred yards at a time, at a frequency of 38KHz. It’s like stitching through the fabric of space. I made it to Beta Hydri in days!”
“But what caused…?”
“Ah yeah,” sighed Vogel, looking at the line of large holes leading through the city and across farmland. “I need to work on the landing.”
Beta Hydri is a star 24.4 light years away: http://www.solstation.com/stars/bethydri.htm
I didn’t check the numbers so the math is probably in inaccurate. Still, traveling 300 yards 38 Thousand times per second will get you places in a hurry!
Written for the Friday Fictioneers. Look here for the original prompt and links to many other stories: https://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2016/02/17/19-february-2016/