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Questions tagged [relativity]

Use this tag for questions concerning the use and consequences of the Special and General Theories of Relativity in works of science fiction. These consequences include time dilation, length contraction, the Twin Paradox, black holes, etc.

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Sci-fi story with the premise that spacetime geometry is Riemannian

I'm trying to find a hard sci-fi story where one of the major premises was that the world has a Riemannian geometry (x^2+y^2+z^2 + t^2) instead of the real world's Minkowski geometry (x^2+y^2+z^2 - t^...
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Interstellar: Why did they go to Miller's planet? How was Miller even able to send a green light? [duplicate]

Apologies if this has already been answered, but I was not able to find it. After re-watching Interstellar, I am not able to make sense of the scene where the crew decides to visit Miller's planet, ...
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Short story I read many years ago in Argosy mag -can't remember author

Main character finds one day spontaneously he can enter an accelerated state which renders him invisible. The people in fact the world around him appears frozen but is actually progressing at an ...
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Did they ever deal with non-relativistic kinematics on Dragon's Egg?

On Earth there is both Newtonian (non-relativistic) and relativistic kinematics, for reasons of history and practicality. For example versus . On the neutron star world Dragon's Egg in the book of ...
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Was relativistic time dilation ever a plot point in Star Trek?

It established that time dilation doesn't affect ships at warp. (Do ships at warp experience time dilation?) And in this answer to this question Why is getting back to the future always such a ...
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How long could Miller's Planet remain in orbit [closed]

In Christopher Nolan's movie Interstellar, Miller's Planet is in orbit around a supermassive black hole affectionately (??) called Gargantua. Miller's Planet orbiting Gargantua: It is orbiting "at ...
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Does Flash age slower because of his ability to run at relativistic speed?

Due to Time dilation, time is perceived differently at greater speed. Time dilation is an actual difference of elapsed time between two events as measured by observers either moving relative to ...