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The wormhole is effectively "point-to-point". It connected a point in the Bajoran system (within the Denorios belt) to a point in space 4.7 lightyears from the Idran system in the Gamma Quadrant (DS9: Emissary). There is no evidence in the show that it is possible to enter from any other point. It was possible to end up in different realities (DS9: ...


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I think the answer is simple: at the time Cooper was dropped off at Cooper station by the tesseract, Brand had only just arrived at Edmund's world, or was still making the trip there. I picked up the screenplay on Kindle, after Cooper and Brand did the gravitational slingshot around Gargantua to get Brand to Edmund's world Cooper said "That little maneuver ...


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The Chronicles of Solace Series, by Roger MacBride Allen This is a series of three novels: The Depths of Time (2000) The Ocean of Years (2002) The Shores of Tomorrow (2003) Wormholes — separated by both space and time — provide the framework for the interstellar travel network. A carefully-regulated combination of instantaneous wormhole jumps, long ...


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To answer the question, yes, theoretically RADAR (either radiowaves or microwaves) could penetrate the Stargate and be emitted on the other side as radiation. Radio waves were able to be effectively emitted, but curiously enough, light was not. You were not able to see across the event horizon. In this raw form, would this be useful to anyone on Earth? No. ...


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The iris is so close to the event horizon that it disrupts the vortex. It's a handwave, sure, but the official explanation is that "if the event horizon is blocked to within a few microns, the vortex will be suppressed." (source) This works because they make a distinction between the vortex and the event horizon. The event horizon is the near end of the ...


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From the Stargate Wiki: "This ship was launched to solve a mystery, not by arriving at some ultimate destination where all the questions are answered at one time, but by accumulating knowledge bit by bit." — Nicholas Rush (Gauntlet, episode 20, season 2) In other words, simply sending a probe to the far end of the Universe wouldn't have helped. ...


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In the movie script, Weir explicitly explains how the drive works; The swirling metal thing is used to focus the gravity of the black hole in front of the ship, which then travels through the 'gateway' created. MILLER : What is in the Core? WEIR: A black hole. The crew stares at him, stunned. WEIR: That's how the gravity drive works, you see: it focuses the ...


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This is The Algebraist by Iain M. Banks. Per Goodreads It is 4034. Humanity has made it to the stars. Fassin Taak, a Slow Seer at the Court of the Nasqueron Dwellers, will be fortunate if he makes it to the end of the year. The Nasqueron Dwellers inhabit a gas giant on the outskirts of the galaxy, in a system awaiting its wormhole connection to the rest of ...


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It might be William Gibson's short story Hinterlands. A portal is discovered in the space between Earth and Mars. Those few that are taken through the portal come back insane or dead by their own hand. Sometimes they also bring back invaluable alien tech, so a program is developed to keep sending people and trying to help the ones that come back. “Ever ...


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1979: The Black Hole. If memory serves me right, there is a scene were scientists Dr. Hans Reinhardt and Dr. Alex Durant whisper about the possibility of an Einstein-Rosen bridge connected to the black hole.


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For the same reason the Ancients never visited Destiny themselves: they ascended. At the end of the war with the Wraith, the Ancients sank Atlantis and escaped through the Stargate to the Milky Way where they either died or ascended. Ascension might be a more direct route to learning about the superstructure or the very nature of the universe, and if not ...


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It's easiest to see how a wormhole can be anchored to a planet by considering so-called "thin shell" wormholes. The mouth of one of these is the same as its throat. [In its most symmetrical form, it would manifest as a spherical boundary between two regions of space. If you were to stick your hand through it, your hand could be thousands of light years ...


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This is described in some considerable detail in the Star Trek Deep Space Nine - Technical Manual. In short, the wormhole orbits the local Bajoran Star (known as Bajor-B'hava'el) at an orbital distance of some 300 million kilometres. The guide also offers a handy map in case you plan to travel there. The thick white line is the Denorios Belt, the thinner ...


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There are all sorts of problems with wormholes: There is no evidence they exist. Schwarzchild wormholes are surrounded by an event horizon (essentially making them look like black holes from the outside), which would completely destroy the surroundings whether or not the object was spinning Traversable (Lorentzian) wormholes also have very strong ...


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The novel is Timemaster by Robert L. Forward. The wormhole discovered is actually a negmatter creature that lives in space called a Silverhair. The Silverhair and the negmatter balls it excretes are used as the basis for wormholes, reactionless drives and ultimately, time machines.


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"The Hole in the Hole" by Terry Bison (ISFDB). Summary from here: "Sci-Fi author Terry Bisson wrote a humorous short story called "The Hole in the Hole" in which the main character discovers a portal that opens onto the surface of the moon in a junkyard. He and a companion attempt to retrieve the lunar rover so they can sell it for a bundle." (...


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"The Hoop", a short story by Howard Fast; first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, October 1972, available at the Internet Archive. One very athletic young man (possibly a football player) impulsively makes a running leap and goes right into the hoop . . . and doesn't come out, of course. And then, out of the crowd and into history,...


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This is addressed in the Star Trek factbook Stellar Cartography: The Starfleet Reference Library. Travel through the wormhole will... "...cut a 70,000 light-year journey between the two quadrants down to two minutes". Note that in practice, the length of wormhole travel seems to be largely driven by the plot. The series bible simply describes it as "a ...


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The Avatar by Poul Anderson (1978)? In the immeasurable past a mysterious alien race known as The Others left mankind a challenging legacy, a 'gate' to the unexplored reaches of the stars. Humanity has utilized the gate to painstakingly colonize the Phoebus star system but has left the rest of the galaxy unexplored. In the midst of turbulent political ...


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Fall of Angels, by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Your memory is pretty good, although you're giving Nylan short shrift - that's okay, because the point of the book is partially that Nylan, as a man, gets shorter shrift than he deserves. To shamelessly quote the author's web page: Modesitt moves deep into Recluce’s past to chronicle the founding of the Empire of ...


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Literally hours have passed (for Brand and Cooper) between falling into the black hole and Cooper waking up on the Cooper station: remember, all the oxygen he had after ejecting from the shuttle in the black hole was the oxygen in his space suit. He was found with only few minutes of oxygen left (as the doctor on the station told him). So - when he woke up ...


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1983: "The Last Einstein–Rosen Bridge" is the title of a science fiction short story by Rudy Rucker which was first published in his 1983 collection The 57th Franz Kafka. The term Einstein–Rosen bridge does not occur in the body of the story.


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There's a pretty good technobabble explanation in "Through the Looking Glass" Pilot: Starburst is technically the seam between space-time dimensions. Moya’s power cells allow us access and we simply ride out the energy stream until we're pushed out. At random. Chiana: (incredulous) Pushed out at random? Zhaan: Not now, Chiana. Chiana: ...


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This is Stephen Lawhead's two-book Empyrion cycle. The Cynetics Corporation discovers a wormhole near Earth, and sends a colony ship through it. Shortly after, they send another ship through, carrying Orion Treet, a historian, to document the colony's growth. However, passing through the wormhole Treet's ship experiences a time dilation effect, meaning ...


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Earliest example that pops in my head (I am sure there are earlier) is Sliders, an SF tv series from 1995-2000. They distinctly talk about crossing the Einstein-Rosen Bridge in the first episode, although it's rarely referred to as such afterward. Edit: I stand corrected, they talk about an ERP bridge, so not exactly what the question was asking.


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Hamilton doesn't say anything that suggests that the wormholes don't conserve energy. If they do conserve energy, then one of two things have to happen when the two ends of the wormhole are at different gravitational (or electric, etc) potentials: Either there is a force inside the wormhole so that traversing it you do just as much work as you would have ...


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There is actually a great plausible physical explanation for this they could have used (I've never seen this canonically explained, though). Matter is made of fermions, subject to the exclusion principle; radio signals are made of photons, which are bosons (not subject to the exclusion principle). You could have argued that the stargate can only transfer ...


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This may be Robert J. Sawyer's Starplex which was published in Analog in 1996. If I remember properly, A quote from Robert Sawyer's website presents a close match on a key detail: A transparent humanoid figure, whom Keith dubs Glass, appears. He says Keith holds the key not just to the future, but also the past. The humanoid is inordinately ...


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