Friday, December 25, 2009

Robert Billing's "Harnessing the brane-deer" (flash fiction, weird physics, free): What if large masses could be made to show visible wave behavior?

When Santa Clause's sleigh developed trouble in Kent, UK on a Christmas night, a mere mortal got the opportunity to figure out what makes Santa's sleigh so magical it can deliver presents all over the world in such a short time! And an understanding of how to fix the present problem, though the presents will be delayed a few hours this Christmas...

See also.

  1. Isaac Asimov's "Fantastic Voyage II: Destination Brain": Another story that features a gadget that can turn the Planck's constant into a variable!
  2. James White's "Christmas Treason": Another (& hilarious) story involving worry about physical limitations of Santa's transport, & proactive work by some kids to ensure that at least their presents won't be missed!

Fact sheet.

First published: Nature, 25 December 2008.
Download full text from Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation.
Rating: B.
Related: Weird physics fiction.