- Slaver stasis field
The Slaver stasis field is a fictional technology from
Larry Niven's Known Spaceseries, a product of Tnuctipuningenuity and creativity. Inside the field, time is slowed to a near stop, with billions of years passing on the outside before one second passes on the inside.
The field creates a bubble of space/time that runs separate from the rest of the universe. Anything inside a stasis field can not be affected by anything outside of the field. The only exception to this rule is if two stasis fields are rammed into each other at high speeds. This causes a catastrophic collapse of both fields, destroying whatever is inside. Similarly, one stasis field cannot exist within another; the inner one is deactivated while the outer one is extant, allowing objects within the outer field to interact with those within the inner field.
Two side effects of the field are that the outer surface of the field is a perfect mirror, and that the field reflects 100% of all
Normally, stasis fields are used for medical purposes - enclosing badly injured personnel inside a stasis field allows time for suitable medical attention to be obtained without any further deterioration in the victims condition. They are also of use for life pods what? - no physical attack (not even antimatter) will damage the field or its contents. However, they have also been used to create a weapon known as a 'variable sword' - a handle about the size of a normal
jump ropehandle and a small illuminated red ball connected by an almost invisibly thin retractable wire (possibly Sinclair monomolecular wire) protected by a stasis field. The field not only protects the wire, but also makes it rigid enough to enable it to be swung like a sword blade, capable of cutting through almost all metals. (The purpose of the red bulb is simply to show the user where the wire ends).
A concept similar to this can be found in the Artemis Fowl series.
*cite book | last = Niven | first = Larry | authorlink = Larry Niven | title = Ringworld | year = 1970 | isbn = 0-7221-6396-7
*cite book | last = Niven | first = Larry | authorlink = Larry Niven | title = Neutron Star (The Soft Weapon) | year = 1969 | isbn = 0-7088-8011-8
* — Cramer hypothesises how to create Niven's stasis fields using an AAVP
quantum time-translation machine
* [http://www.freewebs.com/knownspace/index.htm The Incompleat Known Space Concordance]
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