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Lockstep

  • Au­thor: Karl Schroed­er
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    Ev­ery once in a while some­one comes up with an idea and you slap your fore­­head be­­cause it feels ob­vi­ous in ret­ro­spec­t. Lock­­step is one of those.

    Tra­di­­tion­al­­ly, in SF, if FTL trav­el is im­­pos­si­ble, but sta­­sis is pos­si­ble, easy, and cheap, you get in­­ter­stel­lar trav­el that's a one-way trip. Lock­­step adds "why not hi­ber­­nate EV­ERY­ONE so they wait for trav­eller­s?".

    And once you have that idea, you get "fake FTL". But that al­­so brings up the ques­­tion of how long is it a good idea to hi­ber­­nate. And once there is a large net­­work of worlds hi­ber­­nat­ing in lock­­step, does it make eco­nom­ic sense to hi­ber­­nate less than them? Or more? How about re­­source ac­cu­­mu­la­­tion on hi­ber­­na­­tion? How about en­­for­c­ing lock­­step? And so on, and this book ex­­plores a lot of that.

    So, the world build­ing is awe­­some, plus it's orig­i­­nal! The plot it­­self is sort of a throw­­away.