An Einstein-Rosen Bridge and Time’s Arrow Mirror

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Liam Lovett scrutinized the meter-wide, gold-wire-wrapped metal-ring standing in the middle of his basement lab. He flipped the power-switch on. The power hummed as surge of electricity filled the air. Then with an audible pop a featureless black surface occupied into the ring’s opening. Then with another pop, a smooth silver surface suddenly replaced the black one.

Lovett looked at the surface and saw himself.

“Shit,” he said aloud. “A million dollar mirror.”

The surfaced changed again with another pop. Now the ring’s opening showed a lab much like Lovett’s, but older looking and more run down. An older version of himself looked back at the physicist.

“About time, Liam,” the older Lovett said to the younger. “Wasn’t sure you were going to pull it off, yet there you are, finally.”

“What the hell?” younger Lovett declared.

“Well,” older Lovett said. “Let me run this down for you. Yes, I’m you. I’m on Earth-11025 and you are on Earth-11026. The closer any individual universe is to the big bang, the faster time’s arrow flies. I’m about twenty years ahead of you. About twenty years ago I also built an Einstein-Rosen Bridge device and met another one of us, a Liam Lovett from Univsere-11024 who explained this all to me. About twenty years before that, Lovett-11024 had met Lovett-11023 who told him about this and so on and so on, back to Universe-1.”

“Wait a sec,” Lovett-11025 held up his hand. “If twenty years is the average ‘time distance’ between universes, than that is only about 220,480 years, give or take. The universe, or rather the multi-verse, is at least 13 Billion-years old. What happened to those other, older universes?”

“Earth never existed, or never developed intelligent life? Or we we’re never born, or picked a different profession? Who knows?” Lovett-11024 shrugged and then went on. “Time is short. Polchinski and Weinberg are wrong, or rather only partly right. Already virtual particles are building up in a destructive positive feedback loop. That means . . .”

“That means,” Lovett-11025 continued for his older self. “That this bridge will soon collapse and because of the particle build-up, I’ll never be able to reach your universe again.”

“Well, yes” Lovett-11024 declared. “Maybe you’re smarter than I gave you credit for. All of us Lovetts have tried to solve this problem since Lovett-1, but we have never been able to crack it. I think I’m close. Grab your recorder and vid this, with my work to help you, maybe you can solve it.”

Lovett-11024 pulled an chalk board into view and began to show Lovett-11025 his work on preventing interdimensional bridge collapse. Lovett-11025 dutifully recorded the information with a handheld video camera as Lovett-11024 explained the equations and showed more chalkboards. By the time they were done the bridge interface was showing what can only be called static interference.

“Well, that is it,” Lovett-11024 said. “That is as far as I got.”

“Wait,” Lovett-11025 said. “What about us? What about our lives?”

“Oh yeah, well, Mary Robinson is. . .” and pop, Lovett-11024’s image was gone and the center of the ring was empty.

“Shit, what about Mary Robinson?” Lovett-11025 yelled at the metal ring.

Twenty Years Later.

Lovett was working in his basement lab, going over his equations to fix the virtual particles destructive positive feedback loop building up problem for an Einstein-Rosen Bridge. His wife, Mary, worked beside him, checking his proofs when a shot of electricity ran through the room and a perfectly circular black-hole appeared in the air behind the couple.

Lovett-11025 turned and saw Lovett-11026, who was looking through the bridge interface. Lovett-11025 said to Lovett-11026: “About time, Liam. Wasn’t sure you were going to pull it off, yet there you are, finally.”

About the Author: 
Patrick S. Baker is a US Army veteran, currently a Department of Defense employ. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in History, Political Science and a Master’s degree in European History. He is a part time military historian and science-fiction writer. When not working or writing, he enjoys life with his wife.