# Scene

## 'Einstein's Twin'

1 INT - CINCSPAC EARTH OFFICE - WARM-LIGHT AFTERNOON (COMIC)

("LONESTONE'S TWIN" IN EXAGGERATION for the outer story)

CMDR DAVE, in galaxyship admiral attire, writes at his desk:

LT KYLER, young, mussable white-blond hair, in galaxyship commander attire, enters, delivers an eyes-only message in a red cover, then rapid-fires informations and explanations regarding the first-ever black-hole as it approaches Earth: [NB: suck-in, means, suck-air-in - a comical effect sounding raspy, chest lifting, filling: wide-eyed]

LT proceeds to explain his theory on the white-board, simultaneously disheveling his hair with his free hand to a famous disheveled look:
 LT Yes, Sir: But, I am puzzled, sir: (steps to whiteboard) Going back to our first detection at 1 light-year distant: Their velocity being relativistic with a space-time factor of inverse root-shy-square velocity equaling 3-hundred-65: (draws and writes) If we monitor 1 year of their time-dilated 1 day, then according to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, they monitor 1 year of, our, time-dilated 1 day - not that they'll crack any of our secrets, sir, but: They must also notice of us, as we did them, that, our, local stellar frame has been Lorentz-Fitzgerald contracted, by that same factor of 3-65 - and we appear to be a pancake approaching them at light-speed! Now: (begins to excite-dishevel) At the instant they passed our out-post, it transmitted a light-speed warning to us: At 1 light-year in our space-time frame, it took a year, our time, for that warning to reach us, this morning: and they'll arrive tomorrow, one day later, moving just slightly slower. Now this is consistent in that: to them in their frame, our light-year advanced out-post is only 1 light-day before us - due to that relativistic contraction of linear distance - so, they traverse to our Earth in one day, plus a hecta-hesit, their time, while we see them as traversing 1 light-year in a year and a day, our time: Thus their 1 day seems to us, to take our 1 year! However now: (near bursting) Suppose they immediately upon passing our out-post, began transmitting a hello-beacon at us, at 1 flash per hesit - then, by time they arrive tomorrow, they'll have flashed their hello-beacon about 40 thousand times: at which point they pass us, and stop flashing. (stressing) Now, suppose we, in anticipation of their cordiality, immediately were to keep count of every flash: In our time frame, they'll be sending a hundred-10 per, our day: it'll take a year, our time, to observe their 40-thousand flashes they transmitted in their, 1 day - though in actual practice their hello-beacon arrives at Earth only today until tomorrow, and we'd be counting their 40-thousand flashes in, 1 day, our time: (inserts point-of-view, dazes) It's amazing that Einstein's theory un-does Doppler shift, as it is! (points-taps pen on board) Okay: But - how can we appear to them to count their 40 thousand flashes, when, in their 1 day, they observe barely 1-point-1 of our time-dilated hecta-hesit - and in point of fact, their beacon-signal arrives only in our last 3 milli-hesits?! (exasperates) In their view, we are slow, to be counting them as slow! (confronts [Einstein-hair]) We'd be counting 13 mega-flashes-per-hesit - not impossible for our equipments, but, how do we explain this to them, when they arrive, tomorrow?! The tortoise has out-relativized the hare! We couldn't have done it!! It should take us a year!! We don't even know whether the theory is correct!! (non-sequitur challenges) Do we appear to be a solar-orbiting wave-function?! Sir! CMDR (nonchalant) Don't stop thinking about tomorrow, Lieutenant. LT Yes, sir! (relieves) Thank you, sir: (relieves) I needed that! (wipes brow, frets) I hope missing a detection doesn't start World War 3: I'm only the Lieutenant on watch, sir! CMDR General Relativity has your answer, Lieutenant: They catch-up on our history. LT (puzzles) What history, Sir?! T-V satellites broadcast science-fictions, murder mysteries, and news-media: not high school history! CMDR (surprises self) Wow: We could be re-living dinosaur dreams of freedom, as we fall-in toward the central black-hole of our cosmic universe. (sterns to Lieutenant) Take that as a warning, Lieutenant! LT (sincere) Yes, Sir! I've always wondered what the cosmos was really like in the dinosaur days: And whether there were people in the cosmos when the cosmic background radiation was at room temperature: It must have been a space-traveler's balmy delight! Sir!

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