Star Kites: Interplanetary, not Interstellar

The star-kite unfurls from the interstellar cruise ship. You’re all paid up and aboard a trip to Alpha Centauri. 

Only 4 light years away! 

The Captain’s voice fills the cabin, “We’re currently cruising at one-fifth lightspeed.” 

Then the flight attendant smiles at you, “It’s time to sleep.”

“But I’m not tired.”

“For this journey, we’re going to have to freeze you in cryosleep for the next twenty years.”

“What?”

“I’m afraid that’s the time it takes to travel to Alpha Centauri.”

“B-but, that’s so long…” 

And this is why in the Zantium universe, interplanetary travel is using star kites. Interstellar travel is carried out by creasing spacetime. More on that later. 

As the wonderful Stephen Hawkings said, “I believe alien life is quite common in the universe, although intelligent life is less so.”

Always read the itinerary!

So, what is a star kite? 

Picture a shimmering, ultra-thin sheet, as delicate as a butterfly’s wing but strong enough to withstand the harsh conditions of space.

The kite material is designed to capture the energy of the stars and convert it into propulsion using the gentle push of photons.

If you check out Starburn: Zantium Wars #1, you will learn more about the space highway (where you are allowed to fly kites at a quarter lightspeed near the asteroid city of Zantium)