How Did Janus Come About?
The Earth was dying — thanks to a limited, but devastating nuclear exchange in 2033 and the subsequent actions of the Ultra-conglomerates.
With the development of enhanced-fusion reactors and the plasma-fusion drive, the Ultra-conglomerates built a new generation of space shuttles and launched new orbiting platforms, which served as jumping-off points for the exploration of the Solar System, but any hopes of finding humanity a new home on Mars, or any of the moons of the gas giants soon disappeared. Sure, terraforming is feasible, but it takes a very long time, far longer than the Earth and humankind had left.
The breakthrough came when the work of two separate teams of scientists, one in Edmonton, the other in Switzerland, came together.
The Canadian Nobuko-Lua team came up with a hypothesis and possible method for the creation of synthetic singularities — man-made, baby black holes.
Just outside Geneva, Duchamps and Featherstone developed their control-field, which uses an array of fusion generators, a scaled-down first cousin of a particle-collider and various other mind-bending wonders to create unthinkably powerful, directional fields of gravitational force.
In the San Angeles Institute of Technology, near Bakersfield, Pankovsky, Subramian and Hiscox brought the two concepts together. Pankovsky was a revolutionary physicist, Subramian a visionary engineer and Hiscox the mathematical genius who did all the brain-boggling calculations, developing theories first formulated by Einstein and Minkowski and applying concepts from Terry Tao, Elon Lindenstrauss’s Ergodic Theory and Medvedev’s Field Dynamics.
He actually proved to be smarter than all of them put together.
Project Janus was born.
It took over sixty years to complete the first phase and cost many thousands of lives, but, eventually, humankind had a gateway to the stars.