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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Ultra-Vibrator  
  Transports objects into another dimension through intense vibration.  

"Kent," he said, "I suppose you've heard of the Fitzgerald Contraction Theory?" *

"Yes," nodded Lester, drawing the coveralls over his pants legs. "It's something about a moving ob- ject becoming shorter in the direction of its travel."

"That's the gist of it," agreed Bentley. "And have you ever wondered what would happen to an object that went faster than light, that went beyond the limit where its length was zero? What, do you believe, would become of such an object— remember, it has not been destroyed. It is still a material solid object."

"You mean you've built some sort of space ship?" The man curled his lips scornfully. "Certainly not. There's a better method of attaining desired speed. Namely by vibration. Vibrate an object at high enough frequencies and its forward and backward movement will duplicate the Fitzgerald Contraction effect just as if it moved in only one direction. But come, I'll show you the device in which I've already accomplished this feat!

They neared the rear of the room, halted before the huge apparatus he had seen previously. It consisted mainly of a mammoth glass globe about eight feet in diameter, with a smaller tubular portion projecting from either side. Visible in each of these sections was a great metal rod that Lester took to be electrodes. The whole thing gave the impression of an oversized Crook's tube. On the nearest side was a plug in the glass wall, beveled and ground like the glass stopper of a chemist's bottle, but large enough to admit the body of a man.

Bentley jerked his head proudly at the towering mass of glass. "That, Kent," he said, "is the result of many years of experimentation and research. It is merely a device for producing tremendously high vibrational frequencies. Anything placed within that glass ball between the electrodes can be made to vi- brate so swiftly that the Fitzgerald effect occurs im- mediately, causing it to disappear! When the current is stopped it reappears.

"Do you grasp that, Kent? I can actually force an object into another plane of existence! Being no longer able to remain in our dimension, the object is expelled to one in which it is suited. It may reach an unknown, unguessed world coexistent with our own, or it may appear instantly beyond the farthest imagin- able reaches of the galaxy where time and curving space have formed an ultra-plane to which it belongs.

From Into Another Dimension, by Maurice Duclos.
Published by Fantastic Adventures in 1939
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(Ultra-Vibrator from Into Another Dimension)

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