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Skyler Hooks

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So, I'm writing this manuscript that involves humans with genetically inherited teleporting abilities. Near the end of the book, my protagonist wants to fling the antagonist close enough to a black hole for significant time dilation to occur. My first inclination towards a specific black hole was Sagittarius A* as I know it's close and it's huge (four million solar masses right?) so I thought that would make it easy. I tried using the Wolphram Alpha calculator to figure it out but I couldn't get the distance right. Either it was in the swarzchild radius (which means inside the event horizon correct?) or the effect was minimal (like eight times normal speed). I'm trying to get the kind of effect like in Interstellar, where one hour was seven years or 61,320 faster than normal (24x365x7).

Or faster. Much faster if possible. The antagonist will be able to return and probably within a few minutes his time (long enough to open a gate and travel through it in zero-gravity). I would like, if possible, for a few minutes to equal a few years. Or much longer. I'm open to any ideas on how to make this work. A different black hole maybe?

In fact, perhaps a smaller one would be more practical because the distance to experience the effect wouldn't be measured in the millions of kilometers, correct? Like I could just put them a few thousand kilometers away from the event horizon of a smaller one and get the same effect right? Escape velocity isn't an issue; for the sake of the story I'm assuming as long as he doesn't cross the event horizon, he can escape.

So, what I need is:

-A specific candidate for the black hole, preferably one we know about or at least the dimensions of one that would work

-If possible, the distance needed to achieve, say, 525,600x times normal speed (1 minute=a year). Or even faster would be great. I'm not sure what the limits on the effect are, how far I could take it. Best case scenario would be like 1 minute = 100 years (52,560,00x times normal speed). whatever works

-Any other practical information

Thank you so much for your time. I don't know if this is work for you guys or if you can just figure it out in two minutes but I greatly appreciate any time spent working on this problem and will gladly pay you back in haikus or limericks. I can do those all day.