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My colleague and I are working on a sci-fi movie script. It's almost finished and it's going very well, thanks. At the beginning we made a promise. Although there inevitably has to be some small fantasy elements to any sci-fi story, we promised each other we wouldn't break Einsteinian physics, and there's no darn sound in space! Now, we know that normally these rules would lead, probably, to a kind of boring film, but we think we've got a good story, so please don't worry about that!

There is a scene where, because of a freak incident (the fantasy part), a ship is unexpectedly accelerated to a speed that is over 99% of SOL. More fantasy parts are that the passengers are not pasted like jelly on the aft wall of the ship's bridge, and space dust doesn't puncture holes in the hull. What was that promise again?

Because of an important subplot, it's important that they travel at least 30 million years into the future 'cause of time dilation. Now, I THINK I understand the Lorentz factor. I worked out that if c = 1 ly, and v = 0.9 (etc) with 15 9's after the decimal, that in one year the ship would travel 15.8 million years into the future. Not only is that not enough years, but we want the trip to only be a few days at most inside the ship.

Now, as I understand it, in theory, if the freak incident made them go so fast that there were more than just 15 9's after the decimal point, then we could achieve what we're looking for. Trouble is, it would appear that a PC isn't capable of doing that! At least that's what we think is going on. So, could anyone kindly confirm this, and also let me know if there's any kind of workaround that would allow us to determine the speed it would take to do the 30 million in just a few days? Would it be something like 0.9 (etc) with more like 25 or 30 9's after the decimal?

I know, kinda bizarre, but hey, I think it's fun!

Thanks, Hal Dace

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