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6th Mar '17 5:59:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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If PsychicPowers exist in a setting, they often work instantaneously at any distance, and function as a SubspaceAnsible. Quantum entanglement is a popular explanation, since QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything.

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If PsychicPowers exist in a setting, they often work instantaneously at any distance, and function as a SubspaceAnsible.Subspace Ansible. Quantum entanglement is a popular explanation, since QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything.



* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', after Fargo and Henry build an FTL drive, the government starts planning the ''Atraeus'' mission, the first manned flight to Titan. One episode involves a scientist trying to build a SubspaceAnsible for real-time communications and telemetry with the ship. Given that this is Eureka, this ends up causing a big problem (although, not by itself).

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* In ''{{Series/Eureka}}'', after Fargo and Henry build an FTL drive, the government starts planning the ''Atraeus'' mission, the first manned flight to Titan. One episode involves a scientist trying to build a SubspaceAnsible Subspace Ansible for real-time communications and telemetry with the ship. Given that this is Eureka, this ends up causing a big problem (although, not by itself).



** The existence of SubspaceAnsible also {{Handwave}}s the fact that Harbinger is capable of "[[Memes/{{Bioware}} ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL]]" of individual {{Mooks}}, [[spoiler:despite being a Reaper whose physical form is drifting thousands of light-years ''outside the galaxy'']].

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** The existence of SubspaceAnsible Subspace Ansible also {{Handwave}}s the fact that Harbinger is capable of "[[Memes/{{Bioware}} ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL]]" of individual {{Mooks}}, [[spoiler:despite being a Reaper whose physical form is drifting thousands of light-years ''outside the galaxy'']].
27th Feb '17 10:48:27 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/WeAreLegionWeAreBob'': Everyone uses the SURGE drive, a reactionless drive that somehow uses subspace to accelerate to ridiculous speeds in realspace. In theory, it could be used for communication, though the people of Earth haven't bothered to look into it. Bill decides to stay behind in Epsilon Eridani to work on it. [[spoiler:He manages to invent an instant subspace radio with a range of twenty-five light years, but unfortunately it needs a working transponder on both ends to work. He sends off plans for the first version to the other Bobs as soon as possible, but by the end of the book only Riker's group has received the plans and built a relay]].
5th Feb '17 6:08:20 AM MCE
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24th Jan '17 9:08:15 AM intastiel
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Space is big. No, ''[[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale really]]'' big. You might think it's a long way to the chemist, [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy but that's peanuts compared with space. Listen]]... the only way to have snappy dialogue between characters in different star systems (hell, even to '''''the moon''''') is with faster-than-light radio. This Subspace Ansible (a.k.a. FTLRadio) is also necessary for spaceships using FasterThanLightTravel to have two-way conversations, since actual radio waves ''are'' light (of a non-visible frequency) -- and are therefore slower than the ship.

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Space is big. No, ''[[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale really]]'' big. You might think it's a long way to the chemist, [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy but that's peanuts compared with space. Listen]]... the only way to have snappy dialogue between characters in different star systems (hell, even to '''''the moon''''') is with faster-than-light radio. This Subspace Ansible (a.k.a. FTLRadio) FTL Radio) is also necessary for spaceships using FasterThanLightTravel to have two-way conversations, since actual radio waves ''are'' light (of a non-visible frequency) -- and are therefore slower than the ship.



Presumably, an FTLRadio is also what allows ship sensors to work faster than light, viewing objects that are light-minutes away -- or even light-years! -- in real-time. However, any attempts to explain it are indistinguishable from a HandWave (unless tachyons are involved; then it gets complicated).

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Presumably, an FTLRadio FTL Radio is also what allows ship sensors to work faster than light, viewing objects that are light-minutes away -- or even light-years! -- in real-time. However, any attempts to explain it are indistinguishable from a HandWave (unless tachyons are involved; then it gets complicated).



* ''Literature/EndersGame'' is a major example of another writer taking the name from Le Guin. A character mentions that there is a formal name for their FTLRadio, but "somebody dredged the name ''ansible'' [[ShoutOut out of an old book]]." The working principle of an ansible link is something about "[[MinovskyPhysics subatomic philotic links]]" that form between two subatomic particles, which can be stretched infinitely when properly separated. FTL travel doesn't exist though [[spoiler:for most of the series at least]], so the ansibles are really the binding force for the entire interstellar civilization (to the point where one colony declares itself to be in rebellion and does the unthinkable by destroying their own ansible, or so it would seem...)

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* ''Literature/EndersGame'' is a major example of another writer taking the name from Le Guin. A character mentions that there is a formal name for their FTLRadio, FTL Radio, but "somebody dredged the name ''ansible'' [[ShoutOut out of an old book]]." The working principle of an ansible link is something about "[[MinovskyPhysics subatomic philotic links]]" that form between two subatomic particles, which can be stretched infinitely when properly separated. FTL travel doesn't exist though [[spoiler:for most of the series at least]], so the ansibles are really the binding force for the entire interstellar civilization (to the point where one colony declares itself to be in rebellion and does the unthinkable by destroying their own ansible, or so it would seem...)



* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Ultratech has two versions. The first uses quantum entanglement (so it's impossible to intercept) the second is generic FTLRadio.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Ultratech has two versions. The first uses quantum entanglement (so it's impossible to intercept) the second is generic FTLRadio.FTL Radio.
3rd Jan '17 7:55:56 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Film/{{Passengers|2016}}'' after Jim is accidentally woken up 30 years into a 120-year voyage on a SleeperStarship he sends an email to the customer service office for the company that built the ship, and then the computer says the message will take about 25 years to reach Earth and a reply should arrive in 55 years. And he just spent six thousand dollars on that one transmission.
30th Dec '16 9:25:27 AM StarformDCX
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* One of the entries in the Literature/XWingSeries has the squadron tapping in on a pirate conversation. They figure out how far apart the two conversing parties are by the length of the pauses, and by doing so, pinpoint their locations.



* One of the entries in the Literature/XWingSeries has the squadron tapping in on a pirate conversation. They figure out how far apart the two conversing parties are by the length of the pauses, and by doing so, pinpoint their locations.
18th Dec '16 11:07:45 PM Doug86
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** One solution to TheLongitudeProblem, which similarly involved trying to transmit information (Greenwich Mean Time) over vast distances (the ocean) beyond the scope of modern technology (handwritten letters), was to keep a wounded dog in a cage on a sailing ship. A person in London would dip its bloodied bandage into what was called "[[SympatheticMagic the powder of sympathy]]" at a prearranged time, whereupon the dog would yelp at the same instant. In case it wasn't blindingly obvious, this theory never caught on with the scientific community.

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** One solution to TheLongitudeProblem, UsefulNotes/TheLongitudeProblem, which similarly involved trying to transmit information (Greenwich Mean Time) over vast distances (the ocean) beyond the scope of modern technology (handwritten letters), was to keep a wounded dog in a cage on a sailing ship. A person in London would dip its bloodied bandage into what was called "[[SympatheticMagic the powder of sympathy]]" at a prearranged time, whereupon the dog would yelp at the same instant. In case it wasn't blindingly obvious, this theory never caught on with the scientific community.
5th Dec '16 6:31:36 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': A few years before the start of the story, spanreed [[{{Magitek}} fabrials]] are developed, which link two quills so that when they are both turned on, they will mirror each other no matter how far apart they are; combined with a standardized writing desk, and instantaneous long-distance communication is achieved. While it's used as essentially a telegraph, it actually functions using quantum entanglement, meaning that there is no upper range of the effect. Once the planet progresses more, they will be able to use it as a more traditional ansible.
21st Nov '16 8:34:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ''{{Starslip}}'' technical manual asserts that FTL communication is actually an incredibly sophisticated computer that anticipates what the other party will say. "Modern" systems are so good, it can predict and initiate a call at the same time it is placed, light-years away. FTLTravel is almost as preposterously handwaved.

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* The ''{{Starslip}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Starslip}}'' technical manual asserts that FTL communication is actually an incredibly sophisticated computer that anticipates what the other party will say. "Modern" systems are so good, it can predict and initiate a call at the same time it is placed, light-years away. FTLTravel is almost as preposterously handwaved.



* In ''AMiracleOfScience'' the Mars HiveMind developed an FTL communications network so they could be in constant contact with one another and allowed the unaugmented human colonies across the solar system to use it as well. They're capable of FTL travel as well, but they haven't told many others that yet.

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* In ''AMiracleOfScience'' ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience'' the Mars HiveMind developed an FTL communications network so they could be in constant contact with one another and allowed the unaugmented human colonies across the solar system to use it as well. They're capable of FTL travel as well, but they haven't told many others that yet.



* ''QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' features subspace radio and the hypernet, an information network that piggy-backs on the hive mind of an alien species. This species, the Confidantines, have special privileges in the galactic community, such as being immune from interrogation, and anyone who ''does'' try to interrogate one of them will find themselves, their home planet, and possibly their entire species cut off from the hypernet for at least a century. [[DisproportionateRetribution The Confidantines take space-age cyber security very seriously.]]

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* ''QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' ''Webcomic/QuentynQuinnSpaceRanger'' features subspace radio and the hypernet, an information network that piggy-backs on the hive mind of an alien species. This species, the Confidantines, have special privileges in the galactic community, such as being immune from interrogation, and anyone who ''does'' try to interrogate one of them will find themselves, their home planet, and possibly their entire species cut off from the hypernet for at least a century. [[DisproportionateRetribution The Confidantines take space-age cyber security very seriously.]]
15th Nov '16 1:40:09 PM epoxy
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If PsychicPowers exist in a setting, they often work instantaneously at any distance, and function as a SubspaceAnsible. Quantum entanglement is a popular explanation.

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If PsychicPowers exist in a setting, they often work instantaneously at any distance, and function as a SubspaceAnsible. Quantum entanglement is a popular explanation.
explanation, since QuantumMechanicsCanDoAnything.
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