Other uses of aether

 

The Aether in space and at home 

Aether is the name of a substance permeating the  System.  It is a kind of very fine particulate fluid or gas, and its physical properties are so strange that it simply passes through ordinary matter.

Only certain combinations of matter, called aetherides, can interact with the aether by blocking the pathways and frequencies of its movement. In mechanical nature aetherides are rare because to this, as they tend to break apart in due time after being bombarded constantly.

The aether in space in orbit around the Sun is called the volutive aether. It moves around the sun in a great stream, and it is the primary means used in caelogation, which is described elsewhere in this volume.

The aether found inside and around large gravital objects is called inert aether. This is aether that has been slowed down in the aether current to form stagnant pools  or whirlpools around planets they pass through. This aether is more familiar to us as we might have witnessed tools or demonstrations with aetherides involved down on Earth.

Aether particles repulse each other weakly. By collecting enough aether into an aetheride receptible, an "aether cage", a weak anaetheric force creates an area of aetheric less or even an aetheric vacuum around the crunched-up particles within the aether cage.

Different kinds of aetherides in different kinds of aetheric environments cause different kinds of effects. By being hit by a weak or strong aetheric current, the aetheride reacts; possibly it breaks down spectacularly, or moves in an invisible wind, or sparks with electric force.

The absolutely most common application of aetherides in modern technology is a common household object, found in every house and home, even the poorest; the aetherolux.  The simple pyrogen-areoton aetheride compound set within a glass container glows with a constant white light, and will keep easily for ten years or more, more if it is doused in an inert aetheridial shielding liquid once in a while, as in the figure to the left. A true marvel of science!

More volatile aetherides like pyrogen-diveneroton or mercury-terragen will simply produce heat, but they will hold only for short whiles because of the violence of the reaction. The search for affordable, yet longevial thermogenic aetheride compounds is a constant quest amongst chemists, as is that of a electrogenic aetheride compound to use as an electric generator in small applications, and possibly to someday replace thermally produced electricity.

Naturally, if any of these earth-side aetherides were to encounter a strong aether current, as the one in space, burning out will ensue and the aetheride will break apart in a very short while. This is why space-ships cannot carry ordinary aetheride generators, but have to use less intense (though ultimately as powerful) and shorter-lived equivalents.

Aether in Biology

Curiously, many living beings, including most mammals and even arthroids, have components of aetheride in their construction. It is yet unverified for what purposes these points of aether-sensitivity are used, though the most common hypothesis is that of the neo-mesmeristic school, which proposes that these aetheride 'nerves' are sensors within the inert aether (called the animal aether by proponents).

The neo-mesmerists propose that the aetheroneural system is an atrophied biological system that was used in an era of Earth's past when the inert aether was a very calm current. This aetheroneural system would have been a simple sixth physical sense, with which creatures would have been able to sense the presence of other aetheroneural creatures. The original purpose of the aetheric nerve system could have been simple secret communication within a single ancestor species. Aetheric communication would have been silent and undetectable by any other creature - but when the ancestor speciated, and the species became prey and predator species, its uses changed.

Simply dropping aetherides completely would have been difficult. Only a few species would have been able to do so satisfactorily, if they were safe from aetheroneural predators, because atrophied aetheric systems, even if non-functional, would have been vulnerable and audible to the predators. Thus, most of the species would have ended up in an aetheroneural development competition with each species developing more and more sophisticated senses and means of use for their aetheric nerves.

But somewhere along the way, there must have been some sort of turbulence in the aether which reverberated through the Solar System, disturbing even the inert aethers of the planets. This at-least  deafening and possibly deadly catastrophe caused the non-functioning and atrophication of all major aetheroneural species' sixth sense. There has even been found fossil evidence of such, as paleontologists have discovered animal remains with traces of biological aetherides that are much greater than most species today - and the greatness of which is suddenly cut millions of years in the past. Some research on Venus and Mars also support this.

The system is still in place in mammals and other species. The aether has only recently calmed down, possibly opening the way, the mesmerists claim, for the descendants of the sensing animals to use the inert aether again. On the fore-front seems to be humans and arthroids, the two intelligent species of the gaian biosphere. Humans seem sensitive to aetheric currents, and there seems to be some activity in the animal aetheric sphere of human influence, but nothing much is yet known.