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January 20, 2013
MINIATURE SOLAR FLARES roared between the two terminals, shaking my feet, teeth and eyes.

“It’s a decoupled field inversion: perfectly harmless!” shouted Dr. Ptarmigan. “In a CMB-dampened vacuum you could pass through bodily and not feel it!”

“So, this is safe?” I said.

“In the lab? We’re by no means dampened, Charlie. These effects would fry you.”

“But, then...”

“Watch: I’ll bend it!”

Ptarmigan adjusted something at his board, and the light, the noise, and the terminal posts vanished. The platform was vacant.

My pulse thumped in my ears.

Ptarmigan smiled at me. “Sure you want to come along?”