Dewey B. Larson
755 N.E. Royal Court
Portland, Oregon 97232
May 5, 1981
The attached letter replying to a series of questions from Homer Ballard may be of some general interest. These inquiries were prompted by a news item reporting “direct and unambiguous evidence” of speeds greater than that of light in the quasar 3C 273. Ballard’s questions were as follows:
a. On the basis of your theory, what would happen physically to an object, such as a spaceship, if it were to exceed the velocity of light. Would its occupants survive?
b. Assuming that the occupants of a superlight spaceship did survive the transition, what would the physical effect of return to sublight speeds be?
c. You have stated that antimatter (your “C matter”) will probably not be used as a fuel in future spaceships because of our inability to keep it together in a space location, however it has apparently been produced and collected for several days in storage rings for colliding beam experiments. How do you explain this?
d. Assuming “C matter” could not be collected, what form of matter might serve as a fuel for superlight propulsion? You state that matter in old galaxies reaches a point in ageing where it explodes driving some of the galactic mass above light velocity. Would this form of matter serve? What is it?
e. I believe that you have stated in one of your publications that the idea of superlight drivers and so called “space warps” is unlikely to become reality, yet your theory does predict the possibility of superlight communication via gravitational, electromagnetic and static-electrical physical vibrations does it not? If superluminal communication, then it would seem that eventually we may be able to reduce a physical object to information and communicate it wherever we desire on an appropriate superluminal vibration. What are your thoughts on this?
Mr. W. Homer Ballard, Jr.
1108 Pleasant Dale Ave.
Colonial Heights, Va. 23834