Creating our future;
Slipping along a velvety expressway, slicing
through the cool night air, the vehicle silently enters the glowing city. Effortlessly, the small cigar
shaped draft rises and falls as it bypasses other
machines along the path to the city's center. The
downtown area is teaming with people being moved
about by silent but quick, moving walkways. No
power-lines cross the streets, no sound of electrical
energy surging through rubberized lines disturbs
those enjoying the quiteness of the burg's little
Glidding past this panarama of our future, the
little vehicle slips to the roof of a clean, well-
illuminated building. It's operator pushes open the
access panel to the cruiser and steps from it. He
stands for a moment and recalls what life was like
before Super-conductivity changed it.
The noise of gas and diesel engines pumping
their fumes of death into the air had echoed from
every expressway — every city and every town
throughout the world; that has changed! Unsightly,
dirty, noisy powerlines connected every home. The
black bound energy suppliers stretched from lifeless limbs, humming as it emitted energy into the
atmosphere; all this he remembered.
Homes and business receive their energy from
buried conduits that contain energy retrieval systems, nothing is wasted in our future.
Our man of the future, Alexander we'll call him,
thinks aloud, "Thank you Dr. Chu, thank you everyone of you who sacrificed to bring our world out of
the gloom and doom, and into this bright new
Suddenly a voice calls from a passageway behind
Alexander, "Don't forget those far-sighted legislators that continually pushed for money to fund
research and never gave up hope on the future."
Alexander turns to see his spouse stepping from
the passageway, she hands him his briefcase, they
both look at each other . . .
Sounds like a great short story or maybe a movie,
possibly, then again this could be our future.
Dr. Chu and his staff along with a hand full of
women and men around the world have been working since the 1930's to perfect the science of Super-
Conductivity. What they have accomplished in the
past few years is astounding, but what they stand
to accomplish in the next decade could and will
forever change the way every person lives and
In a personal interview with Chu he discussed
the implications of Super-Conductivity's actual application, "To apply the uses of it (Super-
Conductivity) will result in great socio-economical
and soci-political change. Nations will have to work
together in order to protect what is built, and to
build what is needed to utilize this science to its
He talked of entire cities like Houston being supplied by just a few buried cables, their energy derived from a power plant somewhere in the northern Mexico desert. The power station would be
miles from the nearest population centers, that
way things like solar power can be made more
effective. Acres of solar reflectors could accumulate
the Sun's power and feed it to us.
Also noted during the discussion was the application of Super-Conducters to computers.
"Imagine the speed of a computer built with a
super-conducting material." Asimov's dream of a
positronic brain for computers that think, rationalize and help each and everyone of us, would be
closer to reality.
"The applications for Super-Conductivity's byproducts is endless," said Dr. Chu. The Japanese
announced this year that they were setting up
funding for research into the ways that present
knowledge in Super-Conductivity can be utilized.
Whole industries have already sprung up around
the science, and many more are expected to spring
As a science, Super-Conductivity is not new. But
in applications its popularity is spreading. We may
never see a full application of Super-Conducivity in
our life time, but at least we and generations to
come will reap the benefits of exhaustive, never
ending search of men like Chu, who know there is a
better way to live and are doing something about
finding that better way. ► Allen Manning
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