If you are a Sci-Fi fanatic, you no doubt heard about slipstream and how this is the “fastest” known travel method in the panverse (a.k.a. omniverse). You probably heard from Star Trek: Voyager or maybe you are playing the MMORPG Star Trek Online, which also features slipstream technology.
Or perhaps, you thought that the it was first imagined in another of Gene Roddenberry’s creation, Andromeda, where slipstream is the core and backbone of the storyline – without such, there won’t be a story to tell. The same can be said in Halo series where slipstream travel is an integral part of the plot.
But what exactly is slipstream anyway? Did you know that slipstream isn’t exactly “faster-than-light”? If in normal space, space-time is inseparable, inside slipstream, time is irrelevant. The only thing that matters is the technology of the ship to traverse slipstream successfully, otherwise, it will exit anywhere in the panverse (and in any time).
This is because slipstream is based on quantum mechanics and on string theory we know today. Here’s a good excerpt from the Andromeda Director’s Bible about slipstream technology, though fiction, but in some ways or another sheds some light on this, in my opinion, not-so-farfetched mode of travel.