Poll of the Week: The need for speed

320px-Dauntless_quantum_slipstream_drive_coreWhile it may be true that there are times that the journey is more important then the destination, other time all we care about is getting to that destination as fast as possible. When we could no longer walk the distance in a suitable time humans rode horses and when horses proved inadequate we built trains and cars. This cycle has continued on until Zefram Cochrane built our first warp engine to take us between the stars.

As impressive a feat as warp travel is, as much as it has been refined to a fine art even at warp speeds, there are times that we just can’t travel the distance fast enough. Take Voyager‘s journey home, for instance, or the fact that it takes days and even weeks to traverse the distance between key Federation worlds. So where does that leave us? Are we happy with warp travel, or do you think that it is time to start developing or perhaps implementing a new mode of intergalactic transportation?

In engineering circles, warp propulsion — however reliable — is only one proven method for achieving timely voyages between the stars. Other solutions while still slightly illusive have been around since the days of Captain Kirk, such as trans-warp or, more recently, quantum slipstream technology. Both of these and other experimental technologies bring the hope that one day we will be able to travel even faster then the warp scale will allow, making for less travel time and just maybe more time to enjoy the scenery.

So with that in mind, what do you think is the next preferred method of faster then light propulsion? Remember to leave a comment on the forums after you vote because that is where the magic really starts. Also if you have any suggestions for future polls, don’t hesitate to mention it in the suggestion thread.