Anyone curious about the mechanics of Kevyn’s time-travel adventure needs to read this unsolicited piece of fanmail that arrived not half an hour ago…
Ok I have the rough estimates.. sort of Galileo's equations of gravity compared to Einstein+Superstring.
Ok the issue is that the Galaxy and its related dark matter dropped out of the rest of the universe. This allows for bounding of the 3 main dimensions and the 5? string dimensions, but most importantly the time dimension. The walls of the time are when the anomaly started in the panel that said oops (or something like that long ago), and the other end is when the entire micro-universe destroys itself.
The bounding allows for a near infinite quantum wave state. It is not infinite because then the Andromeda gate would not work at all. And time would be fixed.. as per the writeup of Oedipus and Cassandra.. they would know they were doomed but couldnt do anything about it. Instead the Andromeda gate allows for a quantum tunnelling to micro-universises that allow for Schroedingers cat to break out of his cage (so in this case the cats are a bunch of marines with guns who are really peeved that there is a bottle of cyanide. I hope Dr Schroedinger's life insurance is paid up.)
Anyway. The fact is that the quantum tunneling allows for multiple waves to form. As long as they are short lived and do not overly disrupt the master wave then the universe doesnt do a smack down on it. That is how the universe allowed for the additional mass from the second probe. There is a leakage of energy out, but not too much to cause the quantum wave to collapse to a null state. Now Petey using the gate to multiply himself over and over again in 10 minute bursts would cause the wave to collapse rapidly as seen in todays comic. Schlock and Kevyn cause a similar effect by causing the wave to start leaking out of the near infinite wave guide. This effectively causes the gate to wink out as space around it hits null. [The funny thing is I was working this out last night before I saw todays comic and said 'AHA! It works!'
This doesnt mean that Kevyn will be successful in re-writing history. The universe may hit a null state still (but what fun is that). It does mean that the hard-physics still works.
Now to work on how to use the micro-tunneling through dark-matter to get past the current teraport blocks.
an unspecified National Laboratory
What can I say? My readers are waaay smarter than I am.