So I have a liquid that absorbs light, and then releases it when impacted/surface tension broken.
I'm debating on if I should just follow Sanderson’s First Law of Magics:
An author’s ability to solve conflict with magic is DIRECTLY PROPORTIONAL to how well the reader understands said magic.
and Arthur C. Clarke's law:
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
and just not bother explaining it. Or if there is some way that it could be possible without using 'magic'.
While having fantastic elements, I'd like it to be at least scientifically plausible.
A few possibilities I can see:
- The liquid slows light down to a crawl/stop
- The liquid refracts the light infinitely so that it can't escape
- The liquid's surface tension has some property where light can pass through from the ouside, but reflects from the inside. Like an infinity mirror.
The technology level is quite a bit beyond where we are at. Things like replacing cells with artificial cells made of nanobots, room temperature superconductors, brain/machine interfaces, interdimensional travel using wormholes or something similar are all possible. There are a few entities that are effectively post singularity.