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Scotty, Warp Drive Is Real. Seriously.

Marshall Barnes can make stuff go faster than it should, in warp drive, in fact. Sounds insane, I know. But apparently it's true, and he was Dallas to talk about his discovery and all of the current electromagnetic field research at the 14th International Mars Society Conference this past weekend.

As for what he's done Barnes says, "I'm not the first or the only one, just the first and only one getting the kinds of dramatic effects that I have so far."

Who is this guy? Well, if his resume is true, and by all accounts it is, he's a genius. His expertise and interests lie in temporal mechanics, consciousness, origins of creativity, technocogninetics, optics, acoustics, multimedia production, marketing, electronic effects design, space-time geometry, distance-learning STEM projects, and the practical applications of the extreme implications of quantum mechanics. I know.

Trying to sum up his background is like trying to herd angry, teenage cats, so after the jump see a selection from his biography and read our interview with Barnes.

From Marshall Barnes' Biography:

1973: Began researching consciousness 1974: Began researching electronic music 1975: Published poetry 1977: Became multi-instrumental 1979: Studied video production and became a professional recording producer 1980: Became a professional video producer/director 1981: Began researching the psychological origins of creativity 1982: Discovered the spontaneous psychological triggers for creativity 1983 to 1986: Taught music video conceptual theory through CAP at the Ohio State 1983 to 1991: Developed a wide variety of unrivaled cutting edge video techniques, 1985: Invented the EDPREPS guitar system 1986: Invented the DEMI sampling technique using the Casio SK-1 1988: Became a creativity master 1988 to 1989: Produced programming on drug-free creativity 1990: Invented the psychoactive music video production language 1994: Conducted successful visual density reduction research (invisibility) 1995 to 1999: Conducted non-lethal weapons research and development 2000 to 2007: Started private research and development laboratory 2000: Invented the Space Time Dilator Transmitter System 2001 to 2005: Researched temporal mechanics 2003: Invented the technological architecture for experiencing techno-cognitively induced realities 2005: Invented stereoscopic 3D glasses for art 2006: Invented monoscopic 3D glasses and 3D stereoscopic hologram glasses for TV 2008: Awarded the only permanent exhibit on optical invisibility in the world 2011: Began making audio productions using 8 dimensional principles, High School.

It's not every day that you get to pick the brain of a real live rocket scientist, so we did exactly that with Marshall Barnes.

So, what is it that you've invented? It's called the STDTS technology, and it appears to be the first functioning prototype for warp drive. To be accurate, it is electromagnetic based, proto-warp technology.

Have you always dreamed of doing something like this since you were a kid? When I was a kid I wanted to be a lot of things. I've done something linked to all of them, but they were always either creative, technical, or adventurous. If you had traveled back in time and told me I'd be doing this now, I'd be surprised but would think it was cool.

How did you come to invent this? I mean, is it a life-long project? A happy accident of sorts? A major team effort? It was a deliberate effort to achieve electromagnetic effects on the nature of time but instead, I guess in the form of a happy accident, it worked on space. But as Einstein said, space and time are connected, so under the proper circumstances, effecting time is not out of the question.

This sounds like pretty far out stuff. But STDTS technology really works? Yes. Multiple witnesses, cars, gravity drops, time periods.Testing off and on from 2000 to now. Next year we'll make this go big with an event scheduled to kick-off the debut of the next Star Trek movie, if everything goes as planned.

Does this mean that all of that "Scotty, I need warp speed in three minutes or we're all dead!" stuff could actually be for real? Not the way that they describe it and nowhere in the near future. Probes are the first subject, as we don't have the worries of shielding from them from radiation, cosmic rays and tiny particles as much [as we would with something living].

Probes could obtain greater information from outside the solar system faster than ever before. Eventually, human testing could be done but not until animals like hamsters, dogs and chimps try it first. And maybe even geckos.

It took the Cassini space probe seven years to reach Saturn. With the STDTS, we could cut that down to months. The only reason it would be months is that we have to allow for braking time. This is based on our best guess at this point and allows for the possibility of negative effects of attempting to send a probe near or at or faster than the speed of light due to the possibility of cosmic rays or radiation that may damage the electronics of the probe if we go too fast. Across the board, shielding is a major issue that many people are looking at, as far as this kind of travel is concerned, across the board.

Eugene Roddenberry, whose dad created Star Trek, has seen one of our tests though, and it blew his mind. He said that he hoped that the technology was true and that his dad would have loved to have taken one of the first ships out on a warp drive test. He was very proud that something like this, that his dad had been so connected to, was actually being worked on in his lifetime. People can hear him say so in my upcoming audio documentary, Verzerrung Reise: Distortion Travel and the STDTS. You can follow the project on Twitter, @warpdrivehere, for more updates.

[On his birthday, through his website], I invited William Shatner to pilot a probe out of Earth's orbit, when we get the project to that level. You can see it on his website. I also invited Leonard Nimoy along for his birthday through his agent.

What are the practical implications of this technology? The airline industry would get a huge boost. We're talking about making airline travel faster by maybe as much as 50 percent, which would result in a 50 percent decrease in fuel costs. Clearly, as I mentioned, there would be space benefits. There are also military applications as well, which is why I won't be selling the technology to any foreign countries. Period.

How are people responding to your work? Do they believe it? Yeah. The people who see the tests believe it, although some want us to do more testing, which is fine. But they forget that we've done so much already that result in effects that can't be explained away, that after a while it gets redundant.

Some people will never be satisfied, but those [people] are usually irrelevant in the final mix of things. I mean, some people still believe the world is flat.

As a parting gift for Mixmaster readers, Barnes served up what he calls Random Fun Facts. Here they are: 1. The acceleration caused by the STDTS is invisible to radar. I found that out first hand when I ran a speed trap, and, instead of the deputy pulling me over, he just kept doing a double take between his radar gun and me.

2. The STDTS was originally designed to be sold as a way to get somewhere faster by manipulating time. Fred Alan Wolf, the famous physicist, however, helped me determine that it was really a warp drive prototype by insisting that we pay attention to the odometer readings, which were all over the place. A careful analysis on my part, however, made sense of them once Wolf told me what to look for.

3. The audio documentary will be designed to be a video documentary for your ears. We're employing special production techniques to make a very special aural experience. Not like listening to an audio book at all.

It will feature interview excerpts from when I was on's The Chosen with Ron Mills and audio recorded adventures with experiments and famous scientists. It appears that Richard Obousy, the physicist, will be joining me in the documentary.

4. We actually tried the STDTS out with a DeLorean and it worked better because the DeLorean has a stainless steel body and conducted the STDTS field better, but everyone thinks I did it because of Back to the Future.

5. Greyhound Bus has sponsored my trip out here to the convention, which is funny in a way: The inventor of the first warp drive prototype taking one of the slowest ways to travel across the country. It was all my idea, of course, and Greyhound has been very nice all the way. I'd like to put the STDTS on a bus and see what kind of results we'd get from that.

6. We have a lot of fun things planned to make the STDTS project more accessible to the public, Sweepstakes to win an experience with it for TV, T-shirts and other swag. With the space shuttle program ending, I see this as being the next American people's space program. We don't need NASA funding to get this off the ground.

This will be privately backed and crowd-sourced. That's why we've got that Twitter account now and will be using other social media. More things are on the way including a TV show debunking all the excuses that people sometimes use to say why it can't be real like it's a wind effect, time frames aren't accurate, blah, blah, blah.

7. When I was a little boy I thought about becoming an astronaut for a while, but started to change my mind when I witnessed the Apollo 1 explosion aftermath and realized that it's really pretty dangerous work. Now that I've invented the STDTS, I still haven't changed my mind, but if I ever figure out a similar solution to creating wormholes, I will be game for trying that out.

8. Famous quote of mine: "Stephen Hawking is not the greatest mind on the planet, just the most intelligent comedian."

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