From: The Evolutionary Void - Peter F Hamilton
"Are you ready?" ANA:Governance asked.
Kazimir gritted his teeth. "Do it."
As Kazimir had assured both Gore and Paula, the
deterrence fleet was no bluff. It represented the peak
of ANA's technological ability and was at least a
match for the ships of the warrior Raiel. However, he
did concede that calling it a fleet was a slight
The problem, inevitably, was who to trust with
such an enormous array of firepower. The more crew
involved, the greater the chance of misuse or leakage
to a faction. Ironically, the technology itself provided
the answer. It required only a single controlling
consciousness. ANA declined to assume command on
ethical grounds, refusing to ascend to essential
omnipotence. Therefore, the task always fell upon the
The forces within the base swarmed around him,
rushing in like a tidal wave, reading him at a
quantum level and then converting the memory.
Kazimir transformed: His purely physical structure
shifted to an equivalent energy function encapsulated
within a single point that intruded into spacetime.
His "bulk," the energy signature he had become, was
folded deep within the quantum fields, utilizing a
construction principle similar to that of ANA itself. It
contained his mind and memories, along with some
basic manipulator and sensory abilities, and unlike
ANA, it wasn't a fixed point.
Kazimir used his new sensory inputs to examine
the intraspacial lattice immediately surrounding him,
reviewing the waiting array of transformed functions
stored inside the dome's complex exotic matter
mechanisms. He started to select the ones he might
need for the mission, incorporating them to his own
signature; it was a process he always equated to some
primitive soldier walking through an armory, pulling
weapons and shields off the shelves.
Ultimately he incorporated eight hundred
seventeen functions into his primary signature.
Function twenty-seven was an FTL (faster than light)
ability, allowing him to shift his entire energy
signature through hyperspace. As he no longer
retained any mass, the velocity he could achieve was
orders of magnitude above an ultradrive.
Kazimir launched from the unnamed planet,
heading for the Ocisen fleet at a hundred light-years
an hour. Then he accelerated.