One of the more important pieces of technology in Placeholder is the Lévi–Yang Field Generator. In practice, it is similar in purpose and function to the Stasis or Hypersleep pods that commonly appear in science fiction; only, I took the time to think of how a piece of technology like that might actually be possible. It’s not enough to say ‘it freezes time’, or as in the pilot episode of Red Dwarf, Todhunter puts it:
The stasis room creates a static field of time. See, just as X-rays can’t pass through lead, time cannot penetrate a stasis field. So, although you exist, you no longer exist in time, and for you time itself does not exist. You see, although you’re still a mass, you are no longer an event in space-time, you are a non-event mass with a quantum probability of zero.
— Red Dwarf, Ep. 1.01 “The End”
Funny? Yes. But effectively (and purposely) meaningless. Red Dwarf can get away with it because it’s a parodic sci-fi comedy, but since I was going for Hard Sci-Fi, I felt I had a responsibility not to shrug it off.