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Those of you who know the Star Wars expanded universe before The Phantom Menace–and those who grew up before The Clone Wars was in vogue–may remember a young reader offering by Dave Wolverton and Jude Watson, the series known as Jedi Apprentice. And those of you who know it very well may remember that Dave Wolverton wrote the first book and then passed the torch on, to Ms. Watson, who continued to delight young readers with the exploits of the most famous Jedi team of the pre-Prequel era. In the second book of the series, The Dark Rival, however, there was a mention of a curious metal ore. It “carried an electric pulse, neither positive nor negative, but neutral, with the effect that timers and equipment went dead.” This same ore was used, later in the same book, by a pre-teenaged Obi-Wan Kenobi, just weeks short of thirteen, to stop the countdown of a time bomb that would have killed both him and Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn. (I think we should give Obi-Wan credit for what he is. Make room, Charles Wallace and Ender. We have another, heretofore unacknowledged, child genius on our hands. Seriously, does anyone want to hazard a guess as to that boy’s IQ?! It’s probably higher than mine, and I’m in the gifted group! Oh right– he’s more than likely to have a higher IQ than me. He’s a boy and I’m a girl, and those tests, for some sexist reason, which I acknowledge and promptly ignore with the cheerfulness born of humility rather than indifference, favor men. Wow, that sentence just rang with hubris, didn’t it? But I still don’t care that IQ tests are sexist. What diff does it make in everyday life?!)

Yes, ionite. The same ionite that has been so disparaged in scientific circles since. The same ionite that has been called “a real-life impossibility” and “an immature plot device.”

Wait just a minute, though. Ionite just might exist–only on slightly different terms than described. When we go to theory, of course we have to use different terminology. It stands to reason.

And instead of a neutral electric pulse, which is difficult to comprehend since all known materials which, when neutral, carry no electricity whatsoever (since all known electric charges are either positive or negative,) it is simply easier to think of an anti-electromagnetic forces– which would cancel out the effects of an electromagnetic force equal to itself. Thus, in close proximity to ionite, the electromagnetic force is negated and can not operate, unless it is stronger than the anti-electromagnetic force, which is why equipment shuts down and sometimes never comes back online once again.

Now, on to the effect on humans. Normally, an anti-electromagnetic field, such as the one we’ve postulated, would have the effect of making humans lethargic and slow-thinking, since nerve signals are carried along the axons by minute electric pulses. Perhaps the reason why ionite seemingly has no effect on humans is because the anti-electromagnetic field does not penetrate organic matter, or because the signals are either too minute, too large, or on a different electric “frequency” to be blocked. Or perhaps Humans (and Phindians!) simply have an innate natural defense against anti-electromagnetic fields.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little jaunt down postulation way, my readers! Have an amazing rest of your day. 🙂