Gravity and the Aether
“Gravity” is a pseudoscientific term used to explain the phenomenon of weight to laypersons. In actual fact, the aether, like any fluid medium, is displaced by solid mass, upon which it’s natural tension exerts pressure, much as water does against the hull of a boat. Hence, mass tends to accrete as proximal masses displaced by aetheric pressure exude the aether between them and meld together, surrounded by the medium. To the observer, possessing mass, it appears that he is drawn to, or by, the neaby mass, as the aether pressing in on him and pressing them together is not perceptible, and neither it that which is being expelled from between them, a process similar to what in water is referred to as ‘surface tension’.
Curiously, interplanetary flyers appear to exhibit an odd reversal to one unfamiliar with the theoretical concepts. In essence, the interiour of a rigid mass, the craft itself, contains, in addition to passengers, crew, cargo and other items, atmospheric air, itself an item of mass, if not visible. Contained, and also subject to aetheric pressure, the air itself serves to displace the contents of the craft toward the denser material of the deck.
Hence, the actual mass of a planetary body is irrelevant. The lesser gravitation of outer bodies is a factor of the lower aetheric pressures encountered further from the solar furnace, or, in the special case of Luna, due to a sort of aetheric cavitation from the rapidity of it’s motion around Earth. Thus, Earth, Venus, and even tiny Mercury have roughly equivalent ‘gravitation’, whilst Mars, out in the sparser deeps, has less. No doubt, mighty Jove will prove upon exploration to possess a lightness of environment akin to that of Luna, solely due to the diminuation of aetheric pressures at that distance.
Interestingly, it is this which allows one’s position on the surface of a planet to become irrelevant. Likewise, in combination with centripetal effects upon air, the underside of a hollow globe’s crust behaves in like manner, much as a spacecraft’s deck does, with the interior atmosphere displacing the inhabitants onto the outer surface. This is augmented by the core furnace, which acts within hollow worlds in the same manner that a star does for a solar system, functioning as an aetheric pressure source as well as one of heat and light.
As an analogy, consider a solar system bounded, at some unknowably vast extent, by a great spherical shell. This, miniaturised, characterises a world whose hollow interiour, surrounding it’s own internal furnace, contains all the parts of a functioning system. It is interesting to speculate as to whether such a world contains suspended masses, kept aloft yet dense enough to provide sufficient resistance to aetheric pressure to escape melding with the outer boundary, floating as it were, much as planets do in the larger scale of a solar system. These interior moons, possessed of their own ‘attraction’, might be habitable as well.