Terminator 3 (novel)
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The novelization includes interesting facts not mentioned in the movie, such as how the two Terminators are sent back in time from the future to the present. It is explained that the time machine was called the "Continuum Transporter" and that is began as a series of "Special Action Projects" carried out at Area 51. Funded by several government departments and agencies it was able to create an artificial wormhole. Although by most calculations the energy required to create an infinitesimally tiny wormhole would take almost all the energy ever produced in the universe since the moment of the Big Bang, an Oxford graduate student developed a mathematical model, melding Albert Einstein's Special relativity with Werner Heisenberg's quantum mechanics, creating a ten-dimensional wormhole at the superstring level. It would produce a passageway that would automatically expand exponentially like a virus gone wild. But only so long as power was applied to what was thought of as an artificial singularity.
In the mid-1990s, under the guise of launchings of dozens of military and NSA technical means satellites, a solar sail made of extremely thin PET film, 200 kilometers on each side, was positioned in an extremely rare geosynchronous orbit that kept it stationary over the North Pole. The sail focused sunlight, beaming it to the reception antenna and singularity equipment at the Cyber Research Systems facility on the desert east of Los Angeles. Capable of transporting several hundred terawatts of power over time periods of less than one nanosecond, a wormhole could be opened.
Differences from the film
In the novel, when the T-X's plasma cannon is damaged, she modifies it into a weaker, yet effective version of the weapon. In the film, her onboard computer automatically switches the weapon to an IAD-ChemTech (flamethrower).
In the novelization of the film, while the T-850 says he killed John Connor in the future, John is in fact alive with his wife when it is sent back.
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