People, I really really
do not want this thread to turn into an endless quibble over the principle episode's inaccuracies or how it all turned out "in the end."
Timo has suggested a possible course to follow here: What if AG research was begun on Earth, but completed in some fashion by the discovery of exotic technologies i.e. the Slaver stasis box and it's flying belt? Who were the principle characters responsible in the development process? When and where exactly was the "exotic element" discovered and by whom? I'm really asking for some speculation here rather than endlessly arguing the merits of the on-screen evidence.