Faster Than Light: Babel Among the Stars The Heilmann Drive allowed humanity to spread across the stars and prosper for nearly two thousand years. But when the use of the device begins to eat into the fabric of the universe, the People's Interstellar Republic bans all faster-than-light travel. A new age begins, one of isolation and stagnation. This era becomes known as the Fall.One rebel, Captain Seth Garland, steals the last starship in existence. He is now mankind's only hope of re-uniting the stars. Babel Among the Stars: In the last days of the Heilmann Drive, a precocious student at the Republic School for Interplanetary Relations takes desperate measures to preserve the existence of the revolutionary starship engine.