A.
    You are riding in a motorboat. The feeble motor is capable of only 10 miles per hour. At a certain distance from a whirlpool, your weak engine can keep you exactly between the swirling vortex and a tree on the shore. You want to see the whirlpool better, so you creep closer. Beyond a certain point, the circular current is moving faster than 10 miles per hour. It is now impossible to remain between the vortex and the tree on the shore. You turn your boat away from the whirlpool and return to where you started.

B.
    Eventually, you decide that staying in between the swirling center of the maelstrom and the tree on the shore holds less interest than seeing the center of the vortex. Again, you creep closer. You pass the point you passed before, and can no longer stay in between. But this does not trouble you. You decide to move in even closer, believing that, like before, you can turn away and return to where you started. You breach another invisible point. Here, the inward draw to the vortex has surpassed the ability of your feeble engine. There is no escaping

C.
    the center.


A is the description, in real-life terms, of the static limit of a rotating black hole. Within the Static Limit, the torsional effect of the rotating black hole is great enough that light itself cannot move fast enough to remain between the black hole's center and a distant star (the aforementioned tree on the shore).


B is the description of the Event Horizon of a black hole. Once within the Event Horizon, the pull toward the center is so great, not even light can escape.


And the center? No one knows what will happen at the center, or the singularity. Density is infinite. Time is effectively meaningless. The laws of reality break down.


What follows is a first person narrative of the descent into madness. The links at the end of each section will take you to the next, or you can select from the three parts below.