Sunday, 27 January 2013
Appeasement And FTL
I should have mentioned in the previous post one other datum to be gleaned from the blurb of my copy of The Star Fox (London, 1968). The hero Gunnar Heim is described as one of those "...who know that appeasement will only lead to further Alerion encroachment...," therefore that the World Federation "...peace at any price..." policy is wrong and that a "...hit-and-run battle...," in the spacecraft the Star Fox, is desirable. Regular readers will recognize this kind of political disagreement from Anderson's History of Technic Civilisation.
I will be interested on rereading the novel after several decades to check whether the aliens' motivations simply mirror those of human aggressors or whether they differ socio-psychologically to any degree.
In this novel and its sequel, faster than light (FTL) travel is by "Mach drive": if gravitrons can bend space through a closed curve, then a spaceship has no resistance to accelerative force and can go as fast as you want. (p. 71) This differs from Technic History hyperspace in which a ship makes many minute but instantaneous quantum jumps, thus generating an FTL "psuedo-velocity."
Here is another project(s) for Andersonian scholarship:
list and summarize all of Anderson's different means of FTL;
also list the different works in which it is accepted that interstellar travel must be STL and the various ways in which this is done.