Monday, 18 May 2015

Interstellar Hazards

Poul Anderson, Starfarers (New York, 1999).

Kenri Shaun lists the hazards of interstellar travel:

"'...dark dwarf nebulae, black holes, or rogue planets.'" (p. 196)

Rogue planets play major roles in Anderson's "A Sun Invisible," Satan's World and Ensign Flandry; black holes in his "Kyrie" and For Love And Glory, but what is a dark dwarf nebula? Googling discloses dark dwarfs and dark nebulae but not dark dwarf nebulae. Is such a nebula one composed entirely of dark dwarf stars? That would indeed be a navigational hazard.

After some awesome detours (see recent posts), I am again rereading Starfarers and finding several linguistic and technical points to discuss, maybe in the next post.


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    Now is as good a time as any to inform you I will be going away for a few days next Saturday. At my older brother's insistence and the persuasions of a friend of mine at work I'm going to Las Vegas, in the American state of Nevada. My older brother wants a family reunion.


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    1. Kaor, Paul!

      Many thanks! Las Vegas, of course, is best known for its casinos. And the US crime procedural TV show CSI: Las Vegas.