Monday, 11 January 2016
Early Interstellar Travel
2126 first STL interstellar spaceship launched
2784 FTL hyperdrive invented
2900 Stellar Union founded
In fact, we know of that one STL ship launched in 2126 and also of three FTL ships that were launched at unspecified dates, then lost in approximately 2787, 2800 and 2825, respectively. See here.
The loss of Traveler in 2787 had extremely long term consequences because that ship - literally "lost," not destroyed - became the first Nomad. Later, some Stellar Union Coordinators joined Nomad crews. Consequently, the Nomads preserved knowledge of the science of psychotechnics through the Third Dark Ages and the period of interstellar empires. Thus, the much later Galactic civilization was able to revive and expand psychotechnics until individual human beings became able to control the most basic cosmic forces with their artificially mutated brains. The Coordinator-led Nomads link the psychotechnic science founded by Valti to the Galactics and thus unify the entire Psychotechnic History.
However, I started out to discuss that early interstellar period, not the long term consequences of one ship. Traveler and New Hope carried colonists whereas I think that the ten couples in the "Star Ship" were explorers? I will have to reread "The Troublemakers," about the STL ship, and maybe also "Star Ship." But first I need two or three days for other reading and activities. Life continues in Lancaster. A meditation group and a Latin class still meet, junior doctors are protesting against government changes to their working conditions and my family likes afternoon trips out of town.
But the appreciation of Poul Anderson and SM Stirling also continues unabated.