Monday, 11 April 2016

More From "Pele"

A kzin says, "'Glory to the race!'" (Man-Kzin Wars III, p. 61)

Sounds familiar.

"Henrietta departed in the prograde direction...
"Caroline...was going retrograde..." (p. 64)

"...a hurtling hyperbolic trajectory." (p. 64)

"...monstrous plasmas..." (p. 66)

"...magnetic lines twisted around each other..." (p. 66)

"...main-sequence evolution..." (p. 66)

The explorers realize that a new planetary system must contain many metastable agglomerates easily volatilized by "' input, impact energy, perhaps cumulative cosmic ray effects...'" (p. 54), thus all disrupted "'...long before intelligence evolves...'" (p. 54) They are surprised when an asteroid explodes in front of them but quickly deduce the cause. The captain wisely decides not to risk any more live crews in such unpredictable conditions.

Tyra starts a relationship with a guy who sets the readers teeth on edge - a bit like Wanda Tamberly's Time Patrol colleague in Beringia.

This post is occasioned by insomnia. It might be the last for a while.


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    I was interested to rediscover that a Kzin exclaimed "Glory to the race!" What made this more palatable than the Draka's "Glory to the Race!" was that the Kzin meant his ENTIRE race or species. A Draka would have used and understood this as referring only to his narrow subset of the human race.


    1. Sean,
      Yes, that does make a difference, doesn't it?

    2. Kaor, Paul!

      A very real difference, in my opinion!