Sunday, 21 May 2017
Kinds Of Interstellar Craft
moves through the Technic History version of hyperspace;
is fast, spacious and luxurious;
has cabins, a galley, a gym and a stateroom.
Flandry's servant cooks and serves meals and dresses his employer for dinner.
In James Blish's The Star Dwellers, Howard Langer's personal cruiser, the Ariadne:
has an FTL Haertel overdrive;
also has Nernst generators as big as those in a liner, taking up more than half its space;
has a control cabin barely large enough for a crew of three, coffin-like personal cabins and no room for passengers;
is small, streamlined and bullet-like for fast atmospheric transit.
When the same three men make the two-year, sixty thousand light year round trip to the galactic centre, they need a converted liner full of cavernous storage areas.