History Headscratchers / HonorHarrington

8th Oct '17 11:02:29 PM Khathi
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*** It isn't technically a perpetual motor, but rather another spin on the concept of sail. Warshawski sails draw energy from the gravity waves, eventually making them weaker (but as they're stupendously powerful, it's just a negligible percentage), and impellers basically do the same with the hyperspace itself, probably extracting the energy from something separating the "bands". It's no more perpetual motion machine than the common sail, extracting power from the wind, and ultimately from Sun, the wind being the product of the solar-energy-driven weather patterns. Why we don't see these powering land-based installations (like with the modern wind farms) -- well, impeller wedges can only exist in motion, and probably aren't suited to stationary installations, though this might just be the author's oversight.

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*** It isn't technically a perpetual motor, but rather an another spin on the concept of a sail. Warshawski sails draw energy from the gravity waves, eventually making them weaker (but as they're stupendously powerful, it's just a negligible percentage), and impellers basically do the same with the hyperspace itself, probably extracting the energy from something separating the "bands". It's no more a perpetual motion machine than the common sail, extracting which extracts power from the wind, and ultimately from the Sun, the wind being the product of the solar-energy-driven weather patterns. Why we don't see these powering land-based installations (like with the modern wind farms) -- well, impeller wedges can only exist in motion, and probably aren't suited to stationary installations, though this might just be the author's oversight.
8th Oct '17 10:34:17 PM Khathi
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**** It isn't technically a perpetual motor, but rather another spin on the concept of sail. Warshawski sails draw energy from the gravity waves, eventually making them weaker (but as they're stupendously powerful, it's just a negligible percentage), and impellers basically do the same with the hyperspace itself, probably extracting the energy from something separating the "bands". It's no more perpetual motion machine than the common sail, extracting power from the wind, and ultimately from Sun, the wind being the product of the solar-energy-driven weather patterns. Why we don't see these powering land-based installations (like with the modern wind farms) -- well, impeller wedges can only exist in motion, and probably aren't suited to stationary installations, though this might just be the author's oversight.
29th Sep '17 3:03:56 PM dalek955
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*** If they have a drive technology that's above 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?

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*** If Confirmed in one of the ''Manticore Ascendant'' novels. But if they have a drive technology that's above more than 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?
23rd Aug '17 8:19:49 AM GrammarNavi
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*** I repeat myself: the fact that the League's executive isn't responsible before its population and prefers to work in shadows, doesn't mean it it doesn't ''exist''. "The Mandarins" basically ''are'' this executive. And as for the financing side I believe you're too much grounded in the American model. "No taxation without representation" isn't actually that widespread a motive, and Solarian citizenry ''have'' their representation anyway it's just that this representation doesn't mean jack shit, and ''everybody knows and accepts that''. IIRC, the budgetary provisions for the League were explicitly set into its constitution, and you're absolutely right that the {{Mega Corp}}s want to have their say in how this budget gets spent (because even if the taxes are minimal, the overall amount due to the size of the League is tremendous). Only they're do it not through the lobbying and parliamentary wrangling, but by directly going to TheGovernment in fact ''The Rising Thunder'' explicitly says that the multistellars are actively in bed with The Mandarins and Kolokoltsov is fearing their reaction to the Navy's recent blunders. All in all, the League political setup heavily reminds me of the way how the SovietUnion was set: a rubberstamp toy parliament, a powerful uncontrolled clique at the top, and the peculiar economic setup where everything gets determined not by the money, but by the subtle network of favors and connections, which give the access to the resources such as governmental contracts and tax breaks.

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*** I repeat myself: the fact that the League's executive isn't responsible before its population and prefers to work in shadows, doesn't mean it it doesn't ''exist''. "The Mandarins" basically ''are'' this executive. And as for the financing side I believe you're too much grounded in the American model. "No taxation without representation" isn't actually that widespread a motive, and Solarian citizenry ''have'' their representation anyway it's just that this representation doesn't mean jack shit, and ''everybody knows and accepts that''. IIRC, the budgetary provisions for the League were explicitly set into its constitution, and you're absolutely right that the {{Mega Corp}}s want to have their say in how this budget gets spent (because even if the taxes are minimal, the overall amount due to the size of the League is tremendous). Only they're do it not through the lobbying and parliamentary wrangling, but by directly going to TheGovernment in fact ''The Rising Thunder'' explicitly says that the multistellars are actively in bed with The Mandarins and Kolokoltsov is fearing their reaction to the Navy's recent blunders. All in all, the League political setup heavily reminds me of the way how the SovietUnion [[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]] was set: a rubberstamp toy parliament, a powerful uncontrolled clique at the top, and the peculiar economic setup where everything gets determined not by the money, but by the subtle network of favors and connections, which give the access to the resources such as governmental contracts and tax breaks.
22nd Aug '17 3:45:46 AM Khathi
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** You've just nailed it. Weber knows that, and, IIRC, [[WordOfGod in one of his Baen's Bar posts]] admitted that he [[GameBreakingBug unwittingly just made grav lance WAY too powerful]] for his liking, making it, [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome with an iventive application]], just a sort of a [[GameBreaker magic bullet]] the concept he abhors on all possible levels. So he just has [[RetGone quietly swept it under a rug]] under a "close range" pretext, and hopes that the fans just won't drag it back out. Of course, only time will tell whether he is a TrollingCreator in that regard or not.

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** You've just nailed it. Weber knows that, and, IIRC, [[WordOfGod in one of his Baen's Bar posts]] admitted that he [[GameBreakingBug unwittingly just made grav lance WAY too powerful]] for his liking, making it, [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome with an iventive application]], just a sort of a [[GameBreaker [[StoryBreakerPower magic bullet]] the concept he abhors on all possible levels. So he just has [[RetGone quietly swept it under a rug]] under a "close range" pretext, and hopes that the fans just won't drag it back out. Of course, only time will tell whether he is a TrollingCreator in that regard or not.
22nd Aug '17 2:09:16 AM Khathi
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* I've never quite understood why they didn't incorporate the grav lance into well-nigh everything -- it was "disproven" effective except in isolated scenarios and then instead of engineering those scenarios, like they were so fond to do with everything else, they just quietly put it away forever. Mines, missiles, walls of battle, etc. When combat became largely a thing of pod-spam, the grasers generally went unused anyway, so it almost seems like introducing a grav lance into the energy weapon arsenal for use in knife range would become a practical reality. (Then again, maybe Weber is just keeping this one as an ace in the hole, a sort of circular completion to the series.)

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* I've never quite understood why they didn't incorporate the grav lance into well-nigh everything -- it was "disproven" effective except in isolated scenarios and then instead of engineering those scenarios, like they were so fond to do with everything else, they just quietly put it away forever. Mines, missiles, walls of battle, etc. When combat became largely a thing of pod-spam, the grasers generally went unused anyway, so it almost seems like introducing a grav lance into the energy weapon arsenal for use in knife range would become a practical reality. (Then again, maybe Weber is just keeping this one as an ace in the hole, a sort of circular completion to the series.))
** You've just nailed it. Weber knows that, and, IIRC, [[WordOfGod in one of his Baen's Bar posts]] admitted that he [[GameBreakingBug unwittingly just made grav lance WAY too powerful]] for his liking, making it, [[AlternateUniverseReedRichardsIsAwesome with an iventive application]], just a sort of a [[GameBreaker magic bullet]] the concept he abhors on all possible levels. So he just has [[RetGone quietly swept it under a rug]] under a "close range" pretext, and hopes that the fans just won't drag it back out. Of course, only time will tell whether he is a TrollingCreator in that regard or not.
19th Jul '17 2:00:48 PM jtgibson
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*** If they have a drive technology that's above 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?

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*** If they have a drive technology that's above 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?machines?
* I've never quite understood why they didn't incorporate the grav lance into well-nigh everything -- it was "disproven" effective except in isolated scenarios and then instead of engineering those scenarios, like they were so fond to do with everything else, they just quietly put it away forever. Mines, missiles, walls of battle, etc. When combat became largely a thing of pod-spam, the grasers generally went unused anyway, so it almost seems like introducing a grav lance into the energy weapon arsenal for use in knife range would become a practical reality. (Then again, maybe Weber is just keeping this one as an ace in the hole, a sort of circular completion to the series.)
28th Jun '17 8:12:57 AM jtgibson
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*** One more thing to mention: the bar was more or less co-opted as a Navy bar. If a Navy man were to back down from a challenge in a bar that's full of his own clique, it wouldn't just damage his own reputation or Honor's, but indeed that of the whole ''fleet''. Plenty of witnesses both civilian and military to that exchange would make it, as Weber is fond of saying, a media frenzy.
28th Jun '17 8:05:37 AM jtgibson
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*** U.S. submarines ''do'' [[RealityIsUnrealistic get excellent food]], or at least, that's what the military is officially telling the press. See [[http://articles.latimes.com/2003/jan/18/business/fi-submarine18 here]].
28th Jun '17 6:31:30 AM dalek955
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** Power budgets in general are pretty unrealistic across the board. I believe the HandWave for it is that Impeller Drives actually draw most of their energy from the interface between real space and hyperspace so the energy required to sustain an Impeller Drive is a lot lower than it should be for the amount of acceleration you're getting.

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** Power budgets in general are pretty unrealistic across the board. I believe the HandWave for it is that Impeller Drives actually draw most of their energy from the interface between real space and hyperspace so the energy required to sustain an Impeller Drive is a lot lower than it should be for the amount of acceleration you're getting.getting.
***If they have a drive technology that's above 100% efficient, where are all the perpetual motion machines?
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