History Literature / TauZero

25th Jun '16 9:54:10 AM Gan_HOPE326
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** This is wrong. Or rather - it is correct for a body travelling at constant speed, but that's not the *Leonore Christine*, which is almost constantly accelerating or decelerating during the whole course of the story. The only time when they're travelling at constant speed is when they're into intergalactic space and are doing repairs.

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** This is wrong. Or rather - it is correct for a body travelling at constant speed, but that's not the *Leonore Christine*, ''Leonore Christine'', which is almost constantly accelerating or decelerating during the whole course of the story. The only time when they're travelling at constant speed is when they're into intergalactic space and are doing repairs.
25th Jun '16 9:53:40 AM Gan_HOPE326
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** This is wrong. Or rather - it is correct for a body travelling at constant speed, but that's not the *Leonore Christine*, which is almost constantly accelerating or decelerating during the whole course of the story. The only time when they're travelling at constant speed is when they're into intergalactic space and are doing repairs.
25th Jun '16 9:49:35 AM Gan_HOPE326
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*** Actually I have to disagree with this. A hydrogen atom has a magnetic dipole, since it has an unpaired electron and a proton, both possessing spin. A magnetic dipole can be subject to a force if it is immersed in a space-varying magnetic field. So yes, in theory, you can move, collect and collimate hydrogen atoms/protons by their magnetic fields alone without ionizing them.
20th Mar '16 3:29:07 PM jaschrumpf
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** This is incorrect. In the first chapter, Reymont talks to Lindgren about her "old, distinguished, well-to-do family; an affectionate one, I gather; father and mother alive, brothers, sisters, cousins, surely anxious to do everything they can for you in the few weeks that remain. Why did you leave them today?"
9th Jun '15 8:13:58 AM Micah
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* AFatherToHisMen - Subverted with the captain, who starts off easy going and friendly but becomes more withdrawn from the crew after the disaster.


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* AFatherToHisMen - Subverted with the captain, who starts off easy going and friendly but becomes more withdrawn from the crew after the disaster.
21st Feb '14 8:05:14 AM mlsmithca
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* NightmareFuel - In-universe example. The rogue star systems in interclan space[[labelnote:*]] lone stars and planets floating in the middle of nowhere[[/labelnote]] are enough to make the crew black the windows right away.
19th Feb '14 10:48:03 PM Chaos624
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* NightmareFuel - In story. The rogue star systems[[labelnote:*]] lone stars and planets floating in the middle of nowhere[[/labelnote]] in interclan space are enough to make the crew black the windows right away.
19th Feb '14 10:47:40 PM Chaos624
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* NightmareFuel - In story. The rogue star systems[[labelnote: lone stars and planets floating in the middle of nowhere]] in interclan space are enough to make the crew black the windows right away.

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* NightmareFuel - In story. The rogue star systems[[labelnote: systems[[labelnote:*]] lone stars and planets floating in the middle of nowhere]] nowhere[[/labelnote]] in interclan space are enough to make the crew black the windows right away.
19th Feb '14 10:46:45 PM Chaos624
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* NightmareFuel - In story. The rogue star systems[[labelnote: lone stars and planets floating in the middle of nowhere]] in interclan space are enough to make the crew black the windows right away.
5th Aug '13 10:47:21 PM Korodzik
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The starship ''Leonora Christine'' is supposed to carry its 50 colonists to a distant star. The journey should take 33 years, but due to TimeDilation at near-light speed, only 5 years will pass for the crew. Then things go to hell when the ship collides with a nebula (due to the mass of the ship and nebula at that speed, it's like hitting a solid object); the ship's decelerator system is damaged, so they can speed up (and steer) but can't slow down.[[hottip:*:They're on a one-way ride to wackiness!]] The ship will keep getting closer and closer to light-speed, reducing the passage of time onboard (their "Tau") to nearly zero. In the time it takes them to repair the damage and stop the ship, billions upon billions of years have passed and the universe is reaching the point of imploding (a "Big Crunch") and starting over with a new Big Bang.

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The starship ''Leonora Christine'' is supposed to carry its 50 colonists to a distant star. The journey should take 33 years, but due to TimeDilation at near-light speed, only 5 years will pass for the crew. Then things go to hell when the ship collides with a nebula (due to the mass of the ship and nebula at that speed, it's like hitting a solid object); the ship's decelerator system is damaged, so they can speed up (and steer) but can't slow down.[[hottip:*:They're [[note]]They're on a one-way ride to wackiness!]] wackiness![[/note]] The ship will keep getting closer and closer to light-speed, reducing the passage of time onboard (their "Tau") to nearly zero. In the time it takes them to repair the damage and stop the ship, billions upon billions of years have passed and the universe is reaching the point of imploding (a "Big Crunch") and starting over with a new Big Bang.



** The [[{{Ramscoop}} Bussard engine]] which is used in this novel (and many others during the time period) doesn't really work as advertised. In short, the enormous '''drag''' of collecting interstellar hydrogen limits the ramjet's speed to about 12% light-speed.[[hottip:*:There ''are'' a few proposed solutions to the drag problem, though they require technology that doesn't currently exist. If it's possible to fuse the interstellar hydrogen while it's rushing through the engine at the same speed it's being gathered -- i.e. without slowing it down -- the drag could be minimized or eliminated. The Bremsstrahlung generated as the gathered hydrogen "swirls down the drain" could (theoretically) be turned into electric energy, and that energy added to the exhaust to offset the Bremsstrahlung drag, although no such process could ever be 100% efficient.]]

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** The [[{{Ramscoop}} Bussard engine]] which is used in this novel (and many others during the time period) doesn't really work as advertised. In short, the enormous '''drag''' of collecting interstellar hydrogen limits the ramjet's speed to about 12% light-speed.[[hottip:*:There [[note]]There ''are'' a few proposed solutions to the drag problem, though they require technology that doesn't currently exist. If it's possible to fuse the interstellar hydrogen while it's rushing through the engine at the same speed it's being gathered -- i.e. without slowing it down -- the drag could be minimized or eliminated. The Bremsstrahlung generated as the gathered hydrogen "swirls down the drain" could (theoretically) be turned into electric energy, and that energy added to the exhaust to offset the Bremsstrahlung drag, although no such process could ever be 100% efficient.]][[/note]]



** InertialDampening allowing the ship to accelerate at upwards of 10''g'' while near the speed of light, while the crew only experiences 1''g'', is featured.[[hottip:*:This isn't really so far-fetched—all you need to do is subject the interior of the spacecraft to a constant, homogeneous force. Diamagnetic levitation, for example, could shave off a lot of the stress on the stuff on the interior without resorting to hypothetical at best gravity manipulation gizmos—although, given the strength of the magnetic field required for diamagnetic levitation, hopefully none of the crew members are wearing any metal belt buckles!]]

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** InertialDampening allowing the ship to accelerate at upwards of 10''g'' while near the speed of light, while the crew only experiences 1''g'', is featured.[[hottip:*:This [[note]]This isn't really so far-fetched—all you need to do is subject the interior of the spacecraft to a constant, homogeneous force. Diamagnetic levitation, for example, could shave off a lot of the stress on the stuff on the interior without resorting to hypothetical at best gravity manipulation gizmos—although, given the strength of the magnetic field required for diamagnetic levitation, hopefully none of the crew members are wearing any metal belt buckles!]]buckles![[/note]]



* CreatorProvincialism - While Anderson is American, few of the characters are. Nationality doesn't come up much in the book, but it's established that Sweden is the dominant power[[hottip:*:[[HistoricalInJoke For those not in the know, Sweden is a militarily neutral country]]]] .

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* CreatorProvincialism - While Anderson is American, few of the characters are. Nationality doesn't come up much in the book, but it's established that Sweden is the dominant power[[hottip:*:[[HistoricalInJoke power[[note]][[HistoricalInJoke For those not in the know, Sweden is a militarily neutral country]]]] .country]][[/note]] .
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