[LMB] Ethan of Athos

Bear Master bearmaster0 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 2 13:21:13 BST 2008

On Sat, May 31, 2008 at 12:15 PM, Ed Burkhead <ed at edburkhead.com> wrote:

> > little.egret at mrdolbear.freeserve.co.uk> wrote:
> >
> > > Which is strange because hard sf purists would put EoA outwith their
> > > boundaries either because "artifical gravity isn't true"
> Bear Master responded:
> > As opposed to FTL travel?
> I also strongly prefer "hard" SF.  But, like most everyone, I've got to
> accept that there are some things that aren't part of current known
> science.
> In Heinlein's books, half a century ago, there were many stories based on
> hard science but which required that we accept one or a couple of
> unreal-science.  i.e. in Time for the Stars, everything is carefully real
> EXCEPT for the torch drives in the space ships and telepathy between twins.
> Without FTL, it's hard to have an interstellar story.  Lois chose wormholes
> with defined jump points.  Others use other gimmicks.  We know they're
> gimmicks.  But without them, there couldn't be a story. <sigh>
> I do wonder if FTL will ever become possible.  It'll be hard for us to fill
> 20 billion galaxies with humans if FTL is not possible.
> Ed

Execelent example, possibly one of the best books about STL travel (yes, FTL
appeared in the last chapter to tie up the lose ends, most of the book was
about STL)

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