[LMB] Jump drives

Fred fred.fredex at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 20:21:22 BST 2009


While I don't have the reference right here in front of me, I recall
that in The Mote in God's Eye, even the Moties suffer from
disorientation when a "jump" happens. Some description including
things like "ennui", "death-wish" or similar. So it's not merely
humans who suffer.

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 10:00 AM, Mark Allums <mark at allums.com> wrote:
> Joel Polowin wrote:
>> "Paula Lieberman" wrote:
>>> Um. Humans -generally needed tranquilizers, and hani, too... there are
>>> exceptions, however--see the fourth Chanur book, and Tripoint, regarding the
>>> exceptions... though in the first Chanur books, I seem to recall that one of
>>> the abuses visited on Tully was putting him through Jump with no medication.
>>
>> It's a common trope in SF that involves jump-type drives.  Sometimes
>> it's just living intelligent bengs who (mostly) can't cope with the
>> higher-dimensional transition; sometimes even the ship's electronics
>> have to be shut down to a minimal level.  We see this in the
>> Vorkosiverse where most people are somewhat debilitated by a jump,
>> some (e.g. Helen Vorthys) take it very badly, and some feel almost
>> nothing at all (and this is taken as a marker of a potential jump
>> pilot).
>>
>> What I've wondered is: why?  What is it about this high-dimensional
>> operation that affects (some) conscious minds but doesn't cause
>> physical damage?  Why, in the Vorkosiverse, are some people much
>> more strongly affected than others?
>
> In Pournelle's universe, it is as Joel says, anything complex is affected.
>
> I remember reading other authors where it was psychological.  It
> affected some people differently, some just get tension headaches, while
> others go irreparably insane.  Every person is an individual.
>
> Mark Allums
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