[LMB] What's needed (Balloons)

Karen Hunt huntkc at gmail.com
Sat Feb 1 18:02:44 GMT 2020

On Sat, Feb 1, 2020 at 12:59 PM Fred Smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us>

> On Sat, Feb 01, 2020 at 06:42:26PM +0100, Baur wrote:
> > Am 01.02.2020 um 17:39 schrieb Carol Botteron:
> > >Carol Botteron:
> > >>In the 5GU, very effective weapons might reduce the use of balloons.
> > >>If effective weapons have not been developed, balloons would make
> > >>developing them a priority.
> >
> > the first manned mongolfiere hat a diameter of 15 meters, and thus a
> > surface area of 700 to 800 m2 - which is a LOT of fabric
> >
> > given the cost of high quality fabric in medievloid societies this
> > is a pretty expensive project
> In the Larry Niven/David Gerrold send-up of Isaac Asimov (right now
> I can't remember its name), "Purple" and his native associates found
> a plant-based "gum" (or similar) to use as a coating on the fabric
> they were weaving for baloons. Wasn't perfect, but it worked well-enough.
> (Y'know, where the main native character's two sons carved bicycles out
> of wood, and were named Wilville and Orbur)

The Flying Sorcerers. It was pretty amusing.

They also needed a very fine weave, so our main character's bone-carving
was an important part of the making of the balloon.

Karen Hunt

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