[LMB] What's needed (Balloons)
baur at chello.at
Sat Feb 1 18:16:34 GMT 2020
Am 01.02.2020 um 18:59 schrieb Fred Smith:
> 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"
iirc the name used in the german translation was "the colour between
grey and purple" (as a mauve)
> 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)
yes, i remember .. fun story
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