[LMB] Calendars

Harvey Fishman fishman at panix.com
Sat Feb 29 16:24:49 GMT 2020


Lacking instantaneous communications, which the Nexus clearly does not 
have, what is the pressing need for clocks (or even calendars) other 
than the local one?

Harvey

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>  Didn't Komarr have a significantly shorter day than Barrayar? I remember this coming up in Captain Vorpatril's Alliance.
>Karen A. Wyle
>     On Saturday, February 29, 2020, 08:53:30 AM EST, Howard Brazee <howard at brazee.net> wrote:
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>  In our Earth, the annual calendar was pretty universal.  Lunar calendars were common.  The weekly & monthly calendars came with conquests.  The utility of common calendars and clocks mean everybody has a 24 hour calendar and 7-day week.  (You want me to take the 7th day off?  OK, whatever).
>
>
>In an interstellar society, I would expect multiple calendars and clocks.  Local days and years are still important for planet bound people.  In space habitats, Earth time may be the standard (GMT?)
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>A multi-planet empire may have a third standard.
>
>Lois has spaceships adjusting their clocks to their destination planet.  I suppose to the space port time.  I don’t remember any inhabited planets having extremely different day lengths.
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>I suppose clocks could show two times, similar to the way my car has a speedometer with both kph & mph.
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>Or three, one to your home planet, one for the planet you’re on, and one for earth standard.
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