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Subject: RE: (urth) probable distance from Urth to Bleen
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 11:28:23 -0700
From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" 

Mantis reminds me of this ....

> LEG    RATE    TIME        TIME        DISTANCE
> Boost  0.1 g   10 years     8 years      0.5 light years
> Glide  0 g    880 years   214 years    853.6 light years
> Boost  0.1 g   10 years     8 years      0.5 light years
> =3D=3D=3D
> TOTAL         900 years   230 years    854.6 light years
> (The rates for the boost legs are simple speculation.  It=20
> doesn't seem like the boost could be as high as 1 g, but it=20
> could be much lower than 0.1 g)

... I tend to think that the _Whorl_ most likely has a boost of
<< 1 G -- probably .01G or so. Reasoning: the Cargo know enough
about the skew of gravity that they can discuss, in fairly learned
terms, the way it affects the behavior of GEVs going too fast in
an antispinward direction. If the ship decelerated at any=20
appreciable fraction of G, then floater drivers -- at least those
who occasionally drive fast -- would notice that the "central"
direction for getting into a plow had shifted. O'course, if that
happened nearly a century ago, they _could_ all have forgotten it
by Silk's time ... More generally, though, I suspect people would
remember (certainly the chems would) a time when things fell a bit




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