Sunday August 1, 2010


 

Note: In the opening panel of this strip the stars appear to be zipping by very quickly. This is not an indication of "warp speed" or anything silly like that. It's a natural result of the camera being placed on an outriding drone and aimed back at the ship. The exposure time required to gather enough light for the ship to be properly illuminated is such that the starfield appears to move in much the same way that long exposures of the night sky taken from the reference frame of Earth's surface will show all stars as streaks.
 
In the final panel the camera is fixed on the distant stars, and it is the Touch-And-Go that appears as a streak. Same principle, different point of view.
 
We just about broke the budget getting those cameras in the right place to capture these dramatic moments, but that's our commitment to you, the reader. 
Book 11: Massively Parallel
Part V: Command and Conquer