Sunday April 9, 2017
Book 17: A Little Immortality — Part II

Note: Those with even a passing familiarity with rocket science will be quick to argue with the curved "turn around" imagery used in the last frame. In a frictionless environment with no nearby gravity wells turning isn't accomplished by banking. You simply apply acceleration in the other direction. Vessels with fixed-position reaction drives might need to rotate, turning themselves around, in order to do this, but it still wouldn't deliver that swoop.

Gravitic drives are a bit different. They bend spacetime around the ship, which is forever "falling" forward. Turning around means reversing the direction of falling, and it's easier to swing the "down" point around than to turn it off and then turn it on in a new location. It's a terrible idea to swing it straight through the ship, whose Drivetide Compensator Inertiics (DCI) will overload, and everybody will literally fall to pieces.

That still doesn't justify the swoople in panel 10, but it's fun to talk about.


NARRATOR: Maxim Thirty-Nine, departing Gzeaul space...

ENNESBY: Do you know what we SHOULD be doing?

KEVYN: I have a list of things that I am not currently doing, but should be.

It's quite long.

KEVYN: The ability to maintain that list without feeling anxiety is a treasured luxury.

ENNESBY: Well, Captain Luxurious Lazypants, I have some serious anxiety.

ENNESBY: Object 4118-6 outlived a whole bunch of other civilizations. What if that's because they messed with it, so it killed them?

ENNESBY: We should go straight back to Urtheep Industries, find that icebox, and destroy all records of Object 4118-6.

KEVYN: "Destroying information" almost never appears on my "Should Be Doing" list.

ENNESBY: It needs to be on somebody's...



It is on somebody's list.

Turn us around. I'll make calls while we run.

ENNESBY: Turned. I'll bring you your busypants.