[DWJ] Tropes

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Thu Dec 7 18:06:15 EST 2006


Minnow wrote:
>> On Thu, Dec 07, 2006 at 08:08:12PM -0000, Dorian E. Gray wrote:
>>
>>     
>>> When an author tells me that the heroine's spaceship is eleventy-billion
>>> kilometres from the other spaceship, I tend to snarl, "why can't you use
>>> light-years, you stupid bugger?", and to decide that the stupid bugger
>>> probably thinks a light-year is a unit of time.
>>>       
>
> (oh, let's not be pikers: if one is really lucky they talk about billions
> of light-years, and can be ignored to a man, woman and bug-eyed monster.  A
> billion light-years away just means "further than the corner-shop".)
>
> Roger wrote:
>
>   
>> Well, there's still a factor of nearly 10,000 difference between 10^9km
>> and one light year.
>>     
>
> I want these measurements in heavy years dashitall, I'm *sure* that is what
> true aliens use for travel.  FTL-travelling twelve-foot-tall spiders of the
> universe unite!
>
>   
>> Of course, what matters isn't the distance at all - it's the time it
>> would take to cover that distance. Fictional spacedrives vary so much
>> that one author's quarter-AU can be a longer distance than another's
>> seventeen parsecs...
>>     
>
> Seventeen parsecs being the time he takes to do the Kessel run, I take it?
>
>   
No that would be a heavy run. He could do in in twelve IIRC>

Colin



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