zero-g wounds - Re: [DWJ] Re: Mincemeat

Dorian E. Gray israfel at
Mon Dec 31 13:09:35 EST 2007

Roger said...

> On Mon, Dec 31, 2007 at 09:28:41AM -0600, Mark Allums wrote:
>>Heinlein wrote a scene where the air circulation was stopped temporarily, 
>>as a demonstration, a match was lit (people apparently smoked on space 
>>in the nineteen-forties and -fifties, not like today) and it stayed lit 
>>it was moved around, but when it was held perfectly still, it went out.
> That sounds like Clarke in _Islands in the Sky_; have you a reference
> for Heinlein doing it too?

Yes, I remember the scene being in "Islands in the Sky" too; the older kids 
were freaking the hero out by telling him that if the air circulation 
stopped, a lit match held upright would go out, and then demonstrating, thus 
making him think that the air circulation had stopped...and then they 
admitted that actually, if you hold a lit match upright it will always go 
out, air circulation or no (I promptly tried this for myself, and it is 

Until the sky falls on our heads...

Dorian E. Gray
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