News from the Golden Age
As the universe grows, the numbers of ships and their crews keeps expanding.
I really liked the Trader books and read all three in two days. I am definitely looking to get ‘Double Share’ when it comes out ‘before Christmas’. So please take this comment as just ‘suggested correction of technical details’ from a compulsive type of rocket scientist.
The ship (Lois McKendrick) is too big for CO2 to be a problem in ten hours. The spine alone has an atmosphere filled volume of 5000 cubic meters (if I remember the dimensions correctly as three meters diameter and 500 meters long). A crew of thirty three would exhale about 12 cubic meters of CO2 per day into a standard atmosphere; that is about 360 standard liters per day per person. That twelve cubic meters is about a fourth of one percent of the volume of the spine. The concentration has to get above three percent before it leaves the harmless range. More like twelve days of grace; not ten hours. Probably double that if the end volumes are included. Probably double again to get into ‘fatal’ territory.
But it is a plot element, so not easily changed. I probably need to just ‘get over it’…
I know, John.
The original was a lot smaller and that CO2 gimmick was easily beatable if everybody just sat in the life boats for about three hours until the scrubbers came on line.
That’s one of the “bad science” moments in the series. I don’t have many, but *that* one feels like a sharp stick in the eye to me.
The next books are better. I think.
Well you can assume the ship has some C02 generating systems providing power. Enough for the timeframe.
Are there plans to have pictures of the ships?
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