January 20th, 2011

Angel of the Revolution

The Route To Sirius

In The Struggle for Empire the war between the Anglo-Saxon Empire and Sirius begins with Earth's fleets slowly making their way out to Neptune, along the plane of the ecliptic, resupplying there, then setting course for Sirius.

But Sirius is the Pole Star; the most direct route is directly "up" from the plane of the ecliptic. While I doubt that the author ever thought of it in these terms, I need an explanation as to why this long detour is needed.

The only obvious answer is that something constrains ships to this plane; since this is a universe that has "Ether" and several new types of energy found only in the depths of space I'm tempted to visualise it in terms of convex "discs" of destructive energy above and below the plane of the ecliptic, at their thickest and most dangerous in the inner system, gradually getting thinner and less obstructive as you get further out, until it's safe to head "up"

Any suggestions / alternatives?

OK, I'm an idiot - blame lack of sleep. I mixed up Polaris and Sirius! I just need a reason for ships to be much slower from Earth to Neptune than from Neptune on out, and that's easily justified via Ether currents or something.
marcus 2013

A Mass of Unwanted Information

I entered Mass Spectrometer as my search on eBay UK - these are the sponsored links that came up...

Israel, the Holy Land
Religious Gifts from Israel

TRUE MASS (Vanilla) 2.6kg (this appears to be special food for putting on weight)

Not precisely what I was after...