Just Some Technobabble…
A thing of elegance, an Abraxas Coil remained unchanged since Dr. Zuleika Mathews originally flipped the switch which heralded forth The Singularity. Twisted in a silver helix, it hummed a pleasant ring, pure energy pulled from the vacuum vibrated blue in the small tubular structure that housed the coil and dispersed it throughout the battleship by means of crystalline conduits. “As you know the Destroyer’s main power plant is of course an Abraxas Coil.”
Thoughtfully Sharr nodded while he listened to the Grand Admiral explain the technical details. He wished Kvaltar were here. Vron knew how to simplify such technological jargon, and not make you feel like you needed a hundred PhDs to follow the discussion. Krag tended to go on and on, over fascinated by the minutiae. That is, Arodsur Krag would be you’re typical geek. However the Shotar recognized the awesome nature of this technology. Honestly, this battleship and what it represented awed him. It was a thing of beauty and raw power.
“This!” Exclaimed Arodsur. “Is the main drive,” a big grin filled his face. “Our organic Zebulon furnace provides primary rocket thrust at a high performance, self-sustained burn.” The Zebulon furnace churned and its motion produced the fire that would drive the battleship forward. Everyone in the engine room couldn’t help but be impressed by the thing. “The Zebulon furnace is much more efficient compared to the Imperium’s ion drives, a unique innovation to be sure my Shotar.”
Sharr nodded with expected awe, and intently stroked his goatee. Indeed he realized the innovation with these organic furnaces. They now had but to find an organic solution to the hrisanar problem and thus eliminate the need to mine the mineral. If they could do that their Gravitic Fold-Drive would be the finest to be had on Earth. Falcanian science had taken leaps and bounds ahead of humanity, almost as if another outside force drove it forward. The Shotar did not allow himself to dwell on that notion too long. Such seemed a matter best left to the speculation of the Tahru.
This is a scene from “Among Bright Stars…” which will NOT be appearing in the final published version. I was looking for scenes to cut and this one jumped right out at me. From a science fiction, geek-y, nerd level this is the sort of thing many fans drool over. I do know I’ve read books filled with it. Recently even, “Only Superhuman“, doubtless well researched in regards to matters of science and biology, is filled with pages of (needless?) explanation – To a degree thats A-OK, but there come moments when I find myself thinking <Can we get back to the characters?>
Any how, as nice as it is to learn what drives a Falcanian FX-24 battleship — Starblade, in the long run, I don’t think it really enlightened the book very much. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve various Sci-Fi-y paragraphs filled with this sort of thing about Morningstars (and those who have read Starblade know I’ve a bit of a biological fixation where it comes to Falcanians as well) but I can at least tell myself, in that case it tells you something about the character.
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