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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 battleshipStarblade, 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.

  1. John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)
    February 7, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I would count this just enough technobabble to satisfy me. :D

    • February 7, 2013 at 1:04 am

      LOL and it even manages to incorporate both biology and star drives. ;)

      Oh, you’ll get your fill of technobabble – Talking about what makes Morningstars tick gets it fair share this go around.

      • John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)
        February 7, 2013 at 7:45 pm

        OK, I’ll bite: what’s the front end of that thing, and what do those, er, blade-like thingys do? (It seems most natural to me that the right end is the bow, for then what appears to be the bridge seems to be most natural in its outlook too.) Also, what’s the size of that ship?

        If you’ve revealed this in the novels I’ve bought for Kindle, I haven’t gotten that far; too much both to read and to write overall, including my own stab at a first solo novel.

    • February 7, 2013 at 5:22 am

      I ain’t satisfied. Give me more. Come on Rodney, fire the forward cannons.

      • February 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

        Book three will see the Starblades in action, which might let me incorporate more of this.

      • February 8, 2013 at 5:59 am

        ‘….which might let you!’ Come on man, you already plan to – you can feel it – itz just about placement now, the right moment. The visual does wake appetites. Indeed. How does/will that ship respond under fire? We want2feel it taking the hits – make us feel the pain and the triumph. That ship looks likes a young man/ woman about to leave home and head out into the world4 the 1st time, and the world is a bad mofo. I’ll be back. Cheers.

  2. February 9, 2013 at 6:50 am

    I’m with Lexsborgia – I bet you can work it in :p

  3. John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)
    February 9, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Come on, fellow technophiles, lighten up. :P I only thought to keep Rodney on point with regard to the plot. If technobabble advances the plot, then he can bury me in it like Blizzard Nemo is burying New England in snow. Form follows function in literature as in architecture, unless you’re avant garde in either and only care about stroking your own ego and those of a few self-important fellow elites. Same goes with considerations such as the degree and kind of sex and violence involved, or what kind of clothes the character likes to wear, or whether s/he likes to use liquid peppermint soap and drink mocha coffee (both of which are true of my main protagonist). Or, even the silliest references to current pop culture. Comprendez-vous, kemo sabes? ;)

    • February 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Its like Hoth outside. . :)

      There’ll be technobabble everyone. I really like explaining what makes Morningstars different.

      As for space ships, this will actually fit better into book three, where the battleships play a larger role. So I might fit this in there.

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