If man survives for as long as the least successful of the dinosaurs—those creatures whom we often deride as nature's failures—then we may be certain of this: for all but a vanishingly brief instant near the dawn of history, the word 'ship' will mean— 'spaceship.' Like the Romantics before them, genre-sf writers have generally been on the side of Faust, convinced that the quest for knowledge was a sacred one, no matter how fondly a jealous God might prefer blind faith.Characters in bad Hollywood Monster Movies might be able to sign off with a resigned admission that "there are things Man was not meant to know", but nothing could be more alien to the ethos of genre sf. If this frightens you, well, go have a seat over there by the trekkies.This is clearly reflected in the increasing interest which post-World War Two sf has taken in the traditional questions of religion and in the evolution of science-fictional ideas of the Superman. Because I know if I don't, it will be just too blasted easy for you to make a mistake in units and get an answer that is a thousand times too big or small. Because the entire non-USA world in general, and the realm of science in particular uses metric. I'll try to explain things simple, so non-science types can still understand. I assume you at least know what the difference is between a planet and a galaxy.Or if you prefer, it is because I'm trying to make the equations easier for a non-rocket-scientist to use. You will have a big head-start if you've had a course in high-school physics (and didn't flunk).DISCLAIMER: I am not a rocket scientist, merely an amateur that has read a lot of books.Any and all of the information on these pages may be incorrect or inaccurate.Secondly it gives a bit of "slice of life" illustration of how the concept relates to the world of the novel. They reveal themselves to nobodies who care."The point of this website is to allow a science fiction writer or game designer to get the scientific details more accurate.
Be told: since this site is so huge, and people tend to just look at one or two pages, I found it useful to repeat identical stretches of text on several pages.
I illustrate many concepts with quotes from science fiction novels.
This not only makes the concept more clear, it also allows one to see it happening in context.
This is the "stone soup" method of website design, with me supplying the stones. And despite what some of you believe, this website is not written by a team of people, it is just me. If you disagree with something you read on this site, first check this page.
If you still disagree, your best bet is to go to the Usenet newsgroup sf.science and the Yahoo group SFCon Sim-l and present your case there.