Saturday, 12 August 2017

A Few More Details

Flandry's FTL spaceship, the Hooligan, leaves Earth on primary drive, with its internal grav-field compensating for the acceleration, then, at a safe distance from the Sun, goes into secondary drive. Thus, "secondary" means hyperdrive.

Kit wears:

"...a bracelet of Old Martian silver..."
-Poul Anderson, "Hunters of the Sky Cave" IN Anderson, Sir Dominic Flandry: Last Knight Of Terra (Riverdale, NY, 2012), pp. 149-301 AT Chapter VIII, p. 205.

We know that the Mars of the Technic History has been colonized by extrasolar aliens and would like to know more about "Old Martian."

I seem to have missed Chives' "'...spiced meatballs...'" in previous food lists. (A Knight Of Ghosts And Shadows IN Sir Dominic Flandry, pp. 339-606 AT Chapter IV, p. 398)

A slave dealer's medic runs "'...complete cytological analyses.'" (Chapter V, p. 405) Flandry refers to "'Coprolite-brained characters...'" (ibid.) I needed to google both words.

Reading Poul Anderson is an endless education.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Good point, what you said about the non humans who settled Mars during the era of the Solar Commonwealth. I can imagine some of them making fine jewelry like the bracelet worn by Kit.

Yes, "cytological" and "coprolite" are interesting words which I will look using the links you gave. Anderson had a very rich vocabulary! And I sometimes use a work I first saw in OPERATION CHAOS: "twaddle," meaning foolish, prating talk.