Thursday, 5 April 2018

Some Details On Daedalus

Targovi's tendrils enable him to track by scent so he can stay out of sight of his quarry.

Aircars usually land directly outside a building. However, because the Cynthian town of Lulach is also a wood, aircars need a landing field like larger aircraft.

Turf tough enough to carry traffic is genetically engineered to kill any other growth. Thus, Lulach has turf streets with brush walls.

Poul Anderson's text is rich in creative and understated details.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Dang! Details I missed in my past readings of THE GAME OF EMPIRE.


S.M. Stirling said...

Incidentally, the turf streets are also present in Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Barsoom" stories -- the Martians use fliers of sizes from one-man vehicles smaller than a car to titanic big-ship size, and ground vehicles that touch the ground very lightly, and use a tough moss-like vegetation for road surfaces and many others where we'd use pavement.