Monday, 16 January 2017
How Spacemen Walk
Tales is a one-volume future history;
The Earth Book Of Stormgate is one volume of Anderson's History of Technic Civilization;
Double Star is a volume of a future history that has not been written.
Double Star has an interplanetary Holy Roman Empire whereas the Technic History has an interstellar Terran Empire;
the Holy Roman Empire has a Parliament whereas the Terran Empire is ruled by Imperial decree;
Double Star has native Martians whereas the Technic History has extra-solar colonists of Mars.
In Tales, Mike Blades hangs upside down from an asteroid, held by grip-soled boots. Then he:
"...stepped off toward the nearest entry lock with that flowing spaceman's pace which always keeps one foot on the ground." (p. 48)
In Double Star, an actor demonstrates first a ground hog's walk, then a spaceman's walk. In the latter:
"...feet sliding softly along the floor as if it were deck plates, weight carried forward and balanced from the hips, hands a trifle forward and clear of the body, ready to grasp." (p. 6)
Addendum: For a correction, see Comments.