Turn Back the Sun


16th Nov 2019, 2:00 PM in Part 2
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Author Notes:

16th Nov 2019, 3:00 PM
If I could just always draw as well as I drew Mack in panel 2 I'd be a happy gal.

Also I know this isn't exactly how space works, but just... go with it, okay.

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16th Nov 2019, 6:13 PM

So is Earth still habitable or not?
17th Nov 2019, 9:41 PM

Well, Gabby and her friends are saying they come from Earth... so it depends if you believe them!
17th Nov 2019, 11:56 PM

Oh okay, I believe them, I just wasn’t following completely. Thanks for clearing that up!
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16th Nov 2019, 6:13 PM

Oh noes! Poor Mack, let's hope Miss Tintern knows about CPR.

Edit: I didn't notice anything about space not working exactly as it should on this page, but now that you mentioned it, Commander, I must know: What am I missing???
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17th Nov 2019, 9:44 PM

I'm following the more realistic restriction of sub-lightspeed travel but I'm pretty sure real space travel is more complicated than 'point A to point B.' All those planets and systems are moving independently of one another- I honestly don't have any detailed knowledge of how our solar system moves relative to others, I'm just assuming that my representation here is an oversimplification.
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24th Nov 2019, 6:45 AM

Oh. Yes... Hmm. If they are not as far as Proxima Centauri, I rather think that the movement of objects relative to each other and the changes in these movements can be predicted and taken into account.
For everything that is visible from earth by any means.

I'd be more concerned about hitting something while passing through the Oort cloud, or passing a dark object nearby and getting dragged out of their course (if only a wee tiny little bit) - so they must be able to make (very small) corrections of their direction.

But since you didn't mention any numbers we can assume that they can navigate a little bit, but turning around is not an option, for practical reasons.

Thank you for the explanation!
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16th Nov 2019, 8:57 PM

Oh, 200 years to reach the equivalent distance of Proxima Centauri isn't that crazy. Sure it's orders of magnitude faster than any engines we use today (I think it would take something like 30,000 years using New Horizons' engine?), but technology within our means like conventional fusion engines and laser-heated sails could potentially accelerate ships fast enough to reach nearby stars in under a century or even faster.

So we can assume their Totally-Not-Battlestar-Galactica ship has engines that reside somewhere in between. Maybe fusion attempt Mk1 or something :P

But I do love the concept that the Corvus has these frequent run-ins with space pirates and psychedelic aliens despite having barely passed through our stellar neighborhood.
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17th Nov 2019, 10:00 PM

Oh yeah, I think the Southern Sun's traveling speed is pretty reasonable! (The smaller Corvus ships are another story, although still less than light speed) My concern was more with treating space travel like things are a straight shot from point A to point B. And I'm basically doing that because it was not worth it to deal with anything more detailed, it isn't important to the story.

These are actually the first people they've physically encountered! We'll get a bit more insight on the Bellerians shortly, but our crew have actually been quite alone during this time.
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16th Nov 2019, 9:33 PM

I am concerned for Mac's health.
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17th Nov 2019, 10:00 PM

Everyone is, and should be.
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17th Nov 2019, 10:17 PM

Theory: his health is mythically linked to the ship's. Or maybe not mythically, maybe he's just sensibly FREAKING OUT OVER IT FALLING APART.
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17th Nov 2019, 4:44 AM

If only the captain had pulled over and asked for directions. But noooooooo, he insisted he knew the way...

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17th Nov 2019, 10:01 PM

"I knew we should have turned at that... uh... absolutely nothing. There's nothing out here."
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17th Nov 2019, 5:03 PM

Uh oh....looks like someone's having a problem....D:
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17th Nov 2019, 10:02 PM

Mack is having a rough time.
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18th Nov 2019, 12:49 AM

I really like Mack! I hope he’s not fixing to keel over on account of the space news. Read the room lady, your interlocutor is in extremis!
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20th Nov 2019, 5:28 PM

Thanks!! He panics a lot and it hasn't killed him yet.
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1st Dec 2019, 2:07 PM

Well THAT'S quite the bombshell. Mack's about to have a heart attack, poor guy
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5th Dec 2019, 6:59 AM

"Now don't panic, but you're literally stranded in the middle of nowhere."
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4th Dec 2019, 9:41 AM

Ooof, a little more delicate language might be in order here, Gabby. You're about to drop a lot of bombs.
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5th Dec 2019, 7:01 AM

Seriously DX
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