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    Gazis is writing about airship technology appropriate to the period, so it's interesting to get details about the intricate trade off between lifting gas and ballast, the finicky details in which even the type of rivets used in the frame were selected to minimize weight, and so on.

    Then he'll throw in something like a transporter, for sending down landing parties.

    "Energize!" ordered Captain Everett.

    The Transporter Room was business-like compartment located forward of the cargo bay. One end was dominated by a hoist platform, a drum of cable, and a massive electric winch. The other held a small control stand. Iwamoto, the ship’s engineer, stood by the controls. At his captain’s command, he threw two switches, advanced a lever, and the winch whirred into operation.

    "Oof!" exclaimed Iverson, as the platform lurched downward.

    "Steady there, Lieutenant," said Everett. As usual, he seemed unperturbed by their situation, precarious though it might have seemed. They hung from a slender steel thread hundreds of feet above the coast. Above them, the airship was receding into space. Below them, lines of breakers swept toward the shore. One slip and they’d fall from the platform to their doom.

    "There must be a better way to do this," squeaked Iverson, face pale.

    "I believe that American fellow, Tesla, is working on a system to transform people into radio waves, transmit them through space, and reconstitute them at their destination," said Jenkins, the ship’s signalman. "It’s supposed to be ready in a year or two."

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 07:37:58 PM PST

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